Kat Murrell
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.

By - Jan 18th, 2013 10:03 am

‘A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881’ by William Powell Frith, 1882-83 (exhibited 1883). Oil on Canvas, 60 x 114cm (23 5/8 x 44 7/8 in.). Private Collection.

Gallery Night is, of course, the major art event this weekend. Check out TCD’s comprehensive Gallery Night Guide, and the top picks from art writers Jessica Sattell and Mary Overman.

If you’re looking for a specialized itinerary, here are some ideas:

Gregory Crewdson’s “Twilight” is one of the many water-focused images in the Haggerty’s “Dark Blue” exhibition.


Haggerty Museum of Art – Marquette University

The Haggerty opens four new exhibitions: Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Images of the Virgin Mary, Perimeter: Photographs by Kevin J. Miyazaki, and Read Between the Lines: Enrique Chagoya’s Codex Prints.

  • Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-4:30pm
  • 13th & Clybourn

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition

It’s the last weekend to catch this juried exhibition of CoPA photographers from around the region.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 839 S. 5th St.

Art Institute of Wisconsin

Works from the Coalition of Photographic Arts

This group show features the myriad of photographic techniques practiced by CoPA members.

  • Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 8am-2pm
  • 320 E. Buffalo St., Suite 100

Makers in Print at UWM and MIAD


INOVA, UW-Milwaukee’s Institute of Visual Arts, Peck School of the Arts

Makers in Print: International Exhibition 

The annual Southern Graphic Council (SGC) conference will be held in Milwaukee this March, hosted by UWM and MIAD. In conjunction with this major event, dubbed Print: MKE, this exhibition features innovative works in contemporary print practice.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, 12-5pm
  • 2155 N. Prospect Ave.

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Makers in Print: International Exhibition 

It’s a Major Deal! 

Designing Desire: The Cultural Effects of Marketing

MIAD shows international printmaking artists in conjunction with Print:MKE, as well as a juried exhibition of works by sophomore and junior MIAD students. Also on view is an exhibition exploring the varied messages of advertising media in the past century.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • 273 E. Erie St.

Peltz Gallery

Two exhibitions will be on view: Top Drawer Prints I, curated by Warrington Colescott, focuses on artists from UW-Madison, and Top Drawer Prints II, curated by Cheryl Olsen Sklar, presents Milwaukee-area printmakers and participants in the upcoming SGC conference.

  • Friday 6-9:30pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
  • 1119 E. Knapp St.


Part of Annushka Peck ‘s “Sworn Enemies,” one of the exhibits at “Weightless Words.” Photo courtesy artist’s website.

Cardinal Stritch University- Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery  

Weightless Words

Ted Brusubardis, Annushka Peck, and Calvin Whitehurst collaborate in an exhibition combining art, audio, reality, and history.

  • Friday, 5-8 p.m.
  • 6801 N. Yates Rd.

Blue Ant Gallery


Our modern lives and love affair with screens are undercurrents of this group exhibition of video and new media work.

  • Friday, 4 to 8:30pm
  • 338 N. Milwaukee Street


Cyclic Histories (For M.L)

A multimedia installation of light, music, and images is presented by intermedia artist Lawton Hall.

  • Friday 5-10pm
  • 326 N. Water St., 2nd floor


The Marshall Building, on the corner of Water and Buffalo, is a hub for galleries in the Third Ward.

Plaid Tuba

New work by Reginald Baylor Studio and a video by Honeycomb Productions will be showcased.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street, 6th Floor (note the new address, different from what is listed in the official Gallery Night Guide brochure). 

Portrait Society Gallery  

Gallery night opens Shane Walsh: The Available Language, featuring portrait-oriented paintings, three-dimensional works, and the installation, The Store. The annual Winter Chapel is also revealed, with this year’s meditative space created by Kevin Geise.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday noon-5pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Fifth Floor


Volta: New Work by Rachel Quirk 

This exhibition opens with the artist in attendance and a selection of recent pieces in this consistently smart gallery.

  • Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday, 12-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 222

Gallery 218

Winter Showcase: Contemplation 

Live entertainment will accompany the group exhibition which focuses on painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media works.

  • Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 218

Elaine Erickson Gallery   

Eye of the Beholder: George Sanquist, Yong-ran Zhu

Works by these two photographers will be the focus of this exhibition. An artist talk will take place on Saturday at 2pm.

  • Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 12:30-3:30pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St.,  First Floor


The Milwaukee Art Museum’s salsa-themed After Dark is one of many big art shindigs this Gallery Night.

Milwaukee Art Museum  

MAM After Dark: Salsa

The art party takes a spicy turn with music, food, and docent-led tours of the collection beginning at 8pm.

  • Friday 5pm-midnight
  • 700 N. Art Museum Drive

Pfister Hotel

Check out the work of Artist-In-Residence Timothy Westbrook and his fictional art on “The Life of Mrs. Charles Pfister.”

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday throughout the day
  • 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Reception from 9-11:30pm


Need a little relaxation and recuperation for the rest of the weekend? Here are some events to check out:

Creative Commons-licensed image from Flickr user mosabua.

Saturday, January 19 

Yoga @ the Museum

  • Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive
  • 8:15-9:30 am, Windover Hall
  • Pre-registration suggested. Please bring your own mat.

Sunday, January 20 

 grow Workshop with Yevgeniya Kaganovich 

  • Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road
  • Noon-5pm
  • Watch or actively participate in the making of Kaganovich’s grow installation.
  • Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Winter Dog Days

  • Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road
  • Noon-5pm
  • This one’s for the dogs! Bring your canine pal and have the run of the grounds.
  • Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

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