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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David R. Harper: A Fear of Unknown Origin

August 11–May 19, 2019
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Comprised of seventy-two ceramic sculptures of animal heads glazed in various shades of blue, A Fear of Unknown Origin is inspired by two things that seem completely unrelated. The first inspiration comes from the cyanometer, an esoteric tool alpinists used to measure distance by the shades of the sky. The second is the idiom “Entre le Chien et le Loup” (between the dog and the wolf), which describes the effects of dusk and being unable to differentiate between friend or foe. Harper’s installation unifies the two with a gradual gradient of blue and a corresponding range of expressions, from smiles to snarls.

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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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Among the Wonders of the Dells: Photography, Place, Tourism

June 1–September 8, 2019
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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,” H. H. 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.

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MOWA | DTN—Downtown

Tuesday, June 4–Sunday, September 8, 2019
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Downtown will consider the vibrant historic traditions of Milwaukee’s core as well as the social realities that characterize its urban environment. The exhibition will feature ten artists who live or work in Milwaukee—Mark Brautigam, Brema Brema, Adam Carr, Portia Cobb, Mark Klassen, David Lenz, Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, Lon Michels, Keith Nelson, and Nathaniel Stern—to create a visual conversation about Milwaukee as a city of the twenty-first century. The results are an exciting visual cacophony of diverse views and interpretations.

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Saint John's On The Lake | Robin Jebavy: Kaleidoscopic Tensions

April 25–July 9, 2019
Image for Saint John Robin Jebavy, J.S. Bach's Organ, Acrylic on canvas, 2015
Of all the adjectives that might describe Robin Jebavy's large paintings, dazzling is the perfect fit. Jebavy takes mundane, everyday glass vessels and plates, and renders them in an ethereal kaleidoscope of form, light, and color. Her inspiration is equally complex. On a formal level, her works pay homage to historic seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting as well as stained glass windows in cathedrals. Informally, these spectacularly immersive and intriguing compositions invoke a sense of wonder where everyday objects transcend to become something greater than the sum of their parts.

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