Reception for SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Thank you so much for joining us for the opening reception of SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition. We had such a fabulous turn out. This exhibition features new work by Pamela Anderson, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Clare Jorgensen , Nirmal Raja. Bela Suresh Roongta, Alan Thompson-Wallace and is curated by Barbara O’Brien.

SPARK is an exhibition with an inventive and ambitious origin and goal. Curator Barbara O’Brien, who moved to Milwaukee in May 2018 from Kansas City where she served as Executive Director (2012-17) and Director of Exhibitions and Collections (2009-12) at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She was invited to curate an exhibition that featured artists from the Material Studio. Selections were based on studio visits where each artist was invited to share one work with O’Brien that was on the “leading edge” of their practice. Six artists were selected to meet with O’Brien over the next year as they develop this new work for SPARK. “What a marvelous welcome to Milwaukee,” said O’Brien. “The dialog between artist and curator will undoubtedly generate surprise and excitement not only for me, but also for the artists and visitors to the exhibition.”

SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibitions runs through August 31, 2019.