Oct 14 2022


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Open to the public

Opening Reception: Then as Now *IN PERSON*

Promotional banner for Then as Now: Woodland Pattern 1980—2022. Background is light-blue and bright-green fade, there are six images of artwork included in the show running at the bottom, text is bold, sans-serif font that reads the title and date of the run. Text in thin sans-serif reading "Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's Layton Gallery" and reception date and time. At the very bottom under the images text crediting the images "L-R Douglas Ewart, vanessa german, Anne Kingsbury (in-progress), Siara Berry, Renée Baker, Colin Matthes"
Opening Reception: Fri. Oct 14 | 5–8 PM in the Frederick Layton Gallery

Then as Now: Woodland Pattern 1980–2022 on view from Oct. 10–Dec 3 at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

A visual history of Woodland Pattern featuring more than 100 artists who have exhibited with us, Then as Now traces four decades of gallery curation that has consistently emphasized interdisciplinary practices, the permeable and ubiquitous nature of language, and the fluidity between poetry and other forms of art.

The culmination of four years of research by a team of seven curators, this major retrospective includes contributions from book arts, printmaking, fiber arts, collage, photography, film, sound art, performance art, painting, and sculpture—with a particular focus on works that incorporate text. Also central to the exhibition are various examples of visual poetry; works pertaining to the language of music such as visual scores and hand-made instruments; and pieces that reflect a DIY aesthetic, a fondness for found texts, objects, or sounds, and/or a delight in traditional crafts.

Thematically diverse, the exhibition pursues intergenerational and interregional lineages and affinities, with domestic, ecological, and social justice issues often predominating.

Featuring artwork by: Dinorah Márquez Abadiano, Helen Adam, Laurie Anderson, Renée Baker, Tom Bamberger, Stephanie Barber, Diana Barrie, Pamela Barrie, Emily Belknap, Mary Bero, Siara Berry, Jen Bervin, Lois Bielefeld, Susan Simensky Bietila, Dick Blau, Jaap Blonk, Peter Brötzmann, Phoenix S Brown, Jim Brozek, Tyanna Buie, Julie Chen, Thomas A. & Laurie Clark, Portia Cobb, Orly Cogan, Cecelia Condit, Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, Maria Damon, Eddee Daniel, Raoul Deal, Johanna Drucker, Paul Druecke, Tongo Eisen-Martin & Chris Peck, Kenward Elmslie, Theodore Enslin, Douglas Ewart, Leslie Fedorchuk, Karl Gartung, Thomas Gaudynski, vanessa german, Renee Gladman, Kate Greenstreet, Robert Grenier, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Lane Hall & Lisa Moline, Walter Hamady, Roberto Harrison, Jenny Hart, Molly Hassler, Boolah Hayes, Edgar Heap of Birds, Caren Heft, Dick Higgins, Terri Kapsalis, David Najib Kasir, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Faye Kicknosway, Susan E. King, Anne Kingsbury, Alison Knowles, Márton Koppány, Nykoli Koslow, Anika Kowalik, Katherine Kuehn, Okja Kwon, Nicolas Lampert, Vaughan Larsen, Fatima Laster, Ck Ledesma, Eric Leonardson, Burt Levy, Howard Leu, Ruth Lingen, Joel Lipman, Gina Litherland, Katie Avila Loughmiller, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Jackson Mac Low, Colin Matthes, Wilhelm Matthies, Marsha McDonald, Kim Miller, Linda Montano, Jeff Morin, Dennis Nechvatal, Steve Nelson-Raney, Katherine Ng, bpNichol, Chris Niver, Josie Osborne, Mary Osmundsen, Teresa Pankratz, JoAnna Poehlmann, Bern Porter, Hal Rammel, Ed Sanders, Gaylord Schanilec, Amanda Schoofs, Pati Scobey, Jill Sebastian, Anja Notanja Sieger, Clarissa Sligh, LaDonna Smith, Lisa Solomon, Buzz Spector, LaNia Sproles, Valaria Tatera, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Walter Tisdale, George Tysh, Fahimeh Vahdat, Cecilia Vicuña, Melissa Wagner-Lawler, Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, Dan S. Wang, Marjorie Welish, Della Wells, Davey Williams, Jody Williams, Jonathan Williams, Max Yela, Karl Young, Pamela Zwehl-Burke

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