Kierston Ghaznavi’s solo exhibition “Without A Stitch” catapults her signature pinned paper dolls to life-size proportions. Commanding even more attention through scale, these body-con dolls allow viewers to be voyeurs into their intimate lives as they depict the array of everyday rituals in an effort to normalize and humanize the people they reflect.
“Queens, Kings and Regal Beings” by Gannon Crutcher utilizes the delicate medium of watercolor with acrylic to broadcast imagery of strength, dignity and fashion couture through Mikinsi-inspired portraits. With faces referencing African ceremonial masks and sculptures, this collection of portraits pose to reincarnate the spirits of these regal beings into the physical world, for which Crutcher has coined his “Spiritual Portraits.”
Complete event information coming soon!
As Milwaukee celebrates Gallery Night around the city, Imagine MKE highlights artists in the Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods. In April, we will feature artists in the following spaces:
Atkinson Library – 1960 W Atkinson Avenue
Center Street Library – 2727 W Fond Du Lac Avenue
Mitchell Library – 906 W Historic Mitchell Street
Neu Life Community Development – 2014 W North Avenue
Pop Up MKE – 1037 S Cesar E Chavez Drive
Sherman Phoenix – 3536 W Fond Du Lac Avenue
Tandem Restaurant – 1848 W Fond Du Lac Avenue
Wisconsin Black Historical Society – 2620 W Center Street
The studio doors open wide at Kenilworth Square East as UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts faculty and student artists invite the community to watch live art in the making. Experience four hours of art exhibitions and film screenings; live performances; demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. The Peck School of the Arts takes pride in the diversity of ideas and work presented at Kenilworth Open Studios. Peck School faculty and student artists are committed to tackling challenging problems to positively affect – and engage – the greater community and the world. Saturday only!
Doll maker artist Marquita F. Edwards curates this exhibit featuring African American dolls she designs as well as those of local African women doll makers, collectors, and examples of the variety of Black dolls and artists from different parts of the world. The show features doll figures to help inspire young people to recognize their unique gifts, how to care for themselves and others and how to be positive leaders.
Also featured in the exhibit is musician Eric Dozier in A Change Is Gonna Come: Musical Journeys Through American Race Relations – a unique way of experiencing the impact of music on American culture, identity and social progress.
Born and raised in Milwaukee and a 1967 graduate of the city’s Layton School of Art, Thomas Gondeck enjoyed a long and illustrious studio and teaching career spanning four decades. In 2019, MOWA was fortunate to be gifted ten works from the late 1960s and early 1970s that exemplify his mastery of traditional and non-traditional fine art techniques and materials. Employing airbrushes and automotive paint, and working on plexiglass and plywood, he fabricated dynamic shapes that straddled painting and sculpture, blurring the line between two and three dimensions and fulfilling his desire “to break the bonds of the wall.”
Featuring approximately 80 self-portraits by artists from eight countries on five continents, this exhibition includes works by Cindy Sherman, Jim Dine, David Hockney, and Carrie Mae Weems. The artists have created representations of themselves in a variety of mediums ranging from painting and photography to ceramic and stone. The work varies from small scale intimate portraits to larger than life depictions.
A pop-up exhibition, I WITNESS: Photographic Portraiture by COPA members, will be on exhibit in the Guardian viewing rooms during Gallery Night, and runs through April 24th.
The Underground Collaborative Gallery consists of seven participating artists and guest artists. Our work includes paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media pieces.
Change is refreshing – metamorphosis is transformational. Join us as we explore works that represent distinct and degenerative changes in appearance through artistic representation. The Sherman Phoenix plays the backdrop as the symbol of metamorphic growth.