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Sunday, May 25, 2014
"Death and taxes," is the classic, glib attempt to enumerate life's certainties. A more sober and somber response differs only in omitting the latter conjunct. For some the inevitability of death is a source of crippling despair. Woody Allen, for example, has made a career of filtering this despair through his sense of humor. But this maneuver is nothing new; bluesmen have long sung of "laughing j...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Celebrating the urge for the fantastic

 Once upon a time there was a species gripped with the Promethean fire of intellect and imagination. Unlike their fellow animals, these creatures were neither constrained by actuality nor imprisoned in the present. These creatures—let us call them human beings—manipulated language and images to explain the world
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Sunday, May 18, 2014
On Tuesday evening I was mugged. To celebrate having submitted our students' grades and to prepare for emails of discontent, a group of friends and I repaired to the Riverwest Filling Station for trivia and a $10 burger-and-beer special. Merrymaking ensued and we left triumphant with the third place prize of raspberry sodas and bombers of Russian Imperial Stout. Less than a block away from our de...
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Sunday, May 11, 2014
As Mother's Day 2014 winds down, here's hoping that all you sons and daughters did your due diligence and that all you mothers have been lavished with chocolates, roses, and assurances of undying filial devotion. For our part, we here at MKEart thought it seemly to dedicate a post to mothers in art - a quick look at two cases of maternal immortalization. The most iconic matria...
Monday, May 5, 2014
 Plenty of energy at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum this week. “Wear Your Words” is the name of the project undertaken by local teenagers in cahoots with environmental educator, artist and recycling consultant Nancy Judd. The work consists of upcycled garments—fashion incorporating recycled
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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Quiet you gaudy man!Slowly slides the old house from the hill. The old blue skyis stuck hopelessly between branches and leaves.Don't call me there!A striking number of nations have declared a national animal, a national bird, a national flower (a.k.a. "floral emblem"), a national fruit, a national dance, a national tree, a national sport, a national color, even a nation...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clay Collective opens studios to the public

 Though the members of the Clay Collective specialize in diverse styles and methods, the association of regional artists is united by a shared love of getting a bit of dirt under their fingernails. They knead, throw, shape, shave, fire and glaze the year round, banding together each May to exhibit their works for a Spring
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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...
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