Here’s what’s happening at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the week of May 8, 2017.

Bring a friend or loved one with memory loss
for a social outing in soothing surroundings.
M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion artworks
spark one-on-one conversation between participants and an accompanying friend or family member. Social interaction is followed by a hands-on art activity.
May 11 Thursday 10:30 am – Noon

On View through May 28, 2017
Reality and Illusion
Iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), including a pair of hands drawing themselves and  sh morphing into birds, became well known – from museum exhibitions worldwide to 1970s college dorm rooms – and continue to mesmerize. Woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, and drawings delve deeper into both the literal and impossible worlds Escher created over a career spanning  five decades. Drawn from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, Reality and Illusion features early figure drawings, lesser-known book illustrations, detailed Italian landscapes, the tessellations for which Escher became famous, and examples of his signature architectural fantasies in which stairways seem to go both up and down.

Illustrating Illusions
Drawings by Robin Lauersdorf
Whimsical, yet meticulous, graphite pencil drawings by Wisconsin artist Robin Lauersdorf, long interested in Escher’s work, are featured in an exhibition organized by Woodson Art Museum curator of exhibitions Andy McGivern. Lauersdorf manipulates perspective so that his playful, imagined realities appear to emerge three dimensionally from each sheet of paper.

On View through May 2017
Audubon to Wyeth:  Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures   
A dazzling, historic array of bird imagery in artworks spanning the early-nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries.

On view Through July 2017
Enduring Beauty Art Nouveau
Decorative and utilitarian art glass characterized by sinuous asymmetrical lines and deep vibrant colors highlighted with metallic iridescence – favrile – exempli es Art Nouveau influences during the nature-inspired era between 1890-1910.
Black & White
This selection of Birds in Art Master Artist Andrea Rich’s woodcuts – printed only with black ink and utilizing only one woodblock – is intended to complement M.C. Escher’s black-and-white artworks.

On view through February 2018

Passionate Pursuits Birds in our Landscapes

Avian marvels that live in and pass through Midwest cities, rural landscapes, and backyard feeders connect us with nature. They are alluring to watch, sing melodiously, and balance our ecosystem. Whether perched atop a tree, taking a turn at the nest, or foraging for food, birds provide unlimited inspiration for creative artistry.

In the Sculpture Garden
The Dance
Inspired by the way the seasonal migration of sandhill cranes to their Wisconsin nesting grounds marks the passage of time, Boston artists­-The Myth Makers-Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, constructed 25-foot-tall sandhill cranes of Wausau-area saplings, on-site. (June 2016)

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
 700 N 12th Street
Wausau, WI  54403-5007
Always Free Admission!
Museum Hours
TuesdayFriday 9 am- 4 pm
First Thursday of each month 9am- 7:30pm Every Thursday during Birds in Art 9am- 7:30pm S
aturday – Sunday Noon- 5 pm
Closed Monday and holidays, including Easter, Fourth of July, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
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