• Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork
  • Chipstone Foundation artwork

Aesthetic Afterlife

June 4 - Aug. 3 2014


An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation

We will die, civilization will crumble, life as we know it will cease to exist, but trash will endure, and there it was on the street, our ceaselessly erected, ceaselessly broken cenotaphs to ephemera and disconnection and unquenchable want.*

Today’s obsessive materialism occurs without consideration of what happens to things when we no longer need or want them. In An Aesthetic Afterlife, five Wisconsin artists literally addressed the myriad problems raised by our “throw-away culture.” But they did so somewhat optimistically, using old objects to create beautiful works of art. Secondhand objects are saved from their potential graves, proving that it is possible for them to live an aesthetic and purposeful afterlife.

*Robin Nagle, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City


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Most exhibitions feature a guide, offering illustrations, essays by national and international scholars and museum staff, artist biographies, exhibition histories, bibliographies and a list of works. Guides are available for purchase at the museum or by emailing us.


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  • Monday – Saturday:
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday:
    Noon to 5 p.m.

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