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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Tom Uttech: Into the Woods

October 12, 2019–January 12, 2020
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Into the Woods is the artist’s first full-career retrospective that will include never before seen early paintings and drawings as well as a number of his large-scale migration series paintings from the last decade. In anticipation of the exhibition, MOWA commissioned Nin Gassinsibingwe, the most recent and in many ways most spectacular painting in his ongoing migration series. The Ojibwe title translates as: “I Wipe My Tears.” The exhibition is accompanied by a major gift of almost two hundred photographs that was made possible by the artist and the Kohler Foundation, Inc. The exhibition is curated by Executive Director Laurie Winters.

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On the Water

October 12, 2019–January 12, 2020
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In exploration of all things Northwoods, view a special installation of custom canoe and kayak paddles by Kevin Kowaleski and Justin Mosling of Winnebago Paddles in Milwaukee and handmade wood canoes and kayaks by Bob Grueneberg of Sinissippi Boats in Hustisford.

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MOWA | DTN—Sound | Asleep

Opening Saturday, September 14
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Tomiko Jones, A Place to Rest, 2008-present


Conventional display of art privileges level lines and generous spacing—all the better to spotlight the merits of individual works. Both Steven Foster’s Steve Lacy Series and Tomiko Jones’ A Place to Rest flout these principles of exhibition to reflect influence and collaboration, making the installation of the photographs as much a part of the work of art as the photographs themselves.

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Saint John's On The Lake | Wolfgang Klein: Freedom of Expression

October 17, 2019–January 17, 2020
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Like many Wisconsin artists before him, Wolfgang Klein was born in Germany and later immigrated to Milwaukee. A student of German Expressionist master Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Klein was an educator in Berlin before relocating to the United States in 1954. He started working in advertising and then taught for many years at the YWCA in Milwaukee and Marquette University. Klein’s woodblock prints reveal both Kirchner’s stylistic influence and Klein’s deep connection to Milwaukee.

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