David Lenz: People on the Periphery October 1, 2016–January 8, 2017
    Image for David Lenz: People on the PeripheryDavid Lenz, Sam and the Perfect World, Oil on linen, Lent by Milwaukee Art Museum, 2005

    Image for David Lenz: People on the Periphery(detail) David Lenz, Thistles, Oil on linen, Lent by Pieper Electric Inc., 2001

    Image for David Lenz: People on the Periphery(detail) David Lenz, Raking Light, oil on canvas, 1996, Lent by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Whitlock
    People on the Periphery is a major retrospective of David Lenz’s work, celebrating the painter’s passionate and intimate depictions of inner-city children, people with intellectual disabilities, and small-time rural farmers. Lenz is one of America’s preeminent portrait painters; in 2006 he won the first Outwin Boochever Portrait Award, sponsored by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, with a portrait of his son Sam. The award was the Gallery’s first non-presidential commission.

    His remarkable photo-realist technique underscores his subjects’ authenticity as they are representatives of groups that are often ignored or marginalized. The show will span the years 1990 to 2016 including many works that have rarely been seen in public as well as several that are making their debut at MOWA.

    Special Studio Saturday
    Saturday, October 1 | 11:00–12:00
    David Lenz will share his childhood sketchbook with young artists during this special Studio Saturday.

    Opening Party + Artist Talk
    Saturday, October 1 | 1:00–4:00
    Spend the afternoon celebrating this major retrospective of Lenz’s Photorealist portraits. At 2:00, Lenz will deliver a lively talk in the Atrium, revealing his artistic motivations and sharing stories about his creative process.

    Contemporary Realism Panel Discussion
    Saturday, November 26 | 1:30
    Join Mathew Cerletty, David Lenz, and Tom Uttech as they discuss contemporary Realist painting from their unique perspectives. Don’t miss this singular opportunity to get up close and personal with three of Wisconsin’s leading artists as they talk about motivation and theory.

    Enjoy the Book
    To celebrate the work of one of America’s preeminent portrait painters, MOWA is producing a full-color catalogue of People on the Periphery which will include many paintings previously unseen or in private collections. Available in the MOWA Shop and as a free download through the MOWA website.