2016 Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

Madison's visual arts season has a lot to offer
2016 Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

“Beading Culture: Raised Beadwork and
the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin”
James Watrous Gallery, Sept. 16-Nov. 6

This exhibition not only showcases the beauty of Haudenosaunee raised beadwork, it also reveals the dedication of the Wisconsin Oneida artists who have worked to ensure the survival of the artistic tradition. Beadwork is often used as a marker of tribal identity on items made for personal and ceremonial use. The exhibition, presented in partnership with the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the Oneida Nation Museum, features historic pieces as well as works by Haudenosaunee Confederacy artisans who have mentored Wisconsin Oneida artists plus a video on contemporary beading circles.

“Wisconsin Triennial 2016”
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Sept. 24-Jan. 8

For an exciting look at the latest creative output by artists across the state, don’t miss this showcase, held every three years. With work by 40 artists displayed across MMoCA’s galleries, you’re sure to discover new artists to follow as well as get caught up on the current directions of favorites. Paintings, prints, photography and sculpture are all well represented, and the Triennial this year reflects an enhanced interest in digital media.

“Remembrance and Celebration”
Edgewood College Gallery and Gallery Marzen
Oct. 9-Nov. 7

The rich traditions of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos continue locally in the thoughtful approaches and contemplative spaces of Edgewood College Gallery and Gallery Marzen. For a second year, the galleries offer joint exhibitions focused on honoring people and communities and invite the public to join in the celebration. The small altars and shrines that are showcased at Gallery Marzen are vibrant, quirky and deeply personal and serve as a colorful complement to the other large-scale drawings, sculptures and paintings on display at Edgewood.

Lesley Anne Numbers and Sarah Eichhorn
Hatch Art House, Oct. 1-31

When the talents of two Wisconsin artists combine, the results transcend the boundaries of their respective media. Lesley Anne Numbers, a Madison printmaker, and Sarah Eichhorn, a textile artist based in Milwaukee, explore the interplay between weaving and screenprinting. They’ve collaborated to produce a series of monoprints, tapestries and screenprinted textiles that are inspired by a shared love for weather patterns and the sky. Featuring vibrant colors and abstract forms, the works evoke the drama and beauty of Wisconsin sunrises, sunsets and other natural occurrences.

“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”
Chazen Museum of Art, Nov. 3-Dec. 11

The centerpiece of the museum’s extended focus on William Shakespeare, this traveling exhibition brings one of the world’s most treasured books to all 50 states. Published in 1623, the “First Folio” is the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays, some of which weren’t published in his lifetime and might have otherwise been lost. The rare book is displayed showing one of the most-quoted lines in history, “To be or not to be” from “Hamlet,” and accompanied by additional artifacts exploring the playwright’s impact. Also at the Chazen, Oct. 14-Dec. 11, an exciting variety of theatrical posters is on display in “Presenting Shakespeare: Posters from Around the World.”

Bubbling up

For an ongoing who’s-who roundup of local artists that couldn’t feel cooler, more inviting or more Madison, look no further than the Madison Public Library. Under the direction of Trent Miller, the Bubbler program at the Central Branch is not only responsible for innovative tinker-encouraging workshops and fun after-hours events, but it has also become known for hosting some fantastic art exhibitions. One day you’ll find the poetically scientific prints of Briony Morrow-Cribs, and then a few weeks later the thick, schmeary brushstrokes of painter Kimberly Benson. Or you’ll wander into an environmental installation by TetraPAKMAN or be greeted by the colorful, exuberant portraits of Romano Johnson. Artwork based on the concepts of books, group shows pairing emerging artists with local masters, an artist-in-residence program, and a showcase of art made by prisoners and a special emphasis on digital and video art prove the Bubbler is taking an approach to exhibiting art that’s inclusive, eclectic and downright exciting. They’re scattered across the downtown library, near the Bubbler headquarters on the lower level, alongside books and seats on the first and second floors and down a long corridor on the natural-light-infused third floor.