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Visual Art: Best Picks for Gallery Night
Visual Art

Best Picks for Gallery Night

There are lots of shows to choose from this weekend. Our list chooses the highlights.

Visual Art: The Colors of Today
Visual Art

The Colors of Today

The Portrait Society presents three women painters with a strong sense of color.

Visual Art: The Continental Ramblings of Mark Mulhern
Visual Art

The Continental Ramblings of Mark Mulhern

The Milwaukee painter, now exhibited at Tory Folliard Gallery, offers evocative, painterly images often set in Europe.

Visual Art: Stitching History from the Holocaust 
Visual Art

Stitching History from the Holocaust 

The exhibition is a thoughtful revival of one women's clothing designs, and her efforts to escape persecution from the Nazis.

Visual Art: Mystery of the Mundane 
Visual Art

Mystery of the Mundane 

A new exhibit at Cardinal Stritch questions if there is something mysterious in everyday life.

Visual Art: Art Cargo
Visual Art

Art Cargo

The Cargo Space bus rolls into Milwaukee, stopping at UWM's Inova.

Visual Art: The Life and Art of Wassily Kandinsky
Visual Art

The Life and Art of Wassily Kandinsky

New Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition is a rich parade of a great artist’s work.

Visual Art: Apocalypse Now 
Visual Art

Apocalypse Now 

Keith Haring’s Apocalypse Series has a vibrant, end-of-the-world quality.

Visual Art: Mystery, Muse, and Money
Visual Art

Mystery, Muse, and Money

Kaya IV at Green Gallery presents New York-based artists Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers.

Visual Art: Slower Than a New York Minute
Visual Art

Slower Than a New York Minute

Artists Tony Brown and Gregory Klassen slow down the viewing process in two very different ways.

Visual Art: Easy Rider
Visual Art

Easy Rider

Photographer and motorcyclist Josh Kurpius combines his two passions in images of cross-country cyclists.

Visual Art: Spring Has Sprung
Visual Art

Spring Has Sprung

Okay, the weather is grim, but inside the Art Bar is an explosion of “Beautiful Spring” paintings.

Visual Art: Best Picks for Gallery Night
Visual Art

Best Picks for Gallery Night

Lots to see at 50 venues. Here are four shows worth seeing any time.

Visual Art: Stories of Steam Locomotives
Visual Art

Stories of Steam Locomotives

O. Winston Link’s photos are nostalgic narratives that capture a lost era.

Visual Art: Spooky Girls and Traveling Kings
Visual Art

Spooky Girls and Traveling Kings

A Coast to Coast show of ceramics at Elaine Erickson Gallery.

Visual Art: The Woman With The Feline Ears
Visual Art

The Woman With The Feline Ears

Tory Folliard Gallery’s show features a menagerie of fanciful figures in clay.

Visual Art: I Owe You Nothing, Darling
Visual Art

I Owe You Nothing, Darling

Ceramics talk, and women endlessly hold up teacups in the work of Lisa Selby.

Visual Art: Yes, There is a Cow Painting
Visual Art

Yes, There is a Cow Painting

New survey of contemporary Wisconsin art blends tradition with a modernist spirit.

Visual Art: Pleasures From the Potter’s Wheel
Visual Art

Pleasures From the Potter’s Wheel

An exhibition of Japanese-influenced ceramics finds stunning beauty in seemingly ordinary things.

Visual Art: Clever Critters
Visual Art

Clever Critters

Three artists use sculpture, paintings and prints to create a menagerie of curious creatures at Tory Folliard Gallery.

Visual Art: Rural Utopias in Badgerland
Visual Art

Rural Utopias in Badgerland

J. Shimon & J. Lindemann find mystery and nostalgia in scenes of Wisconsin.

Visual Art: Violence in America
Visual Art

Violence in America

A new show at the Walker’s Point center considers the impact of violence on our lives.

Visual Art: Biennial and Beauty of the Blue China
Visual Art

Biennial and Beauty of the Blue China

Wisconsin Visual Artists’ biennial exhibition has interest, but solo show Precarious Possessions rivets with a single piece.

Visual Art: The Secret Life of an Artist
Visual Art

The Secret Life of an Artist

Discovered after death, a Chicago nanny’s photographs are a revelation.

Visual Art: The Outsiders
Visual Art

The Outsiders

Museum’s folk art show offers artists working with chicken bones, bottle caps and duck decoys.

Visual Art: All the Stuff of Life
Visual Art

All the Stuff of Life

The Haggerty presents four new exhibitions all probing the role of consumer products in our lives.

Visual Art: Truth and Fiction
Visual Art

Truth and Fiction

Two shows use visual projections that suggest a story or maybe don’t. Plus, plenty of suggestions for this weekend's Gallery Night.

Visual Art: The Enigma of Andy Warhol
Visual Art

The Enigma of Andy Warhol

His portraits of famous Jews, now at the Jewish museum, raises anew all the questions about Warhol’s artistry.

Art Date: The Fantasy Paintings of Karl Priebe
Art Date

The Fantasy Paintings of Karl Priebe

A new show features Karl Priebe’s dreamlike images of birds and jazz performers.

Art Date: We’re So Polite
Art Date

We’re So Polite

The Wisconsin Triennial offers a lot of well-behaved but well-crafted work.

Art Date: The Colors of Today
Art Date

The Colors of Today

Nine artists in Haggerty Museum’s “Current Tendencies” show offer varied takes on the now.

Art Date: The World As They Know It
Art Date

The World As They Know It

Inova show offers seven very different views of where we are now.

TCD Art Date: Picture Presents
TCD Art Date

Picture Presents

There are a number of events this weekend where you can find original, locally-made creative gifts for all of the people on your Christmas list.

