the john riepenhoff experience

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONTEXT 
by Roger White

The John Riepenhoff Experience is a smallish wooden box attached to the wall about eight or nine feet off the ground. It has a rectangular hole in the top fitted with a piece of translucent plastic, through which a photographer’s floodlight shines, and a circular hole in the bottom. Climbing up a stepladder one at a time, viewers can put their heads inside the box and see some very small art. At the Milwaukee International Art Fair in 2006, The Experience contained drawings on notecards by Tyson Reeder. For his 2010 Nohl showing at INOVA, Riepenhoff upped the ante and commissioned three curators to arrange miniature group exhibitions in each of the three Experiences presented.

The Experience, the artist told me, is an attempt to solve a persistent problem of the Milwaukee artist: having big ideas but scant resources with which to realize them. (“You probably can’t cover the walls of a normal-sized gallery entirely with chocolate,” he said. “But in The Experience, you can.”) It’s also a functional model of the work of contemporary art, which is primarily a context nestled within a series of contexts that is in infinitely extendable in both directions. Maybe navigating this system and registering the forms of value it generates is the experience of The Experience.

Then again, maybe not: Riepenhoff is attuned to the perennial tension between the public and private functions of art. “When you go to a movie theater you’re with a big group of people, but when the lights go down you enter into the film,” he said. “When you’re at an art opening, you’re with a big group of people and they never go away.... [The Experience] gives you both things. You have this intimacy with the work, you can get up close, and you can also have a little chat about it afterwards.”

-Roger White is a painter and author of The Contemporaries (Bloomsbury, 2015).






Nicholas Frank Minifinity Whitney Museum 2017

March 17 - April 17, 2017

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Nicholas Frank Minifinity after (Stanley Landsman), 2007/2016
Mirrired and tinted plexiglass, arature, and seed lights



April 19 - May 22, 2017

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Anonymous 
Untitled (Pen and Ink), 2000



May 24 - June 11

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Martine Syms Lesson I - XC, 2014-17
Three monitors with a series of high-definition videos, color, sound; 0;30 min. each


Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014




April 1 - 6, 2017
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents:Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg's Sub-Suburban featuring GraceMarie Keaton at Kyle Seis' Chamber


Makoe The John Riepenhoff Experience

March 25 - 31, 2017
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Makoe


March 19  Chaguin  Untitled, 2008

March 19 - 24, 2017
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Chaguin Untitled, 2008


The Suburban Riverwest
2901 N Fratney St
Milwaukee, WI 53212




November 29 - December 26, 2015
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Motoyuki Daifu



November 29 - December 26, 2015
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Amanda Ross-Ho



November 29 - December 26, 2015
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Roger White


Misako & Rosen 
3-21-6 1F, Minami-otsuka, Toshima-ku
Tokyo 170-0005



Paul Cowan Night Gallery The John Riepenhoff Experience
2016

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Paul Cowan 

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Ann Greene Kelly at Night Gallery

September 12 - October 10, 2015
The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Ann Greene Kelly

2276 E 16th Street
Los Angeles, CA




September 9 – October 11, 2015

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Gordon Payne

291 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Gordon Payne John Riepenhoff Experience Nathalie Karg




August 30, 2015  12 - 2 pm

The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: don't over do it, do it over by Saige Rowe

Nasty Cowboy
2230 Cloverdale Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA
Saige Rowe Nasty Cowboy The John Riepenhoff Experience




January 5, 2014 - February 9, 2014 


The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Jacques Lipchitz variation on the theme of the last Embrace (Salvataggio) 


Marlborough Broome St

331 Broome St

New York, NY


The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents: Jacques Lipchitz variation on the theme of the last Embrace (Salvataggio) I, 1970-72 bronze Marlborough Broome Street New York





January 7 - February 1, 2014


The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Johnny B. Bad works by Lauren Taylor 


JAZZ GALLERY

926 East Center Street 

Milwaukee, WI


The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Johnny B. Bad works by Lauren Taylor  Jazz Gallery Milwaukee






January 18 - February 18, 2014


The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: CROSS PIPE SUZUKI by Niall MacDonald


