New Domesticity on view in Picturing Identity show at Diablo Valley College

Picturing Identity
March 6 - March 27, 2019

A group photography show featuring: Elizabeth Bernstein, Lois Bielefeld, Jess T. Dugan, Jamil Hellu, Jenny Sampson, Liz Steketee, Anita White, Nicole White

Gallery hours and Location:
Diablo Valley College Art Gallery
Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm                                               
The Art Gallery is located in the art quad, room A305.

Opening reception artists present from left to right: Jamil Hellu, Jess T. Dugan, Nicole White, Jenny Sampson, Anita White, and Lois Bielefeld

Opening reception artists present from left to right: Jamil Hellu, Jess T. Dugan, Nicole White, Jenny Sampson, Anita White, and Lois Bielefeld

Lois Bielefeld
On Belonging opens March 8 at The Warehouse with special dance performance March 9

On Belonging Art Collaboration Exploring Place and History in Milwaukee to Run at The Warehouse Museum From March 8 to May 31 

Milwaukee (Feb. 15, 2019) – The Warehouse exhibition space in the Menomonee Valley’s Design District announced On Belonging, an exhibition exploring themes of identity, race, and history will run March 8 through May 31. 

On Belonging is the culmination of collaborations started in June of 2017 between two nationally recognized artists – photographer Lois Bielefeld and interdisciplinary artist Nirmal Raja. Bielefeld is a Milwaukee native, and Chennai-born Raja has lived in Milwaukee for 27 years. Products of their two collaborations, which will both be exhibited at The Warehouse, explore different perspectives on the city they live in. 

A public opening reception for On Belonging takes place from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday March 8. The related performance installation, Moving Archive – What is Remembered, is set for 7 p.m. Saturday March 9. Both events are free and open to the public. Attending the performance requires a reservation, which can be made at 

One body of work explores the visual understanding of race and place. They examine Milwaukee’s complex historical, economic, ethnic, racial, and religious spaces. The result is a creative, complex portrait of Milwaukee. 

In their second body of work, history is visualized as a membrane that connects, divides, filters and binds through the use of performance-based photography, and video installation along with an ongoing audio archive. Throughout they ask: what is our relationship to history? What does it mean to belong? What does it mean to be American? 

In conjunction with this exhibition, the performance installation The Moving Archive – What is Remembered will take place at 7 p.m. March 9. Choreographed and co-directed by Maria Gillespie, the performance will intersect with the On Belonging installation and feature composer and cellist Janet Schiff with performers Maria Gillespie, Chanteé Kelly, and Joelle Worm. 

Information on making appointments to view the On Belonging exhibit can be found at There is no charge to visit The Warehouse. 

Reservations for the performance Moving Archive – What Is Remembered can be made here:

More information can be found at the artists’ websites: 

The ongoing audio archive can be accessed here: 

Lois Bielefeld
Showing: (work x family) on view at University Art Gallery
Install image, my photograph (Wednesday: Siena, Brian, Alivia and Leah. 2013 from Weeknight Dinners) on right monitor

Install image, my photograph (Wednesday: Siena, Brian, Alivia and Leah. 2013 from Weeknight Dinners) on right monitor

I have 3 photographs in Showing (work x family) installation at the University Art Gallery at California State University: Stanislaus in Turlock. The exhibition will be open until Dec 14. Come see this show that visually discusses this important intersection of work and family.


Lois Bielefeld
Family Albums: Kith and Kin in Focus at Mowa
Opening reception photo courtesy of Mowa

Opening reception photo courtesy of Mowa

Family photographs number among our most cherished possessions. These mementos preserve the past, acquainting us with long-gone forebears and providing ballast for the narratives on which we hang our identity. Photographing family uniquely illuminates its subjects’ essential selves, which, after all, are first fired in the forge of family life. Family Albums presents distinct takes on the genre—as captured by photographers Tom Bamberger, Lois Bielefeld, Dick Blau, Kevin Miyazaki and filmmaker Emir Cakaroz—documenting relationships, investigating origins and creating striking images along the way.

Exhibition Runs: August 18–November 11, 2018
Opening Party: Saturday, August 18, 2:00–5:00
Museum of Wisconsin Art
205 Veterans Ave, West Bend, WI 53095

Photo courtesy of Mowa

Photo courtesy of Mowa

Lois Bielefeld
The Book Club: What Would We Do With Lynne Tillman Exhibition

As Colm Toibin observes in the introduction to What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, “Creating space for your own work involves creating space for the work that made a difference to you. This is why artists write essays; they do so to reposition the way we read or the way we respond so that the work they do can be read or seen more clearly. It is the same reason, if there is a reason, plants grow toward light” (14). In The Book Club: What Would We Do with Lynne Tillman?, Peter Beck, Lois Bielefeld, Melissa Dorn, Jaymee Harvey Willms, and Kate E. Schaffer make space for Tillman and each other, just as Tillman creates a rich space of discussion within the context of her book.

This wholistic installation is an experiment in group dynamics and addresses complexity in a made and experienced world. Viewers will experience paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, furniture, and interactive installation. Accompanying the installation will be 5 artist-annotated essays from What Would Lynne Tillman Do? that give the viewer additional insight into the artists’ interactions with the text.

