Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30

Lecture "My Images Have Presence: The Visual Adventures of Roger Ballen"

Patrick A. Rumble, Professor, Department of French and Italian and Visual Culture Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison will give a lecture on Roger Ballen, one of the most original image makers of the twenty-first century. This exhibition at the Chazen features recent black-and-white photographs from Asylum of the Birds and I Fink U Freeky. See the Chazen web site for more details.

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

depArt: Laika Boss

Bill Pielsticker has four new black and white interpretations from his Inner Space series in an exhibit by the entrepreneurial support group 100State. The exhibit depArt: Laika Boss opens with a reception on Saturday, September 5 from 6 pm to midnight. Some free tickets are available, otherwise the cost is $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Dane County Humane Society. 100State is on the square at 30 West Mifflin, 6th floor. For more details and to reserve a space see: depArt: Laika Boss.

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Sep
4
to Nov 1

Roger Ballen Photography at the Chazen

Roger Ballen (b. 1950 in New York, active in South Africa), Muscleman and Ninja, 2012, photograph, 11 x 13 3/4 in., courtesy Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen (b. 1950 in New York, active in South Africa), Muscleman and Ninja, 2012, photograph, 11 x 13 3/4 in., courtesy Roger Ballen

Internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen will visit the Chazen Thursday, Oct. 1 to deliver a lecture, sign his books and celebrate his exhibition, Roger Ballen Photography.

Ballen is one of the most original image makers of the twenty-first century. The exhibition, on view through Nov. 1, features recent black-and-white photographs from Asylum of the Birds (2014, Thames & Hudson) and I Fink U Freeky (2013, Prestel), photographed at a compound near Johannesburg. The location of the “asylum” remains a tightly guarded secret, but Ballen says its inhabitants include refugees, escaped prisoners and mental patients, and drifters who come and go. The images are orchestrated by Ballen with stage sets of graffiti, drawings, animals dead and alive, random scraps and found objects, and populated (sort of) by the human and avian inhabitants. The resulting images are intriguing and disturbing. The images from I Fink U Freeky were created in collaboration with—and feature—the South African punk rap group Die Antwoord. 

On Oct. 29, Patrick A. Rumble, Professor, Dept. of French and Italian and Visual Culture Studies, UW–Madison, will lecture on Ballen's work.

For more details, browse over to the Chazen web site.

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May
1
to Jun 29

John Murray Mason: Madison Trees

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John Murray Mason presents a personal photographic journey through four seasons and 15 years in an exhibit displaying the tranquility and bleak beauty of trees in black and white. Madison Trees, his collection of photographs features specimens found in the parks, gardens and natural areas, and along the city streets of Madison.

Many of the trees photographed stand near the edge of a body of water.  Some of the most interesting grow in parks along the city's lakes, rivers, and creeks. The photographer didn't need to travel far to find a good subject. The images show the many outposts of nature that punctuate Madison's neighborhoods.

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May
1
to May 31

Michael Knapstein: Terroir- Landscape Photography

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“Terroir” is a French word that can be loosely translated to mean “a sense of place.” In winemaking, it is used to describe the unique flavor that a particular location imparts on wine. This exhibit explores how the concept of terroir can also be applied to photography, as each different location also flavors a photograph with a distinctive sense of place.

The Cambridge Winery Madison Tasting Room is open Wednesday through Sunday. For additional information on hours, please contact Cambridge Winery proprietor Frank Peregrine at 608-216-8846.

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May
1
to Jun 8

Rick Langer: The Chambered Nautilis: A Journey Into Sacred Geometry

Starprintz's Spring Exhibit at Tamarack Gallery is The Chambered Nautilus: A Journey Into Sacred Geometry, an exquisite body of work by Rick Langer.  This collection evolved over the past few years as Rick traveled the world with camera and shells in hand, carting them up mountains, down to seasides, creating his imagery with the likes of bristlecone pines – some of the oldest trees on earth; volcanic lava fields in Hawaii; mosques in southern Spain and petroglyphs in the American southwest, to name a few. The chambered nautilus is a living fossil that has survived in earth’s oceans for the last 500 million years.  Its shell expands outward in a logarithmic spiral.  As the animal grows, it builds new and larger chambers, and then seals off the old smaller ones.

Art Talk:  Sunday, June 7th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm   Talk with the photographer and get more background.

