Arts – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 02:50:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Arts – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 “Double Dare Live” (with original host Marc Summers!) coming to Miller High Life Theatre November 7 http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/double-dare-live-marc-summers-robin-russo-miller-high-life-theatre-november-7/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/double-dare-live-marc-summers-robin-russo-miller-high-life-theatre-november-7/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:10:36 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54689 On your mark…get set…GOOOO to Nickelodeon’s frickin’ “Double Dare Live,” coming to Milwaukee’s Miller High Life Theatre Wednesday, November 7. Original host Marc Summers and sidekick Robin Russo will be there, and so will that giant hamster wheel and that giant nose you could pick, too. Hopefully. And the slime! So much slime! AHHHHHH! Tickets […]

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On your mark…get set…GOOOO to Nickelodeon’s frickin’ “Double Dare Live,” coming to Milwaukee’s Miller High Life Theatre Wednesday, November 7. Original host Marc Summers and sidekick Robin Russo will be there, and so will that giant hamster wheel and that giant nose you could pick, too. Hopefully.

And the slime! So much slime! AHHHHHH! Tickets go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at the Miller High Life Theatre Box Office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com. Wanna be a contestant? Click here. Here’s a press release:

Nickelodeon, in partnership with Red Tail Productions, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Tail Entertainment, and CB Entertainment, announced today Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live, the multi-city live stage tour inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare. Double Dare Live will play Milwaukee’s Miller High Life Theatre on Wednesday, November 7. Featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo, the live stage show will debut in Fayetteville, NC, on October 30 and will tour North America through November. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m., at the Miller High Life Theatre Box Office, 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to bringing the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country,” said Marc Summers. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”

Double Dare Live will feature two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.

The brand-new Double Dare series premiered this summer and was ranked as one of the top three shows with K6-11 on all TV. Double Dare is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, with original host Marc Summers providing color commentary on the challenges and lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network’s longest running game show. Marc Summers served as the show’s original host from 1986-1993. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revived as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.

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A really cool art/music installation begins tonight on Wisconsin Avenue http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/cool-art-music-installation-begins-tonight-wisconsin-avenue/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/cool-art-music-installation-begins-tonight-wisconsin-avenue/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:50:59 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54502 Take a stroll down Wisconsin Avenue and you’ll bump into all kinds of public art: Sculpture Milwaukee sculptures, Mauricio Ramirez utility box murals, whatever NEWaukee has cooking at its monthly Night Market. But beginning at sundown tonight, another art/music installation will take up residence along the main drag of Downtown Milwaukee: Dick Blau‘s The 730 Projection. […]

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Take a stroll down Wisconsin Avenue and you’ll bump into all kinds of public art: Sculpture Milwaukee sculptures, Mauricio Ramirez utility box murals, whatever NEWaukee has cooking at its monthly Night Market. But beginning at sundown tonight, another art/music installation will take up residence along the main drag of Downtown Milwaukee: Dick Blau‘s The 730 Projection.

For the past nine years, Blau, a celebrated photographer and co-founder of UWM’s film department, has been living at 730 N. Plankinton Ave., between Wisconsin and Wells. In that time, he has snapped hundreds of photographs of, in his words, “historic buildings; images of the surrounding streets and nearby river; marches, parades, and public events; workers, concertgoers, and passersby; random and deliberate beauties on the sidewalk; small human dramas at the bus stops; and the parallel life of the neighborhood gulls.” Now, those photos, previously collected as the The 730 Project, will be be projected onto an empty storefront window immediately west of Mo’s Irish Pub, 142 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The 730 Projection will run on an endless loop, from dusk to dawn, for a month, “illuminating the night and melting away in the day on a particularly forlorn stretch of West Wisconsin Avenue.” It will be accompanied by a soundtrack recorded and composed by Morgan Jones, featuring the work of pianist Jerry Weitzer and “sounds of the surrounding streets.”

Cool! Here’s Blau explaining the genesis of the project (and don’t forget to check out his “Polka Escalator,” also in Downtown Milwaukee):

I have been living at 730 North Plankinton Ave between Wisconsin and Wells and making photographs of my immediate neighborhood since 2009. Shooting at all times of the day and night through all weathers and seasons, I have built an archive that includes photographs of historic buildings; images of the surrounding streets and nearby river; marches, parades, and public events; workers, concertgoers, and passersby; random and deliberate beauties on the sidewalk; small human dramas at the bus stops; and the parallel life of the neighborhood gulls.

As my print drawers began to fill up with 730 pictures, I started thinking of it as an art project and began working out how it might be displayed. There were two empty spots in the lobby of my building; both were centrally located, near the mailboxes. This was ideal. 80 people would flow by daily. Over time my installation might prompt a kind of conversation.

I started by taping the pictures up. Just the pictures. No name attached. I would change them every 7 to 10 days or so. There was no explanation. The only rule was implicit: the pictures had all been made either within or within sight of our building. My neighbors’ response to the images was delightful. Mixed in with the recognizable images of the neighborhood and its current events were a series of abstractions I had made in the often-overlooked parts of our common space. I saw it as a kind of challenge: to make an art object out of something that would normally be dismissed as “nothing” just by the way you framed it.

People in the building began to talk to me in the elevator, trying to figure out where they had seen a certain image. They began suggesting things I might want to photograph. 730 became a kind of game, a playful sort of pedagogy that encouraged people to look at things they’d never noticed and see them in a different light. As I taped up more and more pictures, the Board of Riverfront Lofts got involved and offered to buy me some frames. Thus, the 730 Project was born.

