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Press Release

MOWA features more than 40 artists in The Street

Exhibition July 20, 2023

(WEST BEND, WISCONSIN) – Immersing guests in the familiar and exciting sights, sounds, and vibrance of urban cityscapes, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is excited to present The Street: At the Intersection of Art and Public Space. The exhibition opens on July 22 with a block party from 2:00-4:00 to celebrate the occasion.

Featuring more than 40 artists, The Street is a love letter to the paved roads and towering architecture that are the backdrop and center stage for our daily work and play, and a continual source of inspiration for artists. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, found object assemblages, and so much more. This timely exhibition explores the sensory feast of city streets and the artists who move and are moved by them.

“There are so many wonderfully talented Wisconsin artists engaging with and interpreting the idea of public space – all through a diverse and rich landscape of media and perspectives,” says MOWA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Anwar Floyd-Pruitt. “I feel quite fortunate for the opportunity to bring so many voices together into one exhibition. The Street was a blast to curate.”

Vibrant paintings, created by some of Wisconsin’s most celebrated muralists, transform the exhibition space with colorful canvases that amplify community voices, channel social commentary, and reflect aspirations for a bright future.

Following in the footsteps of the pedestrian life reemerging in the spaces around us, MOWA is thrilled to step back out into The Street to celebrate these often-inspiring staples of urban life. This exhibition runs through October 15.


Image credit: Maryham Ladoni, Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season, 2019