Monday, January 4, 2016

Chipstone Foundation – The Dave Project
Currently on View at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Through collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation curatorial staff, Jon Prown, Executive Director/Chief Curator and Sarah Carter, Curator/Director of Research Milwaukee-based visual artist Mutope J. Johnson, helps to re-imagine the history of African-American material culture. As part of the reinstallation of the Milwaukee Art Museum, which opened to the public on November 24, 2015. 

David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter” was a highly talented and historically significant ceramic artisan (ca.1800-1870s). Dave’s story and craftsmanship inspired The Dave Project Gallery, which celebrates the lives and work of historic African-American artisans and makers.

The Chipstone Foundation curatorial staff states; “Milwaukee-based artist Mutope J. Johnson created the eight paintings featured in The Dave Project Gallery. Each image is based on careful research and Johnson’s own creative response to the objects. His paintings enrich the stories we are able to tell about these artisans by visualizing the worlds these objects once inhabited.”

The Dave Project • Series of eight paintings • Watercolor on Paper

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Justified Art • Overture Center Gallery #1
Madison, Wisconsin – March 10, thru May 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st | 6-8pm during Gallery Night
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JustifiedAngerDiscussion

Justified Art! is a platform for visual artists to participate in the conversation inspired by "Justified Anger", a Cap Times essay by Rev. Alex Gee detailing his personal experience with racial profiling and discrimination as an African American living in the Madison area. 

Featured painting: Mikal Pruitt, Bronzeville Poet Series • Oil on canvas • 36"H x 60"W

Sunday, March 9, 2014

UWM Peck School of the Arts • Spring MA/MFA Exhibition #1

March 7 thru 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th | 5-7pm
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 11th | 4pm

M.A. Degree: Chadwick | Neil Subel | Janelle Vanderkelen
M.F.A. Degree: Mutope J. Johnson | Matthew Warren Lee | Julie Rogers


 ©2014 The Bronzeville Poets Series

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Blanche Brown • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Eric Jefferson • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Carmen Mugaria • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Jeff Winke • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Mikal Pruitt • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Tiffany Miller • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W





Thursday, August 29, 2013

Occasional Art Speak

Once in a while more or less you'll receive some Occasional Art Speak, regarding art related musings and exhibitions. Since I don't own a soapbox don't look for me to stand on one. However, don't stand too close... I will be spittin'.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Milwaukee Art Museum - 30 Americans
http://mam.org/30-americans/wisconsin-30.php

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Pfister Artist in Residence Finalist Collection  

Each year, regional and national artists apply for the honor of being named The Pfister Artist-in-Residence. Although only one artist is chosen, the work of each finalist is outstanding in its own right and worthy of an exhibit of its own.

 

Featuring 18 of the Artiist-in-Residence finalists from the last 4 years.

The pieces will be on display at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center through October 17, 2012. Participating Artist in Residence Finalists include: Albin Erhart, Anthony Suminski, Brandon Minga, Bridget Griffith Evans, Hal Koenig, Jeremy Plunkett, Kate Pfeiffer, Katie Musolff (former Artist-in-Residence), Matt Duckett, Mutope j. johnson, Pamela Anderson, Reginald Baylor (former Artist-in-Residence), Sara Mulloy, Shelby Keefe (former Artist-in-Residence), Steve Ohlrich, and current Artist-in-Residence Timothy Westbrook. 

    A Song of Art & Survival - Mutope j. johnson

Monday, May 14, 2012

Waukesha GuitarTown Project 

The Waukesha GuitarTown Project is a public arts endeavor that will feature a display of ten 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars and 20 playable Les Paul guitars. The guitars will be artistically designed by visual artists from Southeastern Wisconsin. Playable guitars will be sent to Gibson for the addition of strings and hardware April 13 and then returned to Waukesha for indoor display and charity auction. 

Finished guitars will be displayed as part of a walking tour of downtown Waukesha landmarks June 1, 2012.

Funding from the project is provided by the Gibson Guitar Foundation and local sponsors. Sponsorships are available. Other Gibson GuitarTown cities include Hollywood, Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, London, Austin and Nashville. Call Waukesha GuitarTown at: 262.547.1060 for more information. 
Artists designing the 10-foot sculptural guitars are:
Ramona Audley, Oconomowoc Jennifer Espenscheid, Milwaukee Gene Evans, Milwaukee Jim Willis and Ryan Guthrie, Waukesha Tom Noll, Waukesha Bill Reid, Racine Marcia Schneider, Waukesha Jeff Seymour, Waukesha Ben Stark, Milwaukee Chuck Weber, Waukesha
Artists that have designed the playable and showcase guitars are:
Carrie Chimenti, Milwaukee Amy Cropper, Waukesha Lance Dobersek, Waukesha Peggy Thurston, Farrell, Waukesha Sarah Gallenberger, Milwaukee Gary Gresl, Milwaukee Jeff Homar, Waukesha Mutope j. johnson, Milwaukee Shay Johnson, Menomonee Falls Francisco Mora, Milwaukee Katie Musloff and Andy Fletcher, La Crosse Connie Pelzek, Hales Corners Nancy Schmidt, Waukesha Jean Stamsta, Hartland Bill Taylor, New Berlin Jason Vogt, Milwaukee Chuck Wickler, Waukesha

 

The Chuck Berry Tribute Guitar - Mutope j. johnson

MY ART GALLERY

The Rock Island Series

A fictional art series that was created to reflect the lives of early jazz musicians who spent much their professional lives on the road. Traveling to and from gigs mainly by bus or train. Reflecting the good times and the bad times, the obstacles they faced, the love they gained and sometimes lost. But more importantly meeting people from different walks of life, in big cities and small towns who just loved it when they played America’s music ... “Jazz.”

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Road Trip 1 • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Road Trip 2 • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Uptown Train • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Rock Island Series Triptych • Mixed Media
America’s Only True Art Form

A visual buffet of work that draws upon the power of artists and our cultural modernity. But specifically America’s own music, Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop. African Americans have always been at the forefront of creating America's only true art forms, the most popular music genres of modern times. Putting the "J" in Jazz and “Hip” in Hip Hop music. The very fact that Africa from which most of our ancestors came, has influenced the way music is made and can be heard in African American music of the past and present. Johnson states that "this reason alone supports why I paint." The rhythmic spoken word and the hypnotic beats, created by some of the most talented African American producers, song writers, poets, musicians and performers today, has had a lasting influence on creative people world wide.

Blues Series

Blues Series
Living with the Blues • Watercolor

BLues Series

BLues Series
Ma Rainey • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
The Gospel of John • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
The Stoop • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
Blue Holiday • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Coltrane @ 4am • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Dude Indigo • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Mood Indigo • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
HipknowsUs • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Downgrade Ahead • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Monk plays the jook joint • Watercolor

Hip Hop Series

Hip Hop Series
Only God Can Judge Me • Watercolor

Hip Hop Series

Hip Hop Series
Rap In Peace • Watercolor

Visual Artist Series

Visual Artist Series
Tribute to Jean Michel Basquiat • Watercolor

Visual Artist Series

Visual Artist Series
Tribute to Jacob Lawrence • Watercolor

Visual Artist Series

Visual Artist Series
Tribute to Romare Bearden • Watercolor

Literary Artist Series

Literary Artist Series
James Baldwin, Fire Next Time • Watercolor

Literary Artist Series

Literary Artist Series
August Wilson / Fences • Watercolor

Literary Artist Series

Literary Artist Series
Amiri Baraka, Indigopeopleology • Watercolor