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Clandestine Possessions & Family Time

New collaborative work by James Pederson & Mariah Tate Klemens and paintings by James Pederson and Jackson Hunt

November 16, 2017 – April 15, 2018

It is now tradition for the grand prize winner from our Forward juried art exhibition to be invited to present a solo exhibition the following year. Painter James Pederson (Madison, WI), winner in 2016, has taken the invitation a step further, incorporating a collaborator and a guest artist into two side-by-side exhibitions. For Clandestine Possessions, Pederson exhibits furniture-based works made in collaboration with Madison, WI artist Mariah Tate Klemens, and in Family Time, he curates a small exhibition of paintings by Jackson Hunt (Irvine, CA) to be shown alongside a series of his own. The exhibition opens Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a members’ preview starting at 5:30 p.m. Artist talk (details below) starts at 7:00 p.m. The show runs through April 15, 2018. Admission to opening: $5 suggested donation.

Exhibition opens:
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00–8:00 p.m. 

Members’ preview:
5:30–6:00 p.m.; Artist talk 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Exhibition programming: 
Opening Night Artist Talk: James Pederson will lead a discussion with Mariah Tate Klemens and Jackson Hunt at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 16, in conjunction with the opening of Clandestine Possessions and Family Time. The discussion will explore the collaborative and conceptual links between the three artists’ practices. Free with museum admission.

Group Discussion: 
James Pederson discusses themes surrounding football and spectatorship that feature in his work in “Clandestine Possessions.” After the talk, we’ll open things up for discussion to decode the game, its history, and its place in an art context. Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. Beer selections available. Students FREE, others free with museum admission. 

Art In-Depth: 
Exhibiting artists Mariah Tate Klemens and James Pederson, along with several other guests, will discuss how home decor and furniture design have informed their exhibition, Clandestine Possessions. Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Students FREE, others free with museum admission.