Fall Visual Arts Preview
9, the Milwaukee Art Museum displays
European ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork and product design in “European
Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century.” Amid more than 250 examples from
prominent artists and designers, the exhibit uses postmodern and modern traditions
to ponder whether artistic concept or function is the leading design principle.
Gallery talks and lectures, including a Nov. 18 visit from renowned designer
Alberto Alessi, enhance the exhibit.
Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art is currently presenting stained-glass
artworks in the exhibition “Let There Be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings From
the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios.” These elegant artworks span from the
14th century to the present. Accompanying gallery talks and “Lunchtime Learning” lectures begin Sept.
the umbrella title “Animal Magnetism,” John
Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) offers six themed exhibitions. The main
gallery’s “Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism” opens
Oct. 17. Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair photographer Jill Greenberg
presents a JMKAC solo exhibition with “Monkey Portraits,” opening Sept. 26.
West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art(MWA) holds a Sept. 12 reception
for “Here at Last: African-American Artists Who Teach at Wisconsin Colleges,
Universities and Schools.” The exhibition documents the rise of six prominent
artists who influence Wisconsin education
through their creative visions. Information on complementary programming is
available on MWA’s website, www.wisconsinart.org.
The Racine Art Museum
introduces an internationally known metalsmith to the Midwest
on Oct. 24 with “Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories.” Japanese artist Mariko
Kusumoto references the work of Joseph Cornell with intricately adorned boxes
that relate to the artifacts she observed at Buddhist temples in her childhood.
This fascinating study integrates art and culture in a presentation by one of
the top fine craft museums in the country.
noteworthy contribution to Wisconsin’s legacy
is presented in the Charles Allis
“Wisconsin Masters: Bruno Ertz.” This exhibit of nature paintings opens Oct.
Tory Folliard Gallery debuts a solo show
Oct. 15 with “Robert Cocke: New Paintings.” Cocke’s intimate images merge
detailed landscapes with still life objects. Also at Folliard Gallery, renowned
New England artist Eric Aho—one of the nation’s top landscape artists—returns
for “Eric Aho: New Paintings,” opening Nov. 19.
Dean Jensen Gallery recognizes modern abstract expressionist artists in the Oct. 15 opening of “Wisconsin Moderns.” The exhibition includes works by Carl Holty, Karl Knaths, Mark Tobey and Jon Schueler.