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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Art Preview

Unconventional but fascinating displays at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) feature fragments of photographs, remnants of mass-media images and found objects imprinted with the identifiable marks of popular culture. These bits and pieces scavenged from society comprise complementary exhibitions that explore the theme "Pieces of the Whole."
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh man manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So listen, I’ve got a pretty big honking announcement to make in regard to the late-surging Art Kumbalek Democracy Express 2008 For Any and All Political Office. As Sky Masterson noted in the classic musical Guys and Dolls: "I am not putting the knock...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Milwaukee’s first Fashion Week

Glam, glitz and gold-bedazzled socialites: It's style, it's wearable art, it's Fashion Week in Milwaukee. Fashion Week is an international gala of white tents with crisp runways brimming with media, buyers, trade pundits, celebrities and designers. It brings to mind cities like New York, Milan, Paris and London. This fall, for the first time, Milwaukee is hosting its own Fashion Week, and, boy, is it a first. It's bringing fashion to Milwaukee and forcing the world to take notice.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Art Review

An air of uneasiness lingers over the "Unmasked and Anonymous" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and it has little to do with the severe, antiquated faces gazing at you from beneath glass vitrines. Perhaps it arises from the sense of history compressed into a rather tight space; perhaps it's the nagging conviction that the body of contemporary work presented here is somehow ill-equipped to bear the weight of all this history. The exhibit brings together the work of contemporary Wisconsin photographers John Shimon and Julie Lindemann...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Art Preview

Molding clay into containers to carry water or food inspired the initial use of this humble art medium. Yet through the centuries the art of pottery had transcended the functional to become both a decorative and collectible fine art. A new exhibit at Villa Terrace displays pieces of Norse Pottery created during a relatively short period of time, from 1903-1913...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Today @ the Walker's Point Center for the Arts

Photograph can artfully bends reality when it's done well, and the works included in the Coalition of Photographic Arts Second Annual Juried Exhibition are, to be sure, done well. The photos of 42 Midwestern artists are included in this show at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts, making for a surprisingly...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Women of Italian film

   In his forward to Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema (University of Texas Press), filmmaker Guy Maddin writes beautifully, knowingly, about the female stars of Italian film before the coming of sound. Alas, he's not the author of the book. Diva is the work of Angela Dalle Vacche, film studies professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A thoughtful and intriguing account of feminine roles in a traditional society in transformation to modernity, Diva is mired nonetheless in academic cultural theory and overlooks anything...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
Award-winning artist Amanda Aquino talks animatedly about her recent 60-by- 20-foot mural for the newly built patio in the back of Chez Jacques (1022 S. First St.). With a French flag on the right side of the mural and an American flag on the left, Aquino’s artwork illustrates the personal story of restaurant owner Jacques Chaumet traveling from France to Milwaukee.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Art Preview

  An extraordinary collection of artists will appear throughout the Milwaukee area this weekend. In Brookfield, the third annual Hidden River Art Festival returns to the grounds of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Exhibiting a Range of Styles

Regionalism was all the rage among Midwest artists, especially in the years between the world wars. But in light of "Wisconsin Legendary Artists," a small but worthwhile exhibition focused primarily but not entirely on the first half of the last century, not all art from the Badger State could so easily be defined. The spread in style and content is wide among the paintings and works on paper in the exhibit.