The Shows of the Season

This fall’s can’t miss exhibits at Museum of Wisconsin Art, Haggerty Museum, and more.

Paula Otegui's El Pajaro (The Bird) in "What is Hispanic?" Courtesy of Paula Otegui/Haggerty Museum of Art.
Paula Otegui’s El Pajaro (The Bird) in “What is Hispanic?” Courtesy of Paula Otegui/Haggerty Museum of Art.

Fred Stonehouse
Who is the Michelangelo of Milwaukee? We’re betting on Fred Stonehouse, and so is the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, which launches a celebratory survey of his midcareer work. Stonehouse, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has trumpeted a kind of magical-realist, Latin American-infused dream cycle of human foible and mishap. For 30 years, since he graduated with an art degree from UW-Milwaukee, Stonehouse has endlessly repartitioned weepy-eyed, big-headed little men who suffer from addiction, heartbreak, crushed dreams and financial ruin – all spun in tortuous glory by this adept painter. Sept. 26-Jan. 17.

What is Hispanic?
It’s about time that we focused on the question “What is Hispanic?” Most art museums fare statistically poor when it comes to Latin and Central American representation. This exhibition, pulled from the Haggerty Museum of Art’s permanent collection, will expand definitions as it crisscrosses stylistic, political, historic and geographic borders, allowing the panoply of Hispanic identity to speak its own name. Sept. 17-Dec. 23.

Untitled by Michelle Grabner, courtesy of Michelle Grabner/The Green Gallery.
Untitled by Michelle Grabner, courtesy of Michelle Grabner/The Green Gallery.

Fergus Feehily and Paul Druecke
The big news on the art horizon is that Chicago artist couple Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner (a curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial), who have run a gallery called the Suburban at their Oak Park, Ill., home, are moving to the MKE area. They’re launching a new Suburban in a former laundromat next door to Woodland Pattern Book Center in Riverwest. The space opens Sept. 19 with an exhibition of paintings by Berlin artist Fergus Feehily and an exterior project by Paul Druecke. Sept. 19-Nov. 2.

‘The Shows of the Season’ appears in the September 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Debra Brehmer, an arts writer and curator, owns and operates Portrait Society Gallery, a contemporary art space in Milwaukee. She was also the former editor and publisher of Art Muscle Magazine and teaches part-time at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.