TCD Art Date: What’s old is new again
TCD Art Date

What’s old is new again

This week's Art Date highlights exhibitions opening and closing with contemporary takes on traditional subjects such as portraits, landscapes, and beer.

TCD Art Date: Eve of Destruction
TCD Art Date

Eve of Destruction

This weekend's art events include revelry in cars and crashes with the work of Dirk Skreber and Colin Matthes' demolition derby.

TCD Art Date: Celebrating Día de los Muertos
TCD Art Date

Celebrating Día de los Muertos

The origins of the Day of the Dead can be traced to the Aztec civilization. Walker's Point Center for the Arts and Latino Arts celebrate with new exhibitions and events.

TCD Art Date: Get Educated
TCD Art Date

Get Educated

This Art Date is as much about learning as looking. Check out Elbridge Kinglsey, rug weaving and repair, and the transition from artist's studio to exhibition.

TCD Art Date: Gallery Night Picks
TCD Art Date

Gallery Night Picks

Seventy-three venues are participating in Fall Gallery Night & Day on October 18 and 19. To simplify matters, Kat Murrell narrowed down her choice galleries, by neighborhood. See you out there!

Art Date: Beer, Cows, Tattoos
Art Date

Beer, Cows, Tattoos

The Milwaukee Art Museum's Amund Dietzel exhibit and Tory Folliard's "Craig Bleitz: Creamery" show close, while Kat recommends the ongoing "Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia," at Villa Terrace.

The Subtle Dramas of Thomas Sully

The Subtle Dramas of Thomas Sully

This new exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum explores the portraits of Thomas Sully, a blend of subtle theatrics and painterly skill from one of the preeminent American artists of the nineteenth century.

TCD Art Date: Alternate venues to explore
TCD Art Date

Alternate venues to explore

This week's Art Date includes the kick-off of Digital Billboard Art Month, musical allusions to A Working Ranch, plus plenty to see in ArtWalk 2013.

Preserving the legacy of Frederick Layton

Preserving the legacy of Frederick Layton

Eric Vogel and John C. Eastberg spent five years researching Frederick Layton and the innovative public art gallery he opened in 1888 for their new book.

Nohl Fellowship Exhibition opens at Inova

Nohl Fellowship Exhibition opens at Inova

The Nohl Fellowship exhibition opens this Friday, presenting the work of seven Milwaukee artists selected for the award in 2012.

TCD Art Date: Words and Images
TCD Art Date

Words and Images

This week's Art Date takes you to artist and author talks at Boswell, Inova and MIAD, opening receptions, and the extravaganza of Bay View Gallery Night.

TCD Art Date: Galas Galore
TCD Art Date

Galas Galore

This week's Art Date adds a few gala events to the calendar of gallery openings and closings, at Portrait Society, Racine Art Museum and in Madison.

Fossils are fashion-forward in Timothy Westbrook’s new show

Fossils are fashion-forward in Timothy Westbrook’s new show

Westbrook, late of Project Runway and the Pfister artist-in-residence program, will hold "Paleontology of a Woman," a sustainability-focused show, Saturday at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Steve Rowell speaks about “Uncanny Sensing” at Inova

Steve Rowell speaks about “Uncanny Sensing” at Inova

The Chicago-based artist spent a year in Green Bay, collecting images and video juxtaposing the human, animal, and natural environment of the north woods. The exhibition closes Sunday.

Current Tendencies with a Twist

Current Tendencies with a Twist

The recently opened Current Tendencies III exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art showcases work by nine Milwaukee artists with a twist.

TCD Art Date: First Glimpses and Last Looks
TCD Art Date

First Glimpses and Last Looks

New exhibitions of local and regional artists are opening, and this weekend is the last chance to catch 30 Americans at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

TCD Art Date: To the moon and back
TCD Art Date

To the moon and back

This week's Art Date highlights exhibitions opening at Green Gallery and the Lynden Sculpture Garden, plus the extravaganza of the Third Ward Art Festival.

TCD Art Date: Feel the Milwaukee Love
TCD Art Date

Feel the Milwaukee Love

Celebrate a love of bikes and basketball, design and outdoor parties, and of course, feel the love for local artists.

Alluring and peculiar exhibitions of self-taught art

Alluring and peculiar exhibitions of self-taught art

Exhibitions at Dean Jensen and Portrait Society feature self-taught artists who offer inventive and imaginative views of everyday life and otherworldly places.

TCD Art Date: MAM goes extra-American
TCD Art Date

MAM goes extra-American

Hear from the collectors behind the 30 Americans exhibition, have a rockabilly blast at MAM after Dark, check out new exhibitions and more -- all in this week's Art Date.

TCD Art Date: Acquisition and admiration
TCD Art Date

Acquisition and admiration

This week's Art Date includes a lecture on art collecting and philanthropy, a fair to perhaps find something of your own, plus exhibitions opening and closing.

Special selections from the Charles Allis art collection

Special selections from the Charles Allis art collection

"Treasures from the Allis Collection" seeks to highlight the aesthetic tastes showcased in the Charles Allis Art Museum.

“Chasing Horizons” at Villa Terrace

“Chasing Horizons” at Villa Terrace

Contemporary artists respond to ideas of horizons, landscape, time and place in "Chasing Horizons," on view now at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

Stephanie Barenz tells art stories for Gallery Night at the Pfister

Stephanie Barenz tells art stories for Gallery Night at the Pfister

Pfister Artist-In-Residence Stephanie Barenz talks about her current projects and working with students in the Our Story Arts program.

TCD Art Date: Gallery Night Guide and Beyond
TCD Art Date

Gallery Night Guide and Beyond

The summer's Gallery Night starts Friday, but don't assume Kat's suggestions are the last word in art for the weekend--there's also three closing Haggerty shows and spontaneous art performances this Thursday afternoon.

