Kat Murrell
TCD Art Date

Back-to-school galleries

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

By - Jan 30th, 2013 04:00 am

A new semester has begun and Milwaukee-area universities have opened an impressive array of art shows. MIAD, UWM, Cardinal Stritch and Marquette’s museums and galleries all have something new on display, and they’re not just for students.

Read on for a list of what you can expect at each, along with an unrelated event or two for the weekend:



Designing Desire: The Cultural Effects of Marketing
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)
273 E. Erie Street, 414-847-3200

  • Thursday features a talk with Hank Willis Thomas, a photo conceptual artist working in themes related to identity, history and popular culture.
  • Exhibition continues through February 9
  • Also on view at MIAD: Makers in Print: International Print Exhibition


The North End, 1551 N. Water Street

  • The film “Spectacle!,” by Honeycomb Productions, will make its premiere.
  • Evening includes live music by Vitrolum Republic, plus catering and cash bar.

Check each venue’s website for open hours and days.

Images: (Clockwise) Tom Wesselmann, Nude, 1970; Andy Warhol, Cow, 1966 (Collection of Thomas and Virginia Maher); James Rosenquist, Somewhere to Light, 1966; Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1967; Jim Dine, NY City Center poster, 1968.

Warhol, et al.
UWM Art History Gallery
Mitchell Hall, Room 154, 3203 N. Downer Avenue, 414-229-4330

  • Andy Warhol and other artists of the Pop Art movement and beyond are featured in works synthesizing fine art and consumer culture.

UWM Union Art Gallery 
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard

  • This exhibition features work resulting from an interdisciplinary residency at the Arctic Circle.

Makers in Print: International Exhibition
2155 N. Prospect Avenue, 414-229-5070

  • This exhibition features work as part of the upcoming Southern Graphic Council (SGC) International conference. Internationally-known printmakers are featured, showcasing a diverse range of techniques and approaches to printmaking.

Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist
Images of the Virgin Mary
Read Between the Lines: Enrique Chagoya’s Codex Prints
Perimeter: Photographs by Kevin J. Miyazaki
Haggerty Museum of Art
530 N. 13th Street, 414-288-1669

  • The current group of exhibitions features a wide range of artistic styles and subjects, from contemporary art to Renaissance paintings.

Weightless Words exhibition image courtesy Stritch.edu

Weightless Words
Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, 414-410-4105

  • The power and impact of words are explored through visual and audio installations by Ted Brusubardis, Annushka Peck, and Calvin Whitehurst.
Waiting for the End of the World
Dominion Gallery, Riverwest
804 E. Wright St., 414-581-0978

Milwaukee artist Tony Bussalacchi’s three-dimensional pieces bring together many inspirations. His former work as a history teacher and current world travels are obvious sources, but looking closely at the shadow boxes, sculptures, and mobiles reveal details drawn from art history, pop culture, social and religious commentary. His work has been shown internationally as well as in the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and he recently discussed pieces on view at Dominion Gallery with TCD.

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