Last week across the globe, devices pinged, news alerts broke, and satellite transmissions bounced around the atmosphere drawing most to digital images; images of 850-year-old craftsmanship, handwork, and artistry succumbing to one of earth’s elements – fire. Interpretations are numerous and various attempting to explain why individuals worldwide stopped to share – at a minimum a view and for most, mourning of – the partial destruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Although I took in a fun afternoon of baseball with friends, I missed my chance to watch someone who is the best at what they do.
Are you thinking you misread the title of this week’s Woodson Wanderings post? The CIA did, indeed, take over the Woodson Art Museum today; but not the Central Intelligence Agency.
Today was the Mosinee School District’s Careers in Action Day and the Woodson Art Museum once again welcomed high school juniors interested in exploring museum careers.
School calendars and cold temperatures don’t need to define or confine springtime excursions to one spring-break week. By scheduling multiple micro-vacations, you can be a tourist in your own hometown and invite friends and family to Wausau for weekend getaways. Plan multiple getaways to the Woodson Art Museum for cut-above visits.
Choosing artworks from the Woodson Art Museum’s permanent collection to amplify the themes of Cut Up/Cut Out, the current temporary exhibition, was thoroughly enjoyable. Sometimes making a connection between temporary exhibition themes and Museum collection artwork is difficult. In this instance, to complement Cut Up/Cut Out, I looked to the collection’s extensive holdings of woodcuts and linocuts and the processes used to make those prints.
The Woodson Art Museum has been a pioneer in its commitment to programs for babies and toddlers. The start of Toddler Tuesday offerings dates back more than twenty years, although long after my own children were toddlers. I’ve watched with great delight over the years as hundreds of parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lovingly introduced little ones to the Woodson Art Museum via an array of programs, including Art Babies.
The installation team at the Woodson Art Museum that changes and oversees our temporary exhibitions is not much different than a curling team.
It’s winter in Wisconsin. It snows. It’s cold. It’s windy. Winter 2019 is record-shattering. Records set throughout more than ninety years for numerous permutations of weather data – one-day, one-month, and annual snowfall totals and low temperatures – are crumbling.
I became convinced of the Museum’s need for a dedicated tactile art installation in May 2017, when former curator of exhibitions Andy McGivern and I attended a National Federation for the Blind Tactile Art and Tactile Graphics Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. I’m excited and proud to say that less than two years later, the Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition, In Touch with Art: Tactile Sculpture, opens to the public on Saturday, March 2.