Art Gaze

Meditation on time, existence at Haggerty Museum of Art

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:32

Nadav Kander's “Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic).

Three exhibitions at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art offer a powerful meditation on time and existence. Works by Alfred Leslie are built upon multiple layers of perception, and the echoes of memory in the present. The photographs of Nadav Kander ask if the cosmetics of new bridges and buildings are capable of destroying history. Collectively, the work of these artists draws up the edges of personal and cultural history with aesthetic persuasion. 

Madison joins Any Given Child youth arts program

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:10

— Photo: Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison students will find more art in the schools this year — lots of it, in all forms.

Through a reflective lens: ‘Postcards from America’

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:00

MAM’s Postcards from America series includes the work of Susan Meiselas. — Photo: Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

Postcards from America, on view through Oct. 19 at the Milwaukee Art Museum, uses the idea of a postcard like a diving platform. The artists make the concept a jumping-off point for plunging into pools of local culture. Each diver makes a splash and interprets the idea in an individual style. There’s no imagining the postcard as a cutesy, trite image or the reduction of a place into a static symbol here — those stereotypes are firmly quashed by the varied interests of the exhibition’s 11 photographers. 

Art Gaze Madison: Botanical displays take over State Street

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:47

There’s plenty of outdoor art to enjoy in Madison during the summer — for example, the botanical displays on State Street.

“Many of the same principles of creating artwork go into creating a composition with plants,” says Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which provides the labor as well as many of the decorative streetscape plants. Olbrich staff designs the displays, which include colorful assortments of such seasonal favorites as zinnias, petunias, canna, sweet potato vines and lantana. Interns help maintain them.

Major ceramics exhibit at Madison’s Chazen Museum

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:29

Michael Lucero’s “Untitled (Devil),”1977. — PHOTO: Courtesy Stephen and Pamela Hootkin

Jason Yi goes BIG with installation in Madison’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:32

Artist Jason S. Yi. — PHOTO: Courtesy Jason S. Yi

Pedestrians passing by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s State Street Gallery last month saw what might have looked like a construction zone. Instead, they were witnessing the birth of art.

New building planned for UW-Madison music school

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:30

The current Mosse Humanities Building. - PHOTO: Courtesy

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new School of Music is finally scheduled to break ground in 2015.

Madison Art Gaze: Madison art fairs on, and off, the Square

Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:08

The scene at Madison’s Art Fair on the Square, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Madison’s Capitol Square and its environs play host the weekend of July 12 to the city’s two largest annual arts events. Both provide great opportunities for purchasing original art and supporting Wisconsin artists.

Art Gaze: Milwaukee — Argentinian collective Artistas en Cooperativa

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:16

Noella Farias, ”A la espra (Waiting),“ 2012. — PHOTO: Courtesy Dean Jensen Gallery


Public art project gives voice to historic Mitchell Street

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:41

Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street. — Photo: Kat Murrell

A few years ago, visual artist Sonja Thomson and storyteller Adam Carr teamed up for a temporary public art piece called Here, Mothers Are, which relayed in words and installations the stories of families in the neighborhood around 24th and Locust streets. The project was a precursor to their latest endeavor, Listening to Mitchell. This time, they recount the memories and testimonials of historic Mitchell Street.

Artful Wright house right for art

The Oregonian
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:56

People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of art. Wright, however, envisioned the two-story residence as a place for art.

The Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon, the only Wright building in Oregon and the only one of his residences open to the public in the Pacific Northwest, has towering walls and plenty of clean-lined spaces that serve as perfect backgrounds for captivating contemporary art.

Milwaukee Art Gaze: Art Shay: Working, Jews Who Rock, Gesture

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:02

Jody dePew McLeane’s “Chorus Dancers,” on view at Katie Gingrass Gallery. - PHOTO: Courtesy

‘Art Shay: Working’