Bamana “Mudcloth”: UWM Art Collection Research

bogolanfini Object 2009.002.24

Object ID: 2009.002.24 Object Name: Textile Artist/Maker: Unrecorded Bamana artist Culture: Bamana People, Mali Title: Bamana “Mudcloth” Medium: Woven textiles and resist-dye Dimension Details: H-67 W-45 inches On Campus Collection: UWM Art Collection Gift of Mark and Mary Jo Wentzel… Read More

Open Parameters—late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s Chinese calligraphy and painting from the Zhou Cezong’s donation

Thursday, April 13 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Emile H. Mathis Gallery, Mitchell 170

Open Parameters Poster

Please join us Thursday, April 13th at 5PM for the graduate thesis exhibition opening of Open Parameters—late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s Chinese calligraphy and painting from the Zhou Cezong’s donation curated by Jingwei Zeng.

This exhibition explores the diversity and heterogeneity of late nineteenth and early twentieth Chinese calligraphy and painting. The art in this period has always been denigrated as the reflection of cultural stagnation and national humiliation. However, through the prism of material culture, this exhibition demonstrates its extraordinary resilience and splendor amid unprecedented levels of political and social turmoil. This exhibition also challenged the long-established terms such as “traditionality” and “modernity” to define Chinese fin de siècle art: instead of seeing them as mutually exclusive concepts with fixed characteristics, this exhibition redefines them as fluid categories that existed in the vast crucible of cultural choices—choices made available by the influence of the late Ming literati and Western influence.

Free Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 13th, 5-7pm
Curator Gallery Talk 5:30pm

Ethiopian String Instrument: UWM Art Collection Research


Research on an object from the UWM Art Collection at the the Emile H. Mathis gallery by Mirel Crumb. I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to learn more about an object in the UWM Art Collection at the… Read More

New blog post from Tanya Tiffany, “The Infanta Ana and the Infant Christ”

Read Professor Tiffany’s latest post on the website, AGENART,    

Matthew Rarey to publish book “Insignificant Things”

In Insignificant Things Matthew Francis Rarey traces the history of the African-associated amulets that enslaved and other marginalized people carried as tools of survival in the Black Atlantic world from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Often considered visually benign by white… Read More

Mathis Gallery Announces Spring ’23 Art Exposé Presentation Schedule

Mark your calendars and join us for Art Exposé during the month of April and first week of May. Mathis Gallery staff interns and gallery staff will discuss a single rarely seen selection from the UWM Art Collection. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 4th at 1:30 pm-2:00 pm
Emma Alburg, Mathis Gallery Undergrad Curatorial Intern

Tuesday, April 11th at 1:00-1:30 pm
Lauren Tomsa, Mathis Gallery Attendant

Tuesday, April 25th at 1:30-2:00 pm
David Symanczik-Stock, Mathis Gallery Graduate Research Intern

Tuesday, April 27th at 1:00-1:30 pm
Katie Batagianis, Mathis Gallery Graduate Curatorial Intern

Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00-1:30 pm
Morgan Moore, Mathis Gallery Graduate Research Intern

Mathis Art Gallery Exhibition: Body Bound

Thursday, February 23 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Emile H. Mathis Gallery

Body Bound Exhibition Announcement

Body Bound traces the historically grounded and long-standing tradition of using bodily material as the basis for bookmaking. This practice has not subsided entirely in its traditional form but has also branched off and informed contemporary book-making practices. Contemporary books, specifically artist books, are a part of a longer history of using and presenting bodies with books. This exhibition includes historical books and contemporary artist books from the UWM special collections as well as the John Michael Kohler Art Foundation.

Rachel Allison’s thesis exhibition opens February 23rd from 5-7pm with curator remarks at 5:30pm.

Exhibition runs through April 1, 2023

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 10 AM – 4 PM

Promoting Womens’ Art in the WPA with Kay Wells

Women played crucial roles in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration as artists, researchers, and administrators. This lecture focuses on the women who worked for the Index of American Design, a WPA project that celebrated early American… Read More

Human Mind Portrayed Through Art – Maggie Kennedy

Maggie Kennedy recently changed her major from Psychology to Art History. In this “TED talk-style” presentation Kennedy explores how Art History defines human experience, and becomes a primary means of studying human psychology.

Mathis Gallery Curator, Leigh Mahlik, interviewed on 6.5 Minutes With… C21

6.5 Minutes With… is hosted by Center for 21st Century Studies Director Anne Basting and Deputy Director Nicole Welk-Joerger. On December 5, Leigh Mahlik, Emile H. Mathis Gallery Curator, was interviewed on this “small podcast showcasing BIG ideas!” Listen to… Read More