Express Milwaukee - Art http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-332-1-art.html Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 A Species of Art Inspired by Nature - Villa Terrace’s cabinet of wonders http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23121-a-species-of-art-inspired-by-nature-villa-terrace%25E2%2580%2599s-cabinet-of-wonders.html

 A cabinet of curiosities displays a bunch of various collected things, often from the natural world. “Species & Specimens,” on view at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, is like walking through one of these cabinets in large form. It is a series of wonder rooms where contemporary artists take

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MIAD Seniors Bid Farewell with Exhibition http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23116-miad-seniors-bid-farewell-with-exhibition.html

 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

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Art and Consumerism - Haggerty exhibit sorts through the stuff of life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23109-art-and-consumerism-haggerty-exhibit-sorts-through-the-stuff-of-life.html “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of,” so wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1746. Franklin was right about time but three current exhibitions highlight the idea that “stuff of life” in]]> Lorem ipsum: This' is" a' tést - Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit áéñ&''. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22821-lorem-ipsum-this-is-a-test-lorem-ipsum-dolor-sit-amet-consectetur-adipiscing-elit-aen.html Lynden Sculpture Garden's Upcoming Offerings - Performance and visual art by Jeanine Durning and Kyoung Ae Cho http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23088-lynden-sculpture-gardens-upcoming-offerings-performance-and-visual-art-by-jeanine-durning-and-kyoung-ae-cho.html

 Jeanine Durning has been ‘inging’ since 2010. ‘Inging’? Let’s break it down. ‘Ing,’ of course, denotes the English language’s present progressive tense for actions that are present and ongoing. ‘Inging,’ then, would be the present and progressive activity of presently and progressively acting.

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Race, Identity and the 'American Cypher' - See the U.S.A. through DNA http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23020-race-identity-and-the-american-cypher-see-the-usa-through-dna.html

 The paradigms with which human beings understand themselves change over time. Cutting-edge research into prehistoric art suggests our distant progenitors saw themselves as existing in a realm of animal spirits, requiring the intervention of shamans. The ascendency of Christianity promoted the view that human

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Unfatigued by this Exhibition - New ways of seeing the ordinary at RedLine http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23021-unfatigued-by-this-exhibition-new-ways-of-seeing-the-ordinary-at-redline.html

 Contrary to its title, “Fatigue” is an energizing show. It suggests the many possibilities RedLine, as a gallery and studio for making art, has to offer. This exhibition

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Handmade Art for Everyday People - Handicrafts in Depression-era Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22955-handmade-art-for-everyday-people-handicrafts-in-depression-era-milwaukee.html

 “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” it’s said of March’s mellowing weather. But the proverb could be applied to the 1920s with equal justice. Gatsby and flappers and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five typify the Roaring Twenties in all their extravagant, socially permissive and artistic glory. But on October 29, 1929—aka Black

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Turning Clay into Art - Ceramics on display at Tory Folliard Gallery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22956-turning-clay-into-art-ceramics-on-display-at-tory-folliard-gallery.html

 Tory Folliard Gallery celebrates the avant-garde and innovative definition of clay in two exhibitions curated by Chris Berti. Both pay tribute to ceramics being collected or studied by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference that traveled to Milwaukee this spring

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Where Art and Industry Meet (and Get Along Famously!) - Collaboration at the John Michael Kohler Art Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22853-where-art-and-industry-meet-%2528and-get-along-famously_%2529-collaboration-at-the-john-michael-kohler-art-center.html

 “Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry residency program. Each year, the program permits up to 22 artists to work up to six months in the Kohler Co. factory to produce original works of art. Given their birthplace, the works

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Studies in Emergence and Duality - Timo Gallery welcomes Michael Prepsky http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22854-studies-in-emergence-and-duality-timo-gallery-welcomes-michael-prepsky.html

 The National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) launches a partnership between Arizona-based ceramic artist Michael Prepsky and his longtime friend Timo Meyerring, director of the Marshall Building’s Timo Gallery. Of the collaboration, Prepsky notes, “To have the opportunity to do this

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The Primal Energy of Vessels - Michael Imes explores the archetypes at Wilson Center http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22855-the-primal-energy-of-vessels-michael-imes-explores-the-archetypes-at-wilson-center.html

 Clay, sand and water. These earthy, humble elements have been molded into vessels and various containers for many centuries. The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts examines this essential art form in an exhibition, “An Exploration of Vessel Archetypes: Michael Imes,” at its second-level Ploch Art Gallery

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Cream City Ceramics - Milwaukee will be site of a conference and exhibits http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22836-cream-city-ceramics-milwaukee-will-be-site-of-a-conference-and-exhibits.html

 From March 19-22, Milwaukee has the honor of hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. It’s only right, then, that this week’s art happenings all revolve around the medium

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Contemporary Native American Art - Boundary expanding exhibit at Madison’s Chazen Museum http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22810-contemporary-native-american-art-boundary-expanding-exhibit-at-madison%25E2%2580%2599s-chazen-museum.html Mention Native American art and images of clay bowls, basketry and beading come to mind. Those aspects do]]> American Surrealism - Skewed reality, subconscious anxiety at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22789-american-surrealism-skewed-reality-subconscious-anxiety-at-madison-museum-of-contemporary-art.html

 Heart-plucking Americana pictorial art, brash abstract expressionism, impishly ironic pop art and postmodern spin-offs can all make claims as “real American art.”

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Cream City Ceramics - Milwaukee will be site of a conference and exhibits http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22809-cream-city-ceramics-milwaukee-will-be-site-of-a-conference-and-exhibits.html From March 19-22, Milwaukee has the honor of hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. It’s only right, then, that this week’s art happenings all revolve around the medium.

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Wisconsin’s Local Flavor at the Charles Allis Art Museum http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22758-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-local-flavor-at-the-charles-allis-art-museum.html

 It has long been acknowledged that artistic creation is a universal human practice. But the idea that beneath stylistic and functional differences lies a common human condition transcending culture, history and geography first gets expression with the idea of world literature, coined in the early 19th century by German

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Welcome to West Allis, Inspiration Studios - New art and performance space in the heart of the city http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22719-welcome-to-west-allis-inspiration-studios-new-art-and-performance-space-in-the-heart-of-the-city.html

 Soon a new name will join the list of regulars in the Art Preview column: Inspiration Studios. Celebrating its birthday at 3 p.m on Saturday, March 1, this art gallery-cum-performance space will make its home in a large, beautiful, inspiration-kick-starting brick building in the heart of Downtown West Allis, 1500 S.

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The Idea of Landscapes - Marsha McDonald’s subtle images at TOCHI http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22720-the-idea-of-landscapes-marsha-mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s-subtle-images-at-tochi.html

 The vespery palette is intentionally limited, striving to manage the grandeur: muted whites, algae greens and browns. Smoke and haze and fog. Her forms, though easily

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Artist Sergei Isupov Flirts with the Uncanny - Sculptor is the focus at Racine Art Museum http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22675-artist-sergei-isupov-flirts-with-the-uncanny-sculptor-is-the-focus-at-racine-art-museum.html

 Human beings like to anthropomorphize. So we make memes attributing touchingly inane dialogue to the expressive faces of Shiba Inu puppies. Our anthropomorphizing impulse is also evident in the attempts of CGI and video games to recreate the effortless naturalism of human behavior. But these valiant

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Uncommon Art from Common Folk - Milwaukee Art Museum focuses on self-taught artists http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22676-uncommon-art-from-common-folk-milwaukee-art-museum-focuses-on-self-taught-artists.html

 For anyone curious about what makes something art, a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum before May 4 to view “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art” will offer much to ponder. The exhibition features some 600 works from the museum’s permanent collection of American folk and self-taught artists in a

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Questioning Consumer Culture - 'Aesthetic Afterlife' at the Haggerty http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22642-questioning-consumer-culture-aesthetic-afterlife-at-the-haggerty.html

 As part of a museum-wide exhibition series focusing on consumerism, the Haggerty Museum of Art presents “Aesthetic Afterlife,” featuring Wisconsin artists William Andersen, Jason Ramey, Heather McCalla, Niki Johnson, Hongtao Zhou and Yevgeniya Kaganovich. Incorporating discarded or donated objects, the

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'You Gotta Have Art' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22644-you-gotta-have-art.html

 You gotta have art. But don’t take it from me. No less than one of the area’s most prolific art spaces, the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.), declares as much in the title of their fast-approaching juried exhibition and fundraising art sale: “You Gotta Have Art

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Fantastic Phantasms at the Tory Folliard Gallery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22595-fantastic-phantasms-at-the-tory-folliard-gallery.html

 Tarry not, art lovers, for three rich new exhibitions will appear at the Tory Folliard Gallery on Feb. 8 only to disappear a month later on March 8. Charles Munch’s “New Paintings” continues his 40-plus-year exploration of

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When Warhol Did his Warhol Shtick - '10 Portraits' at Jewish Museum of Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22596-when-warhol-did-his-warhol-shtick-10-portraits-at-jewish-museum-of-milwaukee.html

 In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol’s star was on the rise. The triumph of post-war consumerism had been addressed by the young Warhol to the pleasure of a counter-cultural Zeitgeist bent on thumbing its nose at the values of the Greatest

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Filmmakers Examining the Actor's Craft - INOVA’s 'Enacting Acting' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22557-filmmakers-examining-the-actors-craft-inova%25E2%2580%2599s-enacting-acting.html

 This winter, UW-Milwaukee’s INOVA presents “Enacting Acting,” a novel exhibition of work by filmmakers Robert Arndt, Vishal Jugdeo and Alix Pearlstein, examining the craft of acted performance. Striving to combat the disappearance of nuance from

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Uncommon Folks, Like You and Me - Milwaukee Art Museum showcases under-appreciated voices http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22553-uncommon-folks-like-you-and-me-milwaukee-art-museum-showcases-under-appreciated-voices.html ]]> Real and Surreal Collide in new Madison Exhibit http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22548-real-and-surreal-collide-in-new-madison-exhibit.html The woman in painting seems anxious as she makes her way through tiled passages that end in oddly angled forced perspectives. Gates, turnstyles and stairway railings]]> One Big Opening Reception - 'Branding Creativity' is too eventful for one location http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22522-one-big-opening-reception-branding-creativity-is-too-eventful-for-one-location.html

 To launch the new exhibition “Branding Creativity,” a potpourri of art, theater, music and food too ample for a single location is being organized. Consequently, the self-styled art jamboree will take place on Friday, Jan. 24, as a sort of cultural pub-crawl

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Trains That Passed in the Night - Grohmann photography exhibit evokes the romance of the railroads http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22523-trains-that-passed-in-the-night-grohmann-photography-exhibit-evokes-the-romance-of-the-railroads.html

 Thomas Garver understands O. Winston Link as a genius who “seduced” viewers with the romance of billowing smoke, thundering pistons and clattering train tracks. The analogy is apt given Link’s background

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