Eventually, I could see that my print files were close to overflowing, so I began to think about where else I could store my old pictures so as to have room for the new ones I was printing every day. Realizing that there was a good deal of history as well as art in my photographs, I approached the Milwaukee County Historical Society. It’s a wonderful civic institution in a gorgeous building just up the block from where I live. In 2017, I donated the 200 photographs I had shown at 730 North Plankinton Ave. to the MCHS Archive.

Because the building is locked, I came to think of 730 as a somewhat private affair; when I was describing it to friends I used to call it a “semi-public art project.” I was still faced, however, with the problem of how to bring 730 further into the public realm. Since there were so many pictures to show, I decided to make them into an hour-long film loop and proposed to play it simultaneously on the three large television monitors in the bar at Mo’s Steakhouse, which is just across the alley to the south. Consequently, I staged four 4-hour screenings at Mo’s over the next three months, with piano accompaniment by Lou Cucunato and Jerry Weitzer.

The present iteration of 730 takes it even further into the public realm. With some 300 images and a soundtrack recorded and composed by Morgan Jones, it will become The 730 Projection. In keeping with its focus on the local, 730 will now play in an endless loop for an entire month, illuminating the night and melting away in the day on a particularly forlorn stretch of West Wisconsin Avenue that lies just around the corner.

Afterwards, I will see if I can locate the 730 Project more permanently, coming full circle by installing photographs from the series in the very buildings that they picture.

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Mushroom Books literary pop-up brings oddball titles to Blackbird Bar http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/mushroom-books-literary-pop-up-brings-oddball-titles-to-blackbird-bar/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/mushroom-books-literary-pop-up-brings-oddball-titles-to-blackbird-bar/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:30:53 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53904 t’s no easy feat to stand out in the crowded Milwaukee bar scene. You’ve got establishments catering to discerning tastes of beer-lovers, wine connoisseurs, and craft cocktail aficionados. Then some taverns will focus on various drinking subcultures—tiki or blue-collar or Irish or Belgian or… Differentiating is tough. One day you look around and two axe-throwing […]

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It’s no easy feat to stand out in the crowded Milwaukee bar scene. You’ve got establishments catering to discerning tastes of beer-lovers, wine connoisseurs, and craft cocktail aficionados. Then some taverns will focus on various drinking subcultures—tiki or blue-collar or Irish or Belgian or… Differentiating is tough. One day you look around and two axe-throwing themed bars are competing for business.

Video games, trampolines, Shaquille O’Neal. Something we loved as kids, but with bourbon! And all of this is terrific. The more the merrier, the more inherent fun packed into a spot the better. And while we’ll have to wait patiently for a book-themed bar, a couple Milwaukeeans are flipping the script a bit, adding something smart and new to existing bars with a pop-up bookshop.

Mushroom Books—with a selection of titles curated by Michael Seidel and Mike Pare—will begin their quest to bring “weirdo books” to the masses at Blackbird Bar on Friday, August 3, starting at 8 p.m.

“A few months ago, Mike and I admitted to each other that we both harbor the not uncommon fantasy of spending our days behind the counter of a cool bookstore,” Seidel says. “Jokingly discussing it one night, we realized how similar our ideas actually were—a tiny, heavily-curated shop with oddball material, like stores we’ve seen in other cities.”

In the light of day, pragmatism won out, though. With “the cruel economic realities of the world” in mind, the duo decided pop-up book sales would be an ideal way to test the waters, move their ample inventory, surprise and delight bar patrons, and make some pocket cash to feed their weird-book habit.

“We’re both long-term junk store addicts,” Pare says. “And as such, we’ve collected tons of interesting paper-based things over the years.”

What can we expect to find in the back room of the Bay View’s bar this weekend? “It’s heavy on graphic novels, art books, cool fiction, zines and far-out ephemera.”


Pressed for specific titles, Seidel picked out a few favorites. “Plantcraft. It’s ‘a growing compendium of indoor gardening with sound.’ Published in 1973, it explains how to take care of houseplants, and includes a seven-inch record of original, plant-growing-friendly music. We’ll have a German-language edition of R. Crumb’s Head Comix, Evelyn Eaton’s I Send A Voice, which is an account of the consciousness-expanding, transforming rites of an American sweat lodger…the list goes on.”

A second event is already on the schedule for Wednesday, August 15, at Tonic Tavern. If all goes well, Mushroom Books will be popping up at coffee shops and street festivals in the coming months. Proprietors and organizers interested in hosting Mushroom should contact Michael and Mike via their Instagram, @mushroombooks.

Mushroom Books will be open for business at 8 p.m., with a selection of roughly 200 titles. They’ll accept cash and cards.

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Cesar Millan brings canine companions, plenty of treats to Riverside Theater http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/cesar-millan-canine-companions-plenty-of-treats-riverside-theater/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/cesar-millan-canine-companions-plenty-of-treats-riverside-theater/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:05:55 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51796 e live in a world where Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past. Cycling through the channels turns up nothing but news shows and infomercials. The sole moment of glory is found with syndicated episodes of Cesar Millan’s Dog Whisperer. For a half hour at a time, viewers are treated to hopeless dog […]

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We live in a world where Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past. Cycling through the channels turns up nothing but news shows and infomercials. The sole moment of glory is found with syndicated episodes of Cesar Millan’s Dog Whisperer. For a half hour at a time, viewers are treated to hopeless dog owners trying to tame their canine companions. On Wednesday night, Millan brought his expertise to the Riverside Theater.

Going into the show, several questions loomed. How would Millan represent the TV show in an abbreviated format? Do dogs get stage fright? If they do, would they be wearing a Thundershirt? Could Millan tame dogs on command like Crocodile Dundee? Would there be a line of people waiting to adopt dogs? Regardless of the outcome of the last question, Millan’s presentation of adoptable dogs and promotion of adoption was the biggest positive of a heartfelt night.

