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Monday, April 21, 2014
"For years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart," wrote twentieth century composer Morton Feldman. While most would not insist on such grandiose results, it is easy to commiserate with Feldman: the success of a creative endeavor is tied up with the space of creation. It seems intuitively true that the 'great American novel' could not be written in the stultifying sq...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s seniors are about to be set loose into a harsh world. Arts budgets have endured a slashing worthy of a cheap horror film and, generally, the arts seem to be viewed as a pleasant, albeit dispensable, divertissement. But the “MIAD 2014 Senior Exhibition,” on view April 18 through
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Performance and visual art by Jeanine Durning and Kyoung Ae Cho

 Jeanine Durning has been ‘inging’ since 2010. ‘Inging’? Let’s break it down. ‘Ing,’ of course, denotes the English language’s present progressive tense for actions that are present and ongoing. ‘Inging,’ then, would be the present and progressive activity of presently and progressively acting.
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Monday, April 7, 2014
It is a stubborn prejudice that art and industry stand in irreconcilable opposition. But the success and staying-power of Kohler Co.’s Arts/Industry program evidences a dissatisfaction with their strict separation and an insistence that they be sublated into a higher unity. Why should the useful not be beautiful and the beautiful useful?To cast the question from a slightly different, but harmoni...
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

See the U.S.A. through DNA

 The paradigms with which human beings understand themselves change over time. Cutting-edge research into prehistoric art suggests our distant progenitors saw themselves as existing in a realm of animal spirits, requiring the intervention of shamans. The ascendency of Christianity promoted the view that human
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
"There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforward there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray." Had he waited a few decades to deliver this pronunciamento, Jean-Luc Godard could have added another category: Wes Anderson is contemporary cinema's virtuoso of fairy tales. The designation is carefully chosen. I don't say '...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Handicrafts in Depression-era Milwaukee

 “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” it’s said of March’s mellowing weather. But the proverb could be applied to the 1920s with equal justice. Gatsby and flappers and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five typify the Roaring Twenties in all their extravagant, socially permissive and artistic glory. But on October 29, 1929—aka Black
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Major decisions concerning the presence and vitality of the arts in Milwaukee are afoot. The Spirit of Milwaukee ("A 501(c)3 private non-profit corporation whose mission is to educate the public, both locally and nationally, about greater Milwaukee's many cultural, educational, historical and scientific institutions.") has commissioned a report by the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, <...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Collaboration at the John Michael Kohler Art Center

 “Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry residency program. Each year, the program permits up to 22 artists to work up to six months in the Kohler Co. factory to produce original works of art. Given their birthplace, the works