“Poor Farm Experiment” = Contemporary Art in Little Wolf, WI the first week of August

The Poor Farm presents artists’ projects and exhibitions in the former Waupaca County Poor Farm (build 1876) in Little Wolf, Wisconsin. Artists have transformed the space and use it primarily during the summer as a platform for artists.

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Each year in early August artists, critics, and viewers converge here for the Great Poor Farm Experiment which includes performances and exhibitions in the historic building by local, national and international artists.  See the link to the amazing schedule, load up your car with artists and friends and trek out to this rural Wisconsin town for the day.  This year important video works by New York artist Gretchen Bender–a key figure during the 1980s who died in 2004, were restaged at the Poor Farm along with works by many resident artists.

About Gretchen Bender:

Bender belonged to the generation of early 1980’s Pictures artists, who included Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Richard Prince. Combining aspects of Conceptual Art and Pop Art, these artists used the images of popular culture to dissect its powerful codes, especially regarding gender and sexuality. (NYT Robert Smith)

“Poor Farm Experiment” schedule August 3, 4, 5.

The Poor Farm is an artist’s project space organized by Chicago-based artists Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam. This duo also runs The Suburban, a gallery in their suburban garage in  Oak Park Il which regularly shows world-class talent.

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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