Two art history graduate student exhibits open at Mathis Art Gallery

Exhibits on display through May 14 at the Emile H. Mathis Gallery, Mitchell Hall 170.

Originally appeared February 2020 on the Art History website.

Ethiopian Art: Christian Narratives from the Kebra Nagast


Morgan Ellsworth, curator

This exhibit displays religious and political artworks with the Kebra Nagast, Ethiopia’s sacred Christian text. Most of these works date from the twentieth century, but the religious motifs are ancient. Ethiopian emperors claim political authority through a lineage traced to King Solomon and that the Ethiopia holds God’s chosen people, not Jerusalem. Twentieth century art reflects these themes by presenting the past, present, and future in one scene and uses imagery to depict symbolic struggles between good and evil. Come experience massive artworks of Ethiopian legacy.


Originally appeared February 2020 on the Art History website.

Claim, Consume, Curate


Heather Hanlon, curator

What was the first object you bought with your own money? What did your parents’ living room look like? What dish are you afraid to break?

Claim, Consume, Curate examines the material culture of modern life in three contexts. “The Home,” “The Boutique,” and “The Museum” include over fifty functional objects from the UWM Art Collection. Here, we examine how people use objects to express their identity, belonging, and memory. These meanings then allow objects to inform a sense of place. Observe the changes in functional art prompted by the growing middle class, industrialization, the rise of shopping, and a shift in museum culture. How have these changes affected you?

Explore your answer at the exhibition and its “Interactive Station” where you can touch objects and sketch your connections.

To get involved with special programs like gallery talks and special tours, contact hrsheets@uwm.edu.