Brian Ulrich Copia—Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores,
January 22 - May 18. This insightful, decade-long, three-phase investigation of the American consumer psyche traces a route from exuberant excess to the bleak architectural landscapes of closed malls and empty parking lots.
Between Critique and Absorption Contemporary Art and Consumer
January 22 - May 18. The six contemporary artists included in this exhibition—Kota Ezawa, Gabriel Kuri, Josephine Meckseper, Kaz Oshiro, Dan Peterman, and Shinique Smith—employ a range of visual and conceptual strategies to interrogate consumerism.
The Print Room An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation
January 22 - May 18. The Print Room is an immersive exhibition that explores transfer-printed ceramics and their role in print culture.
Aesthetic Afterlife An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation
January 22 - May 18. We will die, civilization will crumble, life as we know it will cease to exist, but trash will endure, and there it was on the street, our ceaselessly erected, ceaselessly broken cenotaphs to ephemera and disconnection and unquenchable want.1
The quote above is unmistakably dire and pessimistic, and it hints at a dystopian future for the world. Our obsessive materialism today occurs without consideration of what happens to things when we no longer need or want them. In this installation, six Wisconsin artists address the myriad problems raised by our “throw-away culture,” but they do so somewhat optimistically, using old objects to create beautiful works of art.
Free admission | Open daily:Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.