Five Must-See Exhibits
Pencil in these shows opening this month
Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola: Magic City
Feb 3-Jul 11. Akinbola uses readymade objects to investigate cultural rituals, connections and conflicts in fashioning an identity. His work makes us question what makes an object “African,” “Black,” “White” or “American.” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan. 458-6144.
Feb 4-Mar 28. This exhibit makes competitive endeavors, or what we like to call sports, about more than just winning and losing, but instead the blood, sweat and tears characterized on the playing field. This exhibition presents the accessories and humans of sports: the equipment, trophies, objects that adorn athletic bodies, and the athletes themselves. The Art Garage, Green Bay. 448-6800.
Feb 4-Mar 18. Debbie Kupinsky’s work investigates the role of objects and images as carriers of meaning and explores the role of layered images in the construction of metaphorical landscapes. Ordinary objects like flowers, teacups, bottles and toys are some of the subjects and images come together to create larger, open narrative. The relationships in the work between sculptural pieces and found objects are meant to leave space for the viewer and allow them to find themselves, their memories and associations. Annex Gallery, UW Oshkosh. 424-1234.
Feb 6-May 30. Madison-based artist Jennifer Angus will create a dramatic, site-specific art installation in the Paine’s Main Gallery. Using exotic insects as her medium, Angus designs elaborate geometric patterns and narratives composed of thousands of preserved specimens to explore themes of beauty, ornamentation, the collection of natural history specimens, the relationship between humans and insects, and the important role insects play in ecosystems. Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh. 235-6903.
Unraveled. Restructured. Revealed: Where Contemporary Art and Diverse Perspectives Intersect
Feb 20-May 9. Guest curated by Tyanna Buie, this exhibit brings together over 40 contemporary artists from across the country and beyond. Represented work will encourage conversations about diverse perspectives through various modes of art making and how they relate to personal narrative, social justice and identity politics. The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton. 733-4089.
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