Current Exhibitions 

Jennifer Angus: Still Lives

Permanent Collection | Surreal Gallery
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Jennifer Angus first discovered the decorative potential of insects in the 1980s when she was studying bugs used in the fabrication of color dyes in northern Thailand. Angus created this installation of cicadas and beetles in the MOWA gallery dedicated to the surreal in Wisconsin. Angus's wall-pinned insects create an otherworldly atmosphere, while a table laden with bell jars presents whimsical kingdoms wherein dried beetles mimic everyday human activities.

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Dean Meeker: Myths and Legends

On view January 30 - April 11
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Dean Meeker’s figurative art focuses on the strengths and foibles of humankind, often drawing on the biblical and mythological subjects he learned about as a student. This exhibition celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Meeker's birth with a focus on his passion and relentless drive that marked his long career.

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Rafael Francisco Salas: In Flowered Fields

On view through May 2
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In Flowered Fields pairs Rafael Francisco Salas’ recent work with rarely seen art from MOWA’s permanent collection, initiating a dialogue with other approaches Wisconsin artists have taken to representing the landscape. Proximity to surrealist, social realist, and Western art calls forth different resonances in both Salas’s and the earlier works.

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Warhol and the Portfolio of Fame: The Photography of Doug Edmunds

On view January 30 - May 2
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Andy Warhol, 1980, digital archive print

 

Doug Edmunds spent six years capturing photos of some of America’s most famous faces: Andy Warhol, Hank Aaron, Ella Fitzgerald, Aaron Copland, Allen Ginsberg, Lily Tomlin, Bob Woodward, and more. Edmunds’ portraits in this exhibition capture the distinctive personality—even aura—of these larger-than-life individuals.

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Jean Stamsta: The Big Picture

On view at Saint Johns on the Lake
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Jean Stamsta made wildly colorful and playful paintings and fiber sculptures. She was a pioneer in the fiber renaissance in the late 1970s and 1980s, however, fiber was only one of the many media she mastered. In the 1980s, Stamsta started using handmade paper, paint, and fiberglass to create her mythical creatures inspired by images on effigy mounds--more numerous in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the United States.

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