Project Runway premiere features two Milwaukee designers

Project Runway premiere features two Milwaukee designers

Miranda Levy and Timothy Westbrook will put Milwaukee on the fashion map Thursday, when Project Runway's twelfth season premieres on Lifetime.

TCD Art Date: Inside, outside and around
TCD Art Date

Inside, outside and around

This week's Art Date has plenty to see if you're interested in performances, special events, and art outdoors.

TCD Art Date: IN:SITE and Elsewhere
TCD Art Date

IN

Feminism at Inova, Milwaukee artists at MOWA, art in the streets along Fond du Lac Avenue.

TCD Art Date: Haggerty exhibitions and other events
TCD Art Date

Haggerty exhibitions and other events

Kat recommends the Haggerty's new shows, alongside the Lakefront Festival of the Arts and other receptions, for this week's Art Date.

Milwaukee Art Museum presents diverse work by 30 (African) Americans

Milwaukee Art Museum presents diverse work by 30 (African) Americans

"30 Americans" is a powerful survey of contemporary art by prominent African American artists, whose works cover a variety of interests, racial and otherwise.

TCD Art Date: 30 Americans and artistic nature
TCD Art Date

30 Americans and artistic nature

This weekend is the opening of 30 Americans, plus many other events at the Milwaukee Art Museum. At the Lynden Sculpture Garden, it's time for planting in nature and in art.

TCD Art Date: A busy summer weekend
TCD Art Date

A busy summer weekend

Major exhibitions open at the Haggerty, Portrait Society and Inova, plus the last chance to see great shows at the WPCA and Dean Jensen Gallery.

TCD Art Date: A peek into critique
TCD Art Date

A peek into critique

There is something for everyone in this week's Art Date, with a visiting critic showing her process, Bay View Gallery night, plus many exhibition openings.

25 years of art, behind the scenes at the Tory Folliard Gallery

25 years of art, behind the scenes at the Tory Folliard Gallery

Art dealer Tory Folliard has been in the business for twenty-five years and took TCD's Kat Murrell on a tour of that anniversary exhibition and upcoming shows. Video by Gene Cawley.

TCD Art Date: Galleries to remember on Memorial Day weekend
TCD Art Date

Galleries to remember on Memorial Day weekend

This week's Art Date offers ideas near and far for your Memorial Day weekend, from American Roots music to kids' activities, and exhibitions opening and closing.

TCD Art Date: Art behind the scenes, and a jamboree
TCD Art Date

Art behind the scenes, and a jamboree

These art events will take you from the basement of a historic mansion to an art rummage sale, a sprawling jamboree, and exhibition openings with live music.

TCD Art Date: Online, Outdoors, On the Way Out
TCD Art Date

Online, Outdoors, On the Way Out

A TEDx talk about the arts, plein air works and some major exhibitions leaving town are on deck for Kat's latest edition of Art Date.

TCD Art Date: Celebrate 50 years, or five museums
TCD Art Date

Celebrate 50 years, or five museums

Start your Art Date with a celebration of a fifty-year career at MAM and wrap up with a tour of five venues along Milwaukee's Museum Mile.

TCD Art Date: Japanese prints, slow art, abstraction and more
TCD Art Date

Japanese prints, slow art, abstraction and more

UWM explores Japanese woodblocks, an abstract exhibit closes in Madison, and Milwaukee celebrates Slow Art Day.

TCD Art Date: Kat’s Great Big Gallery Night Guide
TCD Art Date

Kat’s Great Big Gallery Night Guide

It's Gallery Night, and there are a lot of new art shows and one-night-only happenings. Where to go and what to see? TCD's Kat Murrell has you covered – now with updated suggestions from Jessica Sattell.

TCD’s Guide to Museums and Galleries

TCD’s Guide to Museums and Galleries

Enjoy Milwaukee's near-endless art opportunities, with Kat Murrell's Museums & Galleries Guide. Now updated for Spring 2013 Gallery Night and Day!

TCD Art Date: Artsy team-ups, and spring closings
TCD Art Date

Artsy team-ups, and spring closings

Artists collaborate with musicians from Present Music and the Fine Arts Quartet, while exhibits at Dean Jensen, DeLind and Tory Folliard close this weekend. And don't miss the installation of Eggs Benedict.

Three ways to celebrate MAM’s 125th Anniversary show

Three ways to celebrate MAM’s 125th Anniversary show

Milwaukee Art Museum's 125th anniversary: A panorama from the Layton Gallery through the Calatrava addition and beyond.

MOWA moves Wisconsin art forward

MOWA moves Wisconsin art forward

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) opens this weekend in a new building in downtown West Bend. TCD's Kat Murrell has your sneak-preview.

TCD Art Date: Circle Saturday on your calendar
TCD Art Date

Circle Saturday on your calendar

Saturday: Museum of Wisconsin Art -- MOWA -- opens, Milwaukee Art Museum unveils 125th anniversary exhibit, WPCA hosts a fashion show for Kelvin Haydon.

Meet the new Pfister Artist-in-Residence: Stephanie Barenz
Meet the new Pfister Artist-in-Residence

Stephanie Barenz

TCD's Kat Murrell talks with Stephanie about her artistic background, inspirations and new project, "The Carriers."

Kat’s Sketchbook: talktalktalk opens at Green Gallery
Kat’s Sketchbook

talktalktalk opens at Green Gallery

Muller and Madison, at Green Gallery, give Milwaukee something to talk about: Paper towels, among other things.

