The James Watrous Gallery is a place to explore and learn about art from Wisconsin. Our focus is sharing the work of Wisconsin artists past and present and investigating ideas at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters. Solo exhibits present a significant body of artwork by a single artist, while our curated shows often draw connections between art and other disciplines. We strive to create a welcoming environment that encourages engagement and inquiry.
Writing in Stone: A Collaborative Installation by Terese Agnew
WED, SEP 20 – SUN, NOV 5, 2017
Created by Terese Agnew with a team of artists, writers, and other collaborators, Writing in Stone is an evocative, theatrical installation of monuments to transformative ideas and events from Wisconsin’s past. It invokes Wisconsin’s legacy of civic engagement, action, and legislation to further education, civil liberties, and social justice.
Wandering among the towering monuments, visitors will encounter an inspiring range of movements, people, and events, from Ezekiel Gillespie’s 1866 Wisconsin Supreme Court case giving African-Americans the right to the rise of environmentalethics, the moral impetus behind the birth of the Grand Old Party, the migrant farmworkers’ movement, the 1982 bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, and much more. A grove of Speaking Trees is given life with a sound work by Rob Danielson, weaving together oral histories by Walter Bresette (Ojibwe) and the Menominee Forest Keepers, poetry, and sounds recorded in nature.
Free and open to the public, the James Watrous Gallery is located on Overture Center’s third floor. Gallery hours are noon-5pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and noon-8pm on Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.
The Watrous Gallery is a program of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, which improves life in Wisconsin through programs that explore, explain, and sustain Wisconsin thought and culture. For more information on James Watrous Gallery exhibitions and Wisconsin Academy Talks, a regular lecture series in Overture Center for the Arts, click here.