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.


    Among the Wonders of the Dells
    On View: June 1–September 15, 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.
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    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
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    There's no doubt that the Dells holds a special place in your heart. Share your stories, photos, and memories with us!



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    Image for Share your Dells memories!Tom Jones, Mount Olympus Pool, Archival pigment print, 2018 (detail)
    Dells-inspired Mini Masters
    Young artists (infant to age 5) and caregivers

    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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    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.

    Registration is now closed.

    Bus departs from MOWA | Bring cash for lunch

    Questions? Contact Tyler Friedman at 262.247.2269 or tfriedman@wisconsinart.org.

    Image for Road Trip to the DellsTom Jones, Black Hawk Motel, Archival pigment print, 2006 (detail)
    Exhibition Catalogue
    Now available in the MOWA Shop!

    Among the Wonders of the Dells is accompanied by a catalogue published by University of Wisconsin Press. The exhibition's photographs are 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 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)