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Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Contact Info: 

Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
608.257.0158 x 227 or sheri@mmoca.org

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
608.257.0158 x 237 or katie@mmoca.org

Wisconsin Triennial Artists To Speak at Neville Public Museum

Wisconsin Triennial Artists To Speak at Neville Public Museum 
June 16, 2010 · 6:30-7:30 pm

MADISON, WI—Artists Sarah Pearl Detweiler, Carol Emmons, and Alison Stehlik, whose artworks are included in the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial, will discuss their works in an illustrated talk in Green Bay on June 16, 2010. The free talk is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the Triennial exhibition. The 60-minute program will be presented at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Detweiler, Emmons, and Stehlik are all faculty members in the art department of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The talk on June 16 will focus on how living in Green Bay has shaped the artists’ creative approaches, subject matter, and other artistic choices; and their roles in the community as artists and teachers. Their artworks in the Wisconsin Triennial demonstrate the artistic range of the exhibition overall.

Sarah Pearl Detweiler says her practice with photography “is rooted in the belief that photographs are made, not taken.” The three diptychs on view in the Wisconsin Triennial are drawn from her series Sometimes we just don’t feel like ourselves, which shows Detweiler and her husband dressed in costumes in side-by-side photographs. Detweiler draws inspiration from “popular culture, B-movies such as Franken Hooker, local histories, personal events, and places I have lived to create characters that are general yet recognizable.”

Carol Emmons often works on a large scale, creating site-specific installations that incorporate constructed elements, light, and found objects. For the Wisconsin Triennial, Emmons has created a participatory installation titled Here. There. Viewers are invited to climb steps to a wooden platform where they can use a telescope to read written fragments of Madison history contributed by city residents and placed around the gallery. As Emmons says, “We might think of place as a palimpsest: revealing traces of its inhabitation as inscribed on its geography, and viewed through the filter of each person’s experiences and desires.”

Alison Stehlik says the eleven sculptural portraits on view in the Wisconsin Triennial are inspired by her curiosity about genealogy and ancestry. “The entirety of my ancestor’s lives is summarized in vital records: the times and places of their birth, marriage, and death. My knowledge of them will always be drawn from limited documentation and my own speculation. Incomplete and mysterious, they are relics.” Stehlik’s sculptures are from the series Family Hairlooms; the series includes imagined family members of the future, as well as her ancestors.

The 2010 Wisconsin Triennial is the twelfth statewide survey undertaken by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. This year’s Triennial features works by forty-two individual artists and two pairs of artists working in collaboration. The exhibition will be on view at the museum, in downtown Madison, through August 15, 2010.

For additional information about the talk or exhibition, call the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art at 608.257.0158.

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