Unfamiliar Realities Photo Exhibit

Where: Ringling Museum of Art
When: Nov 23, 2013 – Mar 9, 2014
Website: http://www.ringling.org/events/unfamiliar-realities

The artists in this exhibition propose new, unfamiliar realities in order to challenge our assumptions, urge us to contemplate visual paradoxes, or delight us in flights of fantasy and form. Well-known photographers including Minor White, Wynn Bullock, and Michael Kenna, create formally compelling images from everyday life that provoke metaphysical or psychological import. Others, such as Robert and Shana ParkeHarison, Patrick Nagatani, and Jerry Ueslmann, utilize photographic manipulation and studio techniques to create stunning, often surrealist-derived pictures.

Picturing Japan

When: Jan 18, 2014 – Apr 6, 2014
Where: Ringling Museum of Art
Website: http://www.ringling.org/events/picturing-japan

In the second half of the nineteenth century Japan’s last years as an isolated pre-industrial society were witnessed and documented by early photographers.  Though works of art in their own right, their photographs were further enhanced by the selective addition of color, painted by Japanese artists who transformed them in the inspired tradition of woodblock prints.