Tom Uttech: Into the Woods | Museum of Wisconsin Art 


    Tom Uttech: Into the Woods
    On View: October 12, 2019January 12, 2020
    Note new date! Opening Party: Saturday, October 12 | 2:005:00


    Wisconsin native Tom Uttech is recognized as one of the leading landscape painters working today in the United States. Often categorized as a Magic Realist, his paintings weave together a mystical world of both imagined and real elements. Uttech’s paintings are easily identifiable by their complex devotion to nature, one that is equally raw and wild and familiar and inviting. His inspiration derives from decades of travel to Northern Minnesota and the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Uttech’s world is one of waterways, shorelines, and tumbling rocks precariously perched within thickets of growth.

    Over the last decade, Uttech’s enchanted forests have become home and stage to animal migration, a natural phenomenon rooted in eons of animal behavior and evolution. Part fantasy, part natural science, these migration paintings are compelling not only for their settings but for the hundreds of species of animals flying, swarming, and bolting across his paintings on a timeless mission and in a perpetual state of reenactment. Uttech does not identify as an environmental artist, but his treatment of the migration subject has become synonymous with encroaching dangers that finds resonance in contemporary issues of wildlife preservation. Uttech is in many ways most comfortable in the north woods or the forests that surround his forty-acre farm in Saukville, Wisconsin, which is also home to his converted barn-studio.

    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.

    Gallery Talk with Laurie Winters
    Saturday, November 2 | 2:00–3:00

    Go Into the Woods with MOWA Executive Director | CEO Laurie Winters, curator of the exhibition. Each gallery talk will take you through a unique period of Tom Uttech’s career.
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    Artist Talk with Tom Uttech
    Saturday, November 16 | 2:00–3:00

    Tom Uttech shares stories of travel, his artistic process, and what it’s like to be a contemporary landscape painter today.
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    On the Surface: Wisconsin Duck Decoys
    Saturday, November 23 | 1:00–1:30

    Join Director of Exhibitions and Collections Graeme Reid in the galleries for a talk about the history of duck decoys made in Wisconsin. A selection of handcrafted decoys by Owen Gromme, August Moak and Enoch Reindahl will accompany the Into the Woods exhibition.
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    Gallery Talk with Laurie Winters
    Friday, November 29 | 2:00–3:00

    Go Into the Woods with MOWA Executive Director | CEO Laurie Winters, curator of the exhibition. Each gallery talk will take you through a unique period of Tom Uttech’s career.
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    Birdwatching in the Gallery
    Saturday, November 30 | 2:00–3:00

    Join conservation biologist and bird expert Kim Kreitinger in the exhibition galleries as she identifies and discusses the bird species found in Tom Uttech’s paintings.
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    Gallery Conversations with Tom Uttech
    Saturday, December 7 | 12:00–3:00

    Strike up a casual conversation with artist Tom Uttech in the exhibition galleries. Then, partake in the annual Champagne Shopping Party at the MOWA Shop.
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    Project of a Lifetime
    Saturday, December 14 | 2:00-3:00

    Join Suzanne Rose in Hyde Gallery for a talk and tour. Learn how she worked with hundreds of Tom Uttech’s photographs and prints to digitally process and print them for the exhibition.
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    Artist Talk with Tom Uttech
    Saturday, December 28 | 2:00–3:00

    Tom Uttech shares stories of travel, his artistic process, and what it’s like to be a contemporary landscape painter today.
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    Gallery Talk with Laurie Winters
    Saturday, January 4 | 2:00–3:00

    Go Into the Woods with MOWA Executive Director | CEO Laurie Winters, curator of the exhibition. Each gallery talk will take you through a unique period of Tom Uttech’s career.
    Free with Membership

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    Exhibition Special Offer

    Receive a voucher for a free Into the Woods tote bag when you join or renew as a Friends of Wisconsin Art member (MOWA+, Premium, Partner, or Benefactor). Valid through January 12. Learn more >

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