On the Nature of Wisconsin, which runs Jan. 17th – March 20th is the first exhibition at The Warehouse to feature only artists who were born or have spent significant time in the state of Wisconsin.

The opening reception takes place from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 during Gallery Night. Special guests include educators from The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and sculptor Bill Reid with a pop-up exhibition.

“Meadow (Lorrie Otto’s Garden)” (1970) by Ruth Grotenrath.Photo by Robb Quinn courtesy The Warehouse

Featuring works from the permanent collection of The Warehouse, On the Nature of Wisconsin is a celebration of Wisconsin artists and their relationship with the natural world. Focused on a state known for its freshwater, forests, and parks, this exhibition examines the connections artists have made and observed with these surroundings. Included works depict sweeping landscapes, quiet farm life, reimagined plants and animals, and objects exemplifying natural forms.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, guest curator.

Special exhibit programming is set during 2020 Milwaukee Museum Week, Jan. 18th –26th, including an artist talk with Bill Reid at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20th. “The Beests of Bill Reid” will be an open dialogue with the artist discussing various birds, which are among his favorite “beests” to depict. Reid will discuss his metal sculpting process and why he revisits birds throughout his work. The program is free and open to the public, with all ages welcome. Bill Reid’s pop-up exhibition The Unexpected Birdwatcher will be on exhibit in the Guardian viewing rooms adjacent to The Warehouse during Gallery Night and Day and Milwaukee Museum Week.

A curator tour is also set with Sawkins for noon Wednesday, Jan. 22. Sawkins will lead a tour through the exhibition highlighting nature-themed art in the collection and discuss her work on a book on the history of Wisconsin artists. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional programming will be presented throughout the duration of the exhibition and will be announced via social media.

Regular hours for The Warehouse are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Warehouse will also be open for Gallery Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 17th and Gallery Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18.

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