TCD Art Date: Something for everyone as March ends
TCD Art Date

Something for everyone as March ends

The month goes out with a Pius XI alumni show, edgy contemporary Swiss art, a photography show closing, plus egg-dying.

“Eggs Benedict” heats up international debate

“Eggs Benedict” heats up international debate

Kat Murrell speaks to Niki Johnson, the artist behind the controversial depiction of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in condoms, about her work's purpose: to foster discussion of religion and human sexuality.

TCD Art Date: Milwaukee embraces Print Week
TCD Art Date

Milwaukee embraces Print Week

Kat breaks down a variety of locations to celebrate the de facto celebration centered around the SGCI Print:MKE conference – it's like Shark Week, but with art!

Print: MKE inspires local shows of international artists
Print

MKE inspires local shows of international artists

MIAD and Inova are holding exhibitions of contemporary art spanning the globe, to coincide with the SGC International print conference this March.

UWM, WPCA shows highlight print history

UWM, WPCA shows highlight print history

Print exhibitions at UWM and WPCA will get you warmed up for next week's PRINT:MKE art conference.

TCD Art Date: Movement, of our bodies and the world
TCD Art Date

Movement, of our bodies and the world

Portrait Society opens new shows, Shorewood gallery The Waxwing celebrates its first year, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores a newly discovered artist, and an interactive Inova performance.

TCD Art Date: Lots to talk about this week
TCD Art Date

Lots to talk about this week

Lectures and talks at the Milwaukee Art Museum, UWM, and Villa Terrace offer a twist on your usual Thursday, and Tory Folliard closes its vibrant "Color!" exhibit.

Laurie Winters: Making a curatorial career out of chance
Laurie Winters

Making a curatorial career out of chance

The newly hired Museum of Wisconsin Art director tells how chance opportunities, letterwriting and a Kleenex led her into a stellar curatorial life.

TCD Art Date: Smart shows on their way out
TCD Art Date

Smart shows on their way out

Shane Walsh and Claire Stigliani's exhibitions close this weekend, while shows from Jessica Z. Schafer and Beki Borman open.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s dazzling “Color Rush”

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s dazzling “Color Rush”

This expansive, vibrant survey tracks the evolution of color photography from fantastical innovation to ubiquitous practice.

TCD Art Date: Colorful openings and closings
TCD Art Date

Colorful openings and closings

MAM's photography survey "Color Rush" opens Friday, while exhibits at UWM and Anaba wrap up.

Mother and Immortal: Haggerty’s “Images of the Virgin Mary”
Mother and Immortal

Haggerty’s “Images of the Virgin Mary”

The Haggerty's upstairs exhibition features depictions of Mary over six centuries, from medieval portraits to modern Dali.

Modern, timeless Rookwood vases at Villa Terrace

Modern, timeless Rookwood vases at Villa Terrace

The exhibit, featuring works by the American company from just after WWI to the Great Depression, showcases inventive techniques and evolutions of form.

TCD Art Date: Now for actual dates
TCD Art Date

Now for actual dates

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, Kat Murrell recommends a free day at the Milwaukee Art Museum and other romantic adventures.

Lynden’s Winter Carnival a cavalcade of fun

Lynden’s Winter Carnival a cavalcade of fun

Installations sponsored by American Fantasy Classics and nAbr gallery will be on display amid various games and activities on the garden's grounds.

TCD Art Date: A bright weekend ahead
TCD Art Date

A bright weekend ahead

Kat's top pick of the week is a soon-closing show at Art Bar; Lynden readies for a Winter Carnival.

TCD Art Date: Back-to-school galleries
TCD Art Date

Back-to-school galleries

This weekend, try exhibitions at MIAD, UWM, Marquette and Cardinal Stritch; Kat interviews local artist Tony Bussalacchi.

TCD Art Date: Kat’s Gallery Night itineraries
TCD Art Date

Kat’s Gallery Night itineraries

Kat Murrell offers five specialized tracks to help you make the most of Gallery Night, and some art-friendly options for the rest of the weekend.

TCD’s Winter Gallery Night Guide

TCD’s Winter Gallery Night Guide

This weekend's gallery options get broken down, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Art Date: Milwaukee is an ArtPlace
Art Date

Milwaukee is an ArtPlace

Now that it's official that there's a lot of art to enjoy in Milwaukee, be sure to check out Kat Murrell's list of exhibition openings and closings around town.

Art Date: ReciproCITY, Overpass Light Brigade and more
Art Date

ReciproCITY, Overpass Light Brigade and more

This week, Kat Murrell's weekly guide to Milwaukee's visual arts looks at openings at Sweet Water and Art Bar along with three exhibitions at Portrait Society.

TCD’s 2013 Countdown: Visual Art
TCD’s 2013 Countdown

Visual Art

Kat Murrell counts down (OK, counts "up") her must-see visual arts exhibits for the first four months of 2013.

CoPA’s sixth annual juried show at Walker’s Point

CoPA’s sixth annual juried show at Walker’s Point

Colleen Gunderson, Vicki Reed, Kenneth Oppriecht take the prizes at photography exhibition.

Picturing Santa Claus: Image makeovers through the ages
Picturing Santa Claus

Image makeovers through the ages

St. Nicholas, the model for Santa Claus, was real. Artists -- mostly American -- dreamed up the Santa we know today.

TCD Art Date, Dec. 21-23

TCD Art Date, Dec. 21-23

Milwaukee offers plenty of art for pre-holiday shopping and post-holiday field trips.

Art Date: Charles Allis, JCC, Pabst Mansion, UWM and more
Art Date

Charles Allis, JCC, Pabst Mansion, UWM and more

Kat Murrell takes a look at exhibitions at Charles Allis and Green Gallery, along with holiday events at the Jewish Community Center, Pabst Mansion and UWM.

