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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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Wisconsin Triennial Artists To Speak at Discovery World

Wisconsin Triennial Artists To Speak at Discovery World 
June 23, 2010 · 6:30-7:30 pm

MADISON, WI—Sculptors Martha Glowacki and Linda Wervey Vitamvas, whose artworks are included in the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial, will discuss their works in an illustrated talk in Milwaukee on June 23, 2010. The 60-minute talk is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the Triennial exhibition. The program will take place at Discovery World, 500 North Harbor Drive, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm; and will be followed by an informal reception. Admission to the lecture is free.

Martha Glowacki is represented in the Wisconsin Triennial by two diptychs that are part of her shadowbox/diorama series. Lessons from the Book of Secrets uses nineteenth-century texts and tintypes to comment on continuing gender stereotyping of “proper” activities. Summa (For My Mother) incorporates elements that were used to symbolize the transience of life in Dutch vanitas paintings, including insects in different stages of metamorphosis, jewelry, and bones. Glowacki says that for her, “the power of natural history specimens and Victorian artifacts such as hair jewelry often resides in the juxtaposition of beauty with physical decay.” 

Glowacki lives and maintains a home studio near Sauk City, Wisconsin. She is co-director of the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

Linda Wervey Vitamvas is a former psychiatric, obstetrical, and surgical nurse who has combined her training from those professions with a fascination for older scientific instruments and a deft skill with porcelain. Fictilus Organum, on view in the Wisconsin Triennial, includes components that resemble both medical instruments and tender body parts. According to Vitamvas, the works “explore this queasy relationship of object and body through insinuation. [They] are intended to provoke a spectrum of responses, from disquiet to humor, as they probe and penetrate while simultaneously providing protection against disease and harm.” 

Vitamvas lives and maintains a studio in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

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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