Exhibition Gallery 

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.” 

NEW! Exhibition Publication

MOWA is excited to offer a completely FREE digital exhibition publication, Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been Kindling. This is the first of MOWA’s free digital book offerings.

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Related Programs

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. 

Guided Exhibition Tours
Thursday, October 9 | 6:00
Friday, October 17 | 4:00
Saturday, November 15 | 3:00

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

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.