TUE, SEP 7, 2021 – SUN, JAN 16, 2022
Overture Galleries Fall Exhibitions
Galleries Reception | FRI, OCT 1, 5-9 PM
Artist Talks, Gallery I, II, III, 5-7 PM
Artists Talks and Presentations in the Playhouse Gallery, 7-9 PM
nibiiwakamigkwe – Gigiigemin/We Heal Together: Jingle Dress Intentions
For over 100 years, the jingle dress has told stories of healing in Native communities. Anishinaabe dancers are taught that each of the cones carries prayers. In the Everything COVID exhibit, community members are invited to write their own hopes, prayers and intentions onto unrolled jingle cones that will be attached to a jingle dress created during the pandemic. During Overture’s International Festival on January 29, 2022, Nibiiwakamigkwe will dance wearing the finished coned dress with songs from Native community members.
Poems by Andrea Musher
Madison is a globally renowned center for mapmaking. University of Wisconsin’s strong cartography program, has been housed in the geography department since the 1940s. Today, the Dane County cartography community includes student training labs, mapping companies, government mapmaking agencies, and a map library. Oftentimes, when you look at a map, the people responsible for creating it work, or were initially trained here in the Madison area.
We are all connected to one another—what you do here, in Madison, matters to someone across the globe, just as their actions matter to you. Whether it be how we treat our air, land, and water, or how we educate and care for people, the impacts have rippling effects. Geographers are asked to stand in the shoes of others, living in very different circumstances. Maps help us to see the everyday world around us in new ways, build connections, identify patterns, and visualize phenomena. We are here in this world together.
This exhibit was developed by the University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab, a center of innovation for map design, interactive visualization, and geographic thinking.
GALLERY II – Fragility – Shelby Gahm, Stephenie Hamen & Eric Hazeltine
Shelby Gahm, Stephenie Hamen and Eric Hazeltine explore extraordinary and fragile aspects of the human body and psyche. Gahm’s work explores ideas of what constitutes a home. She considers the human nature of collecting memory, which memories we choose to carry with us and how that shapes who we are and, therefore, the home we carry within ourselves throughout our lives. Through painting, Hamen reveals the truth and strength of living with chronic invisible illness. Hazeltine’s artistic process represents the dichotomy of destruction and conservation within the physical body.
GALLERY III – Take Me There. – Landes Sullivan & William Del Moral
Landes Sullivan and William Del Moral cultivate human connection through art. Del Moral evokes feelings of hope, humanity and unity through his dense, vibrant paintings. Sullivan creates with intentionality, building colorful mixed media wall sculptures that surround, engage and inspire the viewer.
PLAYHOUSE GALLERY – Everything COVID
SAT, SEP 25, 2021 – SUN, JAN 23, 2022
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all lives around the planet. This exhibit gathers experiences and expressions from throughout our community and beyond and serves as a way to grieve our loss, understand our unique and collective experiences and move forward in connection and compassion.
Dia de los Muertos Community Altar
THU, OCT 28 – SUN, NOV 14
The Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Project honors our ancestors and all those who passed especially in this year when we have lost so many to the pandemic. This participatory project draws on the Day of the Dead altar-making traditions in Mexico and remembrance traditions worldwide. The community altar and celebration bring our diverse community together—to honor our ancestors and keep their memories alive. All are welcome to participate by creating and contributing a shadow box altar to honor someone who has passed.
To participate, reserve an altar box at www.communityaltar.wisc.edu.
Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Story Sharing and Celebration | MON, NOV 8, 6 PM, Rotunda Gallery
Join altar creators as they share stories about their ancestors and loved ones.
Latino Art Fair – amArte | POSTPONED
Join us for the 8th Annual Latino Art Fair Gallery Night “amArte” from 4-6 PM, in which Wisconsin Latino artists celebrate the power of love through art to foster understanding, compassion and forgiveness.
Learn about the impact of the Overture Galleries in the following personal testimonies:
• Erin Liljegren: Overture Galleries exhibit inspires local artist to make more art
• Robert Jaeger: Local artist shares what Overture means to him and the Madison community
• Hannah Sandvold: Overture Galleries provide an outlet for voices to be heard
Overture Center’s four galleries create a forum for diverse artistic expression that fosters the growth of local artists, curators and arts organizations. Three galleries radiate off Rotunda Lobby, and the Playhouse Gallery serves as the lobby for The Playhouse Theater. Overture Galleries are free and open to the public.
At this time gallery hours will follow general building hours listed here:
For more information about these exhibits, please contact our Community and Education Program Manager, Beth Racette at email@example.com