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Past Exhibitions

Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection

Posted on April 14, 2017
Satoru Hoshino, First Snow of Spring Vase, 2009, hand-formed glazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, photo courtesy of Tim Siegert

June 3 – August 27, 2017
Innovative and bold sculptural forms by more than forty contemporary Japanese ceramists, inspired by the natural world, depict mountains, waterfalls, ocean shores, and bamboo groves. More than sixty ceramic works – from exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical sake cups and robust platters – reveal the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics. Select pieces are paired with digital photographs, taken by photographer Taijiro Ito, highlighting their poetic connection to nature. The featured ceramists are closely associated with many of Japan’s traditional pottery centers and are supporters of the mingei movement, in which objects of unsurpassed beauty are made for everyday use. Nature, Tradition, & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection was developed by Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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Black & White: Andrea Rich

Posted on February 23, 2017

February 25 through July 30, 2017
A selection of Birds in Art Master Artist Andrea Rich’s woodcuts – printed only with black ink and utilizing only one woodblock – is intended to complement M.C. Escher’s black-and-white artworks in M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion.

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Enduring Beauty: Art Nouveau Glass

Posted on November 24, 2016

December 3, 2016 through July 30, 2017

American art glass was greatly influenced by the tenets of Art Nouveau. Between 1890-1910, artists eschewed the elaborate Victorian decoration and repetitious designs of the industrial revolution. Instead, favoring form following function, they used sinuous asymmetrical lines, floral- and plant-inspired decorations, and deep vibrant colors highlighted with metallic iridescence – favrile. Louis Comfort Tiffany, Emil Galle, the Daum Brothers, and others pushed the boundaries, creating beautiful decorative and utilitarian glassware for all to use and enjoy. Enduring Beauty is a survey of works from the collection produced during this nature-inspired era.

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Illustrating Illusions: Drawings by Robin Lauersdorf

Posted on November 22, 2016

March 4 – May 28, 2017
Meticulous graphite pencil drawings by Wisconsin artist Robin Lauersdorf, long interested in M.C. Escher’s work, are featured in an exhibition organized by Woodson Art Museum curator Andy McGivern and on view concurrent with the M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion exhibition.

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M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion

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March 4 – May 28, 2017
The most iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), including a pair of hands drawing themselves and fish morphing into birds, are familiar to many. This exhibition of 120 woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, and drawings delves deeper into both the literal and impossible worlds Escher created over a career spanning five decades. Drawn from a large private collection of M.C. Escher’s work, Reality and Illusion includes early figure drawings, lesser-known book illustrations, detailed Italian landscapes, the tessellations for which he became famous, and examples of his signature architectural fantasies in which stairways seem to go both up and down. From the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, www.herakleidon-art.gr
M.C. Escher images © 2017 The M.C. Escher Company, The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com

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Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures

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On view through May 21, 2017

This dazzling, historic array of bird imagery in artworks spanning the early-nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries includes work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt, Frank W. Benson, N.C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth.

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Student Art

Posted on November 21, 2016

February 25 – March 26, 2017
This 40th annual exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum celebrates Youth Art Month and the artistic endeavors of north central Wisconsin students in grades 5-8.

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Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light

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December 3, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Tiffany Studios leaded-glass lampshades and windows, designed with colorfully luminous opalescent glass, shine as some of the twentieth century’s most striking, iconic decorative objects.
As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany – son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of luxury retailer Tiffany & Company – was captivated by the interplay of color and light. As his artistic and business interests expanded, Louis Tiffany directed hundreds of Tiffany Studios artists and artisans who created an array of decorative art objects. The use of opalescent glass and innovative techniques, marking a departure from the centuries-old stained glass tradition of painting on the surface of glass, achieved impressionistic effects in Tiffany’s signature leaded-glass work.
Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light was organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, New York.

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Victorian Art Glass Baskets

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December 3, 2016 — February 26, 2017
Suffused with cherries, ribbons, flowers, fluting, and frills in vibrant colors ranging from iridescent and opaque to transparent and glittering with silver and gold, art glass baskets are a feast for the eyes. Blown-glass baskets were produced in the United States between 1880 and 1905 encompassing the Victorian era. During this dawn of the Industrial Revolution, an economic boom increased the demand for decorative tableware, and the flamboyant, fanciful designs of art glass suited the eclectic decor of late-Victorian-era homes. This exhibition features a selection of glass baskets collected by Alice Richardson Yawkey, the mother of the Museum’s namesake, Leigh Yawkey Woodson.

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Recent Acquisitions

Posted on August 31, 2016

On view through February 19, 2017
Art museums by nature are acquisitive. Growing the Woodson Art Museum’s collection remains a core value and ongoing goal. This selection of recently acquired artworks demonstrates the strength of the Woodson’s collection as it strives to set the standard for avian-inspired art.

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