Current Exhibitions 

Beth Lipman: InEarth

Permanent Collection Gallery
Image for Beth Lipman: InEarth Beth Lipman, InEarth, Glass, wood, metal, paint, adhesive, 2017 (detail); Photo credit: Rich Maciejewski

In both medium and message, Beth Lipman's ornate glass installation lnEarth belongs to this tradition of situating human finitude within broader horizons. Glass itself is a suggestive substance, able to precisely imitate forms while presenting a ghostly, translucent aspect as though the object had been drained of some essential vitality.

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Jason S. Yi: Reconfiguring MOWA's Landscape

Permanent Outdoor Installation
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Yi’s site-specific outdoor installation, The Legend of the White Snake, is part of MOWA’s own reimagined landscape. Coming to West Bend from downtown Milwaukee—where it was part of the ongoing public art project Sculpture Milwaukee—the work is entirely constructed from PVC, forming a dynamic tangle of tubes that towers over viewers like a scribble incarnate. The Legend of the White Snake reconfigures the landscape and engages interest from every vantage point.

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2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial

Saturday, January 25–Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Every two years the Museum of Wisconsin Art showcases some of the most compelling art from a state rich in creative capital. The 2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial recognizes emerging and established Wisconsin artists who are at the forefront of contemporary art. The Biennial not only exhibits the art, it awards a total of $10,000 in cash; the first-place prize winner receives $5,000 and a solo exhibition at MOWA.

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Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence

Now on view in Madison
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The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) has curated a selection of Wisconsin art for display at the Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence. Artwork is on view throughout the first floor of the Residence and is used to enhance adult and youth educational tours.

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The World After Us: Imaging Techno-Aesthetic Futures

On view at MOWA | DTN in Milwaukee | January 17–March 29, 2020
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By some estimates, China produces more than 9 million mobile phones per day. India recently surpassed China, meaning that this incredible rate of production generates more than 10 billion mobile phones per year. Add chargers, watches, tablets, and computers, and a global problem looms. The World After Us asks “what will—and what can—happen to this technology over time?” The exhibition is a timely provocation that will leave viewers contemplating how we might change our ecological trajectory.

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Mark Klassen: Combustible Dust

Saturday, January 25–Sunday, March 29, 2020
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If appearances are deceiving in Mark Klassen’s work, it’s only because appearances are deceiving in everyday life. The air-conditioning unit that makes the sultry summer tolerable also wreaks environmental havoc. To encounter such an object—or a picture-perfect wooden replica—in a museum setting is sufficiently strange to change what viewers notice in their day-to-day lives. Klassen’s deceptive sculptures transform banal objects—an air-conditioning unit, driver’s license, and water-squirting prank flower—into larger-than-life works of art that call attention to the things that make modern society possible and occasionally perilous

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Rosalie Waranius Vass | Light Layers: Watercolors

On view at Saint John's On the Lake January 16–April 8, 2020
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Born and raised in Dundee, Wisconsin, the artistic vision of Rosalie Waranius Vass reflects the lush colors and glaciated landforms of the Kettle Moraine that cradles her hometown. Over six decades of creative activity, Vass has developed a unique watercolor technique that involves adding layer upon layer of the delicate, translucent paint to create a vibrant surface that shimmers with color. The richly detailed compositions evoke a longing for close-knit communities of yesteryear with a beguiling simplicity of style that updates American folk art traditions.

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