Unexpected Treat: Maggie Venn @ Anderson Art Center

I attended a big opening today at the Anderson Art Center for the Racine Art Guild’s juried exhibition and a grouping of  small solo exhibitions.

The art center is located in a big mansion and is part of the Kemper Center complex along Lake Michigan. Like so many other cool old buildings renovated into art centers, the Anderson Art Center is essentially a labyrinth of smallish galleries and hallways.  Moving through the spaces hung with lots of small and medium sized works, I was completely caught off guard by Maggie Venn’s solo show in one of the upper floor galleries.  Made of purple transparent Mylar built over one of the room’s windows, Venn’s monumental installation looks like a molten eruption at the far end of the otherwise empty gallery. Stunning.

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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