Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
Current Tendencies III: Artists From Milwaukee
At Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art, past and present converge in the third edition of the biennial exhibition series, “Current Tendencies III: Artists From Milwaukee.” This time, nine Milwaukee artists selected artworks from the Haggerty’s permanent collection to inspire new images or installations in the hope that viewers will gain fresh insight and perspective by placing those works in a contemporary context. Each artist inhabits an individual gallery space, and each addresses the question of how historical artworks resonate in 21st-century culture. Mark Mulhern filled an entire room with drawings, sketches and paintings dialoguing with Karl Priebe’s mixed media postcard series (1950-1956) illustrating playful birds, for instance, while Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design professor Jason S. Yi constructed a site-specific installation, Terraform 01, 2013, based on Joachim Brohm’s photograph, On Fire (1983-1984).