A Celebration of Wisconsin Art

MMoCA Brings Artists from Around Our State to Downtown Madison

by Aarushi Agni, age 19

This summer the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will host a new exhibit featuring artists from around Wisconsin. This exhibition, the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial, will be the twelfth time the museum has organized a survey of contemporary art from our state.

The Triennial includes many media, including paintings, photography, sculpture and multimedia works. The 44 artists were selected through an extensive exploration process from a pool of 480 applicants.

The diverse selection of artists chosen for the show includes foreign-born artists as well as university professors and graduate students. Some notable works include that of Marc Tasman, who took a picture of himself every day for ten years, ActualSize Artworks’ endeavor to erect a ladder within the museum, and Frances Myers’ photography of space.

Several avant-garde video presentations will also be featured. Bruce Charlesworth’s Love Disorder is a multimedia presentation that consists of a domestic setup and a video screen featuring a person. As one enters the setting, the person welcomes them inward. However, the face on the screen becomes more angry and argumentative with the progression of the video to represent the decline of a romantic relationship.

Another video presentation by Kitty Huffman addresses the fragile relations between humans and the environment by showing the artist’s brief interaction with a herd of deer.

Triennial works will reside in the State Street Gallery, the New Media Gallery, and the second floor main galleries. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is comfortably located within the Overture Center for the Arts at 227 State Street. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 5pm, Friday from noon to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm.

The Triennial exhibition will also feature a range of talks and other programs. Admission is free.