Two From Japan
July 20 – August 12, 1996
Haruko Oie constructs giant installations that echo natural forms such as waves or seashells.  These sculptures have evolved from the tradition of origami and use continuious sheets of recycled paper.  Their constructions involve neighborhood youth and residents.  Hideki Matsumoto is in the fortunate position of having work and living space provided by a forward-thinking corporation.  Fuji-Xerox of Japan has sponsored Hieki and two other artists, allowing them full access to their research and development labs and prototype imaging equipment that is not yet available on the market.  Hideki’s art involves use of color xerox collages that have reached dimensions as great as 96′ x 8′ and have adorned skyscrapers in Tokyo.  His work often reflects a concern for the environment and for the impact of technology on society.

John W. Ford Retrospective
August 24 – September 24, 1996
The work of Ford pauses at WPCA on its way from Denver to Chicago and lastly to Krakow, Poland.  A scholarly catalog that prominently features his 1993 installation at WPCA accompanies the exhibition.  Ford’s work consists of fine prints as well as documentation of many site-specific installations in the U.S. and overseas.  His installations become an integral and organic part of the site in which they are located; suspended or free-standing structures that echo and play off the dimensions of their setting.  Both his print and installation work invites community involvement by incorporating found objects and found photographs or documents that refer to the history of a place.

Francis Ford Retrospective
September 28 – October 22, 1996
WPCA presents a retrospective of noted Milwaukee photographer, Francis Ford.  This exhibition marks 25 years of professional photogrpahy by Ford and will include his portraits of famous Milwaukee faces.  Ford was one of the first artists to exhibit at WPCA and his return signifies our ongoing commitment to the local arts community.  It promises to be one of the premier art events of the ’96 – ’97 season, historic in every sense of the word.

Talking Chairs
September 28 – October 22, 1996 (Parallel to the Francis Ford Retrospective)
This exhibition of work by Franciska Rosenthal Louw, recently shown at the Ellis Island Museum, will feature hand-built, non-functional chairs whose surfaces are extremely distressed.  Each of these chairs is accompanied by a tape loop which relates the oral history of Holocaust survivors.

4th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 26 – November 19, 1996
WPCA presents a revived Latino tradition.  12 – 15 artists, from neighborhood residents to prominent artists, will contruct ofrendas (altars) honoring deceased loved ones, famous figures or remembered events and places.  This year the celebration will be in conjunction with a traditional parade.

Passages: The Body
November 23 – December 21, 1996
Artists Julia Kjelgaard, Linda James and Don Stinson work on a common theme in uncommon ways, examining the mental dislocations of the physical body through prints, photography and mixed media.  Curated by Suzanne Woods, this exhibit begins its tour in Indianapolis.  Sculptor Ron Kovach will join exhibition when it reaches WPCA.