Milwaukee Art New-seum
MAM reinvents with a lakefront entrance and a dynamic new plan for galleries

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:42

MAM’s new expansion, informally dubbed the “East End,” gives the museum a lakefront entrance for the first time in decades.{break}—PHOTO: Milwaukee Art Museum

Most museum renovations wouldn’t be undertaken the way the Milwaukee Art Museum’s has been — closing everything but the special collections gallery in the Quadracci Pavilion to the public for a year.

‘New Hanji’ joins modern craft with Korean tradition

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing write
Saturday, 24 October 2015 07:50

“Paper changed everything,” notes Chelsea Holton, co-curator of New Hanji: A Korean Paper Tradition Re-Imagined, the latest exhibition at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. The invention of paper around the year 100 A.D. in China opened a new world for documentation, as well as for art. 

In small-town Wisconsin, the arts are having a moment

Written by Peter Rebhahn,
Baraboo News Republic via AP
Sunday, 11 October 2015 09:30

Sauk County showcases its creativity by constructing ‘Farm Forms,’ such as this one. — WormFarm Institute

In rural Sauk County, acres-long art installations inhabit farm fields and musicians strum guitars within earshot of lowing cattle.

UNL art students recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’

Lincoln Journal Star
Monday, 05 October 2015 08:39

University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Richards Hall houses a ceramics workshop, a fabrication space and the one-room Medici Gallery reserved for student work. The closest thing to a study lounge, however, is a couch in the hallway.

Haley Heesacker, 26, saw an opportunity to provide fellow fine arts students with a temporary study space, one that lends itself to learning about the classics.

Getting into outsider art at Dean Jensen Gallery

Written by By Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 08:26

In the window of Dean Jensen Gallery is a small wooden sculpture that attracts a lot of surprised attention from passersby. A woman is giving birth — not in a metaphorical sense, and there are no curtains involved. A small head appears between her legs, and the attendant nurse and presumable physician, as well as the new mother, are uniformly stoic, as though they are listening to an academic lecture rather than experiencing the trauma and new spark of life.

Photography, science, spiritualism collide at JMKAC

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:07

Works like Orange Battery demonstrate both the camera’s use as a scientific tool and photography’s evolution as an artistic medium in Photography and the Scientific Spirit.
—Photo: JMKAC

Ask Alison Ferris about the purpose and power of photography, and the curator for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan may come off sounding more professorial than poetic. 

With Stonehouse’s imagery, expect a ‘stegosaurus moment’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 09 October 2015 15:41

Lost, neo-surrealist imagery creates a dreamlike, fantastical impression.
—Photo: Museum of Wisconsin Art

As career inspirations go, artist and Milwaukee native Fred Stonehouse’s “aha” moment came at an early age and in a most unexpected place — a convergence that would send Stonehouse on a lifelong journey to becoming one of the country’s leading neo-surrealists.

Injustices exposed in new Prairie du Sac exhibition

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 25 September 2015 13:17

Cultural commentators become transformative artists in Kelly Parks Snider’s Hidden in Plain Sight. Her new exhibition, decrying inequality of all kinds, makes collaborators out of nationally regarded political and social justice experts.

The multimedia show opened on Sept. 24 at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, in south-central Wisconsin. It moves to Milwaukee on Jan. 17.

No place like home: Larry Sultan’s MAM retrospective

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:50

Larry Sultan’s Pictures from Home series depicts images of his mother and father in their California suburban home. In many, including My Mother Posing For Me, Sultan stages his subjects in positions that appear to be casual, actual events.
—PHOTO: Milwaukee Art Museum / Estate of Larry Sultan

Is a photograph truth? Whose truth? To what degree? 

Civil rights groups oppose MLK monument by Confederate memorial

Written by The AP Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:23

A proposal to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. atop Georgia's Stone Mountain is getting a chilly reception from some of the civil rights groups that King worked with. 

Mad Contemporary: Current exhibitions at MMoCA

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 08 October 2015 23:35

Have you been feeling starved for contemporary art? The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which means the museum is currently packed full of exciting exhibitions, including one in a new multimedia gallery. 

In Bay View, art needs no galleries

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:04

Bay View’s Tonic Tavern is home to John Kowalczyk’s “Golden Gazelle” and “Yellow Faced Kudu,” densely patterned mixed media works.
—Photo: Kat Minerath

There’s already a lot to do in Bay View. With the biannual Bay View Gallery Night on Sept. 25, the list gets longer.