Drawn from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection, Our Good Earth is an exhibition that features a wide range of artworks in many media. The exhibition addresses the varied concerns of modern and contemporary artists for the natural world: from realist landscapes to abstraction, conceptual art to pop art, Our Good Earth illuminates how artists reveal the marvels of nature, express compassion for the fragile beauty of flora and fauna, and caution against threats to the natural world. Audiences will be stimulated to think about social and political issues, climate change, natural disasters, and environmental renewal and restoration—issues made urgent by the changing nature of the planet.
The exhibition will also present works by artists of regional, national, and international renown including modern regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood; Chicago Imagists Roger Brown and Robert Lostutter; and artists currently working as University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty such as Nancy Mladenoff. Other artists of note include Sam Gilliam, Richard Misrach, and Alyson Shotz. Our Good Earth will be presented in MMoCA’s main galleries June 4 through August 21, 2016.
Generous funding for Our Good Earth has been provided by The DeAtley Family Foundation; MillerCoors: John and Kim Sylla; U.S. Bank; Dane Arts, with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.