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"Afoot - Aloft - Away" by Jason Van Roo

"Afoot - Aloft - Away" by Jason Van Roo

June 9-July 20, 2018
Gallery 1308, Union South
7am-10pm daily

Opening reception: June 8, 6-7pm

"Afoot - Aloft - Away" takes inspiration from the Wisconsin landscape through traditional, contemporary, and intuitive methods on found or salvaged wood.  The work reflects a balance between the observable and the unobservable, the knowable and the unknowable, with reverence for new understandings of timeless experiences through subject mater and material.


"The 602 in the Sixties" by John Riggs

"The 602 in the Sixties" by John Riggs

June 13-July 27, 2018
Class of 1925 Gallery, Memorial Union
10am-8pm daily

Opening reception: June 15, 5-7:30pm

The artist states, "Madison in the 1960's was a Midwest way station between San Francisco, Berkeley and Greenwich Village for a tidal wave of rebellion and cultural evolution.

The 602 Club had become by then the watering hole for artists, activists, literati, intellectuals, and a mixed bag of scholars and misfits from all disciplines. It was also one of the early public gathering spots on Friday and Saturday nights for the gay community of Madison, and the University Art Department faculty meetings generally ended up there as well. It was an exhilarating scene--the characters were iconoclastic, the mood rowdy, and the conversation heady. Proclamations rang out, and the closer to closing time, the grander (and louder) they became.

I tended bar there during my undergraduate years, very early in my photographic career. While serving schooners, mixing drinks and making change, I was shooting with a 35mm Nikon SP in what little there was of available light. I was twenty-two, ignorant, arrogant, idealistic, and ambitious. And along with most everyone else, drinking way too much. Just home from two years in France and Germany studying French and German literature and philosophy, I was enchanted by the diversity of people and the sophistication of wit and language on all sides. It was this enchantment that stimulated me to record the raw power of the personalities, the physical beauty of the people, and the exotic ambiance of the 602 Club. This exhibit is my record of that time and place."

This exhibition is generously supported by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science.


"Signs of the Sixties"

"Signs of the Sixties"

June 13-July 27, 2018
Porter Butts Gallery, Memorial Union
10am-8pm daily

Opening reception: June 15, 5-7:30pm

During the sixties--before the age of social media--the way you reached people was by posting flyers on telephone poles, public bulletin boards and store windows. Home-made signs and posters provided information for upcoming speakers, marches and events on campus and in nearby streets. These signs were often simply handwritten one-sheets with little more than the date, time and location of the event, occasionally mentioning prominent speakers and musicians of the day.

"Signs of the Sixties" draws from the vast holdings of the UW-Madison Archives housed in Steenbock Library, drawing particularly from their extensive collection of posters, flyers and street art from Madison's decade of activism and cultural adventure. These are some of the purest examples of grassroots information dissemination in a radical age.

This exhibition is collaboratively presented by the WUD Art Committee, The Madison Reunion and UW-Madison Archives, with artifact selection by Judy & Ben Sidran and David Null.