New Histories and Old Futures exhibition to open on Oct. 12

Thursday, October 10, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Alumna artist Sue Lawton, '02, returns to Stritch with her exhibition “New Histories and Old Futures: The Timeless Art of Story.”

Sue Lawton

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 reception from
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 opera.

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.