The Woodson Art Museum’s exhibition schedule is developed to provide visitors with rich visual arts experiences. As curator of exhibitions, I look for variety in building a diverse schedule to appeal to the broadest spectrum of visitors. A couple of years ago, an exhibition of artist-designed clothes made of recycled materials caught my attention. Through research, I discovered a TED talk by the artist – and environmental advocate – Nancy Judd. In it, Nancy wore a yellow dress that she’d made from strips of plastic caution tape. She explained how her fashionable clothing made from trash was the perfect way to encourage people to recycle. After seeing the talk, I knew it would be a special exhibition.
Ask any of my coworkers and they’ll assure you that no two days are alike at the Woodson Art Museum. Each exhibition ushers in new artwork to fill the galleries and fresh programming on our docket. My next big hurdle involves coordinating forty volunteer models, hair stylists (thanks Verve Salon & Spa!), makeup artists, and seamstresses. This challenge doesn’t sound like a typical art museum (whatever that is?), does it?! It’s all for a fashion show taking place on Saturday, May 3, 7 – 8 p.m. at the Woodson Art Museum.
I tend to be boring. I prefer Bert over Ernie, my favorite color is beige, and my idea of spontaneity is asking for butter flavoring on popcorn at a movie theater. As a child, my favorite night of television was Sunday on CBS, because you could watch 60 Minutes then Murder She Wrote. Needless to say, I was taken aback when the Woodson Art Museum undertook plans to host a site-specific installation by artist and UW-Madison professor Jennifer Angus, who creates elaborate Victorian patterns with deceased insects.