As the audience made their way to their seats, the number of selfies was absurd. It seemed as though every person in the place needed a picture with Milan’s digital stage banner in the background, and then a picture with their fellow attendee and the background. Then the lights dimmed, and Millan emerged and took a lap with a tiny puff ball dog in tow. He quickly launched into a comedy routine that was mostly dad jokes, a few knowingly bad jokes, and a couple edgy jokes about border jumping. Wrapped into the routine was his origin story of growing up in Mexico, how he came to the U.S. to train dogs, and how he quickly re-tooled his approach to train humans.

The first half of the show was a lot of talking and not a lot of dogs on stage. Millan’s comedy and instruction did a great job keeping the audience captivated. When the dogs did take the stage, they seemed a bit confused, but not scared—rapidly wagging tails, but no accidents. With a large open stage, it looked like the perfect place to let dogs run and play, but maybe that would be enabling a dog’s undisciplined behavior.

After a 50-minute session and a brief intermission, the second half of the show began with a clip of Millan on an episode of South Park, leading into Millan bursting onto the stage wearing a cheesehead. The guy sure knows how to play to a Wisconsin crowd.

The second half was more dog heavy than the first. Each dog had a distinctly different personality and issue that needed attention, which showcased the wide variety of Millan’s skillset. With each new dog that emerged with wagging tail, the calm and steady approach of Cesar Millan quickly quelled their rambunctiousness. With each demonstration he looked to the crowd for confirmation that they understood his method. The automatic responses gave the feeling of the audience being trained with the dogs.

Through it all, Millan delighted the audience with a lighthearted night of comedy while providing an atmosphere for learning. If there’s a lesson to be learned about the quickest way to a dog’s heart, it’s to stay calm and always have treats handy.

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Zoinks! Edgar Cantero and Milwaukee Record will talk ‘Meddling Kids’ June 14 at Boswell Book Company http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/edgar-cantero-milwaukee-record-meddling-kids-june-14-boswell-book-company/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/edgar-cantero-milwaukee-record-meddling-kids-june-14-boswell-book-company/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 05:40:51 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51264 or readers of a certain age and sensibility, Edgar Cantero‘s Meddling Kids will go down as easy as a bowl of sugar-choked cereal on a Saturday morning. In the summer of 1977, a group of Scooby-Doo-esque teen detectives—Andy, Peter, Kerri, Nate, trusty dog Sean—crack their biggest mystery yet, exposing the infamous Sleepy Lake monster for […]

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For readers of a certain age and sensibility, Edgar Cantero‘s Meddling Kids will go down as easy as a bowl of sugar-choked cereal on a Saturday morning. In the summer of 1977, a group of Scooby-Doo-esque teen detectives—Andy, Peter, Kerri, Nate, trusty dog Sean—crack their biggest mystery yet, exposing the infamous Sleepy Lake monster for what it really is: a guy in a mask trying to get his hands on the treasures buried beneath old Deboën Mansion. But something doesn’t sit right; thirteen years later, the so-called Blyton Summer Detective Club reforms to put to rest lingering doubts about the case. Lovecraftian horror, pop culture panache, and slapstick set pieces all figure into an animated romp about growing up, letting go, and the inherent dangers of the Necronomicon.

On Thursday, June 14, Cantero will appear at Boswell Book Company for a chat with Milwaukee Record‘s own Matt Wild (that’s me). Before then, we spoke to the author via email about nostalgia, Scooby-Doo, and confronting demons both real and imagined.

Milwaukee Record: Meddling Kids takes place in the “present day” of 1990, as a group of now-grown friends revisit a case they originally tackled as children in 1977. Was this timeframe intended as a “double-dip” of nostalgia, or did the math just work out that way? Why not move the dates up to something like 2017 and 2004, for example?

Edgar Cantero: There’s two factors there, I think. One is that my favorite decade, aesthetically, is the ’70s, so I chose 1977 for the BSDC’s idealized past, and adding 13 years lands you on 1990. The second factor is that I avoid setting my stories in the present because I still haven’t figured out how new technology plays out in horror fiction (I bet today you’d be able to download the Necronomicon from The Pirate Bay), and things change so fast that I fear a story set in 2018 will look old in 3-4 years anyway. By setting it in 1990, we all agree there’s no cell phones and no internet, and I don’t need to do research. So 1990 it is.

MR: Scooby-Doo is an obvious inspiration for the Blyton Summer Detective Club, yet you’ve said your original inspiration was a series of books that American audiences may not be as familiar with, The Famous Five. What was it about The Famous Five that intrigued and inspired you? What were your other inspirations (Lovecraft is a big one)?


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George Kirrin, the tomboy in the Famous Five, was the character I was interested in seeing as a grown-up (also, I wanted my detectives to start as kids properly, not teens old enough to drive). Thus George was the inspiration behind Andy Rodriguez. The other members of the BSDC don’t have such close one-to-one equivalences; their models were not specific characters, but archetypes. Peter is your typical letter jacket alpha; there’s one like him in every teen hero squad. Kerri came to fulfill two roles: the bookworm and the danger-prone princess—Velma and Daphne from Scooby-Doo. Tim is a dog and dogs are awesome, so he needs no other reason to be there.

Nate is an odd case, because his archetype (a beta male?) is really vague. His role was defined once I’d decided that the novel would contain a criminal plot and a paranormal plot, which would require both a scientist and a wizard. Before I reached that conclusion, I was very close to dismissing Nate altogether.

MR: You’re also a cartoonist, and some of the action in Meddling Kids seems to play best when imagined as a cartoon (and early escape scene involving a “reverse werewolf trap” comes to mind). When you were writing the novel, how did you picture your characters? As live-action people? As Scooby-Doo-esque cartoons?

