War is never a pretty picture, yet pictures of it are important both as historical documentation and emotional witness. "Witness to War: World War II Photographs From the Collections of Veterans" at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a group of about 80 photographs, some simple snapshots, that put us with the troops who served during World War II.
They range from the drama of battle to daily life in a camp. Many are part of a recent gift to the museum by Warren J. and Margot Coville. He served in the Air Force and was charged with photographing bombing missions over Europe. An example is shown here, taken between 1944 and 1945. Others come from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.
The show opens Friday and continues through Oct. 27 at the Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors and $5 children. It includes entry to the art museum, historic Ca d'Zan mansion and the Circus Museum. Admission is $10 for adults from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. (Ca d'Zan isn't open during extended hours.) Admission is free on Monday to the art museum only. ringling.org or (941) 359-5700.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic