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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Postcards from America: Milwaukee

By Shepherd Express Staff
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Many things are devastatingly familiar about the photographs in “Postcards from America: Milwaukee,” on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum. A strip of bacon skewered along with an asparagus spear, olive and other fixings, cantilevered over the top of a tall Bloody Mary; a bus stop glistening with water droplets on a cool gray morning; buttercream painted piers supporting a freeway overpass. The sources are Comet Cafe, the intersection of Humboldt and North avenues, and the underpinnings of the Marquette Interchange, respectively. In the eyes of the photographers on this project, they are supporting characters that help describe this peculiar place called Milwaukee. Hailing from various parts of America and abroad, 11 photographers visited between August 2013 and April 2014. They work with Magnum Photos, a cooperative founded in 1947 in which photographers working internationally capture historic events as well as the mild dramas of daily life. (On display through Oct. 19.)

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