EC: I always picture it as live action in the movie theater inside my head. I find it very helpful, having a clear picture of the characters in my mind—a face, a voice. Once I realized that an adult George Kirrin with PTSD could only be played by Michelle Rodriguez, Andy wrote herself. In fact, Michelle Rodriguez is the reason Andy is Latina.

MR: There’s a lot of fourth-wall breaking in Meddling Kids, including passages where dialogue suddenly shifts into a script format, or when you refer to “cutaways” and the book’s “cast.” What was your thinking behind these techniques?

EC: The switching to script technique is not new to Meddling Kids; I was already using it in my last novel in Catalan, Vallvi (2011). It’s a matter of agility: when I want dialogue to sound like rapid fire, the script format makes it read faster, without all the “he said, she asked, I retorted” in the middle. I know it alienates some people, but I think it’s a legitimate trick: as long as you can write it, you’re playing by the rules. And I’ll resort to any trick like that to make the narration stand out. I don’t want to just describe the action coldly, like a computer would; in fact, I’m obsessed about making every line sound special, to make sure not only that the story is interesting, but that the way I tell it is also interesting, not just a neutral chronicle of interesting events. Fourth-wall breaks are another such trick.

MR: One of the early surprises of the book is that the supernatural is real. In 1977, the characters caught a man in a mask, but now, 13 years later, they’re clearly up against something more. Why did you decide to make the supernatural elements real things?

EC: There was little argument about that. I needed the child detectives to come across something that traumatized them. Sure, I could have made them stumble into a serial killer’s human skin workshop or a ring of sex traffickers, but that kind of “ooh-edgy” grittiness is HBO’s tea; I’ll never go with “truly dark” if I can choose “otherworldly colorful” instead. And I always wanted to write a Cthulhu Mythos book.

MR: Ultimately, Meddling Kids is about growing up and finding closure for past wounds. Was this always your intent? It’s a surprisingly heavy theme to attach to a riff on Scooby-Doo (though it’s to your credit that it ends up working so well).

EC: Personally, I think MK, in a way, is about resisting to grow up. Think about it: the real driving force in the novel is Andy, who at 25 has noticed that she was only happy when she was 12. She had friends, she had a girl she liked, and she was doing something she was good at. And she has totally idealized that period. You see it in the way she speaks about Blyton Hills; to her, it’s like Kerri’s bedroom has healing powers. (After all, if darkness is real in her world, light should be too; if Sleepy Lake is a dark spot in the world, Kerri’s room can be a bright one.) In the end, this embellished memory of her childhood is so powerful that it makes her confront her demons and fight back for what they lost that crucial night in 1977. So is she growing up, or is she trying to be 12 again?

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All 21 Sculpture Milwaukee 2018 sculptures, ranked http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/all-21-sculpture-milwaukee-2018-sculptures-ranked/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/all-21-sculpture-milwaukee-2018-sculptures-ranked/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:21:50 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=50632 Take a stroll down Wisconsin Avenue this summer and you’ll see something familiar, yet different. Yes, it’s Sculpture Milwaukee, the “outdoor art gallery” that first populated downtown with world-class sculptures in 2017. Funded by Steve Marcus and curated by Russell Bowman, this year’s “urban exhibition” features 21 pieces (three of them holdovers from last year) by […]

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Take a stroll down Wisconsin Avenue this summer and you’ll see something familiar, yet different. Yes, it’s Sculpture Milwaukee, the “outdoor art gallery” that first populated downtown with world-class sculptures in 2017. Funded by Steve Marcus and curated by Russell Bowman, this year’s “urban exhibition” features 21 pieces (three of them holdovers from last year) by 22 artists. Once again, Wisconsin Avenue has never looked so good.

So what better way to celebrate downtown’s new additions than by arbitrarily ranking them? Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but public art is something to be endlessly debated and argued about. (Sculpture Milwaukee 2018 runs through October 22.)

21. Ana Prvachi, Stealing Shadows, Michelangelo, 6th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
This one’s currently on hold, but it’s apparently (and literally) a shadow of Michelangelo’s David, which sounds funny and great.

20. Richard Deacon, Big Time, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
We’re all for art that garners a physical response, but this one just makes us feel…gross? Big Time is a triple-threat of ickiness: the eye-like opening, the bulbous growths, the colors. At best, it looks like a pretty cool inflatable raft sitting on its side.

19. John Henry, Zach’s Tower, 5th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
A holdover from Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2017 season, Zach’s Tower is a three-dimensional representation of all the canted angles and towering insanity found in your average post-industrial city. Also: remember when they tried to put that lame #Spot4MKE thing here?

18. Tony Tasset, Mood Sculpture, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Another holdover from 2017, dropping a few spots because, well, thems the breaks. One person’s pile of emojis is another person’s string of, ahem, beads.

17. Sol LeWitt, Tower (Gubbio), 310 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The final holdover from 2017. The more you look at it the funnier it gets. It’s either a comment on the prefab nature of modern architecture or an ode to Super Mario Bros.

16. Ghada Amer, Blue Bra Girls, 526 E. Wisconsin Ave.
There are faces and body parts buried in there somewhere. Blue Bra Girls is like a Fabergé egg without the egg. Also, it blends in with all the scaffolding.

15. Mel Kendrick, Marker #2, 5th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Bold ice cream-like banding, crazy angles, kooky cut-outs, and a puzzle-like vibe only a Rubik’s Cube nut could love.

14. Bosco Sodi, Untitled, 111 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Feeling the need to ponder a stack of four clay cubes in the middle of downtown? You’re in luck.

13. Liz Glynn, Untitled (Burgher with extended arm), 611 E. Wisconsin Ave.
A remake/remix of one (or is it two?) figures from Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais. What does it say about art? About repurposing art? About lumpy masses of humans slouching their way down Wisconsin Avenue?

12. Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, Skew, 111 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Speaking of slouching down Wisconsin Avenue, depending on which direction you’re slouching, Skew either leans precariously to one side or miraculously rights itself. It’s a pretty nifty optical illusion, even if the piece looks (intentionally?) incomplete.

11. Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Reason To Be, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Anyone who has experienced the inhospitality of Bay View’s infamous Art Stop knows that sometimes a bus shelter should just be a bus shelter. Reason To Be riffs on this by taking an actual decommissioned bus shelter and adorning it with stained glass, astroturf, and a hammock.

10. Sanford Biggers, BAM (Seated Warrior), 500 E. Wisconsin Ave.
A small African “power” figure writ large. Striking, immovable, really tall.

9. Gary Hume, Bud, 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Yep, it’s a flower bud (crossed with 2001‘s monolith, sort of) and it’s beautiful and great.

8. Tom Friedman, Hazmat Love, 211 W. Wisconsin Ave.
GAZE UPON THE FUTURE (and one another) AND DESPAIR.

7. Erwin Wurm, Half Big Suit, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Downtown working stiffs can now enjoy this playful reminder of the absurdity of their working-stiff life. One part David Byrne, one part Ministry of Silly Walks.

6. Magdalena Abakanowicz, The Group of Five, 875 E. Wisconsin Ave.
More suits. Sort of. Remember the ending of Annihilation, where Natalie Portman is fighting whatever the hell she’s fighting? That thing kind of looks like these things.

5. Hank Willis Thomas, Liberty, 176 W. Wisconsin Ave.
A riff on the Statue of Liberty, of course. Fun fact: The arm was based on a 1986 photo of Juwan Howard!

4. Bernar Venet, 97.5° Arc x 9, 4th Street and Wisconsin Ave.
There aren’t many “big” sculptures this year (see 2017’s Mixed Feelings, now on permanent display outside City Hall), but this one is plenty big. The title says it all: nine lines at 97.5-degree arc bend.

3. Robert Indiana, LOVE, Northwestern Mutual Campus
If we were doing a list of Sculpture Milwaukee sculptures that will inevitably be the most—god help us for typing this next word—”grammable,” then Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE would be on top. And why not? LOVE is a familiar, striking sight, and one that looks pretty sharp in front of the new Northwestern Mutual tower.

2. Kiki Smith, Seer (Alice II), Northwestern Mutual Campus
Another win for Northwestern Mutual. A hauntingly oversized Alice sitting in the company’s lush, oversized campus. A Kickstarter to keep this here forever, please.

1. Yoan Capote, Nostalgia, 301 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Everything about Yoan Capote’s Nostalgia is perfect: the way it comments on the drudgery and monotony of modern travel, the way it comments on the drudgery and monotony of modern cities, and the way it sports an all-too-ironic title. Nostalgia is by no means the flashiest entry in this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee—hell, it’s one of the smallest—but its brick-to-the-face subtlety and droll sense of humor stand out nonetheless. Welcome to Milwaukee. Or Cleveland. Or Philadelphia. Or Des Moines. Or…

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Genesis strives to create, disrupt with downtown gallery and all-ages space http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/genesis-strives-to-create-disrupt-with-downtown-gallery-and-all-ages-venue/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/genesis-strives-to-create-disrupt-with-downtown-gallery-and-all-ages-venue/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 18:38:17 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=49917 As we’ve mentioned before (a few times, actually), Milwaukee is hurting for all-ages opportunities in the city’s music spaces. Between dated local ordinances and businesses weighing the economic ramifications of opening their venues to patrons under 21 years of age, progress has been frustratingly slow. However, all-ages options are gradually increasing in Milwaukee. This week, […]

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As we’ve mentioned before (a few times, actually), Milwaukee is hurting for all-ages opportunities in the city’s music spaces. Between dated local ordinances and businesses weighing the economic ramifications of opening their venues to patrons under 21 years of age, progress has been frustratingly slow. However, all-ages options are gradually increasing in Milwaukee. This week, the city’s newest all-ages space and art gallery will open on a decidedly posh block of downtown Milwaukee. Located in a semi-secluded section of Milwaukee St. between a night club and a high-end steakhouse, Genesis MKE aims to offer all-ages entertainment and a platform for local creatives in a third-floor site its founders hope will function as a place of creation and disruption.

The gallery, located at 720 N. Milwaukee St., was started last month by proud Milwaukee residents and artists Emily Porter, Stacy Dahl (both MIAD graduates), and Randy Russell Brown (who attended Colombia College in Chicago). The longtime friends set out to transform a room within The Hive Offices into a space they hope will address some of the gaps in the city’s creative community. As the name indicates, the partners aspire to usher in a new beginning for downtown art.

“Ultimately, at the core of our mission, we just want to provide something new and interesting,” Brown says. “What can we do? How can we open doors up and create opportunities for people of various different backgrounds? How can we give platforms to people who don’t have one yet? I think the space came out of a question of what Milwaukee needs.”

Genesis will utilize its approximately 800 square feet of space in a number of ways. There will be exhibitions that highlight a diverse blend of artists, workshops and artist discussions, performances, book releases, pop-up markets, and a number of other things.

“We’re trying to shake it up,” Porter says. “We’re trying to bring a bunch of Milwaukee creatives to the space through different mediums and different means.”

Though the space is versatile, its whitewashed walls will host traditional exhibitions throughout the year. Its opening exhibit will showcase works from Kathiana Rene, Simone Gautschi, and Yessica Jimenez.

“I want to have people be able to play places that aren’t bars,” Dahl says. “I want to create a space that isn’t only conducive to drinking, while also bringing my art background into it to give a voice to people who don’t always have a platform.”

Wednesday, Genesis will host an open poetry slam. On Saturday night, Yum Yum Cult and Fuzzy Logic will showcase their work. Local illustrator Kpolly will give an “artist talk” on June 3. Gallery hours will run from 1-5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The space will have a wide range of events based around, as Brown says, “cultivating something new, creating something meaningful, and disrupting things” in a cozy and inclusive space that’s hidden among night clubs, fancy restaurants, and luxury hotels downtown.

“When you step outside these doors, it’s a very different world,” Brown says. “But I kind of like that there’s this secret wooden door, then you go up three flights of stairs and find something completely different.”

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Here’s the artist lineup for Milwaukee Fringe Fest 2018 http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/heres-the-artist-lineup-for-milwaukee-fringe-fest-2018/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/heres-the-artist-lineup-for-milwaukee-fringe-fest-2018/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 05:20:46 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=49471 Over its first two years, Milwaukee Fringe Festival showcased more than 75 live acts from the worlds of theater, music, dance, and visual art in Pere Marquette Park, Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, the Todd Wehr Theater, as well as other surrounding downtown venues. Following two successful years, Milwaukee Fringe Fest will return […]

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Over its first two years, Milwaukee Fringe Festival showcased more than 75 live acts from the worlds of theater, music, dance, and visual art in Pere Marquette Park, Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, the Todd Wehr Theater, as well as other surrounding downtown venues.

Following two successful years, Milwaukee Fringe Fest will return in 2018. On Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, the third annual Fringe Fest will bring more than 30 theater troupes, musical acts, visual artists, dance groups, and street performers to downtown Milwaukee. Organizers recently released the list of venues and participating artists.

From the musical stylings of Lifetime Achievement Award to the human statue prowess of Alice Wilson, there’s a lot to see in two days. Here’s the artist lineup.

Todd Wehr Hall 
A Fool’s Enigma Productions/JJ Gatesman
Aperi Animam
Thom Cauley
Dream City Strings
Monica Hunken
Independent Eye
Michael Lucchesi
Chad Piechocki & DIY Chamber Music
John Schneider
Tara Lake
Tyler Smith

Vogel Hall
Angry Young Men
Belle Ensemble
Black Market Dance and Film
Fôr Dance Co. & Amy Roby
Lake Arts Project
LLMoves
Ida Lucchesi and Company
Erick Montes/Danceable Projects
Alyssa Motter
Catey Ott Dance Collective
Pius XI High School
Present Music Underground
SueMo
Yung-Li Chen
Zachary Schorsch

Peck Pavilion
A Western Edge
Lifetime Achievement Award
4th Home

Roving Artists
BeingNau Art
David Bremer
Brett Henzig
Shandini Magic
Alice Wilson

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A guide to Bay View Gallery Night 2018 http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/a-guide-to-bay-view-gallery-night-2018/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/a-guide-to-bay-view-gallery-night-2018/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 05:40:09 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=49407 Since 2011, Bay View Gallery Night has organized “Milwaukee’s largest annual celebration of art, local business, music, and community.” The massive early June event brings together talented area artists and musicians, along with an eclectic mix of Milwaukee bars, restaurants and retailers for a large-scale event that has quickly become a part of the Bay […]

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Since 2011, Bay View Gallery Night has organized “Milwaukee’s largest annual celebration of art, local business, music, and community.” The massive early June event brings together talented area artists and musicians, along with an eclectic mix of Milwaukee bars, restaurants and retailers for a large-scale event that has quickly become a part of the Bay View tradition. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s locally-focused. What more can you ask for?

BVGN will return to the neighborhood on Friday, June 1. This iteration will feature hundreds of artists and musicians showcasing their works at approximately 50 Bay View (and Bay View-adjacent) businesses. Moreover, the annual Rollout bike event will return, Bay View Jazz Fest will be in full swing, “Food Truck Friday” will be up and running, and Jackson Redmon Art Investments will officially launch with a pop-up event. Since that sounds like—and is!—a lot of stuff happening at once, we’ve assembled this quick-hitting and to-the-point guide to tell you what to expect to see, hear, experience, and drink at each participating site during this year’s Bay View Gallery Night festivities. [All descriptions courtesy of BVGN.org]

The Jewelers Guild
Hands on events and demonstrations throughout the evening! Refreshments and Drawings.

Food Truck Friday at Morgan Park
Family-friendly event with food and more from: Meat on the Street, Blue Cow Creperie, Marco Pollo, Lumpia City, Rolling Cones, Oscar’s On A Roll, DRIFT, Jamaican Grill, The Denson’s Catering, The Frying Dutchman, Press., That Salsa Lady, PigTailz, Crazy Eightz, Bubble Waffle Shoppe, Olano’s Empanadas, Happy Dough Lucky, Little Europa, Bay View Lions, Mr. Dye’s Pies, Little Havana Express.

8 Branches Chinese Medicine
Featuring paintings by Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

Rusty Sprocket Antiques
Photography from Brent BublitzFree cold cans of Milwaukee’s famous beer! Pabst and Schiltz on ice.

Sprocket Cafe
Print maker, Jay Arpin, displaying lino-cut prints. And live music!

The Brickyard
Kait Ryan: watercolor animal portraits
Terah Bri Yoeckle: urban punk styled illustrations
Sarah Talaska: selling bubble goth pins and jewelry
Alhanna LaRose: gross and passionate birds
Gunther Young Binter: live music
Nathan Mayer: rhythm eye illusion artwork
Sophia Vaccaro: dream-like landscapes

Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
Featuring Local Bay View artist Dena Nord, who will showcase her newest series of abstract paintings in a show titled “Surprise, restructure, explore, resolve”! Cocktail specials and small plates menu.

Straight Shots
Hors d’oeuveres & Drink specials, Live painting–Jenny Anderson–20-minute oil self portrait paintings.

Sam’s Tap
Local art on display and live jazz music out on the patio.

Commonplace Shop
Photography on display from Jose Morales. Custom lighting on display from Ben Sherwyn.

Blackbird Bar
Featured artist Pat Boyles and DJ Set by Josh Ellis.

Plume
Connect Consciousness will be offering mindfully made healing crystal pyramids and pendants. Good music and refreshments!

Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
K4-8th grade students from Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts will showcase and sell integrated arts pieces that connect content area standards with arts area standards.

Frank’s Power Plant
Gallery showing with Steve Look & Emily Evans, Olivia Salazar, Saebra Laken, Atticus Rabatin, Amber Dawn. BVGN Afterparty ($6) with King Eye & The Squirts, The Ornerys, Super Sonic Space Rebels, Brain-Bats.

Cycle Loft
Large acrylic paintings, a large sculpture, and a community participation piece in conjunction with the BVGN Roll-Out bicycle group from artist Stephen Leahy (and serving free red wine this year, which is thematic with the artwork). Maria Wiener will be doing 12-20 medium size paintings as well.

Sven’s
Work from James Koconis.

Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Briana Lovitt will feature a mixed media collection of her work.

Alive & Fine
Dive into the weird world of Wisconsin Folklore with shapeshifters, lake monsters, and Hodags. OH MY! Over 20 local and regional artists take inspiration from stories passed around campfires for generations. Haunting tales of bloody brides, phantom hitchhikers, and portals to hell just to scratch the surface. With painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, prose, installation, and vintage fashion!

Hi-Fi Cafe
Paintings, drawings, sculpture, collage, poems, prose, and photos by Peter F. Steinhoff.

South Shore Gallery & Framing
Indie la Londe‘s entire collection on display and for sale. mosaics, relief sculptures and paintings on paper and canvas. please join us!

Puddler’s Hall
Featuring Bay View artists Amy Captain, Christine Burke, and Samantha Henson. Amy will be displaying her canvas paintings inspired by nature, places she has traveled, and stories told by friends. Christine will showcase her acrylic on canvas paintings including pop culture, abstract, and scenery paintings. Samantha will exhibit pen and ink and mixed media wood burning.

Milwaukee Makerspace
Tour the Makerspace and see demonstrations. Makerspace members will be showing off their creations, and selling items they make.

Kindred on KK
Stephanie Bartz Photography: A collection of playful and witty black and white portraits of canines. Live acoustic blues-y music on the patio featuring Sunkin Suns.

URSA (in partnership with Healium Hot Yoga)
Screen prints by Ethan D’ercole, live Screen printing by Francisco Ramirez of Bureau Print Research Design, live music from BJ Seidel of Dramatic Lovers, and Colleen Webb of Casual Vocals. Beer from Collective Arts Brewing and Snack Boys will be serving “Shay Breeze” slushies.

Avalon Theater (rear alleyway)
Behind the Avalon Theater is a cool hidden gem of Bay View filled with Street Art done by Bay View High School students, local artists, and national artists.

Susan Schmidt Skincare Savant and Z Chiropractic
Featuring local artist Arella Warren. Enjoy a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and ink. $100 raffle drawing for skincare services with Susan. Refreshing N/A beverages and some delicious homemade dessert samples will be served.

The Magnet Factory MKE
Scott Jackson and Jeff Redmon celebrate the launch of Jackson Redmon Art Investments with an incredible pop-up show at The Magnet Factory! Featuring artwork by John Kowalczyk, Dara Larson, Marc Tasman, Luke Chappelle, Daniel Fleming, Valaria Tatera, Eric Koester, Kari Garon, Fred Kaems, and THERD! Live music acts by Bay View Jazz Fest.

Razor Barbershop
Featuring paintings and custom skate decks by Bay View artist Joe Bree.

Vital Signs
Milwaukee curator Jamie Leigh Pitts welcomes artist and University of New Mexico MFA candidate Haileyrose Thoma to Vital Signs, MKE, a new contemporary art gallery in the Bay View Neighborhood.

The Tonic Tavern
Featuring an exhibition titled “What Do You See” by Stephanie Gibart, a local artist and art therapist working in Milwaukee.

Highbury Pub
Artwork by Jennifer Espenscheid. Jennifer attained her discipline and design process at UW-Milwaukee, where she earned a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Water’s Edge Gallery And Retail Company
Local artwork, handcrafted home goods, jewelry and accessories. Visit for free refreshments and smiles.

Freya
Hosting Molly Chase of Personal Bird, macrame and textile arts.

Cafe Centraal
Showcase celebrating Lowlands Group’s incredible employees in their creative element. Featuring the out-there or underground artists, performers, and writers that make up the heart and soul of the Lowlands Group at Café Centraal.

Foundation Chiropractic, Milwaukee Community Acupuncture, Saffron Yoga Center
“Is there a woman in the house?” Featuring work by several local fiber artists. Kate Mau & Sarah Eichhorn will host a community knit-in where all are welcome to bring a project to work on.

The Muse
Art from Madeline Glaspey, Karen Willams-Brusubardis, Amy Schmutte, Rebecca Wheeler, Brendan Murphy, Nellie Gehrig, Peter Gehrig, and Luna. Arts and crafts artists will be vending outside, live music will be provided by The Honolulu Millionaires. Refreshments while they last.

Urban
Group show featuring artwork by: Charlie Christman,Todd Gnacinski, Sharon Mergener, and Peter Siegworth.

Colectivo Coffee
Join over 40 art, craft, and design vendors in the parking lot of Colectivo for the Milwaukee Makers Market.

District 14
Pop art from Robin Carnitz, Bay View Jazz Fest starts at 5 p.m., then more music from The Funky Chemists from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Cafe LuLu
Featuring artwork in oil by Madeline Glaspey. This beautiful body of portraiture work came from the artist’s desire to understand and accept the transitory nature of time.

Stone Creek Coffee
Inside: Meghan Walsh, Patrick Walter, Jeannette Daft. Mini latte art throwdowns–baristas will be showing off their latte art skills and customers will be invited to be judges–at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Outside: Josh Roy, Sam Rodewald (music), and a free sample table with cold brews and specialty drinks.

Toppers Pizza
Handmade jewelry from Mariana Castro, all items available for purchase.

Brass Rooster
The Brass Rooster & The Hen House present an evening of vintage style and pinup. Hosting a boutique fashion show featuring dresses and fashion from PM Designs. Live models will be wearing and modeling the spring line from local vintage inspired designer and pinup model, Pamela Marie. Meet the designer, have your measurements taken, and you can also place an order for your made-to-measure garments. Live fashion shoots will also be happening through the evening as well. The Pinup Photography of Scott Ligman of Cardinal White Photography will have his work on display throughout both stores.

Revel Bar
Featuring artwork by Bay View High School students, Talaiyjah Neylon, and Michael Jones. All artwork sales will benefit the BVHS Engineering Club!

Halo Artisan Skin Care
Featuring local artist Beth Eaton with functional pottery pieces, henna tattoos, and acoustic guitar by Alex Paniagua. Light refreshments will be served.

Sparrow Collective
Featuring handcrafted apparel, gifts, art, and more from local and national artisans. Refreshments served.

Tease Salon
Featured artists: Rachael Hughes, Elias Zananiri, Cudahy High School students, Kate McSorley, Madeline Glaspey, Twisted Tree Creations. Wearable art by LuLaRoe & Dynamo Duo.

Voyageur Book Shop
Milwaukee artist Stacy Lee Ollmann introduces a new series of whimsical, mixed media sculptures. Come meet The Bookkeepers! Anja Notanja Sieger & La Prosette will be out on the sidewalk writing on-the-spot poems for customers from her typewriter. Prices range from $10 for poems, $20 for good poems, $30 for excellent poems.

Mac’s Pet Depot
Pet Art by Brittany Farina, people wine, dog wine, and appetizers.

Bigfoot Bike And Skate
Theme: Dragons. Original skateboard decks, prints, and fabric art by local artists.

1840 Brewing Company
1840 Brewing Company will be pouring a selection of their limited release beers. Bay View ceramics artist Michael Ware will be showing a number of his pieces. He will also be selling a small amount of custom beer mugs made exclusively for this event.

The Backyard
Local artwork on display and live Jazz music on the patio.

Lincoln Warehouse
Multiple craft persons, artists, and photographers throughout the building, including a brewery and a distillery that will also be featuring artists.

Brinn Labs
Hidden away in the old Louis Allis building is Brinn Labs, headquarters for Maker Faire Milwaukee and home to a variety of classes and workshops to help you get hands on and learn new skills. They’ll be showing off the efforts of our in-house artists and designers that do a variety of work including sculpture, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, interactive art, and more. Participating artists include: Austin Boechler, Kyle Hoard, Becky Yoshikane, Pete Prodoehl, Reid Sancken, Bill Pariso, John McGeen, and Mike Cook.

Bay View Jazz Fest

Bay View Gallery Night and Bay View Jazz Fest will be partnering on June 1. While you’re out looking at art, be sure to stop in the following places hosting Jazz Fest shows: Tonic Tavern, Highbury, Urban, D14, Sam’s Tap, The Backyard, Voyageur Books, Morgan Park (Food Truck Friday), Revel, Colectivo lot, and The Magnet Factory.

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Watch a time-lapse video of that new sculpture being installed outside City Hall http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/new-sculpture-city-hall-time-lapse-video-installation/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/arts/new-sculpture-city-hall-time-lapse-video-installation/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 05:30:35 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=49270 On Monday, crews installed an 18-foot-tall, 9,200-pound bronze sculpture outside Milwaukee City Hall. The piece, titled Mixed Feelings, is the work of British sculptor Tony Cragg, and was previously on display in front of the downtown federal courthouse last summer as part of the inaugural Sculpture Milwaukee. An anonymous donor of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation […]

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On Monday, crews installed an 18-foot-tall, 9,200-pound bronze sculpture outside Milwaukee City Hall. The piece, titled Mixed Feelings, is the work of British sculptor Tony Cragg, and was previously on display in front of the downtown federal courthouse last summer as part of the inaugural Sculpture Milwaukee. An anonymous donor of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation provided a grant to Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 to acquire Mixed Feelings. Last month, the Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously in favor of accepting the gift.

In a press release, Mixed Feelings is described thusly:

Mixed Feelings, 2010, is an immense glowing monument, formed by two intertwining bronze towers, pushing together and pulling apart as they spiral towards the sky. As the viewer circles the piece, human profiles come into and out of focus. Each tower of feeling exerts a gravitational pull on the other, creating a unique, pulsating form of energy. Cragg breaks down the barrier between abstraction and figuration, creating art that mirrors the fullness of the world in which we live.

And hey! We shot a time-lapse video of yesterday’s installation, condensing five hours of work into less than a minute. (Thanks to the fine folks at Pabst Theater for letting us sneak up to their outdoor balcony for the bird’s eye view!) The second round of Sculpture Milwaukee, meanwhile, will be on view downtown from June to October 21, 2018. Installation is set to begin May 10.

Oh, the song is called “They’re Always Building Something.” It’s by an old band.

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