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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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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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Members’ Show 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019–Sunday, September 8, 2019
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MOWA’s year-round exhibitions take deep dives into the historical and contemporary Wisconsin art scene, but there is no better demonstration of the depth and diversity of Wisconsin art than the annual Members’ Show, which showcases works by 250 MOWA members hanging salon style in the State Gallery. With work by professional artists and weekend warriors installed on equal footing, this exhibition offers an invaluable look into the creative vision of contemporary Wisconsin art.

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Saint John's On The Lake | Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape July 18–October 8, 2019
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Photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have collaborated for more than thirty years on projects that challenge the viewer to think differently. In Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape, the dynamic duo reinterprets the work of nineteenth-century photographer Carleton Watkins whose western landscapes were both aesthetic documentation and advertisements for the bounty of America. Ciurej and Lochman use mass-produced, processed foods such as marshmallows, potato chips, cereal, and gelatin to recreate these landscapes, forcing the viewer to reexamine notions of consumption, progress, and changing landscapes—both natural and societal.

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Tom Uttech: Into the Woods September 28, 2019–January 12, 2020
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Acclaimed landscape painter and Wisconsin artist Tom Uttech has spent his entire life going into the woods. This fall, MOWA will present a major retrospective of his work in a museum-wide exhibition that will feature hundreds of works that span his entire career. From early photographs to a painting completed in 2018 specifically for the museum, this special exhibition will take you Into the Woods.

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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 is privileged to showcase the most compelling, engaging, inventive, and unique art from a state rich in creative capital. The 2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial is open to all contemporary artists from throughout the state, representing a wide spectrum of media and creative perspectives.

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