Exhibition Gallery 

John Steuart Curry: At Home in Wisconsin On View Through September 14, 2014
Image for John Steuart Curry: At Home in WisconsinJohn Steuart Curry, Wisconsin Farm Scene, Oil on canvas, 1941. Gift of First National Bank and First Wisconsin Corporation, Lent by the Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison

Although born in Kansas, famed Regionalist John Steuart Curry came to Madison in 1936 as the first artist-in-residence at any US university. He spent 10 very productive years in the city, welcomed by a state and a university that was progressive in both social policy and practice. This is the first-ever exhibition to focus on Curry’s years in Wisconsin and will reveal his love of Wisconsin, engagement with the academic and non-academic communities, and dedication to integrating art into the lives of ordinary citizens.

Buy the Book
Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry by James M. Dennis. Available in the MOWA Shop.


Upcoming Exhibition
Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been Kindling October 5, 2014–January 11, 2015
Image for Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been KindlingTom Loeser, Eddy, White oak, spruce, 2008. Lent by Charlene Johnson.

Image for Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been KindlingTom Loeser, Multiple Complications, Wood, paint, 1999. Lent by the Milwaukee Art Museum, Purchase Doerfler Fund.
Internationally recognized and a craftsman in a class of his own, Tom Loeser refuses to be constrained by the conventions of furniture making. Challenging notions of form and function, Tom initiates a subtle dialogue between the seemingly separate realms of furniture and sculpture. Spanning his 30-year career, this exhibition will demonstrate Tom’s talent for creating objects that are visually playful and imaginative as well as intellectually provocative. 

Tom’s work is readily identifiable—most of us own similarly purposed objects—but he softly and cleverly challenges the viewer to reevaluate what we own, how we use it, and how it fits into our daily lives. What are the essential features of a chair, lamp, cupboard or bed? What are their most important characteristics? Tom’s ultimate goal is to “captivate the user with new possibilities.” 

Related Programs

Opening Party
Sunday, October 5 | 2:00–5:00 
Meet Tom Loeser and celebrate the opening with live music, light appetizers, and a cash bar. 

Artist Talk
Thursday, October 9 | 6:30
Loeser will reveal the story of his career as a craftsman and give us a glimpse at the imagination capable of transforming basic “kindling” into contemporary masterpieces. 

Exhibition Publication
Purchase the accompanying exhibition publication in the MOWA Shop. 

Limited Edition Chair Models
In conjunction with his exhibition, Tom Loeser is creating a small production run of chair models for purchase in the MOWA Shop. Stop in during the exhibition to pick one up.

Guided Exhibition Tours
Members at the Three + and Friends of Wisconsin Art levels are invited to enjoy guided tours of It Could Have Been Kindling. Click here for more details