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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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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Craig Blietz: Herd October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019
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Herd, a new body of thirty works by painter Craig Blietz, is part Barbizon school, part agrarian abstraction. Cows dominate the pictures and serve as a canvas within the canvas for elaborating on the abstract designs with which Mother Nature decorates cowhides. Blietz foreshortens and positions his cows according to the classical conventions of perspective, but with depth-less backgrounds of quilt-like patterns and muted agrarian iconography, space is more implied than made explicit. For the Wisconsin painter, cows are emblematic of his native Midwest and the dairy state in particular. But the individuality of the cows is not sacrificed in symbolic sublimation. Blietz’s realism is ennobling and he can identify Buttercup and his other bovine muses as effortlessly as Dalí could spot Gala.

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Corey Fells: 100 Womxn Project October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019
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100 Womxn is a celebration of diversity, resilience, and womanhood. Inspired by his late mother —affectionately known as Pookie—Milwaukee photographer Corey Fells set out to document 100 minority millennials from across the city. Each photograph was taken in front of the same ivy-covered wall, creating a visual continuity that reflects the shared experience underlying the unique individuals. Originally posted one-by-one to Fells’ Instagram account and supplemented with text offering a peek into the subject’s life, the entire collection of photographs will be exhibited as a group for the first time at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. 

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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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