12 hours, 12 performances, a once in a lifetime show

12 hours, 12 performances, a once in a lifetime show

RedLine Milwaukee's 12/12/12 event features 12 performance art pieces from every end of the medium's broad spectrum, stretched to fill a half day.

At Tory Folliard Gallery: Curious details and outrageous color
At Tory Folliard Gallery

Curious details and outrageous color

Wisconsin artist John Wilde (1919-2006) and the "Celebrations in Art" show are on display at the Tory Folliard Gallery. Kat Murrell takes a closer look.

Art Date: Local art shopping and Milwaukee visual art events
Art Date

Local art shopping and Milwaukee visual art events

Kat Murrell notes Milwaukee art events at the Marshall Building, Inova, Dominion, WPCA, Sparrow Collective and more.

Out of the forest, into the furnace at Vanguard

Out of the forest, into the furnace at Vanguard

Bernard J. Robert's posthumous retrospective at Vanguard Gallery and Foundry: Mr. Natural amid molten metal.

Nohl Exhibition artists, events, and “Nite Life”

Nohl Exhibition artists, events, and “Nite Life”

Kat Murrell takes a look at the final two weeks of events for the 2011 Nohl Fellows, including this week's presentations of "As Goes Janesville" and "Nite Life."

Art Date: Christmas in the Ward, Nohl Fellows, MAM and more
Art Date

Christmas in the Ward, Nohl Fellows, MAM and more

MAM commemorates World AIDS Day, the Historic Third Ward celebrates Christmas, and events at Jazz Gallery, Brady Street, RedLine, Peltz Gallery and UWM.

This Black Friday, shop smart: Try holiday art
This Black Friday, shop smart

Try holiday art

Kat Murrell offers three alternatives to big box retail: Art vs. Craft, the Art Bar and a pop-up gallery on the East Side.

TCD Thanksgiving Art Date, Nov. 21-25

TCD Thanksgiving Art Date, Nov. 21-25

Take an art field trip Thanksgiving weekend -- good shows in Madison and Chicago. Or curl up with some good new art books.

Dean Jensen Gallery 25th Anniversary Show

Dean Jensen Gallery 25th Anniversary Show

Dean Jensen went from art critic to gallery owner 25 years ago. He reflects on the journey.

Haggerty’s “Thenceforward, and forever free”

Haggerty’s “Thenceforward, and forever free”

Seven artists ponder freedom, history, race in a show with the Emancipation Proclamation as a starting point.

Weekend Art Date: At a Glance
Weekend Art Date

At a Glance

We at TCD get nostalgic for paper, too. Enjoy Kat Murrell's Weekend Art Date, jotted down on a virtual legal pad.

Weekend Art Date: The Etchings of Rembrandt
Weekend Art Date

The Etchings of Rembrandt

A gift for UWM's art collection offers a glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age of connoisseurship.

Weekend Art Date: Back to School at UWM and MIAD
Weekend Art Date

Back to School at UWM and MIAD

A vast, 50-year alumni show kicks off UWM's Year of the Arts. A cohesive faculty show and Mark Fetherston open the year at MIAD.

Weekend Art Date: The last shows of summer
Weekend Art Date

The last shows of summer

Don't miss French posters and Michelle Grabner, and check Kat's art bulletin board for more.

Susceptible to Images: “here, mothers are”
Susceptible to Images

“here, mothers are”

Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr dig into life at 24th and Locust. A review in video, pictures and text.

Weekend Art Date: Menomonee Falls. Really.
Weekend Art Date

Menomonee Falls. Really.

Kat's weekend bulletin board is all about Riverwest art fire relief and far suburbia.

Kat’s up to her knees with Roy Staab

Kat’s up to her knees with Roy Staab

Environmental sculptor Roy Staab has made a sculpture in a pond at the Lynden Garden. Kat Murrell wades in to interview him.

Kat Murrell: Weekend Artdate
Kat Murrell

Weekend Artdate

Kat surveys the weekend art scene and visits with installation artist Charles Matson Lume at Walker's Point Center.

Susceptible to Images: Gallery Night Video Preview
Susceptible to Images

Gallery Night Video Preview

Susceptible to Images ponders Martin Creed's work for the Olympics, plus all the Gallery Night fun looming on the horizon.

Holly Hughes walks into a bar…

Holly Hughes walks into a bar…

Theatre Gigante presents Holly Hughes, a legendary performance artist, at Paddy's Pub.

Susceptible to Images: Kat Murrell talks you through a slide show
Susceptible to Images

Kat Murrell talks you through a slide show

Enjoy a weekend art date with Kat, as she surveys art in Madison, at Bastille Days and at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

After the fire: Milwaukee art community comes together
After the fire

Milwaukee art community comes together

An outpouring of support has emerged in the wake of the five-alarm fire in Riverwest that damaged many artists studios and galleries. Find out how you can help.

Susceptible to Images — in a bar

Susceptible to Images — in a bar

Still plenty of art weekend left. Check out Kat's art datebook at the end of the story.

Susceptible to Images Road Trip

Susceptible to Images Road Trip

Kat goes to Madison. Hey, they have art there. Also, the weekend Art Date Calendar.

Susceptible to Images: “Gos Sa Mer” vibrant at the Lynden
Susceptible to Images

“Gos Sa Mer” vibrant at the Lynden

Santiago Cucullu and Ester Partegàs' indoor show speaks to the great outdoors of the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Also: Kat's weekend art datebook.

Susceptible to Images: Three men at Erickson, Calabrese at Green East
Susceptible to Images

Three men at Erickson, Calabrese at Green East

Expression and abstraction from Hoffman, Hughes and Jahnke; wry illusions from Calabrese.

