Vesterheim exhibitions are usually organized by a team of curators who make all of the decisions about an exhibit. They decide the story line, choose which objects to use to tell that story, determine how the visitors will move through the gallery, etc. But what if you got to decide what you wanted to learn in an exhibition? What if you got to choose your own artventure?
With this exhibit you will have a chance! We’re offering several “tours” through the gallery that present different perspectives on the paintings.
The tours include:
Art for History Lovers, an exploration of the context and background of artist Midjo’s life and work.
Art for Art Lovers, a dive into the technical aspects of Midjo’s work and his place in art history.
How to Look at Art, an introduction to the basics of fine art.
Midjo in His Own Words, a revealing look into Midjo’s life and work through his own letters.
We are excited for this new way to interact with the Midjo’s work.
Among the Norwegian-born artists represented in Vesterheim’s collection, Christian Midjo stands out for his highly distinctive style.
Born in Trondheim in 1888, Midjo began to draw at an early age. A scholarship from the Norwegian government allowed him to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen for five years. Midjo came to Chicago in 1906 and was hired to teach drawing and painting at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, a position he held from 1909 to 1947. He continued to paint until his death in 1973.
The exhibition at Vesterheim will include 14 oil paintings from Vesterheim and five on loan from the Boys Town Hall of History in Omaha, Nebraska.
Christian Midjo: Choose Your Own Artventure is sponsored by Greg and Karen Bruening.