Wisconsin Triennial: A Statewide Survey of Contemporary Art
A Statewide Survey of Contemporary Art
May 5 – July 15, 2007
MADISON, WI – The 2007 Wisconsin Triennial will open on the evening of May 4 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Although the exhibition marks the eleventh statewide survey undertaken by the museum since 1978, it is the first to be exhibited in the museum's expanded space within Overture Center for the Arts. Forty-three individual artists and three collaborative teams will display works in MMoCA's main galleries, State Street Gallery, and New Media Gallery, as well as the museum's lobby, rooftop sculpture garden, and other public spaces.
The public opening of the Wisconsin Triennial will take place from 5:30 pm to 9 pm on Friday,
May 4, in conjunction with Gallery Night and First Fridays at MMoCA. Admission is $5 for the general public, and free for MMoCA members.
The 125+ works that make up the 2007 Triennial 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 among the mediums represented. The exhibition also demonstrates a wide range of materials and diverse approaches to process and content.
As with past Triennials, the selection process involved a careful review of images, followed by studio visits. The museum's curatorial team, consisting of curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo, director Stephen Fleischman, and curator of exhibitions Jane Simon, considered the work of 497 artists in CD, DVD, slide, and VHS formats. Ninety artists were selected for studio visits, which were conducted by the curators earlier this year.
Although the tradition of a statewide survey has a long history with the museum—the first Triennialwas organized by director Joe Wilfer when the Madison Art Center was located in the Lincoln School building—this is the largest and most ambitious Triennial to date. In all, the exhibition will be installed in more than 12,000 sq. feet of space in the museum.
While many of the exhibiting artists were born or educated in the state, others were born as far away as Korea and China and have chosen to make Wisconsin their home. Twenty-seven artists are exhibiting in the Triennial for the first time; the others have been included in one or more previousTriennials.
Works by forty-three artists and three pairs of artists working together will be exhibited in the 2007Wisconsin Triennial.
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.
The museum's education department has organized a series of discussions and hands-on workshops related to the Wisconsin Triennial, including these presentations by participating artists:
May 17: Art Talk with Fred Stonehouse. Free to MMoCA members, $5 for the general public.
June 1: Gallery Talk with Beth Lipman. Free.
June 8: Gallery Talk with Nicholas Lampert. Free.
June 22: Gallery Talk with TL Solien. Free.
July 6: Gallery Talk with Tom Jones. Free.
The museum's website, at www.mmoca.org, includes details about these and other events related to the Triennial.
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, with media support provided by Isthmus|TheDailyPage.com.
Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Wednesday (11 am–5 pm); Thursday-Friday (11 am–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.
Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. Free admissions are supported through memberships and through generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
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