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Chicago Art Trip Set for Nov. 1-4,
With Informational Meeting Oct. 11

RELEASED: Sept. 28, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of art & design invites the community to join them on their annual fall art trip to Chicago. This year's cultural adventure to the Windy City will leave Eau Claire at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov 1, and return between 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, with a stop at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the return trip.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct.11, in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Notable attractions in Chicago and Milwaukee include the following:

SOFA: Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Exposition at the Navy Pier all weekend.

The Field Museum:

  • "The Ancient Americas" — Discover what Field Museum scientists and others have learned about the Americans who lived here before us, and how it's changing nearly everything we thought we knew!
  • "Darwin" — Discover the man and the revolutionary theory that changed the world. June 15-Jan. 1, 2008.
  • "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" — This rare exhibition of more than 100 of the world's greatest maps features exquisite works of art and engaging, high-tech interactive displays. Nov. 2-Jan. 27, 2008.

The Art Institute of Chicago:

  • "Focus: William Pope — Drawing, Dreaming, Drowning" Oct.11-Jan. 21, 2008, Galleries 138-139.
  • "Jasper Johns: Gray" — Nov. 3-Jan. 6, 2008, Regenstein Hall and Galleries 261-273.
  • "Infinite Shades: Contemporary Chinese Ink" — Sept. 22-Nov. 7, Gallery 109.
  • "Richard Misrach: On the Beach" — Sept. 15-Nov. 25, Galleries 1-4.
  • "American Perspectives" — Sept.15-June 15, 2008.

The Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • "Takashi Murakami: Jellyfish Eyes" — Influenced by popular culture and traditional Japanese art forms, Murakami is one of the most significant artists of his generation to emerge from Japan. He has been influential internationally through curatorial projects, artworks, and mass-produced items at his Kaikai Kiki studio. His work blends East and West as well as fine art and design. Began Jan. 6 and runs through January 2008.
  • "Alexander Calder in Focus" — July 28-April 2008.
  • "Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967" — This exhibit examines the dynamic relationship between rock music and contemporary visual art. Sept. 29-Jan. 6, 2008.

Milwaukee Art Museum:

  • "Martin Ramirez" — From rancher to Mexican laborer to inmate at the DeWitt State Hospital in northern California, Martn Ramrez (1895-1963) is considered one of the Big Three among twentieth-century outsider artists. Oct. 6-Jan. 13, 2008.
  • "Photographs from the Ends of the Earth" — Included are images of the Arctic from the Isaac Israel Hayes expedition of 1869, Count Wilczek's 1872 Arctic travels, and Robert Peary's expeditions of 1898-1902, among others, and contemporary photographs by Subhankar Banerjee, Diane Cook, Rena Bass Forman, John Holmgren, and Stuart Klipper. These photographs may one day be all that remain of a region now providing the most extreme evidence of our rapidly warming climate. Sept. 13-Dec. 24, Koss Gallery.

And as always, Chicago has great food, music and theater to offer as well. Visit the Chicago Reader Web site for advance information on restaurants and shows.

Tickets are $175 for four-person rooms or $260 for two-person rooms and include three nights at the Howard Johnson Inn in downtown Chicago and round trip motor coach. Tickets, now available at the University Service Center (715-836-3727), are going fast. The trip is open to all students, faculty and the public.

For more information, contact assistant professor of art & design Susan O'Brien, 715-836-2920 or, or Jill Ohm, 836-2538 or



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