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"All of Us and the Lights" by Andrea Oleniczak & Taylor Kurrle

"All of Us and the Lights" by Andrea Oleniczak & Taylor Kurrle

August 3-September 21, 2018
Gallery 1308, Union South
7am-10pm daily

Closing reception: September 14, 6-7pm

The artists state, " Moving towards equality our very language can be tested and questioned as a tool in an ever changing cultural landscape.  Through the re-arrangement of illuminated words and symbols we aim to break down elements of language that reinforce separation and division.

As an artistic collaboration we are interested in material investigation and play in the medium of glass. We explore light, texture, contrast, form, meaning and message by way of traditional and experimental processes.”

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"Abandoned: Photos from Iran after the War" by Maryam Ladoni

"Abandoned: Photos from Iran after the War" by Maryam Ladoni

August 11-September 14, 2018
Main Gallery, Memorial Union
10am-8pm daily

Opening reception: August 10, 6-7pm

The artist states, "Shahrekord, where I was born and spent my childhood was a deprived town confined by knee-deep snowy mountains. My childhood passed in the small and simple houses of the town during Iran and Iraq Eight-year War. When I was seventeen, I left there for Tehran, a restless crowded metropolis. In 2015, after 15 years, I traveled back there with a camera on my shoulders and vague memories. I expected to watch obvious changes and probably a more modernized appearance. Surprisingly, not only nothing had changed, but, also it looked time had stopped moving there like a vanishing lake. I traveled there several times during a year, walked on the streets, and watched every corner through my lens. For me, all of the experience was like traveling into the past; so far, so abandoned! The following photos are a narration of that outlandish experience: Traveling through memories, end of everything!"


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"Societate Crescit Lumen" Historic Photo Exhibition

"Societate Crescit Lumen" Historic Photo Exhibition

August 11-September 14, 2018
Class of 1925 Gallery, Memorial Union
10am-8pm daily

Opening reception: August 10, 6-7pm

"Societate Crescit Lumen" is the official motto of the Wisconsin Union and translates to "light is increased by human relationships".  It is physically embedded into locations in both Union buildings and is philosophically woven into the fabric of the organization.  

In his 1904 inaugural address, UW President Charles Van Hise called for the construction of a union building to provide for "the communal life of instructors and students in work, in play, and in social relations."  On October 5, 1928, the Memorial Union opened and was dedicated to the men and women of the University who served in our country's wars. At the opening ceremony, President Frank stated, "The Union is a living room, which converts the University from a house of learning into a home of learning."

Since those rallying moments, the Wisconsin Union has provided experiences for a lifetime by building community, linking people together and providing a venue for all to gather.  The images selected for this exhibition come from an extensive collection that stretches back nearly ninety years.  Narrowing down nine decades of shared experiences to a selection of approximately fifty images was a daunting yet thoroughly captivating curatorial task for us.

What we found was an amazing array of captured moments ranging from serious to slapstick, academic to social, formal to casual, and all of the intersections in between.  At the heart of this exhibition are candid snapshots of social education--where students, faculty, staff, and community members meet, interact, and learn from each other outside of the classroom.  Indeed, this is the Wisconsin Union’s motto--Societate Crescit Lumen—in action.


This exhibition was co-curated by Lily Miller, WUD Art Summer Coordinator, and Robin Schmoldt, Art Advisor and Art Collection Manager.  We are grateful to Wisconsin Union Marketing and the University Archives for access to the images used in this exhibition. 

Historic photos of the Wisconsin Union are archived at the University Archives among its collection of over 2 million images documenting the history of the University.  https://www.library.wisc.edu/archives/

Many images have been digitized and are available at the UW-Madison Collection online via UW Digital Collections.  https://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/UW.UWMadison

Image above courtesy of the UW-Madison Archives, #2017s01431

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