University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Cecelia Condit

May 7 - August 8, 2010
Opening Reception: May 7, 2010, 5-8 pm

Location: INOVA/Kenilworth
Cost: Free

Milwaukee (April 17, 2010) - Following her recent surveys at the CUE Foundation in New INOVA_CeceliaConditYork City and at the North Dakota Museum of Art, INOVA, the Institute of Visual Arts in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presents Cecelia Condit: 1981 to Present, a comprehensive collection of Condit's film and video work. This special retrospective exhibition covers every major film and includes a new video installation never before seen in Milwaukee. The exhibition opens on Friday, May 7, 2010 with a public reception from 5-8 pm, and will remain on view through August 8, 2010.

An American video artist and Professor of Film and Video in UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Film, Cecelia Condit's work focuses on the contrast between the everyday world and fairy tales, with topics ranging from female aging to the imaginary world of children to suburban cannibalism. Since the early 1980s Cecelia Condit's narrative films and video have explored the not-so-average experiences of the "average woman" in a social climate of sublimated violence, fear, and misogynist aggression.

Her dark-humored narratives conflate fairy tale morals with the grisly sensationalism of tabloid headlines, incorporating live action, appropriated television images, and original music into frequently operatic narratives. According to the artist, "My work centers around the theme of how bizarre events disrupt mundane lives. By contrasting the commonplace with the macabre, humor with the absurd, I address a reality that is both surprisingly believable yet strange enough to belong only to the realm of fiction."

Condit's most recent installations, "Annie Lloyd" (2008), and "First Dream After Mother Died" (2010), both affirm the continuity of life and the sturdy relationship between mother and daughter. "Annie Lloyd is an unflinching tribute to my mother in her last years. Working with my very old mother, we came together to form a new relationship that I believe was only possible to created in her final years. Having this film open just days before Mother's Day makes this installation that much more important and special to me," comments Condit.

For a preview of her work, please visit

INOVA_CeceliaCondit2About Cecelia Condit
Cecelia Condit studied sculpture at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA; received a B.F.A. in sculpture at the Philadelphia College of Art, and an M.F.A. in photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She has received numerous awards for her work including fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary L. Nohl Fund. Her videos have been widely shown internationally at institutions and festivals including the Biennale de Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; and the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI. She is currently Professor of Film and Video and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Since 1996, the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation as a contemporary art research center. The mission of the Institute of Visual Arts is to engage the general and university publics with contemporary art from around the world through exhibitions and programs. The Institute is recognized for the high quality of its programs and for the opportunity it offers artists to experiment in the creation of new work, and it is committed to educating audiences by presenting artists who are shaping our visual culture in the present and for the future. According to Artforum magazine, "the Institute of Visual Arts has established itself as one of the most adventuresome venues in the states."

INOVA presents work by local, national and international contemporary artists and by Peck School faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Institute is comprised of three exhibition spaces in the Peck School of the Arts: INOVA/Kenilworth, INOVA/Arts Center and INOVA/Zelazo (the Mary L. Nohl Galleries). For more, please visit

The Condit exhibition runs in INOVA's West Gallery concurrently with "Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks, 1981-2010." INOVA is located in the Kenilworth building at 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Gallery hours are Wed.-Sun. Noon-5 p.m., open Thursdays until 8 p.m.