Looking at the world through the eyes of my grandsons has helped me to see things in new ways. At ages 3+ years and eighteen months, they are curious, ready learners.
Somehow, summer always seems to slip away before we know it. Only a few days remain to experience this summer’s exhibition, Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India, on view through August 30. Imagine pausing the passage of time, even for an afternoon. Who knows? Maybe visiting the Woodson Art Museum with others will help slow the slippage of sand through the hourglass of summer.
A recent trip to New York City with curator of collections Jane Weinke had us uptown, downtown, and all around the city. We started at the expanded and recently re-opened Museum of Modern Art and we wrapped up at the New York Historical Society. In between, we took in The Metropolitan, Museum of Arts and Design, Jewish Museum, and the AKC Museum of the Dog. There’s a museum devoted to dogs, you ask. That question is answered with a resounding “yes, indeed.”
Each year, as Birds in Art inevitably sneaks up on me, I consider ways to share and interpret the avian-themed artwork with Museum docents, visiting students, and program participants. The annual process of looking for serendipitous themes or popular subjects in Birds in Art begins in May, when fellow curator of education Lisa Hoffman and I view small, printed images of exhibition artworks spread out on the library table by administrative manager Shari Schroeder.
If your travels take you to the Washington, D.C. area, make time for a Glenstone visit. If you’ve always intended to visit a museum in your own hometown or nearby, but never seem to find the time, don’t delay; treat yourself to a cultural experience. If you’ve not yet visited the Woodson Art Museum or haven’t visited recently, now is a perfect time to do so. The summer focus on “botanicals” includes multiple exhibitions on view through Sunday, August 25, and gardens abloom. Birds in Art, the Woodson’s flagship exhibition, launches its all-new 44th edition on Saturday, September 7, and remains on view through Sunday, December 1.
What do you remember about the first museum you visited? I remember an early – perhaps not my first – museum experience as though it were yesterday. Earlier this month, Wisconsin-born artist Mark Wagner – who grew up in Edgar – undertook a multi-day residency in tandem with the inclusion of his collages in Cut Up/Cut Out, now on view at the Woodson Art Museum. To our delight, we learned, the Woodson was his first museum! If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and engaging in a “first museum experience,” now’s the time to do so.
This past weekend I visited family in Cincinnati; the trip was part Mother’s Day celebration, part long-overdue reunion. My family visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum reinforced my belief that museum visits are moving and memorable social outings worth celebrating and sharing with others. It’s fitting that I reflect on the power of museum visits this week, as May 11-18 marks Museum Week and Arts Wisconsin’s Creative Economy Week.
We have a new puppy in our household – Hawkeye, a 3-month-old Brittany. Although he hasn’t begun teething in earnest, it won’t be long. A puppy, deconstructing paper and more, has one thing in common with the artists whose meticulously cut artworks are featured in the Cut Up/Cut Out exhibition, on view at the Woodson Art Museum through June 2. Surprising materials. Hawkeye chews acorn caps, wood chips, and rocks. In addition to vintage maps, books, and leaves, Cut Up/Cut Out artists intricately cut a saw blade, tire, and an oil barrel – transforming these items into lacey, intriguing wonders infused with thought-provoking themes.
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.
During a recent day trip to Milwaukee, I would’ve loved to pack along a portable Woodson Art Museum visit. Instead, I pulled a cell phone from my pocket and searched TripAdvisor for things to do. Here are highlights from recent Woodson Art Museum visitors' comments, including what they're saying about Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master, on view through February 24.