Art on Site: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art at Olbrich Botanical Gardens will bring a series of six site-specific art installations to Olbrich beginning in June 2004 and continuing through spring 2005. Each of the commissioned artists makes natural settings and materials key elements of their artwork.
Installations range from a 45-foot circular flower "painting" to a 12-foot-long mixed-media charm bracelet to a construction of willow branches in Olbrichís Rock Garden pond. Art on Site artists include Brenda Baker, Gary Lang, Darwin Nordin and Rebecca Watson, John Ready, and Roy Staab; see the attached sheet for additional information about each artist. Art on Site is organized by guest curator David Wells.
In addition, students from Malcolm Shabazz City High School will work with participating artists to create a summer-long series of mowed designs in Olbrich's Great Lawn.
Art on Site is the museumís first group exhibition focusing on site-specific art in an outdoor or garden environment. Each of the participating artists will create a work of art that is inspired by or responds to specific features of the garden or conservatory landscape. Some will use plants as art materials; others will work with materials brought into the garden setting.
An official opening celebration for Art on Site is scheduled for June 10, 2004, starting at 5:30 pm. Some 200,000 individuals are expected to visit these sculptue commissions during the year.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, at 3330 Atwood Avenue in Madison, is open 8 am-8 pm from April through September. Admission to the gardens is free.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will offer off-site events and exhibitions throughout 2004 and 2005, while construction is underway for the museumís new facility within the Overture Center for the Arts. See www.mmoca.org for details.
Sculpture Installation, 2004