The 2007 Wisconsin Triennial is the eleventh statewide survey and exhibition undertaken by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art since 1978. It’s also the museum’s first Triennial in its new, and greatly enlarged, Overture Center facility. Forty-three artists and three collaborative teams will display works in the main galleries, State Street Gallery, and New Media Gallery, as well as the museum’s lobby, second floor landing, rooftop sculpture garden, and a public hallway.
As with past Triennials, the selection process involved a careful review of images, followed by studio visits. The museum’s curatorial team considered the work of 497 artists in CD, DVD, slide, and VHS formats. During the initial review sessions, the curators were impressed with the caliber of the artistic production. Ninety artists were selected for studio visits, and the curators traveled more than 2,000 miles over the course of three weeks to talk with artists from Milwaukee to Hudson, and from Green Bay and De Pere to Beloit, Amherst Junction, and Stevens Point.
The 125+ works that make up the 2007Triennial include site-specific pieces constructed at the museum, as well as finished works transported from artists’ studios. Assemblage, installation, paintings, photographs, sculpture, sound, and video are just some of the mediums represented. The exhibition also demonstrates the wide range of materials artists utilize today, as well as the diverse approaches to process and content.
2007 WISCONSIN TRIENNIAL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
William J. Andersen
Kyoung Ae Cho
Laurie Beth Clark
Steven D. Foster
Gary John Gresl
Lane Hall/Lisa Moline
kathryn e. martin
Stephen R. Milanowski
Michael T. Rea
Jennifer San Martin
J. Shimon & J. Lindemann
T. L. Solien
George Williams Jr.
Generous support for the Wisconsin Triennial has been provided by Paul Reckwerdt and Ellen Rosner; Gabriele Haberland and Willy Haeberli; Jeff Levy; Judith Dion Pyle; Alliant Energy Foundation; Hiebing; Kohler Foundation; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation and the Overture Foundation; the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Special support for site-specific installations in the exhibition has been provided by Marc Vitale. The First Fridays opening of the exhibition has been generously supported by Newcomb Construction Company and M&I Bank; media support provided by Isthmus|TheDailyPage.com.
Express It! Workshop
Friday, May 4 • 6–8 pm
Celebrate the opening of the Triennial by trying your hand at a Wisconsin-themed art activity. Classroom.
Art Talk with Fred Stonehouse
Thursday, May 17 • 6:30 pm
Fred Stonehouse will talk about his idiosyncratic cast of characters that comment on the human condition and its various betrayals, wounds, and disillusions in his work.
Gallery Talk with Beth Lipman
Friday, June 1 • 6:30 pm
Beth Lipman will discuss her sculpting process as well as her recent interest in photographing, and then destroying, her sculptures.
Gallery Talk with Nicolas Lampert
Friday, June 8 • 6:30 pm
Nicolas Lampert will talk about his Meatscapes digital collages and Attention Chicken! sculpture, their technical processes, and his interest in broadly disseminating his art in museums, galleries, ‘zines, parking lots, and elsewhere.
Gallery Talk with TL Solien
Friday, June 22 • 6:30 pm
Inspired by novels such as Moby Dick, TL Solien will discuss his large-scale paintings that join personal narratives with nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary references.
Gallery Talk with Tom Jones
Friday, July 6 • 6:30 pm
Ho Chunk Nation member Tom Jones will talk about his recent photographic series, Native Commodity, which critiques the commercial use of Native American imagery in the Wisconsin Dells.