NIGHT GALLERY

2276 East 16th St

Los Angeles CA 90021



The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: CROSS PIPE SUZUKI by Niall MacDonald NIGHT GALLERY Los Angeles





January 31 to March 8, 2014


The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Ann Greene Kelly


Western Exhibitions


in HEAD

with Academy Records, Elijah Burgher, Rob Bondgren, Mariano Chavez, Ryan Travis Christian, Lilli Carre, Edie Fake, Richard Hull, Eli Jones, Larassa Kabel, Jose Lerma, Dutes Miller, Miller & Shellabarger, Rachel Niffenegger, Gladys Nilsson, Paul Nudd, Robyn O'Neil, Onsmith/Nudd, The John Riepenhoff Experience featuring Ann Greene Kelly, Edra Soto, Ben Stone



The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Ann Greene Kelly Western Exhibitions Chicago IL art gallery






June 5, 2013 - June 23, 2013



The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: SEA-HORSE ECSTASY SWITCH by Niall MacDonald


James Fuentes
55 Delancey
New York, NY
June 5 5-7pm


with CONOR BACKMAN, EGAN FRANTZ, ROSS IANNATTI, PARKER ITO, NIALL MACDONALD, ASHER PENN, JOHN RIEPENHOFF with EMILY SUNDBLAD, ROMAN SCHRAMM




Niall MacDonald James Fuentes John Riepenhoff Experience New York 2013





March 3, 2012 - April 7, 2012


The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents 

Minor Mistakes by Jeni Spota

Lucie Fontaine 

Tokyo


Jeni Spota 7 of Diamonds (Found) John Riepenhoff Experience Pepin Moore The Green Gallery Contemporary art gallery Milwaukee Los Angeles







September 15th through October 20th 2012



The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Alan Belcher


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Pepin Moore






July 7th - August 11th 2012


The Secret Coreographer: 

Atopical Bandaids (after Calabrese)


Pepin Moore




 



May 26th - June 30th 2012


Ryan Travis Christian Collaborates

featuring works by


Ryan Travis Christian & Eddie Martinez

Ryan Travis Christian & Geoffrey Todd Smith

Ryan Travis Christian & Eric Yahnker


Pepin Moore






April 14th through May 19th 2012


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March 3rd through April 7th 2012


Jeni Spota

Minor Mistakes


Pepin Moore





January 14th through February 18th 2012


Andrew J Greene

Ambitious Diplomat



Pepin Moore




October 29th through December 30th 2012


Jena Lee

Bird in Space


Pepin Moore




September 17th through October 22nd 2011


SSS - Contracted Paintings curated by Fuminao Suenagaart

Shimon Minamikawa, Fuminao Suenaga, Shunsuke Imai, Katsuhisa Sato


Pepin Moore







June 11th through July 30th 2011


Te KKKiero un Potosi curated by Agatha Wara 

Narda Alvarado, Douglas Rodrigo Rada, Alfredo Román, Julio Gonzalez Sanchez, Roberto Unterladstaetter, Raquel Schwartz



Pepin Moore








April 30th through June 4th 2011


American Fantasy Classics: Brenna Murphy


Pepin Moore








March 19th through April 23rd 2011


Inova, Mary Nohl Fellowship Milwaukee: The Golden Age Experience curated by Golden Age, Chicago

Megan Plunkett, Lauren Anderson, Jon Rafman, Paul Cowan, Derek Chan, Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler   


Pepin Moore







January 21st through March 12th 2011


Ben Warwas


Pepin Moore






December 10th 2010 through January 15th 2011


Peter Barrickman

The Treacherous Trek



Pepin Moore








October 29th through December 4th 2010


Richard Galling


Pepin Moore








September 17th through October 23rd 2010


Kristin Calabrese

Cookies


Pepin Moore









August 20th through September 11th 2010 


Amy Yao & Paul Stoelting

Rats &Doves


Pepin Moore







June 2010 through August 18, 2010 


Wisconsin Triennial 2010 'Tis' by Chuck Stebelton