Dean Jensen's Outsider Art
Thus began a love of the genre for Jensen. For the past 19 years he has made an annual trip to New York's Outsider Art Fair. This April Jensen presents the gallery's yearly outsider-art exhibition, “Naives, Seers, Lone Wolves and World Savers.”
The exhibition features 30-plus works from 15 outsider artists, including visionary watercolorist Joseph Yoakum, Mose Tolliver and Howard Finster. Jensen says his collection also includes work from “the late, great Rev. Josephus Farmer.” Farmer's magnificent bas-relief sculpture highlights Eli Whitney's invention, the cotton gin.
In the upper gallery, Jensen presents two other exhibitions: Madison artist Sally Hutchison's “The Shangri-La Project,” which applies abstract paintings and images to vintage linen books, and Jim Dine's “Winter Dream,” a select suite of black-and-white etchings by the esteemed 77-year-old Pop artist. Jensen hosts a reception 6-9 p.m. April 20 for all three exhibitions.
The MAM is also hosting an outsider art exhibition, “Accidental Genius,” on display through May 6.
Also at the MAM is its annual four-day event celebrating art and flowers, “Art in Bloom,” March 29-April 1. The event includes a 5:30 p.m. reception Thursday, March 29, and features demonstrations, lectures and other special programming. For more information, call 414-224-3803 or visit www.mam.org.
“Drawing the Line”
224 E. Main St., Port Washington
Leah Schreiber, Jason Yi, Hal Rammel and Leslie Vansen explore the line in this exhibition that opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception March 30. (www.gallery224.org.)
The Veterans Book Project
UW-Parkside Foundations Gallery
900 Wood Road, Kenosha
Artist Monica Haller works with veterans and their families to create one-of-a-kind softbound books reflecting their war experiences. This traveling exhibition continues through May 12.