September 12 – October 31

Location: Arts + Literature Laboratory, 111 S Livingston St, Madison, WI

ALL proudly presents Night Births in the Laboratory by Emma Pryde, recipient of the 2020 ALL Prize, awarded each year to outstanding graduating MFA students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On view from September 12 through October 31, 2020, Night Births in the Laboratory is a multimedia installation-based exhibition that utilizes a variety of materials such as slip-cast porcelain and laser-cut acrylics to create a world inhabited by the iconography of childhood, the digital age, and newer, fantastical forms of Pryde’s conception. Pryde mixes the visuals of religion, consumerism, fantasy, and aesthetics of cotton-candy hued nostalgia, belying an examination of commercialized representations of femininity.

Emma Pryde is one of two 2020 Arts + Literature Laboratory Prize winners. A local Madison community-driven contemporary non-profit arts organization, the ALL provides the visual, literary, music and performing arts that presents over 200 events per year, mostly free or low-cost, and year-round arts education for all ages, working to make the arts more accessible and sustainable in our community.

The annual ALL Prize exhibition award is given to one or more graduating MFA candidates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, selected by members of the ALL curatorial board. The prizewinner’s MFA thesis exhibition is shown at ALL, and the prizewinner receives a $1,000 stipend to assist with exhibition expenses and installation provided by the Art Department.

Night Births in the Laboratory