Summer Activities at MOWA | Museum of Wisconsin Art 

     

    Vacation like it's 1859.
    Take a photographic trip through 160 years of Wisconsin Dells.

    From remote natural wonder to “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells has reigned supreme as the state’s premier tourist destination for nearly 160 years. Among the Wonders of the Dells presents more than 100 photographs from eight artists recounting the fascinating history and transformation of Wisconsin Dells.

    Among the Wonders of the Dells
    will feature photographs by Leroy J. 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,” Bennett Studio, John A. Trumble, who documented the Dells’ postwar tourist boom in the twentieth century, Dennis Darmek, 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 J. Miyazaki.


    Opening Party: Among the Wonders of the Dells
    Saturday, June 1 | 10:30–5:00

    Kick off the summer with a celebration of Wisconsin Dells. Meet the exhibition’s contemporary photographers and enjoy live music, light bites, and a cash bar.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Opening Party: Among the Wonders of the DellsH. H. Bennett Studio, Flaming Baton Twirler, Archival pigment print, from original negative, 1956/67, Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS–42888
    Among the Wonders of the Dells Open Studio
    Saturday, June 1 | 10:30–5:00

    Dive into this extended open studio with water art! In anticipation of summer and water park vacations, join us to create floating chalk art. This drop-in studio is perfect for all ages.
    Free with Membership | Walk-ins Welcome

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    Among the Wonders of the Dells
    On View: June 1–September 8, 2019

    From remote natural wonder to “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells has reigned supreme as the state’s premier tourist destination for nearly 160 years. Among the Wonders of the Dells presents more than 100 photographs from eight artists recounting the fascinating history and transformation of Wisconsin Dells. Read more.
    Free with Membership | Book a Tour

    Image for Among the Wonders of the DellsH. H. Bennett, Fleet of Rowboats on a Sunday Afternoon—Dells Guides, Albumen print, 1870/1908, Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-2348
    Share your Dells memories!

    There's no doubt that the Dells holds a special place in your heart. Share your stories, photos, and memories with us!



    Share on social media using the hashtag #mydells

    Image for Share your Dells memories!Tom Jones, Mount Olympus Pool, Archival pigment print, 2018 (detail)
    Photographers Panel
    Saturday, June 8 | 2:00–3:00

    Mark Brautigam, Tom Jones, and Kevin J. Miyazaki share their year-long experiences photographing the natural and manufactured wonders of the Dells. Learn about their creative processes and hear personal stories about documenting Wisconsin’s top tourist destination.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Photographers PanelMark Brautigam, Information Booth, Archival pigment print, 2018
    Dells-inspired Mini Masters
    Young artists (infant to age 5) and caregivers

    June 18 | 10:15–11:00
    Exhibition: Among the Wonders of the Dells
    Book: Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean
    Project: Beach Art

    July 2 | 10:15–11:00
    Exhibition: Among the Wonders of the Dells
    Book: Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw
    Project: Firework Art

    August 20 | 10:15–11:00
    Exhibition: Among the Wonders of the Dells
    Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Project: Hot Air Balloons

    Mini Masters takes place every first and third Tuesday
    Free with Membership | View all upcoming sessions

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    How the Dells Became the Dells
    Thursday, June 20 | 6:30–7:30

    Join Wisconsin historian John Gurda as he unites the Dells past and present through the biographies of three decisive figures who made the Dells a destination: Byron Kilbourn by building the railroad, H.H. Bennett by artfully promoting the scenic wonders, and Tommy Bartlett by ushering in the modern period.
    Free with Membership

    Image for How the Dells Became the DellsJohn Gurda
    Travel Sketching
    Saturday, June 22 | 10:30–3:00

    Learn the finer points of travel sketching with Wisconsin artist Sangeeta Patel. Explore MOWA with a pen, pencil, watercolors, and notebook sketching the sights to practice for your next travel adventure.



    $85 with Membership

    All supplies included | Bring a lunch

    Image for Travel SketchingSangeeta Patel
    Curator Talk
    Tuesday, July 2 | 10:30–11:30

    Take a deep dive into the wonders of the Dells with Curator Tyler Friedman.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Curator TalkAssociate Curator of Contemporary Art J Tyler Friedman
    Food and Travel Photography
    Thursday, July 11 | 6:30–7:30

    Photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki discusses the fine art of travel and food photography, and his experiences shooting for the New York Times, Bon Appétit, National Geographic, and other nationally-acclaimed publications.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Food and Travel PhotographyKevin J. Miyazaki
    Ho-Chunk History in the Dells
    Saturday, July 20 | 2:00–3:00

    Join Amy Lonetree, associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for a look at Ho-Chunk culture. As a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a scholar of Indigenous history, Lonetree has both an insider’s perspective and intellectual insight on the historical use of Ho-Chunk culture to attract tourists to the Dells.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Ho-Chunk History in the DellsAmy Lonetree
    Art & Chalk Fest
    Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28

    Art & Chalk Fest is an outdoor festival that features a juried art fair of 65 fine artists and 15+ chalk artists from across the nation. The festival offers art activities for all ages, live music and enterainment, food vendors, and more. The museum is free for the weekend. Stop by the MOWA Studios to make art inside and explore the Among the Wonders of the Dells exhibition.
    Free and open to the public

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    Curator Talk
    Thursday, August 8 | 6:30–7:30

    Take a deep dive into the wonders of the Dells with Curator Tyler Friedman.
    Free with Membership

    Image for Curator TalkAssociate Curator of Contemporary Art J Tyler Friedman
    Road Trip to the Dells
    Saturday, August 10 | 8:00–5:00

    Join photographer Tom Jones on a day trip to Wisconsin Dells. Hop on the bus at MOWA and embark on a journey to the historic H.H. Bennett Studio. Meet Dave Rambow, historic site coordinator and wet plate photographer, and look into the late 1800s through three-dimensional stereoscopic views. Then try out the iconic Leap to Stand Rock yourself. Experience overlooked gems of the Dells and capture it all with your own camera. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine local establishments.



    $80 with Membership

    Bus departs from MOWA | Bring cash for lunch

    Image for Road Trip to the DellsTom Jones, Black Hawk Motel, Archival pigment print, 2006 (detail)
    Photographing Urban Landscapes
    Saturday, August 24 | 10:00–12:30

    Hit the streets of Milwaukee with photographer Mark Brautigam. Wander about downtown with your camera at the ready as Brautigam shares tips for catching the perfect shot of the city.



    $35 with Membership

    Bring your own camera

    Image for Photographing Urban LandscapesMark Brautigam, Milwaukee Port, Archival pigment print, 2018 (detail
    Exhibition Catalogue
    Available in the MOWA Shop in July

    Among the Wonders of the Dells will be accompanied by a catalogue published by University of Wisconsin Press. The exhibition's photographs will be contextualized in essays by celebrated Wisconsin historian John Gurda and MOWA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art J Tyler Friedman. The uniqueness of the Dells encompasses a range of themes to be discussed in the essays: shifts in leisure practices and family vacations since the nineteenth century, the uneasy assimilation of the Ho-Chunk tribe with early settlers and contemporary tourists, and the Dells as a subject of both commercial and artistic photography.

    Image for Exhibition CatalogueMark Brautigam, Water Park, Archival pigment print, 2018 (detail)
    Grandparent's Day
    Saturday, September 7 | 10:30–1:30

    One last splash! Enjoy the final weekend of Among the Wonders of the Dells with your grandparents and family. Grab an adventure guide and wander through the exhibition sharing family memories and reminiscing about your summer vacations. Get creative together in the studio with a fun make-and-take project!
    Free with Membership | Walk-ins Welcome

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