Peter Jodocy (1884–1971), a German-born Belgian, traveled the world looking for the ideal place to call home and eventually chose the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Jodocy and his wife homesteaded a farm in an area that today remains largely wilderness. He expressed his often-humorous reflections on American culture in his small but expertly crafted yard environment.
Jodocy made his sculptures by sheathing a wood frame in a plaster mixture, then painting and adorning them with local artifacts. Here, a traditionally clad hunter—wearing a 1957 Michigan license plate on his back in lieu of a hunting tag—takes aim at a deer crowned with a real antler rack. The Arts Center staff continues the search for the scene’s third character, a game warden. After Jodocy’s death, his sculptures remained in place on the property for a time. Eventually, they were auctioned off and acquired by the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee.
Scholars, artists, preservationists, educators, activists, art historians, collectors and devotees will delve into the complex subject of artist-built environments during a three-day conference at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops, attendees will share new ideas and broaden the collective knowledge and appreciation of this unique style of art making that is the focus of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Arts Center.
The conference, titled The Road Less Traveled, is the third Divine Disorder program of the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). In addition to the Arts Center and NCPTT, Kohler Foundation Inc. is a hosting partner for the conference.
Sep. 27, 2017 - Sep. 29, 2017Register