artist Sue Lawton, '02, returns to Stritch with her exhibition “New
Histories and Old Futures: The Timeless Art of Story.”
Lawton’s backdrops and small works will be on display in
the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery from Oct. 12 –Nov. 10. The exhibition will open with a
5 -8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The exhibit features pieces from
three of Lawton’s bodies of work, each focused on storytelling.
In the first group, mysterious shadow
boxes and collage bring to life scenes from Tibia, a surrealist
A second series of illustrations from
Lawton’s self-published storybook The Circus and the Cyclone unravel a
fantastical yarn of historical fiction centered on the New Richmond tornado of
1899. This tale delves into Wisconsin history, the aesthetics of the nineteenth
century circus, and is narrated by a band of rambling gypsy musicians, modeled
after Milwaukee band The Vitrolum Republic.
Finally, an in-progress series of ink
and watercolor images begin to illustrate an epic science-fiction fantasy set
in Milwaukee and Upper Michigan, following two groups of cosmic,
time-traveling refugees from a
distant moon. Two painted theatrical backdrops set the scene for this adventure
and invite viewers to join the stories or contribute their own.
Gallery hours are Sunday -Friday, noon -4 p.m. Admission is free.