Like the three-ring circus upon which John Ringling built his empire, the Ringling International Arts Festival is a multi-faceted extravaganza that packs a ton of attractions into its whirlwind schedule.
Over the course of four days, from October 10-13, RIAF 2012 will feature music, dance and theatre performances and film screenings by internationally-renowned artists. RIAF has never been much for subtlety, and with all the glitz and the glam, it may be easy to overlook the rest of the attractions taking place simultaneously at the Ringling Museum of Art — but to do so would be a missed opportunity.
In addition to the permanent collection and the James Turrell Skyspace, no less than four special exhibitions are currently on display in the Ringling galleries and will be throughout the duration of the festival. The museum’s most highly-lauded current special exhibition, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920 – 1945, wraps up its 15-week run at Ringling on October 28, making RIAF the perfect time to pay a visit.
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