StoryBook explores how stories are communicated in contemporary art. To illustrate the diversity of narrative methods, the exhibition draws upon works from MMoCA’s permanent collection by such artists as Robert Barnes, Richard Bosman, Roger Brown, Warrington Colescott, Todd Hido, and Erik Weisenburger, among others. Like the contemporary novel and related literary forms, contemporary art has sustained, challenged, and expanded traditional narrative structures.
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This fall MMoCA will present Jason S. Yi: A Fragile Permanence in the State Street Gallery. A Milwaukee-based artist, Jason S. Yi is known internationally for his site-specific installations that transform utilitarian materials into large-scale sculptures suggestive of mountains and other natural phenomena. His cross-disciplinary approach to art-making has long addressed culturally-determined notions of landscape, from folklore surrounding East Asian mountain peaks to the muscular mythology of the American West.
One of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography, Alec Soth captures offbeat images that uncover narratives of the American experience. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, the artist’s first major traveling survey in the United States, will be on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from September 13, 2014 through January 4, 2015. This exhibition, which was organized by the Walker Art Center in Soth’s hometown of Minneapolis, explores 15 years of Soth’s career, from 1995 to 2010.
In his ambitious photographic project Lands in Limbo, Narayan Mahon explores the unrecognized countries of Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Trandsniestra, Nagorno Karabakh, and Somaliland—many of which broke away from larger, recognized nations after bloody ethnic conflicts. Although their citizens have succeeded in securing new borders and building varying degrees of functional governments, these de-facto states continue to exist in a political, social, and cultural limbo.
In February 2015, MMoCA will present an in-depth and multifaceted exhibition by Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, New York-based artists whose work has been shown across the United States and internationally. The artists’ first major museum survey, this exhibition will present large-scale paintings created in conjunction with international communities, including American soldiers in Iraq, coal miners in Pennsylvania, Cairo citizens in the Arab Spring, and stateless children in Thailand.