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Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Honoring the Art of Haiti

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The resiliency of the human spirit will shine in an international conference held in Milwaukee. For “Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality, several city institutions collaborate on a three-day event honoring the contemporary art, cinema and literature flourishing on a tiny island nation too often defined by natural disasters and poverty.

Each day will spotlight the nation's prestigious artists. On Wednesday, March 7 at Marquette University's Weasler Auditorium, renowned director Arnold Antonin will present his film Amours d'um Zombi (The Loves of a Zombie), which incorporates political themes through avant-garde scenarios. The screening begins at 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 8 pays tribute to Richard and Erna Flagg's world-class Haitian art exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). Tours of the recently redesigned collection will begin at 2 p.m. A 5 p.m. reception precedes 6 p.m. lectures by experts in Haitian art. Afterward, a panel discussion led by the MAM's chief curator Brady Roberts continues until 8 p.m.


To complement MAM's collection, the Lynden Sculpture Gardens features an exhibition of art by Midwest businessman Orville Bulman titled “Haiti and The Midwestern Imagination,” opening March 7. A self-taught artist, Bulman's 1950s work offers another perspective on Haitian art. His work will be presented along with watercolors of Haiti by Oscar Sanchez.


Concluding Haiti 2012 on Friday, March 9, UW-Milwaukee will host lectures by three award-winning authors addressing Haitian life, literature and politics, which will reflect on how art and dreams can flourish even in areas of great suffering.

All events are free, except Thursday's, where admission is required for non-museum members. For a complete schedule of events and more information visit www.uwm.edu/cie/haiti2012 or lyndensculpturegarden.org.


Art Happenings

“JOSEPH SCHWARTE”

SHARON LYNNE WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

19805 W. CAPITOL DR.

The Wisconsin artist creates “functional sculpture” through imaginative furniture designs which he exhibits throughout the Midwest. The Wilson Center exhibition opens on Wednesday, March 7 with an artist's reception honoring Schwarte from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“FORWARD 2012: A SURVEY OF WISCONSIN ART NOW”

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

18O1 N. PROSPECT AVE.

In this prestigious juried exhibition, artists from all over the state show their best work from the recent year. The exhibit opens on Friday, March 2 with a reception and awards ceremony from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“MARSHALL ARTS EVENING EVENT”

HISTORIC THIRD WARD MARSHALL BUILDING

207 E. BUFFALO ST.

Over 20 artists, galleries and venues host their quarterly evening event, which features special exhibits throughout the five floors of the historic building on Friday, March 2, 5-9 p.m.