The work of UW–Madison’s Faisal Abdu’Allah is featured in the exhibition, “Artists Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place,” presented by the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA).
Abdu’Allah holds UW–Madison’s Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art, and is a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.
The exhibition opened on April 24 at MOWA’s main building in West Bend, and is now showing at its downtown Milwaukee gallery, MOWA — DTN, located inside Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel through July 3.
For the exhibition, the museum asked nine Wisconsin artists to explore themes of immigration, identity, and belonging. Abdu’Allah’s work, the gold-plated “The Barber’s Chair,” evokes his boyhood in London, England, as the son of Jamaican immigrants.
“Once a month his father would take him to a house in the Willesden neighborhood belonging to Mr. Wright, a masterful barber,” a Wisconsin State Journal article about the exhibition explains.