Three spaces in this free 12-week program in Milwaukee, WI, are reserved for applicants from the area, while the fourth is open to visual artists anywhere in the US.
In Soles of My People, Khari Turner channels elements of Midwestern waterways into figures awash with global histories of triumph and struggle.
More than 150 employees are organizing to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the museum’s security guards.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Belle Epoque paintings suggest that anything can be bought as a balm against the harsh conditions and human expense required to build America.
MILWAUKEE — It’s not unusual for a work of art to cause outrage, especially if it dips into the tender zones of race, gender, or religion.
Over a period of 50 years, the artist Mary Nohl transformed her yard as well as the interior and exterior of her cottage into an environment that stands in conversation with the surrounding land, lake, and her childhood memories. Almost immediately after the first cement sculptures materialized in the 1960s, however, she became known as “The Witch.”
CHICAGO — The Midwest is no place for haters, slackers, and anyone who can’t admit that they secretly love hot dogs and regularly daydream about living on a farm, or at least somewhere in the woods.
MILWAUKEE — When a story, an image of a work of art, or an essay goes viral, it has struck a cultural nerve, somewhere, and people can’t stop passing it on. The work itself becomes freed of the space where it was first realized; it is taken over by global internet culture and social networks, co-opted by BuzzFeed, threaded on reddit, and then picked up by mainstream media outlets.
I was touched by a post written by art critic Mary Louise Schumacher, who blogged about the disappearance of a beloved frieze on the facade of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper building, where she works.
There’s a lot of art news coming out of Milwaukee this week and all of it makes some of us wondering what the hell is happening in the city we normally associate with Laverne & Shirley and bratwurst. First, the director of Milwaukee Art Museum made silly comments that museums should not be political and now the union-busting Republican governor of the Wisconsin has removed a very multicultural painting by local artist David Lenz from a prominent place in the governor’s mansion.
Milwaukee has a Holocaust memorial but now some members of the city’s Jewish community want another one … one that is uplifting. Critic Robin Cembalest discusses this and other trends in the world of memorials.