Susceptible to Images: Villa Terrace and Portrait Society
Susceptible to Images

Villa Terrace and Portrait Society

Kat Murrell wakes you up before these shows go-go.

Milwaukee in Miniature delights in big ways

Milwaukee in Miniature delights in big ways

Ferdinand Aumueller's models of Milwaukee at the turn of the 20th century are now on display at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Video by Garrett Katerzynske.

Susceptible to Images: The Aesthete
Susceptible to Images

The Aesthete

Whither beauty? wonders Kat. Thither and hither, San Francisco and MKE, Victorian and Modern.

Susceptible to Images: And sometimes to books
Susceptible to Images

And sometimes to books

Kat Murrell's new column debuts with comments on new books by Alain de Botton and George Lois.

French Posters: Commercial but not crass
French Posters

Commercial but not crass

"Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries" opens Friday at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Skylight’s “Sunday in the Park with George” delights

Skylight’s “Sunday in the Park with George” delights

Stephen Sondheim's musical brings Seurat's pointillist masterpiece to life.

NEW! UWM shows off the next generation of opera stars

NEW! UWM shows off the next generation of opera stars

"An Evening of Opera Arias" featured moving, theatrical solos and duets from the UWM Opera Theatre on Saturday.

Nechvatal and Isaacs at Tory Folliard: Reality adjusted
Nechvatal and Isaacs at Tory Folliard

Reality adjusted

Kat Murrell considers the ways Dennis Nechvatal and Ron Issacs observe and alter the world. Folliard Gallery through April 14.

Five decades of 007 at MSO Pops

Five decades of 007 at MSO Pops

The MSO Pops, conductor-host Carl Davis and vocalist Mary Carewe cover the music of the spy we've loved since 1962.

Accidental Genius at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Accidental Genius at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Petullo collection of self-taught/outsider art is now housed at MAM. The museum shows it off.

Flamenco Vivo: “Jaleo” (“hell-raising”) in South Milwaukee
Flamenco Vivo

“Jaleo” (“hell-raising”) in South Milwaukee

Carlota Santana's flamenco troupe brings Spanish culture to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Fred Stonehouse at Tory Folliard: Captured Dreams
Fred Stonehouse at Tory Folliard

Captured Dreams

Stonehouse's fantastical imagery freezes a subconscious world of religious and folk icons.

“The Tool at Hand”: Necessity, caprice and industry at MAM
“The Tool at Hand”

Necessity, caprice and industry at MAM

The Chipstone Foundation challenged 16 artists to pare down to one implement. The results are in at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Portrait Society: Three shows change your outlook
Portrait Society

Three shows change your outlook

Jean Roberts Guequierre's paintings, 13 photographers, and video artists awaken awareness about the everyday world.

Rep’s “Christmas Carol”: More than holiday comfort food
Rep’s “Christmas Carol”

More than holiday comfort food

The Rep's retelling of Charles Dickens' familiar Scrooge tale amuses, entertains and says something that matters.

“The Music Man” lives at the Skylight

“The Music Man” lives at the Skylight

The Skylight Opera Theatre is the natural state for River City, Iowa, Professor Harold HIll, and innocence.

“Current Tendencies II: Artists from Milwaukee” at the Haggerty
“Current Tendencies II

Artists from Milwaukee” at the Haggerty

The latest exhibition, featuring work by ten locally-based artists, reflects a momentary cross section of Milwaukee’s creative energy.

German art and architecture to go with German Fest

German art and architecture to go with German Fest

Kat Murrell ponders the finer point of German genre painting and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

A powerful “Quiet” at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

A powerful “Quiet” at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

There is a lot of chaos in the world, and a lot of tension that swirls around us."Quiet," is an excellent antidote to the rush of everyday life.

That’s Amore! Art with Italian Flair

That’s Amore! Art with Italian Flair

As Festa Italiana pays homage to Italian art and culture this weekend, Kat spends time with Michelangelo and some Italian-inspired art around Milwaukee.

MARNkino: An open mic night for Milwaukee filmmakers
MARNkino

An open mic night for Milwaukee filmmakers

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network joins an international nexus of filmmakers as "Kino" - a growing movement in collaborative local film - comes to Milwaukee.

Art, politics, China and Ai Weiwei : A panel discussion at MAM
Art, politics, China and Ai Weiwei

A panel discussion at MAM

As the Milwaukee Art Museum runs a major show of Chinese art, a daring artist collides with a totalitarian state.

Image by image, artists build impact in the Haggerty

Image by image, artists build impact in the Haggerty

In "Seeing in Sequence" at Marquette University's Haggerty Museum, eight disparate artists focus obsessively on a single idea or subject.

Coming and going: Art at the “Crossroads”
Coming and going

Art at the “Crossroads”

The inspired installations within the Haggerty Museum's off-campus exhibition invite viewers to Downtown Milwaukee as local artists transform the urban landscape.

More than Real: The Death of Kodachrome
More than Real

The Death of Kodachrome

Artists reflect on the ghost of technology past and offer homage to the now-dead (though much beloved) photographic medium at the Portrait Society Gallery.

Checking in on Milwaukee’s WikiProject for Public Art

Checking in on Milwaukee’s WikiProject for Public Art

It’s not a perfect resource yet, but the online project will undoubtedly give Milwaukeeans a better understanding of the art in our communal backyard.

The eyes have it: A conversation with curator William Rudolph
The eyes have it

A conversation with curator William Rudolph

MAM's new curator of American Art chats about his early aspirations as a novelist, first encounters with art, and his enduring fascination with portraits.

“New Materiality” at MAM: Craft in the digital age
“New Materiality” at MAM

Craft in the digital age

Are thoughts and electrons the new clay, wood and fiber? Curator Fo Wilson, 16 artists pose intriguing questions.

