In case you missed it, Sculpture Milwaukee—a.k.a. downtown’s annual outdoor public sculpture exhibit—will begin its 2023 season on Friday, June 30. Titled Actual Fractals, Act I and curated by John Riepenhoff, the exhibit will be on view through October 2024.
To celebrate this week’s big unveiling, Sculpture Milwaukee is hosting a Sculpture Milwaukee Celebration Week June 26-30. Events include roller skating at Red Arrow Park, a check-in with the ongoing Dear Nature extended exhibition at The Avenue, and more.
“Sculpture Milwaukee Celebration Week is more than a celebration of extraordinary public art; it’s a celebration of community,” says Sculpture Milwaukee Executive Director Brian Schupper in a press release. “Through world class contemporary sculptures and diverse artists and audiences, this week-long series of events is an invitation to the entire community to celebrate and reflect on what makes Milwaukee such a vibrant and dynamic city.”
Here’s this week’s itinerary, via Sculpture Milwaukee:
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Monday, June 26, 2023
Free Public Roller Skating; performances by Roll Train
Red Arrow Park, 5-8 p.m, with music
Vendors include Goody Gourmet, Pete’s Pops, Starbucks
Special appearances from Betty Brinn’s Wonder Wagon, and more
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Special presentation at World Affairs Seminar (WAS), a week-long gathering of high-school students from around the world that occurs each summer at Carroll University
“The Economic Impact of Public Art: Good for Milwaukee and Good for your Business” Sculpture Milwaukee Business Member cocktail reception featuring an exclusive conversation with Steve Marcus, founder of Sculpture Milwaukee, and retired board chair of Marcus Corporation
Wednesday, June 28th, 2023
Sculpture Milwaukee staff will be at The Avenue, next to the Dear Nature exhibition from 9-5 p.m.
Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Dear Nature exhibition, sign up for a discounted Sculpture Milwaukee membership, and be in the running for a variety of prizes including a free one-night stay at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel.
Friday, June 30th, 2023
Sculpture Milwaukee staff will be at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel from 8-4 p.m.
Here you will have the opportunity to sign up for a discounted Sculpture Milwaukee membership, and be in the running for a variety of prizes including a free one-night stay at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel.
Want to become a Sculpture Milwaukee member? Sign up this week and pay only $10 instead of $29. The first 100 new members will receive 50% off a 30-day pass with Bublr Bikes, and will be eligible for other prizes. Members can also win a free one-night stay at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel via a Sculpture Milwaukee social media campaign.
“This week-long event is an opportunity to celebrate something special in the Milwaukee community, recognizing seven years of increasing cultural and economic impact downtown,” says Sculpture Milwaukee Board Chair Wayne Morgan in a press release. “We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating the diversity and talent of the artists, team, and community that brings this globally unique exhibition of world-class art to the streets of downtown Milwaukee every year to be enjoyed and appreciated by all.”
The exhibiting artists for Actual Fractals, Act I are Katy Cowan, Lars Fisk, Pau Houa Her, Nicole Miller, Mary Miss, Isamu Noguchi, and Erika Verzutti.
“There are many Milwaukees within this single city,” curator John Riepenhoff says in an earlier press release. “While our parts can appear, and be, disjointed, there are also patterns that play out in our experiences across communities, generations, and public and private spaces, connecting us intricately.”
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