Dream Flight
Bridget M. Milligan, "Dream Flight," 2019; Archival digital print, 20 h x 24 w (inches), Courtesy of the artist.

Bridget Murphy Milligan
Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child's Play
January 21–March 5, 2020
Sussel Gallery

  • Opening Reception
    Thursday, January 23
    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Gallery talk at 7:00 p.m.

Early memories and childhood experiences leave permanent imprints on the consciousness. Through the toys that divert us, the pictures we draw and characters we imagine, play is essential to the development of self and the formation of personality. Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child’s Play celebrates the spirit and complexity of childhood. This series investigates the inventive play and the uninhibited curiosity of children. The images weave tangible experiences with fictional narratives. In examining the discoveries that youthful fantasies and fears reveal, the exhibition attempts to expose the delicate awakenings experienced through fanciful play revealing a renewed sense of wonder in the ordinary. These compositions offer inspiration for the viewer to reconnect with their inner child. Opportunities to recall these experiences—the good and the bad—allow us an awareness of just how our youthful imaginations have influenced our lives and constructed our identities.

—Bridget Murphy Milligan, Associate Professor of Art, The College of Wooster

This exhibition features work developed during Bridget Murphy Milligan's 2018-2019 sabbatical.

Remapping the Renaissance
Research Lab: January 21–March 5, 2020
Exhibition: April 14–May 10 , 2020
Burton D. Morgan Gallery

From January 21 through March 5, 2020, students in Tracy Cosgriff’s Global Renaissance seminar will use the Burton D. Morgan Gallery as a Research Lab for object-based learning in preparation for their student-curated exhibition Remapping the Renaissance, which opens in April. Throughout the Research Lab period, materials selected from the CWAM’s Permanent Collection will rotate through gallery along with a video documenting the experiential learning taking place within the seminar and in the museum.

About the Exhibition

As part of the Spring 2020 Global Renaissance seminar, the student-curated exhibition Remapping the Renaissance fundamentally asks, "Whose Renaissance was it?"

The Renaissance has traditionally been understood as a Western phenomenon, heralding the advent of the modern era. Recent decades, however, have challenged this narrow outlook, seeking instead to reappraise the historical and cultural terms by which the period is defined. Entering into this debate, the exhibition reconsiders how the global mobility of images, institutions, and ideas has shaped the international landscape of our current world.

Spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Remapping the Renaissance focuses on visual and material cultures in the early era of global expansion and colonization (1450–1600). Themes include: immigration, commerce, religion, and science, as well as the relationship of center and periphery, native and foreign, and self and other.

—Tracy Cosgriff, Assistant Professor of Art History, The College of Wooster