Team Woodson v. Team Soccer

By: Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions on June 30th, 2010

Every four years I’m conflicted between my duties at the Art Museum and my desire to make time to watch the World Cup. This year’s tournament in South Africa was no exception.

Team USA drew a good grouping that offered the potential for advancement. With a bit of luck and hard work, the team went undefeated in the first round for the first time in the history of the tournament.

Things looked promising going into single elimination with the first game against Ghana. Unfortunately, as in the previous World Cup, Ghana proved to be too much for Team USA and, alas, our hopes were dashed.

Like the US soccer team, I’m fortunate to work with a great team at the Woodson Art Museum.

Last week we had our work cut out for us as three exhibitions closed and three new exhibitions had to be readied and installed in the galleries. Teamwork and effective working relationships developed over many years allowed us to get the exhibitions installed while also making it possible for me to watch the US play Slovakia on Wednesday morning in a nail biting 2-2 tie.

Although the US’s World Cup experience ended sooner than I would have liked, team members played with heart. They are a team to be proud of and there’s reason to be hopeful that in four years we can go to Brazil and shine at the next World Cup.

Whether or not you’re watching the remaining soccer matches, Team Woodson offers three new exhibitions sure to intrigue and entertain the whole family this summer.

The New Reality fills three galleries with tantalizing contemporary paintings – still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and more – inspired by the work of historic masters.

Peanuts at Bat!, features Charles M. Schultz cartoons and collectibles devoted to Charlie Brown and his gang and everyone’s favorite summer pastime – baseball. With dozens of cartoons and cases filled with collectibles, this exhibition is a home run!

If you enjoy comic book art and today’s graphic novels, then you’ll want to check out I Wanna Draw Comics When I Grow Up, including more than two dozen drawings by Chicago-based illustrator Tim Seeley along with six fully illustrated comics that he began drawing when just 12 years old and living in north central Wisconsin.

Team Woodson is proud to present these terrific exhibitions. Plan a visit today and see for yourself.

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