Shout to art enthusiasts out there looking for an ideal place to visit with your loved ones! You may want to try out the John Michael Kohler Arts Center located in Sheboygan, United States.

 

Since the 1970s, the Arts Center has been involved in the preservation, study, and exhibition of work by vernacular artists and has worked closely with Kohler Foundation, Inc. (KFI) to preserve the objects and environments they have made. Art environment builders transform their homes, yards, or other aspects of their personal surroundings into multifaceted works of art that, in vernacular ways, embody and express the locale—time, era, place—in which each of them lived and worked. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

Currently, the Arts Center features five different exhibits of various artists and some of which can be seen until May of this year. Check them out below:

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Lenore Tawney (1907–2007) ranks among the most influential, though under-recognized, artists of the postwar fiber movement. Given her groundbreaking approach to open-warp weaving, her adaptation of ancient textile-making processes, and her multidisciplinary study of space, structure, and line, deep consideration of her work is essential to a complete understanding of twentieth-century art. One of the largest retrospective exhibitions of Tawney’s oeuvre to date, In Poetry and Silence includes more than 120 works. They span from her earliest sculptures to her later assemblage, with a focus on the fiber-based sculptures for which Tawney is most well-known. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

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Curated by Mary Savig, Ephemeral and Eternal: The Archive of Lenore Tawney will explore the correspondence, journals, artist books, photographs, audio interviews, and ephemera drawn from manuscript collections at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. A selection of documents will illuminate key moments in the artist’s career as well as her everyday life and close friendships. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

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Even thread [has] a speech examines how contemporary artists working in fiber materials and processes have inherited and broadened Lenore Tawney’s (1907–2007) groundbreaking experiments in the field. Featuring works by eight contemporary artists who extend weaving conceptually, this exhibition intersects with architecture, performance, sound, painting, and installation to expand traditional concepts of fiber art, weaving, and structure. The works incorporate approaches that deconstruct, perform, explode, or compress the qualities that informed Tawney’s practice and underpin textile and weaving histories. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

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Brooklyn-based artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (NY) is interested in the intersections of site-specific architecture and interdependent ecosystems. In this project, she embraces a newly developed term, “magical speculative feminism,” a philosophy centered on social change that is inspired by adrienne maree brown’s 2017 book, Emergent Strategy. Brown compares communities to ecosystems, positing that their survival in the face of constant change is reliant on strong relationships. Fels borrows theories from brown and combines them with ideas found in magic realism and science fiction to propose an existence that is collaborative, just, and full of staggering possibilities. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

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One of America’s most powerful and under-recognized artists, Dr. Charles Smith expresses profound narratives about American and African-American history and culture through his sculptural figures. The exhibition will focus on more than 150 works that were part of a major installation at his home in Aurora, Illinois, from 1986 to 1999, which he titled The African-American Heritage Museum and Veterans Archive. The exhibition seeks to show the relevance of the artist’s work beyond its original setting. Most of the work has not been on public view since it was last seen in Aurora in 1999. (Source: wsimag.com)

 

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