Coal, ice and art at Lynden’s Winter Carnival

Coal, ice and art at Lynden’s Winter Carnival

Lynden opens "Inside/Outside: Shana McCaw + Brent Budsberg," combining installation and performance art within the motif of a Midwestern farmhouse.

“Standing Woman” a de facto football fan?

“Standing Woman” a de facto football fan?

Gaston Lachaise is now the Rodney Dangerfield of art (don’t get no respect). We're all excited for the Super Bowl, but enough is enough.

“Slow Start, Long Beginnings” at WPCA

“Slow Start, Long Beginnings” at WPCA

Artists Karin Haas, Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith team up in this languidly titled exhibition, opening Feb. 4 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

Water, Art and Activism at UWM

Water, Art and Activism at UWM

Water moves in, around, and through us, and is the focus of an important exhibition opening in the UWM Union Art Gallery this Friday.

Exploring the boundaries of art and science at MIAD

Exploring the boundaries of art and science at MIAD

As part of a dual exhibition,"Visual Analogies and Inquiries:Work by Michiko Itatani and Birgitta Weimer" ponders the beauty revealed in the mystery of biology.

The Rep’s “39 Steps” is a jaunt of theatrical fun

The Rep’s “39 Steps” is a jaunt of theatrical fun

The Rep’s re-imagining will upend your expectations with a fantastic evening of laughs, gags, and theatrical fun.

Old Home and New Design

Old Home and New Design

Two closing exhibitions --at MAM and The Historic Pabst Mansion-- create virtual time capsules of style, separated by nearly one hundred years.

“Framing a Decade” shines new light on MAM’s collection

“Framing a Decade” shines new light on MAM’s collection

An era of quiet growth is now highlighted at the MAM in "Framing a Decade: Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings," a new exhibition of works on paper.

“Venerate” reflects on the stuff of life

“Venerate” reflects on the stuff of life

The UWM Union Art Gallery hosts "Venerate: Collectors of the Human Condition," a poignant meditation on humanity and the material world

Making a mark inside and out at Lynden Sculpture Garden

Making a mark inside and out at Lynden Sculpture Garden

What do orange construction fences, blue ladders, and fifteen words have to do with art? It’s all about making a mark on the world.

The Nohl Fellowship Show: A new spirit of collaboration
The Nohl Fellowship Show

A new spirit of collaboration

Nohl winners Opgenorth, Barrickman, Miller and Riepenhoff on view at Inova/Kenilworth; open 'til 9 p.m. on Gallery Night.

Review: Skylight fun and nostalgia with “Dames at Sea”
Review

Skylight fun and nostalgia with “Dames at Sea”

The Rep, in "Cabaret," shows the 1960s looking back at dark, pre-war Germany. In "Dames," the Skylight shows the 60s looking back at sweet, silly, pre-war Broadway.

Arts Preview 2010-11: Visual Art
Arts Preview 2010-11

Visual Art

Painting, sculpture, photography, design -- it's all right here in Milwaukee's museums and galleries.

Enigmatic Iconoclast: Bruce Connor at INOVA
Enigmatic Iconoclast

Bruce Connor at INOVA

The current exhibition at Inova/Kenilworth isn’t so much a retrospective as it is an illustrative cross-section of themes and interests of Conner's career.

Art from near and far at the Marshall Building

Art from near and far at the Marshall Building

A building-wide open house will showcase the galleries and artist's studios that call this address home, with music, refreshments and plenty to see.

ArtWorks presents the Upside of Art

ArtWorks presents the Upside of Art

ArtWorks combines the benefits of creative work with real-life job skill for local youth. Check out the fruits of their labor with a free event this Saturday.

Review: India Music Society presents Amjad Ali Khan
Review

India Music Society presents Amjad Ali Khan

A family dynasty of sarod players keeps a musical tradition vibrant.

Kicking around the Past: Spain,Netherlands and the Surrender of Breda
Kicking around the Past

Spain,Netherlands and the Surrender of Breda

As Spain and the Netherlands go head to head in the final game of the 2010 World Cup, I couldn't shake the thought that this match up is oddly ironic.

Manipulating light: a Q&A with Roderick Holloway
Manipulating light

a Q&A with Roderick Holloway

Roderick Holloway uses light and technology to breathe new life into an age-old medium.

Ideas for living-Metamorphosis at Villa Terrace

Ideas for living-Metamorphosis at Villa Terrace

What does your desk look like? Where do you eat your meals? What does your furniture say about your history — personal and otherwise?

Wild, Weird and Wonderful: John Wilde at Tory Folliard Gallery
Wild, Weird and Wonderful

John Wilde at Tory Folliard Gallery

One of Milwaukee's own illustrious artists takes center stage with whimsical and otherworldy designs.

Still Christly after all these years

Still Christly after all these years

Ted Neely pushes the bounds of plausibility but hits the high notes in touring production of Superstar

Spatial City: Artists ponder architecture at Inova show
Spatial City

Artists ponder architecture at Inova show

Big, multi-artist show at UWM, organized in France, ruminates on the city, on shelter, and our relationship with them.

Eco-Style: MAM hosts the Green Furniture Design and Green Fair
Eco-Style

MAM hosts the Green Furniture Design and Green Fair

Inventive and ambitious sustainable design goes on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Review: Youngblood Theatre’s Red Light Winter
Review

Youngblood Theatre’s Red Light Winter

Sexually charged story of erotic fixation gets fueled by friendship, love, envy and despair.

The King Is In: Elvis at the Harley-Davidson Museum
The King Is In

Elvis at the Harley-Davidson Museum

The King, his bikes and rock-n-roll are honored in this exhibit that includes a host of rarely seen photographs from the Graceland archives.

