Wyoming River Fugues at the UW Art Museum

August 30, 2012
Painting of flowerrs and photograph of red cloth draped over a pole
Some images from Margaret Cogswell’s “Wyoming River Fugues”: Moving Water.

“Margaret Cogswell: Wyoming River Fugues,” opens Saturday, Sept. 8, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. It will be on view through Dec. 21.

Cogswell will present a public gallery walk-through of the exhibition Friday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m., and an art talk Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., in Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building. Both public programs are free and open to the public.

Cogswell develops her “River Fugues” through extensive research that includes traveling to observe, listen and record both the general and specific landscapes; and search for that particular sound or image that captures the pulse of the rivers, the surrounding landscapes and life. Narratives from individuals who live or work along the rivers, or whose research and work focuses on the natural resources surrounding the rivers, have informed the direction and development of “Wyoming River Fugues.” The resulting installation explores the complex relationship between Wyoming's natural, cultural, historic, engineered and industrial landscapes.

“Wyoming River Fugues” is the seventh in a series of individually unique site-specific River Fugues projects, which began in 2003 with “Cuyahoga Fugues.” 

Cogswell earned her MFA in sculpture from Rutgers University, and has received New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2007, 1993), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (1987, 1991) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009). She lives and works in New York.

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum and blog at www.uwyoartmuseum.org. Follow the museum on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uwyoartmuseum.

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