Does an exhibit give you Just the Facts?
People often take a trip to a museum or gallery to learn something or experience something new, assuming that what they’re seeing is factual and neutral.
However, all exhibitions embody perspectives and politics beneath the surface, and are almost never “just the facts.”
Five artists bring Just the Facts to MIAD January 9 – March 4 in the Frederick Layton Gallery, creating a commentary on the exhibition space itself and its engineered presentation.
MIAD alumnus Tony Matelli, Mark Dion, Beauvais Lyons, Diane Fox and Jennifer Angus offer unique takes on the traditional form, function and visual language of exhibits.
The Opening Reception is Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 20, 2017, 5 – 9 p.m.
A panel discussion will take place on Thursday, February 2, 6 p.m. in the MIAD Student Union. Participants include:
Jennifer Angus: Artist in Exhibition
Professor in Design Studies, UW–Madison
Curator and Director of Research, Chipstone Foundation
Diane Fox: Artist in Exhibition
Senior Lecturer in College of Architecture & Design, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Beauvais Lyons: Artist in Exhibition
Chancellor Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tony Matelli: Artist in Exhibitions
Distinguished MIAD alum, NYC-based artist
Exhibition Designer, Milwaukee Art Museum
Executive Director and CEO, Museum of Wisconsin Art
Curator Mark Lawson, MIAD’s Director of Galleries, wants viewers to think critically about fine art and natural history.
“There’s a point of view that’s being expressed, and you have to put it into context, not just accept things at face value.”
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Image 1: Brontosaurus, Mark Dion (epoxy, resin, tar, wood, objects) courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Image 2: Lemur Darwinus, Beauvais Lyons (hand-printed lithograph)