Mini-Exhibition Mounted on Artist’s Back Makes a Big Impression

Last Saturday I went to INOVA in Milwaukee to hear Michelle Grabner speak about the  mid-career survey of her currently on view there. INOVA is the gallery of UWM’s Peck School of Arts in Milwaukee and it’s a gallery worth stopping in at regularly.  Grabner’s work is great and so was the talk. There were lots of people at the talk and afterward as people filtered out I spent some time looking at the exhibition in the quiet galleries. That is when I encountered The Black Frame Gallery carried on the back of another gallery visitor.

The Black Frame Gallery carried on the back of Michael Kautzer, showing an exhibition of old photographs of his father, strolling through Michelle Grabner’s exhibition at INOVA.

This surprising little exhibition has caught my imagination. Kautzer mainly hosts other artist’s artworkin his mini gallery, but the current show features old photographs of his grandfather Walter Neustifter drawn from his own family archive.  Grabner’s show is very good–I’ll write something about it soon–but in the end, I left INOVA with The Black Frame Gallery on my mind. It was the show within the show, the gallery within the gallery that really caught my attention that day.

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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.

4 Responses to Mini-Exhibition Mounted on Artist’s Back Makes a Big Impression

  1. paintmysky says:

    I love it when I encounter his show. I just saw this at the MARN Mentor’s Show. Great!

  2. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed talking to you on Saturday and piquing your imagination. However, i do have one minor correction the work was from my grandfather Walter Neustifter.

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