Sarasota Museum of Art Spring Programs


The Sarasota Museum of Art’s Spring 2018 Program line-up features artists, curators, filmmakers, mathematicians and scholars in a thought-provoking series centered around experimentation and the shared concept of “learning by doing”.  The events provide an opportunity to experience art and ideas with varied thought leaders in the art world, to join in discussion around the museum’s curatorial vision, and even to participate in a master class on connoisseurship.  “Our series this season will bring our community together to share experiences and experimentation – across multiple disciplines.” shared Anne-Marie Russell, executive director for the Sarasota Museum of Art. “The variety of topics this spring is sure to inspire thought and spark discussion – from light installation artist Christian Sampson’s talk on his creative process to a conversation about an unusual collaboration between a fashion house and a mathematician to a thought-provoking examination of Black Mountain College’s legacy.”

Kicking off the season on February 1st at 5pm with an Open House, a meet-and-greet free to the public, the Sarasota Museum of Art will hold five events at their pop-up space, The Works, located at 891 South Tamiami Trail and one event in partnership with New College of Florida at the Mildred Sainer Auditorium located at 5313 Bay Shore Road.  The Open House welcomes the community to drop in and mingle with fellow art and museum enthusiasts meet the team and learn more about the project. Following the Open House will be a ticketed artist talk with contemporary artist, Christian Sampson, whose Color Light Projections hover between painting and sculpture.

Additionally, the spring series includes the following events:

Art on Film: Brillo Box (3¢ OFF)
Screening followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director Lisanne Skyler, special guest Barrett White, Executive Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s
Blending humorous family narrative with anecdotes from the Pop Art era, Brillo Box (3¢ Off) follows a Warhol sculpture purchased by the film director’s parents as it makes its way from the Skyler’s living room to the contemporary global art market.
Tuesday, February 8, 2018 at 6pm

Art, Math & Orange Peels: The Legacy of Dr. William Thurston
In Partnership with New College of Florida
Join New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea and Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of the Sarasota Museum of Art, as they tease out the beauty and complexity of math and fashion using Dr. Thurston’s studies as a point of departure. Celebrate interdisciplinary thinking, and find out how peeling an orange can lead to revelations about the shape of the universe.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:30pm 
Free, RSVP required
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

The Curatorial Program: Vision, Strategy, Criteria
There are many aspects to building a new art museum, but the most visible, of course is the curatorial program. In addition to the 15,000 sq ft of dedicated exhibition space, there are numerous Curatorial Zones on the Museum Campus where visitors will experience and engage with art. Join us for a presentation and interactive discussion about the formation of our communities’ new art museum!
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:00pm

Master Class: Introduction to Connoisseurship
Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training required. This Master Class session will engage with key questions around art and quality. Throughout the series, you’ll discover your own criteria for quality, and begin to use your skills to assist your decision-making, whether you are acquiring works of art, or simply engaging as a viewer.
$50 Includes materials, snacks and refreshments, space limited to 20
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 10am – 12pm

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
Talk & book signing with ICA/Boston curator Ruth Erickson
Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. During its brief existence,  Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century, including; Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, Buckminster Fuller, Dorothea Rockburne and many others.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00pm

With the exception of the free Open House and the Master Class, all programs are $10 for the general public and free for Museum donors, Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Space is limited. Tickets and reservations available through the website: