Gallery Night and Day guide

Kat Murrell , Contributing writer

It’s time to brave the winter chill and check out exciting new exhibitions around town. Here are a few highlights to see on this Gallery Night and Day, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. 

‘Lois Bielefeld: Androgyny’ 

Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Fifth Floor 

In photography, video and audio, the character of male and female identity is blurred and blended, combining aesthetic interest with social reflection. Also on view will be the annual installation of the Winter Chapel, with two versions this year: one by Bruce Knackert and the other by kathryn e. martin.

‘Engendered’

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St. 

This wide-ranging group exhibition explores gender, identity and sexuality. As described by curator Niki Johnson, “The bedroom, the body and the queer take center stage, creating a space in which
the subordinate experience becomes empowered.” 

‘JoAnna Poehlmann:
Now and Then’

RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. Fourth St. 

This impressive retrospective includes nearly 400 drawings, assemblages and sculptural works that pay homage to nature and famous names in art history. 

‘Bass Structures:
The Mark of Sound’

88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave. 

Audio and visual combine in paintings made by loud pulses of sound shot through paint. The results are curated by Jeff Redmon, and the Gallery Night festivities will culminate in “a multidimensional DJ battle” from 9 p.m. to midnight. 

‘Santiago Cucullu: New Work’

‘Screens and Mirrors: New Paintings by Claire Stigliani’

Dean Jensen Gallery, 759 N. Water St. 

Two provocative contemporary artists take over both floors of the gallery with paintings, sculpture, video, and other media inspired by pop culture, personal stories, and more.