December 7, 2019 through March 1, 2020

FaunaFold features origami creatures by artist and physicist Robert J. Lang, renowned for his complex, life-like figures of insects, birds, and beasts and considered one of the world’s leading origami masters. A pioneer of the cross-disciplinary merging of origami with mathematics, Lang consulted on origami applications to engineering designs ranging from air bags to expandable space telescopes. Two Lang artworks – a koi pond installation and a modular artwork with an infinite crease pattern – appear in Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Lang’s work also extends into Alchemy Unfolding, the third origami exhibition on view at the Woodson Art Museum through March 1, 2020.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will receive a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grant to support renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang’s residency at the Museum, February 22-23. Lang, a laser physicist-turned artist, developed some of the most complex origami designs ever created and his artwork is in all three origami exhibitions on view through Sunday, March 1 at the Woodson Art Museum. During “Return to the Fold,” Lang’s residency, he’ll share insights through a presentation, gallery walk, and two workshops, February 22-23; get Lang’s residency details here. See press release here:

Exhibition Highlights

Robert J. Lang, Anna’s Hummingbird, Opus 466 & Honeysuckle, Opus 468, 2005, one uncut square of back-coated Origamido paper, Korean hanji paper, and wire
Robert J. Lang, Katydid HP, Opus 629, 2013, one uncut square of Origamido paper
Robert J. Lang, Perching Cardinal, Opus 689, 2015, one uncut square of Origamido paper, wire, and wood
Robert J. Lang, Raven, Opus 422, 2004, one uncut square of Korean hanji and foil paper
Robert J. Lang, The Sentinel II, Opus 627, 2012, two uncut squares of Korean hanji paper
Robert J. Lang, Turkey Vulture Richard, 2009, one uncut square of Korean hanji paper

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who support the exhibition and programs.

BMO Harris Bank is the presenting sponsor of the origami exhibitions.

Additional educational support comes from Sandy Ott. Exhibitions and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax funds.  Support for hands-on art-making supplies comes from Wilmington Trust and the M&T Charitable Foundation. A grant from the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation supports the Jiangmei Wu and Robert J. Lang artist residencies.

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