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Graceland is a repository of Chicago history and architecture, and a microcosm of artistic and architectural details. These works pay homage to men and women who shaped one of the world's great cities, as well as many of America's most renowned architects, among them Louis Sullivan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Bruce Gough."


Oddments: Odd and Intriguing Objects from the Wright Museum
September 10th - February 19, 2006

Every museum collection contains unusual artifacts that rarely see the light of day. This exhibition will feature an assortment of fascinating objects from the Wright Museum's permanent collection.

[Plane on Plane]

 Plane on Plane
An Installation by kathryn e. martin
September 30th, 2005 - January 15, 2006

Plane on Plane features the repeated use of a form that most people are well acquainted with: folded paper airplanes. Martin employs a vast number of paper airplanes in the installation, configuring and arranging them in abstract ways, thus creating a visual commentary on how people construct reality and imbue time, objects, and places with significance and power. "When making paper airplanes, we anoint ourselves with anonymous titles... sculptor or engineer. Revisiting them proves their timelessness and unmistakable beauty, which are caught in each of the structural folds. In revealing the process of creation — to build something from nothing — the forms speak of an undeniable power." OPENING RECEPTION: September 30, 2005
5 - 7 pm Wright Museum Courtyard Gallery


Paintings by Erik Weisenburger
August 27th - November 1, 2005

Artist's Statement: "For the past five years I have been painting a series of memorial gardens and homage's to midwestern artists and architects (primarily Chicago-based), including Roger Brown, Louis Sullivan, H.C. Westerman, Henry Darger, and Richard Nickel, who have had a significant influence on my development as an artist. Their artwork, buildings, and designs have taught me how to interpret the world and build a visual narrative. I also have a strong response to their portrayals of nature in a man-made environment.

Strolling In Japan: Japanese People's Perception of Japan
Rakuchu-Rakugaizu: Scenes in and Around the City
November 8, 2005 - January 15, 2006

What is the role and function of a college art museum?
To what extent should its programming be tied to the educational priorities of the college? Last spring, students enrolled in Art History and Museum Practice developed ideas for a series of exhibits designed to draw the Wright Museum of Art to the very center of the academic mission of Beloit College. This exhibit was conceived by Sayako Kimura'06 and Heather Hanson'06, in consultation with faculty in Asian Studies and modern languages. In developing their exhibit, Sayako and Heather selected visually engaging objects. They intentionally kept their wall labels to a minimum, to create opportunities for other students in targeted classes to add knowledge and information to the exhibit. Strolling in Japan seeks to enhance deeper understanding of Japan and Japanese culture from a Japanese perspective; their sense of west and east and the wholeness centered around Mt Fuji.
Rakuchu-Rakugaizu looks at scenes in and around the city during the Edo period.

A Doorway in Time
Watercolors of Wisconsin Rock Art and Beyond
by artist Geri Schrab
June 24th - September 18th, 2005

This exhibit features watercolors based on rock art sites, primarily from Wisconsin, but includes additional sites in North America and Ontario. The work examines how ancient petroglyph and pictograph sites open up a portal to exploring culture, human connection to the living earth, dreamtime, the true history of this land and messages of the ancients. Artist Geri Schrab takes us beyond the geographic borders of what is now known as Wisconsin to contemplate western comprehension of time, dimension and relationship.

[Local Visions]

Franklin Boggs: Local Visions
May 20 - August 21, 2005

Franklin Boggs is one of Beloit's most celebrated and prolific artists whose career spans more than 60 years. Franklin Boggs: Local Visions is curated by Beloit College sophomore and art history major Kara Pallin of Minocqua, Wisconsin. Working with Boggs and his family, she has assembled a number of his works representing various stages of his career. Works will be drawn from Boggs personal collection as well as from private collections and the Beloit Historical Society. The centerpiece of the Wright Museum show will be three of the murals that Boggs created from the Corral Restaurant in Beloit. The large works will be seen together for the first time since a fire caused the demise of the legendary nightclub and restaurant on Park Avenue more than 30 years ago. The murals, painted directly on Masonite board, have been preserved by Jim Patch of Allied Games, the last operator of the restaurant.

[Beggars and Choosers]

Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America
February 10th - March 4, 2005

For more than a generation, politicians have argued that resourceless women in the US, who have children - especially the ones who need public assistance - are irresponsible and selfish, and make bad mothers. Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans agree. This stunning black and white photography exhibition aims to reclaim dignity and legitimate motherhood for mothers denied that status by public opinion, public policy and the media.