September 22 – December 17, 2006
|Network: Images of Chinese Peasant Art from Jinshan and Huxian
September 7 – December 17, 2006
This exhibition features peasant paintings and woodcuts from the two most important schools of Chinese peasant artists, Jinshan near Shanghai and Huxian outside of Xi'an. Almost all Jinshan and Huxian artists are, or were, actual peasants, tilling the fields for their living and many still live in extremely simple conditions. Most began to paint at an advanced age. Visitors will be delighted by this unfamiliar and powerful artistic tradition.
Opening reception in the Courtyard Gallery, 4pm September 7, 2006
|Tibet: Magical Lands of Spiritual Wonders
September 12– October 8, 2006
Curator Zhang Zhaohui's exhibition introduces us to a generation of self-assured and globally conscious Chinese artists who have grown up in the midst of remarkable social transitions and a drastic transformation of their country's urban environment. In this exhibition, the artists confront these changes through photography and video art work.
"After nearly three decades of development, Chinese contemporary art has reached a new stage at the dawn of the 21st century. Recent Chinese art is winning international recognition and gifted artists are emerging in a steady stream. They are making work in a country that now, because of its rapid and extensive economic development, is at the center of the global gaze. China's attitude towards its past – historical, spiritual, and material – is also under construction, and the tension between past and present suffuses the work of the artists whose work is included in Ruins." ~Zhang Zhaohui.
Gallery talk - September 6th, 4 p.m. starting in the Courtyard Gallery
Object conversations features art and artifacts from different countries and different time periods. Each contains a history and has stories to share. These stories are the links that tie these pieces together and prompt the conversational theme around the exhibit.
Students from the Introduction to Collections Management class studied and researched these objects from the Wright Museum of Art and the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Each student was individually matched with an object and they dug deep into records, files, published research, and personal correspondence, and conducted interviews to uncover each artifact's history and story.
As their research unfolded, another first was taking place in the Museum Studies program. Introduction to Collections Management, taught by Nicolette Meister, and Exhibition Design and Development, taught by Judy Newland, combined their efforts to develop this exhibition. Students in the exhibit class developed a design that would showcase the objects. They also conducted visitor research, painted, chose images, edited and mounted labels, and installed the objects. In addition, Fran Abbate's creative writing class wrote poems about the objects. This collaboration brings an interdisciplinary theme to exhibition development.
|Textile Constructions: The Art of Judith James
January 27, 2006 - March 12, 2006
Judith James uses stitched resist dyeing techiques to create a body of work intended to evoke incidental earth maps and to reference place and how human beings become intimate with the places they occupy. The dyeing techniques are fairly unpredictable in their results and tend to produce soft, slightly out-of-focus and luminous effects that suggest the waning light of late afternoon that lowers visibility and softens the landscape.
"I've built on centuries-old Japanese shibori processes, as well as African resit dyeing methods used to create adire and other cloths, to develop my surfaces, and have experimented with different ways of folding and stitching the fabric in response to what's happened in the dscharge baths. I've been able to duplicate some effects; others are unique and one-of-a-kind..."
|Infrastructure #2 by Brad Killam
February 3, 2006 - April 2, 2006
View the installation created by Brad Killam, professor at the College of DuPage.
|49th Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition
February 3, 2006 - March 31, 2006
The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is the oldest juried art exhibition in the state of Wisconsin and features outstanding art from regional artists. It is open to all artists residing in Wisconsin and neighboring states. Original works executed by the artist are eligible. The exhibition is organized and run by a team of Beloit College students. This year the team consists of Zia Brucaya, Craig Hadley, Lindsae Long and Kara Pallin.
The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is sponsored by the Wright Museum of Art and the Art League of Beloit and supported by additional contributions from the community.
Jurors for the 2006 exhibition are Randall Berndt, Co-director at the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery, Overture Center, Madison and Susan Kriofsky, Co-founder of Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee.