3 Sculpture Milwaukee Works to See Now

This year Sculpture Milwaukee has brought some thought-provoking pieces to the Wisconsin Avenue, and beyond.

Get your culture fix and some fresh air, too. Sculpture Milwaukee is back and has once again turned Wisconsin Avenue into a free, outdoor art exhibition.

The organization’s lineup this year includes a well-curated mix of works by up-and-coming as well as established artists. And, for the first time ever, the show is expanding into the Third Ward, and much of it will remain on view through the winter.

Here are three of the can’t-miss works included in the show this year, and where you’ll find them.

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1. Apollo/Poll, Nari Ward, 2017

FIND IT IN FRONT OF THE WISCONSIN CENTER

Ward pays tribute to Harlem’s Apollo Theater by recreating its iconic sign. The neon letters occasionally flicker, though, so that the sign spells out poll. Consider it a reminder to vote this November.

2. Within the Folds (Dialogue I), Thomas J. Price, 2020

FIND IT OUTSIDE THE U.S. BANK CENTER

This verisimilar piece by Price – who often portrays contemporarily dressed Black men in a classical style to explore race and representation – will travel from the artist’s London studio to Milwaukee for its world debut.

3. Jokester, Paula Crown, 2020

FIND IT ON BROADWAY IN THE THIRD WARD

This enormous sculpture of a Solo cup is part of a series meant to emphasize environmental responsibility. Crown wrote that she wanted “to make something that normally feels benign impossible to ignore.”


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.