From now until May 20th, uncover Lawrence’s past with Carolyn Ford’s senior capstone curation in the Mudd gallery!
Photos, fashion, journals, and more comprehensively document the lives of women at Milwaukee-Downer College and throughout Lawrence’s co-ed history. Read about encounters with the Ormsby ghost, witness the old Lawrence May Day traditions, and take a look inside a real Milwaukee-Downer student yearbook!
The Mudd gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Mudd library, and is open during library hours.
The staff of the theatre scene shop are bringing Evidence of the Ephemeral: An Archaeological Exhibition to the Mudd Gallery from April 27th to May 5th. Join them for a playful retrospective of the shop’s past plays featuring redesigned props curated within a time capsule aesthetic!
Exhibition collaborators include Delaney Stewart, Liz Risley, Oscar Brautigam, Abby Simmons, Courtney Wilmington, Meryl Carson, Taylor Blackson, Molly Hjelle, and Andrew Stelzer.
We are thrilled to be hosting the exhibit, XChange: An Institutional Exchange Between Carthage College and Lawrence University, in the Mudd Gallery. In a beautiful display of intercollegiate collaboration, the artwork on exhibit in the Mudd Gallery was created by Carthage College art students. As described by our friends at Carthage College, this exhibition is one half of a student art exchange- with the other half being Lawrence University student work on exhibit in the H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art on the Carthage campus.
The exhibit will remain on display in the Mudd Gallery on the third floor of the library from January 9th through January 31, 2018.
Madeira Seaman’s solo show “A Group of Completely Ordinary Objects” opens today, May 3rd, in the Mudd Gallery. For the show Seaman created surreal and wonderful sculptures using reworked old toys. When you enter the gallery, or as Seaman calls it “the Playroom”, you are immediately welcomed by a message written by the artist in crayon inviting you to play with all of the toys you see. Seaman writes that they used toys as their sculptural medium because they saw them as a way to explore human behaviors and relationships.
We are incredibly excited to have the idiosyncratic work of Madeira Seaman on display in the Mudd. There will be a reception for the show on May 14th before the show closes on the 16th. Be sure to spend some time playing with Seaman’s toys before then.
Wonder and Resonance is a student-curated exhibit on view in the Mudd Gallery until Monday, March 12th. Using selections from Lawrence’s Anthropology and Archaeology collection, Manuel Ferreira crafted a show which explores the cultural meanings behind various artifacts. Ferreira encourages the viewer to experience the wonder and resonance of these cultural objects writing, “Wonder is the power of an object to grab the attention of a viewer, to convey a sense of enchantment and charisma. Resonance is the power of an object to go beyond itself, to convey the complex and dynamic cultural, historical, and personal forces that created it.”
Unlike a traditional museum exhibition, which would likely separate artifacts by time period, culture, and geography, Ferreira includes objects which cross all these boundaries. Walking through you’ll see an Aztec death whistle which dates back to the 12th century a few feet from Chinese ivory. The rich and diverse selection of the exhibit encourages the viewer to consider the consistent power objects have throughout cultures and time.
More than just present the viewer with a beautiful variety of objects, Ferreira pushes us to consider what goes into building a collection asking among other things: how did Lawrence come in possession of these objects? Why are they displayed the way they are and how does that affect my experience? The result is an affecting and intimate experience with objects you otherwise are unlikely to have.
We at the Mudd are incredibly excited to house this exhibit and hope you all have a chance to see it before it closes Monday, March 12.
We love the Mudd Gallery! Having an art gallery in the library is a beautiful partnership, and one that truly embodies the essence of a liberal arts education.
Supporting our students is an incredibly significant component of our mission, so it makes sense for us to offer space that allows burgeoning student artists the opportunity to curate, organize, and host their own gallery openings and exhibits.
It’s also a great resource for students working hard in the library, slogging away at their academic work. The gallery allows a meaningful, fulfilling, thought-provoking avenue through which to relax, unwind, and shift or gain perspective.
The Mudd Gallery’s latest exhibit is Future Humor by Yifan Zhang.
The artist shares color photography captured in New York City and in Appleton, creating a vibrant and interesting opportunity to compare and contrast these locations.
Zhang states, “Humour is elegant innuendo. Future Humour represents unforeseen conditions. I will let the images speak for themselves.”