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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Art museum rediscovers a Dutch master

The canons of art history tend to be rather jealously guarded. Few historians have occasion to flip them on their heads and give them a good shake. But after being prompted by Laurie Winters of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and the thesis of his student Lloyd DeWitt, National Gallery of Art curator Arthur Wheelock was offered just such an opportunity. Working closely with MAM and Amsterdam's Rembrandthuis, Wheelock has helped to reopen a chapter of the story of art concerning a largely overlooked 17th-century Dutch painter named Jan Lievens. Starting Feb. 7 local audiences...
Books
Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

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Despite the occasional incident, it seems society as a whole has developed a much thicker skin when it comes to dealing with the seamier aspects of popular media. Sure, many parents may bemoan the toxic effects of video games and Internet chat rooms, but few mediums have sparked the same frenzied outpouring as comics did in postwar America. "No form of art or entertainment has ever stirred the kind of hysteria that comics stirred in the '40s and early-'50s," says...
Books
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

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Anyone who's examined The Birds of America, a seminal ornithological compendium published between 1827 and 1838 by the artist/naturalist John James Audubon, will wonder what impelled him to create life-sized illustrations of every species of bird in North America. Birds from the swamps of the Mississippi Valley, the forests of Ohio and the coast of South Carolina were lovingly captured in exquisite...
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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Local architects raise the bar

It's hard to predict the ramifications of the recent economic meltdown. For Milwaukee's architectural scene, what was widely considered the best of times may rapidly devolve into the worst. The rampant speculative development over the past few years has left a legacy of unoccupied condos looming on the horizon and commercial infill projects standing tenantless as one small business folds after another. Yet the past decade has also seen a significant shift in the city's architecture scene. "I think the architecture client has...
Theater
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

Theater Review

Children's author Roald Dahl had a knack for writing stories that were both funny and frightening, a quality perfectly realized in Marquette University's production of Dahl's BFG, which ran last weekend only at the Weasler Auditorium. The protagonists are the orphaned Sophie (Alexandra Bonesho) and the Big Friendly Giant (Mohammed Elbsat) who introduces...
Books
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

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Memories of colonial Hong Kong inspire mixed feelings for those who grew up in the country during British rule. For former Elle Magazine book editor Janice Lee, the prosperity, glamour and devastation of mid-century Hong Kong had a special allure, of which few physical traces survive. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong before its hand-over to China. When she began The Piano Teacher, a work of historical...
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Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

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Pure wilderness, in all its unaccountable mystery, is a state to which children are probably most susceptible. It's no surprise then that in his book, Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed, photographer Eddee Daniels embarks on a quest to seek out the looming wilderness of his childhood. His journey along the banks of the Menomonee River is marked by a desire to reestablish an almost primordial connection with nature-to once again experience those incomprehensible stirrings of the soul...
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Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

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Well, Christmas has arrived, and for some it means finding ways to keep their kids entertained through the winter break. Luckily a number of children's story times take place at venues throughout the city to help lighten the load. Starting Dec. 29, the Betty Brinn Children's Museum hosts a "Winter Workshop." At 10:30 a.m. each day through Jan. 2, children have an opportunity to make crafts and play educational games, and at 2 p.m. each day there will be a holiday-themed story time. For information on museum admission, visit www.bbcmkids.org...
Art
Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

Art Review

According to the German Expressionist Ernst Kirchner, you could tell a lot about artists from their prints. That's certainly true of Richard Haas. Though best known for his large trompe l'oeil murals grafting the unsightly wounds of postwar expansion in cities like New York and Chicago, it's his prints that serve as a bedrock for his soaring romanticism. A new exhibition at Villa Terrace, "Richard Haas: Thirty Years of Looking at Architecture" (running through Jan. 11, 2009), presents renderings and photographs...
Books
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

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With Christmas almost upon us, and the prematurely harsh weather conditions, it's no surprise that Milwaukee's seeing a dearth of author readings over the next couple of weeks. Of course, that doesn't stop the city's hardy book-loving community from organizing and attending a number of book clubs and children's story times. Among them is Milwaukee Art Museum's monthly Story Time in the Galleries on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Children will hear a story relating to a piece of art in the museum's collection before creating a masterpiece of their own...

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