One Week, Two Extraordinary Exhibits
Can’t-miss shows at Museum of Wisconsin Art, Tory Folliard Gallery
One of the most expansive collections of modern
portraiture in several years opens June 2 at the MWA. The exhibition “To See
Ourselves as Others See Us: Contemporary Wisconsin Portraits” (through Aug. 29)
features ceramics, paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures that reflect this
concept. Curators Graeme Reid (MWA assistant director) and Debra Brehmer
(Portrait Society Gallery director) selected more than 50 images from artists
that represent a wide variety of career stages, from the new graduate to the
In a series of 15 miniatures, Milwaukee’s Fred Bell transfers his popular
emotive self-portraits to the museum. Melissa Cooke offers surreal contortions
to the human face. Katie Musolff portrays neighbors from rural Wisconsin. Esteemed
artist Mark Mulhern contrasts gestural figures with Marc Sijan’s
hyper-realistic sculptures. Sarah Detweiler, Gary S. Kampe, Demetra Copoulos,
Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej are also featured.
Drawing particular interest will be the winner from
the National Portrait Gallery competition, David Lenz. His commission from this
prestigious event evolved into a portrait of Eunice Shriver Kennedy that honors
her dedication to the Special Olympics, an organization she helped to found.
Though the finished portrait hangs in Washington,
D.C., the MWA will exhibit a
study from this lengthy process.
Reid and Brehmer have composed an eclectic
collection of sublime portraiture. A 1:30 p.m. reception on Sunday, June 6,
features exhibiting artists. The MWA also offers Sneak Peek Friday for a 10:30
a.m. preview June 4.
Beloved artist Marion Coffey presents her latest
solo exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery in an exhibit that paints the city and
life within. “Marion Coffey: Home” (June 4 through July 10) returns Coffey to
Coffey’s travels had expanded previous exhibitions
to faraway destinations, including Europe and Africa.
In this exhibit, familiar Milwaukee
cityscapes, along with smaller still lifes, showcase the artist’s vigor for
vibrant hues and broad, spontaneous brush strokes.
Whether capturing a pear set on a plate or the scenery on Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, Coffey’s colorful viewpoints affirm her passion for painting. Coffey will attend a 5-7 p.m. reception on June 4 at Tory Folliard Gallery.