“D.N.A.” being used as an acronym for “Discovering New Ancestry” is a solo show featuring newly casted ceramic works surrounding Milwaukee-based artist and Cardinal Stritch University Ceramics Professor, Darrel Payne’s, genealogical discovery and break down based on his Ancestry.com report. Colorfully glazed archeological-inspired masks, vessels, and busts reveal the artist’s surprising ancestral make-up as referenced by his genealogical report and creates conversation about the identities a person chooses to revere and suppress. With a BFA in Studio Arts and a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, “Recalling Ah-Po Po” is the first solo show for Chinese-born, Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist, Kiki Jia Qi Zhen. Zhen’s multi-faceted exhibition will display hand-crafted interactive mixed media installations like hand-made Chinese toys and fake rice and also feature a performance surrounding her ability to recall and retain her memories and Chinese identity with her clashing American identity after her jarring unannounced immigration to the United States, uprooting Zhen from her “Ah-Po Po”, or “Grandma”, who raised her in China. Come regard these uniquely-crafted mixed media and ceramic sculptures revering transnational lineage.
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
While motorcycle production ceased at the site in 1973, today the Juneau Avenue facility serves as the company’s corporate headquarters and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The facility is a highly visible, active tie to Milwaukee’s proud industrial heritage. The Juneau Avenue structure is a lasting testament to the vision and hard work of the company’s founders and its dedicated employees.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
Join ImagineMKE as we continue to highlight local artists with our Gallery Night in Amani and Metcalfe Park. Friday at Center Street Library 2727 W Fond Du Lac Ave, poet and visual artist Adwoa Asentu and Bolanle Awosika will showcase their work from 10am- 5pm. Photographer Seth Robbins will be featured with visual Artist Shakaylen Rodgers at the Atkinson Library 1960 W Atkinson Ave, Friday from 10am – 5pm. Closing out Friday we will have over 10 artists at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society 2620 W Center from 5pm-9pm, including Ken Brown, Rozalia Hernandez- Singh and Many others.
“The Story of a Neighborhood” is a visual exploration of Milwaukee’s Near West Side: seven unique neighborhoods with a rich past and an optimistic future, and home to the Ambassador Hotel and Tower Theater. Featuring images from the 1920s to the present, the exhibition shows the rise, decline and revival of the area. The exhibition will feature renderings, plans and photos that highlight the rich past and the current rehabilitation that the area is experiencing.
Born and raised in Dundee, Wisconsin, Rosalie Waranius Vass has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally for six decades. Over those years she has developed a unique watercolor technique whereupon she layers the translucent paint, creating an opaque surface that shimmers and glows. While she creates her paintings from her imagination, “making a painting is like solving a mystery. I never know what will evolve when I put brush to paper,” they are inspired by memories of the lush, hilly Kettle Moraine area where she grew up and her extensive travels further afield.
Featuring work from the permanent collection, On the Nature of Wisconsin is a celebration of Wisconsin artists and their relationship with the natural world. A state known for its fresh water, forests, and parks, this exhibition examines the connections artists have made and observed with these surroundings. Works included depict sweeping landscapes, quiet farm life, reimagined plants and animals, and objects exemplifying natural forms. Programming includes an Artist Talk with Bill Reid on Monday, January 20th at 11a.m and a Curator Tour with exhibition curator Annemarie Sawkins, PhD on Wednesday, January 22nd at 12pm. Programs are free and open to the public, all ages are welcome. A pop- up exhibition, The Unexpected Birdwatcher by Bill Reid, will be on exhibit in the Guardian viewing rooms during Gallery Night and Day and Milwaukee Museum Week (January 18th- 26th).