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Past Exhibitions

Cityscapes: Silkscreen Prints by Photorealist Artists

June 21 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
Photorealist artists use the silkscreen medium to explore the urban landscape, balancing realism with illusion. Photorealism evolved from Pop Art in the United States in the late 1960s and explored the urban landscape — highways, billboards, strip malls, and downtowns. Referencing photography to create silkscreen prints that balanced realism with illusion, photorealists manipulated finish, texture, and light-and-dark contrasts to yield intriguing results. Work by Charles Bell, Noel Mahaffey, Tom Blackwell, and others comes from the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dawn to Dusk: The Sporting Spirit in America

Through July 2014
Paintings, sculptures, and graphics from the sportsman’s perspective. Whether depictions of waterfowl or upland game hunting, these works share special moments of the hunt.

Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy

Through July 2014

In the early 1970s, Gromme’s friendship with the Woodson Art Museum’s founders led to his pivotal role as organizer of the fledgling Museum’s inaugural exhibition. Today, Gromme is recognized as the “father of Birds in Art.” The re-created artist’s studio and a dozen large canvases, juxtaposed with thirty-six pencil drawings and watercolor sketches, allow a peek into Gromme’s creative process.

Pulled, Pressed, and Screened: Important American Prints

June 21 – August 10, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
American printmaking changed profoundly from the black-and-white lithographs of the urban realists and experimental intaglios of the 1940s and 1950s, to Pop Art screenprints and super realism of the 1960s and 1970s. Surveying five decades of printmaking, this exhibition drawn from the Syracuse University Art Collection includes work by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Jasper Johns, and Richard Estes.

Dorothy Doughty: Royal Worcester Porcelains

The newly renovated Decorative Arts Gallery features eight pairs from Doughty’s American Bird Series, all birds seen in Wisconsin.

ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd

April 12 – June 15, 2014

Artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd creates couture fashion from rubbish, lacing each garment with conservation consciousness. Glamorous, shimmering evening gowns, appearing as fine couture and refined garments, are made from crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric.

Salvage & Selvage: Artwork by the Fiber Artists Coalition

April 12 – June 15, 2014

Diverse, unexpected objects incorporated into colorful textiles offer surprises that delight. Artworks created from recycled commercial fabrics incorporate a chopstick, dryer sheets, plastic deer fencing, poker chips, drywall tape, and candy wrappers.

Nature Composed: The Insect Artistry of Jennifer Angus

April 12 – June 15, 2014

Elaborate patterns of meticulously pinned insects comprise a site-specific installation at the Museum. This artwork created by UW-Madison professor and artist Jennifer Angus suggests Victorian designs and textiles and highlight environmental issues such as rainforest deforestation and habitat loss.

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