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UWAM is excited to be collaborating with the Microbestiary, a grant-funded art and science outreach project at UW that engages the public in
microbiology through art, to host artwork created during the inaugural Microbestiary Artist Residency (MAR). This exhibition is a collective exploration of the in/visible
forces and organisms that shape the world we know. Microbes live around us and within
us—our interactions with them are a matter of life and death. Yet, regarding issues
such as biodiversity, public awareness centers very heavily on species that are visible
to the naked eye. Through these artistic responses to the field of microbiological
research, we are highlighting the charismatic world that these creatures inhabit.
To commemorate the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s 50th anniversary since its humble
beginnings as a corkboard in the Fine Arts Department, the museum presents an exhibition
exploring its place in the American West, a region imbued with the emotional subtexts
of freedom, independence, and wilderness. The museum re-presents “traditional” narratives
to highlight Indigenous voices, place landscapes in historical perspective, and examine
the history of collecting the art of the American West. Using the permanent collection,
guest curator Robert Martinez collaborated with Art Museum curators to develop an
exhibition that he says, “challenges the visitor to change their mindset and note
whose perspective is missing. Whose story is not being told and why.”
Oronzo Gasparo’s (Italian-American, 1903-1969) art is fantasy and so was he; his subject
matter, often mundane, is transformed into something of myth through vibrant colors
and a refined “primitivism.” An Italian immigrant who worked primarily in New York
City, Gasparo was a well-known figure in the Greenwich Village scene of the 1920s
through 1960s. His drawings and paintings are captivating, playful, and complex in
his layering of simple patterns. Explore these works displayed with narrative details
discovered in the artist’s archives to uncover Gasparo’s travels, his lovers and friends,
his vendettas, and his triumphs.
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art from the UW Art Museums collection!Reminder: UW Art Museum images are copyrighted and are offered here for personal use
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