From circus to ceramics, three exhibitions open at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) presents three new exhibits that showcase the talent and creative explorations of FSU’s Flying High Circus, photographer Bruce Davidson and ceramic artist Jiha Moon.

“The three exhibits we currently have at the museum offer something for everyone,” said Meredith Lynn, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts. “’75 Years of Flying High’ is a fun and engaging show that families will love. Bruce Davidson’s work is fundamental in the development of an American approach to documentary photography. And Jiha Moon’s ceramics are beautiful entry points into vital conversations in contemporary culture.

The three exhibitions are open to the public until March 19.

“Trust and transformation in the circus: 75 years of high flying”

MoFA Upper Galleries

Since its founding in 1947, FSU’s Flying High Circus has enjoyed worldwide recognition for its genius and creativity. Through countless house shows and Halloween shows, summers at Callaway Gardens, more than 15 national television appearances, and sold-out tours across Europe and the Caribbean, Flying High athletes have earned the reputation for being among the hardest working students in the state of Florida.

“It takes a lot to be a circus performer, but students and alumni repeatedly reflect on the importance of trust – trusting yourself, trusting your partner, trusting your device – to achieve the magic that animates every act: a transformation of the everyday and the ordinary into the astonishing and the extraordinary,” said Preston McLane, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts.

“Trust & Transformation” features a range of photographic and video installations, interactive exhibits and historic and contemporary circus costumes as well as original designs by renowned costume designer Miles White, vintage circus posters and artwork on loan from the Howard Tibbals Circus. Collection and the Ringling Circus Museum.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the staff, students and alumni of FSU Flying High Circus, The Ringling, Howard and Janice Tibbals, Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), Florida Division of Arts and Culture, and the FSU Research and Creativity Council.

“Bruce Davidson: Love and Nostalgia”

MoFA Lower Gallery

For eight decades, Bruce Davidson has documented people on the fringes. A master of mood and nuance, his images show us the universalities not only of joy or sorrow, but also of things harder to capture – contemplation and hope. ‘Bruce Davidson: Love and Longing’ features over 50 original photographs from many of the artist’s most acclaimed series, including ‘Brooklyn Gang’, ‘Subway’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Central Park’, ‘Florida — Daytona Biker Week” and the “Birmingham Museum Project”.

This exhibition was made possible with the support of an anonymous donor, COCA, and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture.

‘Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits’

MoFA’s Walmsley Gallery

Combining American pop culture and traditional Korean iconography, Jiha Moon’s ceramics explore questions of global identities and the construction of personal narratives. Using humor and repeated icons and patterns, Moon constructs her own rich visual language. With colorful, playful, and ornate ceramic works, the Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist creates objects that speak to the rich possibilities that arise through global cultural dialogues. Moon’s ceramics take on particular potency now, as a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes has sparked a national conversation about the experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture.

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Julia P. Cluff