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May
1
to Jun 30

Michael Anderson: UW School of Music Photographs

In 2013 and 2014 PhotoMidwest member Mike Anderson assisted the UW-Madison School of Music's project to update their photo library. Many of these images were used to update the School of Music website. Mike was invited to attend classes, rehearsals, and concerts where he photographed students in vocal ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras, concert bands and wind ensembles, small and large jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and operas. The exhibit's selections illustrate the depth and diversity of musical talent developing in the heart of Madison.

Mike was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a UW-Madison graduate. Although post-graduate studies and employment took Mike and his family to the Pacific Northwest for 25 years, he returned to Wisconsin after retirement and has been rekindling his love of the Midwest through his photography.

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Apr
17
to May 30

Anne Stack Connors: Amused by Chickens

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These artists are amused by chickens and we think you will be amused by their work. CLUCK is opening a show of work by Anne Stack Connor (photographs), Emily Kjelland (home objects design), Sarah Rosedahl (paintings and prints) and Marsha Sparks (prints) on April 17. Join us from 6-9 pm to meet Anne Stack Connor and Emily Kjelland. Light refreshments will be served.
Website: http://www.cluckthechickenstore.com

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Apr
9
to May 29

Peter Price: Photographs

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Photographs, through 5/29, Downtown Coffee Grounds, Lodi (reception 6-8 pm, 5/1). 608-592-3325. Website

Pete has been fortunate enough to have lived in a number of locations overseas for the better part of 30 years. The bulk of his photos are in the “tourist” mode of photography, “taking pictures because it was the thing to do, an opportunity to prove I had ‘been there’ to friends, provide input to scrapbooks and slide shows for friends and family.”  The patrons who have bought his work off the walls love it because of his natural artistic eye: the color and composition pulling you in, and often a great story.

Locations include: 1972 in Japan for 2 years. 4 years in Korea and several years in Germany. In 1980, his photography became dormant until moving to Sicily in 1992.

 He moved back to Germany in 1999 when his mind-set changed. He became attentive to the technical aspects of photography: shutter speeds, aperture, metering, composition and other functions of his camera.

Currently the walls of the Downtown Coffee Grounds are adorned with quite a few images from Pete's adventures including a few masks from Venice, Italy.

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Apr
2
to Apr 28

Reece Donihi: Louisiana Graves

Photographer of the Month and PhotoMidwest member Reece Donihi's Louisiana Graves monochrome images show the damage caused by hurricanes or the weathered beauty time marks on the graveyards

Opening Reception 7 pm Thursday, April 2. Brian Donihi,  Reece's son, will play his classical guitar at the opening reception at the PhotoMidwest Studio.

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Apr
2
to Apr 30

Kerry G. Hill: The Barn Quilts of Green County, WI

Barn quilts are large painted squares -- usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on barns or other buildings. They can be found in many, mostly rural, areas, in Wisconsin, but Green County has the biggest collection, more than 130 barn quilts. These quilts -- symbols of comfort, family, heritage and community -- provide warm artistic accents to the rural countryside.

The photos in this exhibit represent a sample of the hundreds of images captured during a three-day shoot in June 2014.

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Mar
16
to Jun 30

Maureen Cummins: Social Conscience

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World-renowned book artist Maureen Cummins has produced over 30 limited edition works tackling social justice issues. She mines historic materials to expose hidden meanings, and provide poignant entry into moments in history that are often overlooked.

"It's a startling and awe-inspiring experience to be handling materials that our ancestors, sometimes centuries ago, created," Cummins explains. "It gives you a shocking perspective. You truly get a rich and nuanced understanding of human history."

Her work addresses difficult social issues like women's rights, race relations, human oppression and torture, poverty, identity, and mental illness. She utilizes original photographs, business documents, slave narratives, hospital records, turn-of-the-century gay love letters, and other historical archival material to explore new and disturbing meanings in and around these issues.

"The subject matter I research, while often dark, is not esoteric," Cummins notes. "There's something interesting about the process of looking at dark subjects, or disasters, that others have researched before. I'm looking for a new angle that allows me to see something that nobody else has seen. I'm looking for the accounts that aren't the official history, but rather created by people in an unselfconscious way, that allow you to see the detailed accounts of why or how something happened."

