SHEBOYGAN, WIS. — Bruce Conner's photo montage of a nuclear mushroom cloud wearing a military suit is a critique on nuclear production.
Martin Ramirez used paper bags and other available materials to create drawings with cutout pictures, possibly to hold onto aspects of a fractured identity.
Joseph Cornell was influenced by French symbolists and Gestalt psychologists, who compiled poetic fragments to alter emphasis and meaning, when he made his collage and boxed assemblage.
Those and nearly three dozen other artists are included in "Messages & Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art," which runs through Jan. 25 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. It includes folk, self-taught and academically trained artists.