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Monday, Oct. 5, 2009

Haggerty Museum, UWM Galleries Highlight Full Schedule of Art

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Cedarburg and surrounding areas will hum with activity when Ozaukee County Arts Weekend (Oct. 9-11) opens the studios of 50 local artists to the public. A countywide map of self-guided tours can be picked up at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.), which will also be hosting its fall exhibition, “Bold and/or Red.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, exhibition co-curator Gary Hallman will introduce “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran” at a 6 p.m. opening reception at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art. A focus of political controversy, Iran is also renowned for the prodigious output of its filmmakers and visual artists. The mix of photography and video installations offers a look at public concerns through private images, such as the family portraits of Shokoufeh Alidousti and Shahriar Tavakoli.

On display at the UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery is “Movimientos,” a group exhibition of pieces from Chicana feminist artists. Works by Ester Hernandez, Favianna Rodriguez and Melanie Cervantes examine poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia as connected issues for Mexican-American women. The striking collection will be up through Oct. 16.

“Anatomy of an Avenue” opens with a 6 p.m. reception Friday, Oct. 9, in the Inova/Kenilworth Gallery, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Up through Dec. 13, the photo essay by Barbara J. Miner depicts North Avenue from the bluff at Lake Michigan to its terminus in the town of Pewaukee. “I chose North Avenue because it connects more neighborhoods, communities, cities and counties than any other major thoroughfare,” she says. “It is a microcosm of what we are as a community—both what unites us and what divides us.”

Photographer Eddee Daniel examines progress, the natural world and unforeseen aesthetics in “Accidental Art: Construction Fences in the Landscape” at Carroll University’sHumphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center, 238 East Ave., Waukesha. “The bright orange plastic fences that surround construction sites and other temporary installations have become so ubiquitous in urban settings that they are accepted as part of the landscape,” Daniel explains. “Their functionally obtrusive color can be especially jarring, however, in a natural setting. It was this juxtaposition of the natural and unnatural that first drew my attention to temporary fencing.” A closing reception is scheduled for Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The “Paintings of Gloria MaCoy,” on display through Oct. 17 at Leenhouts Art Gallery, 1342 N. Astor St., offers a vivid look into the daily life of this talented local artist. MaCoy fearlessly employs color to depict such autobiographical scenes as drunken students carousing outside her window, or a bris ceremony. A special-needs teacher, MaCoy also draws inspiration from story-time with her students, exemplified in the deceptively sunny The Hyenas Are Happy Today. As with many of her paintings, rendered primarily in gouache, there is often something slightly ominous, just out of the frame. The hyenas certainly do seem happy, but what activity led them to this state of sated contentment?

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