Jeramey Jannene

Sydney HiH Gallery Night

A Gallery Night send off for the epicenter of Milwaukee's counter-culture movement.

By - Oct 17th, 2012 06:08 pm
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The Sydney HiH complex may have been demolished, but it’s far from gone. This Friday evening Urban Milwaukee: The Store will throw a send off party to the center of Milwaukee’s counter-culture movement. Running from 5 p.m. until midnight as part of Gallery Night & Day, the exhibit will include everything from physical artifacts from the buildings to videos of bands playing at the Unicorn nightclub (Smashing Pumpkins, NOFX and others).

For those looking for a keepsake a number of items will be available for sale, including two different Sydney HiH prints, Sydney HiH t-shirts from Too Much Metal, a series of paintings by Hal Koenig and a number of works by Judy Barczak.

Urban Milwaukee: The Store
755 N. Milwaukee St (Colby-Abbot Building)
Friday: 5 p.m. until midnight
Saturday: 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Good Food Dude food truck will be on hand Friday night

A number of people have contributed to make this exhibition as comprehensive as possible (we’ve jokingly said we’re close to reassembling the complex). First and foremost, the dedication of Erik Ljung has been essential. Developer Robert Ruvin, who was the last private individual to own the building before the City, has contributed a number of items ranging from former (decorated) interior doors to signage and floormats (from when the Senn Building was West Side Bank). ART Milwaukee has graciously loaned one set of the former signage on the building (the iconic SYDNEY HIH letters).  William Arthur loaned the cash register from the Unicorn, as well as his large painting of the complex. Hal Koenig and Judy Barczak created paintings and other works of art especially for the event. A number of people have also contributed small keepsakes from their private collections, including a substantial amount of photography.

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