John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Art on Sunday: Fire Signs

Charles Munch (born 1945)
Fire Signs, 1989
Oil on canvas
Fire Signs
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisc.

Although I didn't mention it before, I visited a couple of museums while I was in Wisconsin last week. One was the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, which interviewed me last week, by phone, to be the manager of the museum store. I figured it would be nice, if I'm called for a second interview, to be able to say that I've actually been to the museum and seen the store. It's a nice, albeit small, museum, offering a look at (as you could probably guess) the contribution of Wisconsin veterans to American wars from the Civil War to the current campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit about the latter two conflicts, Faces in the Sand, was the highlight, it featured not just artifacts, dioramas, and interpretive text, but firsthand interviews with Wisconsinites who served in those two theaters. Some of the permanent exhibits had oral history videos as well, but I preferred the way they were presented in the Iraq and Afghanistan exhibit.

After finishing up at the Veterans Museum, I walked down State Street to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which I was aware existed but had never visited. It's a very striking museum, architecturally speaking, and the collection is very nice. I particularly liked the exhibit Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana in MMoCA's Collection, of which this painting is part. I remember seeing it on display at the museum and being very impressed, going so far as to jot down the title and artist (along with several other works from the exhibit) for future reference. So it was nice to find it featured on the MMoCA website when I went looking for a work to use for this week's art post.

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