Jeramey Jannene
Visual Art

New Sculptures Appearing Downtown

Sculpture Milwaukee ramping up its 2020 installation.

By - Jul 27th, 2020 03:10 pm
"Jim’s Head with Branches" by Jim Dine outside 875 E. Wisconsin Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

“Jim’s Head with Branches” by Jim Dine outside 875 E. Wisconsin Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

There is one summer event that isn’t canceled, but was substantially delayed. The fourth annual Sculpture Milwaukee exhibit, a curated collection of large-scale sculptures installed along Wisconsin Avenue, will soon open to the public.

“With nineteen works spread out over a mile and a half, social distancing is built into our model. We are confident that our exhibition can be a safe and inspiring destination for all,” said director of marketing Meg Strobel in announcing the list. The first batch of sculptures have been installed in the past three weeks.

The exhibit would normally open at the start of June, but a press release announcing the works cites “significant logistical challenges and delays brought on by the global pandemic.”

The installation, which mixes sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists with those of up-and-coming Wisconsin artists, is backed by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and other philanthropic partners. Revenue from the sale of any pieces also supports the program.

And while the exhibit would normally have an east-west orientation running from N. 6th St. to the lake, a north-south southern leg is being added that will stretch to Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward via N. Broadway. That extension is being funded by the Black Box Fund.

“Sculpture Milwaukee is a thought-provoking, family-friendly cultural destination that is free for all to enjoy,” said board chair Wayne Morgan.

No date was provided for when all of the sculptures would be installed, nor removed, but you can see the first ones now as well as the hold overs from last year.

A number of other pieces have been purchased and installed permanently in locations public and private around the city, including the “Mixed Feelings” sculpture outside City Hall.

2020 Sculptures

  • Lawrence Weiner‘s poetically-charged text “AT THE SAME MOMENT,” 2000 (installed)
  • Julian Opie’s double-sided LED monolith “Natalie Walking,” 2016
  • Maggie Sasso’s “Too Much Sea for Amateurs; Marooned,” 2016, a model of Milwaukee’s breakwater lighthouse
  • Tony Tasset’s colorful yet menacing “Blob Monster,” 2009
  • Nari Ward’s “Apollo/Poll,” 2017, a replica of the famous Apollo Theatre’s sign enmeshed in urgent political commentary
  • Thomas Price’s “Within the Folds (Dialogue I)”, 2020 a nine-foot bronze Black man in contemporary clothing (The piece makes its international debut in Milwaukee.)
  • Alex Katz’s cut-out sculpture “Park Avenue Departure,” 2019 (installed)
  • Jim Dine’s quasi-autobiographical “Jim’s Head with Branches,” 2019 (installed)
  • Anna Fasshauer’s vivid blue “Tallulah Rapsody,” 2019 (installed)
  • Paul Druecke’s, “Shoreline Repast,” 2017, which resembles a historical marker (installed)
  • Paula Crown’s, “Jokester,” 2018, a larger-than-life reproduction of a disposable red cup
  • Amy Yoe’s “Mobile Animation Unit,” 2019-2020, a colorful experimental video
  • Sky Hopinka’s mesmerizing video, “I’ll remember you as you were, not as what you will become,” 2016
  • Leslie Hewitt’s, “Forty-two,” 2010 which uses archival images from two (now closed) bookstores — “The National Memorial African Bookstore” and Milwaukee’s, “Reader’s Choice” — to create unexpected poetry.
  • Carlos Rolón’s, bright florals will continue to brighten the Chase Bank lobby with “Gild the Lily,” (Caribbean Hybrid I, II, III), 2019*
  • Roxy Paine’s eerily beautiful steel tree remains on view, “Cleft”; from the series Dendroids, 2018 (installed)
  • Beverly Pepper’s Cor-Ten steel masterpiece from the 2019 exhibition carries over, “Curvae in Curvae,” 2013-18 (installed)
  • Richard Woods’ “Holiday Home” (Milwaukee), 2019, has been repainted in a soft new color pallet for 2020 (installed)

Sculpture descriptions provided by Sculpture Milwaukee


To see the 2019 installation, see our June 2019 photo gallery

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