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April 10, 2014 — An opening reception for two new exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is scheduled Friday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
“Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles” and “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” are now on view at the museum.
“Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles” presents the work of contemporary artists who use grocery store products as their subjects. Using strategies culled from minimalism, performance, documentary photography and scientific taxonomy, they explore not only the groceries, but also the physical and psychological environments in which people shop; the individuals and social frameworks encountered there; and the cultural norms that inform consumption habits. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, May 31.
“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” is among the first major exhibitions to explore astrophotography as an art genre and, together with its attendant catalogue, presents new scholarship in this rapidly-evolving field. The exhibition features 106 images by 35 artists from around the world. The display includes historically significant photographs such as the first successful image of the solar analemma. This exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, August 2.
“Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles” is organized by Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art and is curated by Emily Stamey. “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” is organized by Anthony Shostak, curator of education and lead curator at Bates College Museum of Art.
A series of public programs is planned in conjunction with both exhibitions.
Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.
Michael Benson’s “Neptune and Triton, Voyager 2” is among images in the “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” exhibition at the UW Art Museum. (Michael Benson)