Anger is typically stigmatized as an inarticulate, childish, excessive and undesirable emotion to have or express. Yet anger also has the power to mobilize people, to spur individuals into taking action to try and influence situations that may otherwise seem beyond their control. Anger’s effects can be profound: the emotion may lie dormant inside an individual or within an entire generation for decades, slowly building in intensity until it explodes in the form of protests, riots, or war. The Power and Politics of Anger investigates both the positive and negative role that anger plays in art, culture, politics, and everyday life. We seek works in all media that address questions such as: What does anger look like? Is there an “aesthetics” of anger? How is anger registered in works of art through content and/or form? How does identity—gender, race, socioeconomic status—influence social and cultural perceptions of anger as well as an individual’s right to express it? When is anger attractive? When is anger sexualized? When does anger create vulnerability? What is the role of anger in community building? When is anger healthy and generative? How can anger be leveraged to foster wellbeing? Juried by Angee Lennard, Founder and Executive Director of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
Exhibiting artists: Annette Barbier, Sara Convery, Bronwyn Elkuss, Angela Fegan, Stacey Gee, Tiffany Gholar, Linda Gleitz, Tonia Hughes, Barbara Koenen, Sue Lee, Gayla Lemke, Marcy Lichterman, Noelle Mason, Amy Misurelli Sorensen, Bonnie Peterson, Alma Shoaf, Anna Showers-Cruser, Alice Simpson, Priscilla Smith, Angela Swan, Robin Tryloff, Lisa Vinebaum, Kathy Weaver, Micaela Anaya, Cat Chow, Vivian Le
On view simultaneously in the lower level galleries is “OVERLAP: A Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition”, curated by Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. OVERLAP brings together the works of five contemporary jewelers that challenge conventions of jewelry through convincing, completely wearable, and somewhat edgy pieces. A common thread is an interest in materiality: the work challenges ideas of preciousness through the use of traditional, experimental, common, and unexpected materials. The artists are deeply invested in jewelry as subject and format, examining historical forms through a contemporary aesthetic, and engaging ideas about wearability, relationship to the body, and historical uses of jewelry. While being ABOUT jewelry, the work in this exhibition IS also resolutely and unapologetically jewelry.
Exhibiting artists: Ashley Buchanan, Jim Charles, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Lyndsay Rice, Stephanie Voegele