For more information, please contact the Kohler Art Library at 608-263-2256 or lyn.korenic@wisc.edu

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Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

Vietnam War Photos taken by Army Nurse Fay Ferington

Vietnam is a small country about the size of the state of Colorado.  Its terrain varies from stretches of flat red earth to the gray mush of its rice patties; from the beauty of its coastal beaches, to the mystery of its mountains. Somewhere in this area there are 440,000 Americans.  They work, they play, and they wait to go home.

See these remarkable photos by Fay Ferington, Army Nurse during the Vietnam War. Stop by during the Open House on Wednesday, March 11 at 1:30 pm in the upstairs Gallery.

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Mar
10
to Apr 29

Susan Sullivan: Susan's Memory Gardens

“I began taking pictures of my beautiful gardens in Edgerton, as well as the many birds and butterflies who visited, when I retired in 2003 and began to landscape our new yard.  My gardens are planted in honor of my family and friends.  People who saw my photos suggested that I frame and share them.  I have displayed my framed artwork around this area.  My photos have been featured in magazines and the paper, and prints have been purchased all over the world.  I am happy to share my beautiful pictures!” - Susan Sullivan 

Artwork is on display in the UW Hospital and Clinics J3/1 Carbone Center waiting room

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Mar
10
to May 31

Michael Rausch & Poonam Rao, Linked Roots: Exploring Traditions

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Through the work of PhotoMidwest member Michael Rausch and Poonam Rao, cultural traditions comes alive. Rausch photographs Native American Powwows while Rao uses her two-tone folk paintings to document the activities prevalent in Indian villages.
Call: 608-258-4169   Web: www.overturecenter.org

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Mar
10
to May 31

Justified Art!

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A juried exhibition inviting artistic contributions to the ongoing dialogue surrounding Dane County’s systemic racial inequities.

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Mar
10
to May 1

Degrees & Kinds of Solitude

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Chen, Baker, and Peyer's work finds reverence in nature. All three artists, through different approaches and mediums--small scale photography, plant specimen mandalas, and abstract photography--share their impressions of quiet contemplation in the natural world.

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Mar
6
to Apr 26

Lewis Koch: "Stacked & Shelved"-Book Photographs

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When invited to make an exhibit of my work at the new central library, I immediately thought of books. Of course. Books are the lifeblood of libraries. Books are in my blood. They have long been a subject of my photography, seen in their various guises and habitats, intermingling visual representations of image and text. The examples shown here are drawn from the project's three groupings: “A Scattering of books, a miscellany of shelves”- accumulated images made over the past few years; “Ex Libris: What Madison is (and is not) reading”- examining the interiors of the outdoor book boxes known as Little Free Libraries; and “Stacks and spines”- reprising assembled friezes of books, from my last garage installation.

Madison Central Library-Diane E. Ballweg Gallery

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Mar
6
to Jun 21

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today explores how photography is used, understood, and experienced in Cuba in times of transition through photographs, photography-based installations, digital photomontage and "intervened photography" by eight contemporary Cuban artists. These show how Cuban photography has changed over the last 20 years. In contrast with the stylized documentary images of the young Revolution, the new Cuban photography aims to create a syntax of expressive artifacts.

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Mar
3
to Apr 30

Annette Knapstein: Travel, Terraces & Trees

This is a collection of more than 15 intimate color portraits of nature and public spaces by photographer Annette Knapstein. The exhibit is titled Travel, Terraces and Trees to illustrate that no matter where she is, there is always something worth noticing and photographing.
March 3 through April 30 at Oasis Cafe, 2690 Research Park Drive, Fitchburg, WI.

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Mar
2
to Apr 29

Pat Sweeny: The Journey of a Thousand Miles

In 2007, with her first DSLR in hand, Patricia Sweeney began her photographic journey. The adventure kicked off with a two-week solo trip to Paris.

Over the subsequent nine years, her passion for travel in combination with an awakening photographic creativity changed her worldview. Travels have taken her to Texas, California, Oregon, Montana, Maryland, Charleston, Savannah, Washington, France, Italy, Ireland, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and most recently Myanmar (Burma).

By enriching her travels with her expanding photographic endeavors, she has reached the point of sharing her art with other photographers and those interested in the photography medium.

This exhibit, "The Journey of a Thousand Miles," documents her travels through Southeast Asia and Cuba as well as hidden gems of the United States. It runs through April. Watch the PhotoMidwest newsletter for more details on her upcoming exhibit reception during the April Fluno open house.

The Fluno Center, 601 University Ave., on the UW-Madison campu

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