Changing of the Art: January 2010 Gallery Guide
Changing of the Art

January 2010 Gallery Guide

Milwaukee’s winter art scene thrills with a plethora of exhibits that range from the traditional and classic to the mysteriously eclectic and sublime.

MAM After Dark: Visions of velvet and cupcakes dancing in my head
MAM After Dark

Visions of velvet and cupcakes dancing in my head

Expect an evening brimming with music, movies, art, drinks and about 8,000 cupcakes to keep you entertained.

Crafty Christmas card-making at RedLine Milwaukee

Crafty Christmas card-making at RedLine Milwaukee

Stop in this Saturday for a hands-on workshop and leave with a bundle of holiday greetings.

Art vs. Craft: Handmade style
Art vs. Craft

Handmade style

One-day extravaganza brings edgy indie fashions and accessories to the forefront.

5Q: Five Questions for Luckystar Studio’s Bridget Griffith Evans and Gene Evans
5Q

Five Questions for Luckystar Studio’s Bridget Griffith Evans and Gene Evans

Artistic duo bring their touring exhibit, filled with works from local artists, to MAM's famed art party event.

5Q: Five Questions for Kyle Cherek
5Q

Five Questions for Kyle Cherek

What’s a most memorable food moment, and how does one get to be a television host? TCD’s Kat Murrell gets the scoop from a local foodie.

Death and Life: Día de los Muertos at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
Death and Life

Día de los Muertos at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

With altars and art, this exuberant exhibit celebrates the spirit and memory of those who have passed away.

Vincent Fremont on Andy Warhol: He was an energy force
Vincent Fremont on Andy Warhol

He was an energy force

For decades, filmmaker and producer Vincent Fremont has been a part of the inner circle surrounding Andy Warhol’s life and legacy. Here, he shares insights into their world.

Passion for fashion: RunUp to the Runway recap
Passion for fashion

RunUp to the Runway recap

Milwaukee Style Weekend was an ongoing party of beautiful people, on and off the runway.

Quirky and creative, and scarcely a thing painted

Quirky and creative, and scarcely a thing painted

Installations and video dominate the Nohl Fellowship exhibition at Inova/Kenilworth.

Beyond Camp and Campbell’s — Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at MAM
Beyond Camp and Campbell’s — Andy Warhol

The Last Decade at MAM

The Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit celebrates a pop-art icon whose work spans the whimsical, the extraordinary and always the abstract.

Psyche and Paint: Exhibitions by Katie Musolff and Rafael Francisco Salas
Psyche and Paint

Exhibitions by Katie Musolff and Rafael Francisco Salas

Whereas Musolff’s paintings are dedicated to down-to-earth appreciation, Salas delves into realms of otherworldly, psychic intensity.

Life and Land: Exhibitions by Olafur Eliasson and Cy Twombly in Chicago
Life and Land

Exhibitions by Olafur Eliasson and Cy Twombly in Chicago

Two Chicago exhibits are part science, part philosophy and wholly beautiful.

Tableclothes, Tea and Take-out at Dean Jensen and WPCA

Tableclothes, Tea and Take-out at Dean Jensen and WPCA

Commentaries on culture and impermanence run deep in two current gallery shows: Susanna Raab at Dean Jensen and Decorative Directive (closes this Saturday) at Walker's Point Center for the Arts.

Summer travel: Artful destinations
Summer travel

Artful destinations

Get out of town for must-see modern and contemporary art shows in Madison, Sheboygan and West Bend

Summer reading: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Summer reading

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Why would you read a book about work, of all things, during the dog days of summer? Alain de Botton's latest collection of essays is surprisingly gracious, entertaining and lovely to look at. That's why.

GALLERY NIGHT: Rest your eyes this week. You’ll need them.
GALLERY NIGHT

Rest your eyes this week. You’ll need them.

A summer bumper crop of intriguing shows and promising installations in an art corridor that runs from the East Side down to Bay View.

VIDEO: An interview with Roy Staab
VIDEO

An interview with Roy Staab

Discussed: being broke in Paris early, how installation art is like a dance, working like a scientist, structuration and figuration, and the one question interviewers should never ask him.

Gallery Rodeo!: A handbook of current exhibitions
Gallery Rodeo!

A handbook of current exhibitions

Selections from current gallery shows around the city: Charles Allis, Green Gallery East, DeLind Gallery, Katie Gingrass and many more spaces on the East Side, in the Third Ward and downtown.

THE ARTS OF SUMMER

THE ARTS OF SUMMER

Summer in Milwaukee means more than just tailgating and eating on patios. Enjoy your art outside with this review of the treasures to be found and personalities to be encountered at Lakefront Festival of the Arts, the East Side Green Market, Milwaukee Public Market and across the region: Sheboygan, Madison, Door County and more.

American Originals: A Tale of Two Shows
American Originals

A Tale of Two Shows

American Originals at the Milwaukee Art Museums takes a slice of artistic life at the turn of the twentieth century and puts together a double shot of shows with The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs and The Eight and American Modernisms. It's an interesting marriage of convenience as these exhibitions take up summer residence in the Baker/Rowland Gallery. They are arranged back-to-back, like friendly neighbors, but clearly delineated as separate entities, each with its own catalogue.

Closing this week: Current Tendencies and There, There
Closing this week

Current Tendencies and There, There

These exhibitions are a bit like cross-town cousins; common traits link them in the family, but they each have distinctly individual characters. Current Tendencies is calm, composed, strait-laced and solid. There There is the wily one, admittedly more playful and mischevious, the prankster of the two. Both are affiliated with major universities in the city and offer up contemporary work from an array of artists.