Upcoming 

Chris Maddox: Atlas Chronos Saturday, January 12–March 10, 2019
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Inspired by his artist-in-residence experience in Luxembourg in 2018—an opportunity made possible through a partnership between Ansay Development Corporation and MOWA—Maddox’s new works predominantly contain red, white, and blue, reflecting the shared colors of the United States and Luxembourg flags and his interest in politics and background in visual communication design...

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Peter Dahlke: Dream Spaces January 17–April 16, 2019
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Influenced by the assemblages of Surrealist artists Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp, Peter Dahlke works within the confines of constructed boxes made from pieces of old pipe organ wood. He carefully fills each box with an assortment of antiques, toys, tools, and visually engaging objects that spark the imagination. Dream Spaces is the artist’s first major retrospective comprised of two dozen works. Dahlke—an 80-year-old retired Milwaukee Public School teacher—has long been involved in the arts scene of Milwaukee and this exhibition is the culmination of a sophisticated, life-long fascination with dream spaces and the visual power of ordinary objects.

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Charles Munch: Between the Lines January 19–March 10, 2019
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Between the Lines will feature thirty paintings from four decades that trace Munch’s evolution from pure landscapes to vividly imagined narratives that explore the often complex relationships between humans, animals, and their interactions with the natural world. It is, in fact, the presence—and interaction—of humans and animals that take center stage in his dramatic vignettes. Although sometimes serene and in harmony, often his forest actors are threatened or confrontational and the outcome is uncertain. The paintings are frequently deliberately ambiguous or open-ended as Munch acknowledges that there are opinions besides his own and that some of the issues he addresses will remain unresolved. He avoids moral dictums: “I want my works to stimulate conversation and to encourage a variety of viewpoints.” 

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Handmade for Home: The Craft of Contemporary Design March 30–May 19, 2019
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View furniture, fixtures, wall coverings, and other items created for the home by many Wisconsin artists. Additional details to be announced soon.

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Among the Wonders of the Dells: Photography, Place, Tourism June 1–September 8, 2019
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Among the Wonders of the Dells explores the emergence and transformation of the Wisconsin Dells into what is today the single-most important tourist destination in Wisconsin. The exhibition and its 192-page catalog will include photographs by LeRoy Gates, the first photographer of the Dells, H.H. Bennett, the great nineteenth-century photographer touted as “the man who made the Wisconsin Dells famous,” Oliver Reese and John Trumble, who documented the Dells’ postwar tourist boom in the twentieth century, and three contemporary Wisconsin photographers commissioned by MOWA to spend a year photographing the Dells from their unique perspectives: Mark Brautigam, Tom Jones, and Kevin Miyazaki.

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Tom Uttech: Into the Woods September 28, 2019–January 12, 2020
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Acclaimed landscape painter and Wisconsin artist Tom Uttech has spent his entire life going into the woods. This fall, MOWA will present a major retrospective of his work in a museum-wide exhibition that will feature hundreds of works that span his entire career. From early photographs to a painting completed in 2018 specifically for the museum, this special exhibition will take you Into the Woods.

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