The son of a blacksmith and welder, David Perez III learned the basics of metal fabricating from his father. Perez studied architectural drafting and commercial art at what was then Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, now Bradley Tech, and graduated in 2000. On his father’s advice — and with money his mother took out of her savings — Perez enrolled in welding classes at MATC. Perez has been an ironworker for the City of Milwaukee for the past 16 years. “We can challenge ourselves by taking on things that make us uncomfortable,” Perez wrote about his project. “That is where the growth is, where I find my true self and where my gift from God is allowed to shine.”
Join us for the unique opportunity to see Nicole Miller’s Michael in White in person at the historic Bradley Symphony Center. This powerfully distinctive work features a bronze cast of Michael Jackson’s kneeling figure painted in white, derived from a fragmented 1987 mold of the late musician’s body. Reassembled by Miller, the fractured body and placement on top of a pedestal creates a tension between celebration and denigration. Originally debuted at the Kristina Kite Gallery in Los Angeles, the robust Michael in White is now on view in Milwaukee as part of Actual Fractals, Act I curated by John Riepenhoff.
MIAD Zine Fair is a place to find student zines and self-published works, to meet other creators in the student body, and connect students with the larger zine community within Milwaukee. New this year, it will be held at MIAD Gallery at The Ave, and we will have DJs rotating throughout the duration of the event, creating a fun and upbeat environment to enjoy with friends and the community at large. An exhibition of the zine artists participating in the fair will premiere later this fall.
Three artists — Dré Black, Malvy and Kamari Greene — will be showing art throughout the building. Join us in celebrating five years in operation and supporting these local artists!
Photography’s uncanny ability to interrupt the passage of time is one of its most compelling hallmarks. The medium’s stilling of strange and familiar scenes allows thoughts and emotions to emerge that facilitate insight and understanding. To that end, this exhibition gathers a broad range of photographs, including works by Uta Barth, Margaret Bourke-White, Helen Levitt, Richard Rinaldi, Edward Steichen and many others, all drawn from the museum’s collection. Arranged in thematic groups that encompass a variety of approaches, the pictures create vibrant conversations across history, geography and sensibility.