“Curtain Wall” Is Latest Installation For Sculpture Milwaukee
The sculpture is going up on the lawn of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
“I hope that it encourages thought about where they’re standing and what they’re looking at,” Hamilton said.
Some of the inspiration for this piece comes from a one-line play called “Curtain” from “Prop Tragedies” (2010). A line in the poem that goes, “When in doubt, she wrote, blame the window for the view,” sparked her imagination of this piece, Hamilton said.
The sculpture was first installed in 2017 at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg.
For this sculpture, Hamilton prioritized using local materials like the iconic cream city bricks.
“With public sculpture in public space, you want the work to resonate with anyone who encounters it,” Hamilton said. “Just like with good architecture, you want to respond to the context.”
It is being co-curated by Theaster Gates, an artist based in Chicago, and Oshkosh native Michelle Grabner. Gates’ work has recently been featured in solo exhibitions at Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and Gagosian Gallery in New York, along with previous national and international displays. Grabner’s work is the feature of multiple national museum surveys and is currently being displayed at places like the James Cohan gallery in New York and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee.