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.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new School of Music is finally scheduled to break ground in 2015.
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.
The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.
Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.
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.
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.
‘Art Shay: Working’
For the second consecutive year, Latino and Latina artists are being sought to participate in a special exhibit at the Madison Public Library designed to launch Hispanic Heritage Month.
The exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 10, will launch the month celebrating Hispanic heritage, which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the richness of Dane County’s Hispanic culture, is sponsored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Public Library, Centro Hispano and the Latino Professional Association.
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.
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.
During the summer, Milwaukee spills out onto the streets, filling sidewalks with bistro tables and hanging flowerpots, bringing biergartens and outdoor concerts to parks. But there’s plenty of activity in the area’s art scene to pull you indoors for a break from the sun’s rays.