Warrington Colescott exhibition extended through Sunday, October 3

Posted on September 7th, 2010


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Milwaukee Art Museum extends Colescott exhibition
Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire runs through October 3

Milwaukee, Wis. – Sept. 7, 2010 – Due to popular demand, the highly-successful exhibition Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire has been extended through Sunday, October 3, in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries.

Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire chronicles Colescott’s raucous printmaking journey, during which he trained his piercing eye on the fashions and foibles of human behavior. The artist targets scientists, Greek gods, print collectors, tofu lunches, academics, the afterlife, presidents, joggers, famous printmakers, and showgirls, to name but a few, in prints riddled with complexities and contradictions, stinging satirical barbs and playful jokes, and exuberant color and subtle tonal variations. This retrospective exhibition honors the celebrated artist and features more than one hundred prints from his sixty-year career.

“This exhibition is captivating, engaging and fun,” said Mary Weaver Chapin, associate curator of prints and drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum. “Colescott accentuates the bawdy, the bright, and the beguiling aspects of human behavior.”

Colescott taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for nearly forty years and continues to produce new prints in his studio in Hollandale, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife Francis Myers.

“Colescott has played a major role in the print Renaissance in the United States,” said Chapin. “At the heart of Colescott’s enterprise is a deep love of satire, farce, and the burlesque. It is a pleasure to bring this exhibition to the Museum and the artist himself to share his life’s work.”

Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire is sponsored by the M&I Foundation, Inc.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and active military, and is free for members and children 12 and under.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s far-reaching holdings include more than 20,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day. With a history dating back to 1888, the Museum houses a collection with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum includes the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, named by Time magazine as “Best Design of 2001.” For more information, please visit www.mam.org.