Exhibition runs July 20-September 1
Frank Juarez Gallery
207 E Buffalo St, Ste 600
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Lois Bielefeld
Celebration at Haggerty Museum of Art
Upword Bound students looking at  Celebration  series

Upword Bound students looking at Celebration series

I'm thrilled to have my new series, Celebration, that I've developed for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists 2017 at The Haggerty Museum of Art. I'm showing Celebration, a new series of work. The show will run until August 5th.

Please come and participate in my ancillary event by making a new Celebration photo of artist and Nohl fellow, Ariana Vaeth's birthday celebration at Haggerty. This will be be a two part event as I'll be documenting the actual event on Thurs. the 19th at 6PM. This is open to the public and participants are highly encouraged. The re-staging of the event for the photograph will be Sat. the 21st at 2PM. If you participated in Thursday evening's celebration please return for the photoshoot re-staging. You will receive an 8x12 print if you are in the photograph.

Emry's Tea Party. 2018

Emry's Tea Party. 2018

Lois Bielefeld
Between There and Now at the Marian Art Gallery

Between There and Now features the overlapping subjects from three bodies of work: The Bedroom (2008-2012), Weeknight Dinners (2013-2015, 2017), and Neighborhood (2015-current). Bielefeld's solo show at the Marian Art Gallery is on view from Feb 19- March 21, 2018. 
Marian Art Gallery
Mount Mary University
2900 North Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222

Lois Bielefeld
Androgyny in "Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibit" at the Frederick Layton Gallery
(left to right) Kat. 2014; kQween. 2014; Sean. 2014; Stall. 2018 (audio installation, 6 hours, 4 minutes)

(left to right) Kat. 2014; kQween. 2014; Sean. 2014; Stall. 2018 (audio installation, 6 hours, 4 minutes)

Androgyny is in the group show "Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibit" curated by John Schuerman and co-curator Mark Lawson.

In our current divisive social and political landscape, the newest exhibit at the Milwaukee
Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) asks viewers to do what lately seems rather difficult: feel empathy. “Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition” is on view in MIAD's Frederick Layton Gallery January 12 – March 3. MIAD's galleries are free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free gallery tours are available at

Artists exhibiting: Juliane Shibata, Tina Blondell, Inna Valin, Chase Boston, Christopher E.
Harrison, Nooshin Hakim, Peter B. Nelson, Liza Sylvestre, Gudrun Lock, Sue Coe, Lois Bielefeld and Raoul Deal.

Additional Programming:
 • Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m. – Empathy, Connections and Borders: An Evening of Poetry and
A night of visual and oral storytelling between artists and writers from Milwaukee and Minneapolis exploring empathy, creating human connections and crossing borders. Performers include Michael Kleber-Diggs, Anais Deal-Marquez, Kavon Cortez-Jones, Dinorah Marquez, Isela Xitlali Gómez and Eli Avalos.

• Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. – 100 Lullabies (Lullaby Songs for Syrian Refugees)
An experiential platform for listening to stories of war, face to face with artists who grew up during war in the Middle East. Audience members will be invited to sing and record a song of comfort or lullaby in their own language for children who are affected or displaced from their motherland by war. Participants include: Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Pedram Baldari and Katayoun Amjadi.

Lois Bielefeld
"Weeknight Dinners" To show at International Center of Photography In NYC
Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013

Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013

Weeknight Dinners will be a part of ICP's Projected series from October 9- October 15, 2017. During the day, the work is presented on monitors and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the museum and are most visible after sunset. 

International Center of Photography Museum
250 Bowery
New York, New York 10012
October 9- October 15 2017

Lois Bielefeld
"Androgyny" work in group show, "Please Check a Box: Sex, Gender, Identity, and Privacy" at Lawton Gallery

I'm honored to have Androgyny in Please Check a Box: Sex, Gender, Identity, and Privacy show currently on view at University of Green Bay's Lawton Gallery. Artists exhibited: Jess T. Dugan,  Jeffrey Morin, and Benjamin D. Rinehart. 

Lawton Gallery located in the Theatre building
Room 230
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM
September 7-October 5, 2017

Jackie listening to  The Bathroom, 2014 (6 hours 4 minutes)

Jackie listening to The Bathroom, 2014 (6 hours 4 minutes)

Lois Bielefeld
"All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country" at Charles Allis Art Museum
Covered Ground, (Two Hundred and Fourteen Running Shoes). 2017    All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country  at Charles Allis Art Museum.

Covered Ground, (Two Hundred and Fourteen Running Shoes). 2017
All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country at Charles Allis Art Museum.

In 2015, I documented my daughter's high school cross country team for the entire season. I tagged along to a midnight run, a camping trip (with 61 girls!), races, team-building activities, workouts, and loads of zany to sweet traditions such as leg striping. The series reveals a roller coaster of emotions and physical ordeals that tell a captivating story of growth and accomplishment, while also encouraging us to revisit our past lives as teenagers navigating the landscape of friendship, group dynamics, and team sports. The show will run from July 20th to October 22nd and it includes photographs, installations, and audio installations.

Charles Allis Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: July 20th-October 22, 2017
1801 N Prospect Ave (entrance on E Royale Place)
Visiting Hours: Wed-Sun 1-5PM

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Sister photos, installed view at Charles Allis Art Museum

Sister photos, installed view at Charles Allis Art Museum

Lois Bielefeld