Thirty years ago, the Haggerty Museum of Art opened its doors. Since that time, the museum's innovative programs and cross-disciplinary exhibitions have fostered visual literacy and critical thought in support of the cultural vitality of Marquette and the wider community. During the 2015 exhibition season, the Haggerty will present a series of exhibitions that build on and celebrate this rich tradition.

Current exhibitions


Current Tendencies IV
Topography Transformed

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Six regional artists have been invited to create new, site-responsive work for the Haggerty Museum of Art's fourth installment of its biennial Current Tendencies exhibition series. Portions of Keith Haring's Construction Fence will act as the conceptual and physical core of the exhibition with work by the Wisconsin artists —bauenstudio (Marc Roehrle and Mo Zell, Milwaukee), Derrick Buisch (Madison), Keith Nelson (Milwaukee), Shane McAdams (Cedarburg), and Joseph Mougel (Milwaukee) — presented in fluid constellations. The integrated group exhibition will explore a set of material, visual, and conceptual affinities that can be loosely tied to Haring's practice and to notions of topography – the natural and man-made characteristics or qualities of the land.


Out of the Vaults
Keith Haring

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Keith Haring's Construction Fence, an iconic piece in the Haggerty's collection and significant early work in the artist's career, will serve as the point of departure for the artists participating in Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed. In 1983, the museum's founding director invited then-emerging artist Keith Haring to create a mural on the fence that enclosed the construction site of the museum. This series of paintings on plywood is an early example of Haring's large-scale, site-specific public art projects.


On View(s)
Highlights from the Permanent Collection

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures that depict or interpret landscape will be displayed as a complement to the themes explored in Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed. This permanent collection exhibition includes various artistic representations of the social, cultural, and political qualities inscribed in or derived from land. The interconnected, symbolic qualities of place—perceptions, experiences, memories, and histories—inform this installation.

Future exhibitions

September 17 – December 23, 2015


What is Hispanic?

What is Hispanic? presents a selection of artwork from the Haggerty’s permanent collection that investigates this question. The exhibition will showcase Medieval to contemporary paintings, prints, and photographs by Hispanic artists that address themes such as: politics, sexuality, history, family, migration, social justice, war, peace, race, sexism, spirituality, and hatred. The pieces will reveal personal stories about the featured artists that inspire dialogue on the Hispanic experience and identity, as well as discussions on Surrealism, Cubism, the avant-garde, and Expressionism.


Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall
Biblical Narratives in Print

Marc Chagall’s Bible, a portfolio of 105 hand-colored, black-and-white etchings depicting scenes from the Old Testament, is the subject of the exhibition Marc Chagall: Biblical Narratives in Print. As a modern, Jewish artist not tethered to traditional Christian interpretations of the Biblical text, Chagall developed a unique visual vocabulary that synthesized elements from diverse cultural and artistic traditions. Because he approached the Old Testament narratives as a set of stories and recurring themes to be broadly interpreted, rather than literally illustrated, Marc Chagall was able to produce a deeply human and personal body of work that remains relevant today.



Adi Nes
Biblical Stories

The nine photographs included in this exhibition are contemporary re-presentations of subjects, characters, and stories from the Old Testament. In his large-scale, elaborately staged photographs, which often reference well-known works from the history of art, Israeli artist Adi Nes uses themes from biblical narratives to explore present-day issues of social justice.



Giuseppe Mazzone
Geometry of Faith

Geometry of Faith presents the dissertation work of Giuseppe Mazzone, who recently received a Ph.D. in architecture from UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Mazzone’s project is based on Sainte-Anne-la-Royale, a 17th century Parisian church that was only partially realized and later destroyed.

Using three engravings left behind by the original architect, Guarino Guarini, Mazzone reconstructed the church by creating a set of drawings, both handmade and computer generated, and a 3D printed physical model. From the model, an immersive, 3D version of the building was made by Marquette’s Visualization Lab (MARVL), where Mazzone currently holds the position of Student-Centered Active Learning Educator (SCALE).

The exhibition will include Mazzone’s drawings, the 3D model, and a film Mazzone created about the project.

January 21 – April 17, 2015


Carrie Schneider
Reading Women


Past exhibitions

Clear Picture

Clear Picture
Looking at Communities from an Art Museum

January 22 – May 31, 2015

Over the course of the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters, the Haggerty will present Clear Picture Looking at Communities from an Art Museum, an exhibition featuring diverse works from the museum’s permanent collection. Clear Picture is an experimental, student-curated project led by Marquette faculty members. The exhibition will serve as a multi-disciplinary textbook and laboratory for four undergraduate Journalism and Spanish courses.

Alfred Leslie
The Killing Cycle...

Mila Teshaieva
Promising Waters

January 22 – May 31, 2015

For over four years, photographer Mila Teshaieva has documented the transformation of the three former Soviet republics on the shores of the Caspian Sea: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. Her project takes the viewer on a subtle and complex journey through the promises of a new oil region, raising questions as to the relationship between the state and private identity and the ties between past, present and future.

States of Uncertainty

States of Uncertainty


January 22 – May 31, 2015

This exhibition explores the concept of border as social and spatial construct and examines the complexities of establishing personal identity in areas of geopolitical instability. Through sculpture, video, and sound-based installations, artists Yael Bartana, Aleksandra Domanović, and Shilpa Gupta question nationhood, citizenship and identity as defined (or not) by geography.