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Beyond the Model: Contemporary Women Artists from the Art Museum Collection (Part 1)

April 2 – August 13, 2016

South One Gallery

Women have been the subject of some of the most famous works of art, however as artists they have been historically underrepresented.  Art created by women previously was often dismissed as “craft art” rather than fine art.  

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Leslie Dill (American, b. 1950), Hummingbird Dress, 2014, color lithograph with mixed media, 22-3/8 x 22-1/4 inches, W. Sherman and Dorothy A. Burns Revocable Trust Purchase, 2014.20


April 9 – August 13, 2016

South Two Gallery

Painter, sculptor and installation artist Aimé Mpane (Congolese, b. 1968) creates colorful, rough-hewn portraits and mosaic-like wall murals from plywood. Constructed of three compressed layers, the light brown, white and dark brown wood represents human skin, which he carves with a traditional African adze.  

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Aimé Mpane, L'envie, 2013 mural on pieces of wood, 70 x 70 x 7 inches, lent by Haines Gallery, San Francisco and the artist

Identity and Gender Roles:
The North American Indian Photographs of
Edward S. Curtis

May 7 – July 30, 2016

Rotunda Gallery

Although forgotten for many years, today,
Edward S. Curtis (American, 1869-1952) is one of the most recognized and celebrated photographers of Native North American Tribes.

In the early 20th century, Curtis launched 
The North American Indian project, a thirty-year mission which he described as an effort “to form a
comprehensive and permanent record of all the
important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their... customs and traditions.” 

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Edward Curtis (American, 1868-1952), The Old Time Warrior - Nez Perce, 1910, photogravure, 7-1/4 x 5-5/16 inches, gift of Mr. Merton Elliot, 1983.249.145

Oversized: Contemporary Art from the Collection

May 28 – August 20, 2016

Chicago and East Galleries

 The ever-expanding measurements of paintings and photographs have been a topic of interest since the mi-twentieth century with the Abstract Expressionist painters who first challenged the traditional scale of works by creating images that filled museum and gallery walls to their limits.  Larger-than-life canvases and photographs invite an extraordinary visual experience in which the viewer cannot help but be immersed in the artwork.

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China Mary II

Hung Liu (Chinese/American, b. 1948), China Mary II, 2006, oil on canvas, 66 x 66 inches, UW Art Museum Acquisitions Fund purchase, 2006.3

Objects of Power: Artistry of Weapons Across Cultures

June 4 – August 20, 2016

Friends of Colorado Galleries

 The notion of power is illusive, relational, universal, and resides in areas of our everyday lives. Power has the capacity to bind, control, validate, and influence. Objects of Power: Artistry of Weapons Across Cultures explores different ideas of power by examining objects such as weapons, armor, ceremonial objects, and masks from the American West, Democratic Republic of Congo, Easter Island, Eurasian Steppes, Papua New Guinea and various areas of Africa.  

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Mangbetu Ceremonial Knife

Mangbetu Ceremonial Knife (Mangbetu People, Zaire - now Democrative Republic of Congo), not dated, wood, pigment, and raffia cloth, 10x9x11-1/2 inches, on loan from the Finely Collection, T2011.12.91

New Acquisitions: The Art Museum Collection

June 11 – August 20, 2016

Guthrie Teaching Gallery

The exhibition highlights important recent acquisitions to the permanent collection. Objects will include small bronzes from the thirteenth century BCE to the first century BCE from the Eurasian Steppes gifted by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.; artworks gifted by Daniel R. Anthony; paintings by Jon Schueler gifted by the Estate and a private collector; and a large hide painting by Cadzi Cody, acquired through the generosity of many.

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Hide Painting

Cadzi Cody (Shoshone, 1866 - 1912), Shoshone Hide Painting, painting on hide, 72 x 68 inches, gift of Ben Freedman and museum purchase made possible by Nicole Ballenger and Paul Heimer, Myron Allen and Adele Aldrich, Mary Ellen Smyth in memory of Kevin Smyth, Steven and Karen Williams, members of the University of Wyoming Art Museum National Advisory Board, and private donors.

Waste Land: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée, 1996 – 2016

September 10 – December 17, 2016

Art Museum Lobby, Friends, Colorado, Chicago, East, South One and South Two Galleries, Laramie Depot Park

The first US survey of American artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée is being mounted by the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The project includes a major exhibition, Waste Land: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée, 1996 – 2016, a new site specific Love Motel for Insects, a series of educational and community-based events, and exhibition catalog. The project begins June 20 with the installation of Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Depot Park Variation and includes a new pollinator garden for the park. It opens on June 25 and continues through September 17, 2016. The museum exhibition will be on view September 10 to December 17, 2016.

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Brandon Ballengée (American, b. 1974), DFA 155: Morpheus, 2013, unique Iris print on Arches watercolor paper, cleared and stained Pacific tree frog collected in Aptos, California in scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions, 46 5/8 x 34 inches, lent by the artist

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