A cabinet of
curiosities displays a bunch of various collected things, often from the
natural world. “Species & Specimens,” on view at the Villa Terrace
Decorative Arts Museum, is like walking through one of these cabinets in large
form. It is a series of wonder rooms where contemporary artists take
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of,” so wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1746. Franklin was right about time but three current exhibitions highlight the idea that “stuff of life” in
Greymatter is a keenly intelligent place and
does not rely on sprawling exhibitions to make a statement. It simply can't, as
it is one of the smallest art galleries in the city. With the curatorial acumen
Fahimeh Vahdat has described herself as, "as an Iranian-American Baha’i woman and artist living in exile,” adding that her word “addresses the experience of ‘in-betweenness’, as Eastern and Western ways of living merge and separate.” Engagement in cross-cultural and political commentary lies at the heart of her exhibition...
The current exhibition at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is
titled “Garden of Curious Delights,” but be careful of what preliminary images
that may conjure up. This exhibition is not about exotic plants or charming
Nagler is the first artist in the new "Wisconsin’s Own" series at the
Charles Allis Art Museum—not to be confused with the "Wisconsin
Masters" series which, as described by the museum’s admissions agent one
This year's “Nohl Fellowships Exhibition” has the feeling of capturing
particular facets of contemporary culture. The six artists and the collective
(American Fantasy Classics) featured in the exhibit draw from undercurrents...
Gary John Gresl's "possible solo finale" exhibition, “An Assembler,” brings together more than three dozen of his assemblages and photographs. The effect is like walking through an array of grottos or shrines...