Upcoming 

Jason S. Yi: Reconfiguring MOWA's Landscape Starting July 16, 2018
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Yi’s site-specific outdoor installation, The Legend of the White Snake, will become part of MOWA’s own reimagined landscape starting the week of July 16. Coming to West Bend from downtown Milwaukee—where it was part of the ongoing public art project Sculpture Milwaukee—the work is entirely constructed from PVC, forming a dynamic tangle of tubes that towers over viewers like a scribble incarnate. The Legend of the White Snake reconfigures the landscape and engages interest from every vantage point.

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Joseph Friebert: A Life in Art August 11–October 7, 2018
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Called one of Wisconsin’s greatest “living treasures” by the late James Auer, Milwaukee Journal art critic, Joseph Friebert (1908–2002) enjoyed a long and distinguished career, becoming one of the state’s leading artists and a beloved and influential teacher. 

Friebert’s art reflects an overriding concern for the human condition. The figures in his often dimly lit Social Realist compositions of the late 1930s and 1940s—whether behind bars, in line-ups, picking coal, or walking city streets—seem stoic and melancholy. To enhance the pensive mood of his work, Friebert developed a form of “indirect painting,” adopting Old Master techniques involving the layering of pigments and glazes. This brooding quality is also found in his land- and cityscapes of the period. 

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Fore and Aft: A Vitreous View of Time August 18, 2018–March 31, 2019
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This special exhibition presents the work of three leading Wisconsin artists—Beth Lipman, Jeremy Popelka, and Eoin Breadon—who embrace the challenge of glass, variously referencing and rejecting the medium’s workaday functionality to explore its relationship with light, form, and time. Each work is thoughtfully installed to reverberate in conversation with MOWA’s permanent collection, priming viewers to reflect on the unassuming art historical resonances of each artist’s work. Taking inspiration from Irish storytelling, Dutch still lives, and architectonic forms, these sculptures bridge the past and the present.

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Family Albums: Kith and Kin in Focus August 18–November 11, 2018
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Family photographs number among our most cherished possessions. These mementos preserve the past, acquainting us with long-gone forebears and providing ballast for the narratives on which we hang our identity. Photographing family uniquely illuminates its subjects’ essential selves, which, after all, are first fired in the forge of family life. Family Albums presents distinct takes on the genre—as captured by photographers Tom Bamberger, Lois Bielefeld, Dick Blau, Kevin Miyazaki and filmmaker Emir Cakaroz—documenting relationships, investigating origins and creating striking images along the way.

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David Harper: A Fear of Unknown Origin August 18–December 30, 2018
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Comprised of seventy-two ceramic sculptures of animal heads glazed in various hues of blue, A Fear of Unknown Origin is inspired by two things that seem completely unrelated. The first inspiration comes from the cyanometer, an esoteric tool alpinists used to measure distance by the shades of the sky. The second is the idiom “Entre le Chien et le Loup” (between the dog and the wolf), which describes the effects of dusk and being unable to differentiate between friend or foe. Harper’s installation unifies the two with a gradual gradient of blue and a corresponding range of expressions, from smiles to snarls.

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Craig Blietz: Herd October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019
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Northeast Wisconsin painter Craig Blietz finds farm animals to be brilliant non-verbal storytellers, well suited for taking a role as a sign, symbol, or metaphor in a specific theme. For the artist, farm animals present a sense of place which he feels is an important aspect to creating authentic work. 

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Corey Fells: 100 Womxn Project October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019
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The 100 Womxn Project is a showcase of 100 stories captured in the photos of minority multicultural millennials by Milwaukee photographer Corey Fells. Photographed over the course of three seasons, the exhibition consists of women who have fought addition, depression and abuse as well as women who have aspirations of becoming social activists, healers, teachers, artists, doctors, and much more.

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2018 MOWA Members’ Show Saturday, November 17, 2018–January 6, 2019
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Each year MOWA showcases the broad range of artist talents of MOWA members of all ages, media, and experience levels. 

Online Artist Registration
Wednesday, October 3 | 9:00 am 
Be one of the first 250 MOWA members to submit work for inclusion in the annual Members’ Show. Any MOWA member can submit artwork. All you need to be is a current member and artwork must fit within the size guidelines. Check back here for the link to register.

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