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Upcoming Exhibitions

Visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum often to experience what’s new on view, hands-on programs for all ages, and opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting artists.

Birds in Art 2021

September 11 – November 28, 2021
From their lyrical birdsong to their migratory patterns, birds connect us to the rhythms of life. For the 46th year, this annual exhibition attracts worldwide artists’ original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created with the past three years. Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the best contemporary artistic interpretations of avian themes.

What Might You Do? The Art of Christian Robinson

December 4, 2021 – February 27, 2022
The playful, yet thoughtfully poignant artwork of children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson, celebrates his “art of fun” mantra while deftly and empathetically exploring the value of different perspectives and being kind to all. Robinson, a Caldecott Honoree and recipient of two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors from the American Library Association, favors acrylic and collage to create joyful art conveying a range of stories, including historical events and biographies. Robinson, based in California, is also an animator who has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. This exhibition of Robinson’s luminous illustrations was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

American Woodblock Prints

December 4, 2021 – February 27, 2022
Featuring landscapes, urban scenes, and figurative and expressionist images, American artists’ twentieth-century woodblock prints include a range of influences and re-interpretations.
Showcasing the diversity of relief prints, this exhibition from the Syracuse University Art Museum encompasses work from wood engravers inspired by European avant-garde images and Japanese woodcut designs to Jim Dine’s innovations in the 1990s and experimental printmakers who continued to push the boundaries of woodblock prints.

Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection

March 5 – June 5, 2022
Clean lines, geometric shapes, and bright colors characterize Art Deco glass from the Huchthausen Collection in this exhibition organized by the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. Emerging in contrast to Art Nouveau’s ornate style amid World War I austerity, Art Deco glass fell out of favor after World War II, and regained popularity in the 1970s. Glass by iconic Art Deco studios comprises the collection of David Huchthausen, a glass artist with Wisconsin roots whose work altered the history of contemporary glass.

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage & Spirituality

Rescheduled to December 3, 2022 – February 26, 2023
From headdresses and helmets to turbans and crowns, explore the vital role of ceremonial headwear throughout diverse cultural customs, beliefs, and rituals. Transcending utilitarian purposes, each head covering is a work of art, showcasing skill and creativity in conveying meaning. In a profusion of shapes and styles, materials, and embellishments, these hats and headdresses communicate beauty, the diversity of the world’s cultures, and ideas shared throughout humanity.

Stormy Kromer: Evolution of a Classic

Rescheduled to December 3, 2022 – February 26, 2023
Organized by the Woodson Art Museum, Stormy Kromer: Evolution of a Classic puts a local spin on global headwear. From invention and evolution throughout a century, the stylish and durably designed Stormy Kromer hats are interwoven into Wisconsin culture. The lore is part of the lure. A pull-down ear band stitched to a baseball cap kept a train worker’s head warm and dry amid winter winds. From authentic originals to ever-evolving designs, the Stormy Kromer caps – along with fascinating archival material – celebrate the art of hat and headwear design.

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