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2003

[Looking Back 45th] Looking Back: 45th Anniversary Neese Fund Exhibition
September 26, 2003 - January 25, 2004


The Wright Museum looks back to 1958 and celebrates the first Neese Fund Exhibition. This collection of twentieth-century art forms a distinctive part of the Wright Museum's permanent collection. Through the generosity and vision of Laura Aldrich Neese we can still celebrate art work which, at the time, was contemporary and is now part of the modern era.

[Wisconsin Outsiders] Wisconsin Outsiders
August 29 - December 14, 2003


The Wright Museum of Art is pleased to present the works of five important Wisconsin "naive" artists in the exhibition, Wisconsin Outsiders. This is the first major exhibition of its kind at the Wright Museum and will feature works by acclaimed artists Simon Sparrow, Norbert Kox and Carter Todd. The terms "naive" or "outsider" artist or "art brut or raw art" are concepts that came into vogue in the 1950's. Raw Vision (www.rawvision.com), the preeminent naive art magazine defines outsider art or naive art as: "the development of the awareness of forms of creative expression that exist outside accepted cultural norms, or the realm of "fine art". "Art Brut" or "outsider art" consists of works produced by people who for vaious reasons have not been culturally indoctrinated or socially conditioned. They are dwellers on the fringe of society. Working outside the fine art "system" (schools, galleries, museums and so on), these people have produced, from the depths of their own personalities and for themselves and no one else, works of outstanding originality in concept, subject and techniques. They are works which owe nothing to tradition or fashion.

[Robots Dream] The Robot's Dream: Fiber Works and Drawings
June 13 - September 17, 2003


Contemporary quilt artist, Kathy Weaver, use imagery from the robot's world to consider the meaning of the intersection of technology and art. By using the labor-intensive quilt medium, nostalgic materials and the robot persona, the peices have layers of meaning about time, personal and political conflict and memory. The images are metaphors for the dichomtomy between issues of fatalism and hopefulness. The dangerous and dark become ever more beautiful and facsinating. Satins and velvets, embroidery and hand sewing, put a human touch to the hard-edged supra natural airbrushed and painted forms.

[Walls and Windows] Fred Berman Photographs: Walls and Windows
June 13 - August 10, 2003


The images included in Fred Berman Photographs: Walls and Windows span 40 years and half a world. Berman, Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is perhaps best known for his work as a painter. However, influenced by the work of photographers Edward Steichen and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who both began their careers as painters, Berman is an accomplished photographer, appliying the same formal structure of color, light and texture to his photographs as to his canvas. This traveling exhibition was created by the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.