By Frank Juarez
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
I learned about this exhibition in early April 2020 and I knew that I had to attend. That day finally arrived.
Due to social media, I knew what to expect from the images and videos that were shared online. But, that didn’t spoil seeing it in real life. The self-guided tour took about an hour, which introduces the visitor to three exhibition spaces centered on a specific part of van Gogh’s life.
It wasn’t until the third exhibition space, which is the largest that made me stop in my tracks. It immediately reminded me of a video I that saw on Facebook a while back (see video below). Everyone will experience Beyond Van Gogh differently. As artists, we create because we are passionate about something and we express it through art. I think that sometimes we go through the motions of creativity, that we do not know exactly what type of impact we have on family, friends, our [art] community, or fellow artists, until that day comes when we are no longer living on this earth. Beyond Van Gogh is truly a celebration about his art and life.
Another thought I had was how timely this exhibition is with what has been happening globally for the past 18+ months. It makes me wonder if it will become another way to experience, engage, and immerse ourselves into the digital world of art and how it may trickle down to galleries, institutions, and education, if it hasn’t already.
I looked on the Beyond Van Gogh website to see what the end date of this immersive exhibition is and I could not locate it. However, based on the online calendar it looks like September 19, 2021, may be the last date.
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P.s. this video is a tear jerker.
About Frank Juarez
Frank Juarez is an award winning art educator, artist, author, advocate, former gallery director and publisher of Artdose Magazine.
Frank brings two decades of art education and arts management experience organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through grant programs, and professional development workshops. This has placed him in the forefront of promoting Wisconsin artists, networking, and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate and exhibit in Wisconsin.
Stay connected: instagram.com/frankjuarezgallery