11:00am, $Give What You Can
Featuring decks and original works by Maggie Bard, Chicome Itzcuintli, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Bran Sólo, Matt Stansberry, and David Wilson. Curated by Laurence Ross.
On view in our gallery February 11—April 5, 2020
The Tarot, rooted in ancient archetypes, has continually transcended the time periods of its origination to experience resurgences of popularity. Innovations in the Tarot are most evident when an artist aims to illustrate this transcendence, restoring potency—and urgency—to pictures of swords, scepters, and queens on thrones. Whether a practitioner bases their work on image or narrative, interpreting or “reading” the Tarot always blends art with craft. This exhibition aims to show how artists create contemporary interpretations of the Tarot inspired by the places in which they work, with a particular focus on how the artists’ understanding of landscape—both physical and cultural—has shaped their translation of the cards into modern language. Featured decks will include Black Moon Tarot (Maggie Bard), Tarot Mexicayotl (Chicome Itzcuintli), Charm City Tarot (Gabriella Santiago-Vancak / Laurence Ross), Tarot de Laguna (Bran Sólo), and Rust Belt Arcana (David Wilson / Matt Stansbury).
Curator Laurence Ross will also hold a related workshop on February 29.
Part of What Can I Do?: Spirituality, Civic Engagement, & Artistic Practice, a series of exhibitions made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.