Culture Jam MKE

Culture Jam MKE is the largest all-local gallery show this year, but it aims to be more than that. The exhibit, located at The Hide House (2625 S Greeley St.) challenges people to explore big issues in the world today. The exhibit has been in the works since November. Organizer and participating artist Jeff Redmon and a few others wanted a way to use art to impact the community. He reached out to artists he thought would fit the theme, and got a total of 40 artists to participate. “Really it’s just all about impact. It’s an interesting lineup of…

Comic Eddie Izzard Dazzles

A figure, his back to the audience, slinks onto the stage inside the Pabst Theater. He’s clad in a black suit and hat and carries an umbrella the same color. The intro music blares. The stage lights bounce around the hall. The crowd goes bonkers. With Gene Kelly agility, the figure turns and pulls off his hat, tossing it to stage right. He lobs his umbrella to stage left. He smiles. Eddie Izzard, ladies and gentlemen. Over the course of two-plus hours on Tuesday night (one of two shows at the Pabst), the award-winning British comic and actor engages the…

‘Uncommon Folk’ Opens at MAM

Vestie Davis (American, 1903-1978) Nathan’s Coney Island, 1971. Credit: John R. Glembin, courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum. This Friday, “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art” opens in the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s an exploration of the museum’s folk art and self-taught art collection, which remains the largest of its kind in the country. Surprisingly, it’s also an exhibit about patriotism with a strong whiff of American independence showcased by the mere fact that these artists created beloved, statement-making pieces of art without formal training, academic, or particularly, European influence. For those unfamiliar with folk and self-taught art, this self-confidence…

The Art of Synergy

WRANGLER MEN by Daniel Fleming Image courtesy of UW-Parkside and Hanson Dodge Creative  Behind every great advertising and marketing campaign is a group of creative minds. But this concept gets a high-octane boost from local artists, who have been rounded up  by Reggie Baylor’s Plaid Tuba, and then given the task of using their respective media to create unique works of art about a smattering of local and national brands. The exhibit dubbed “Branding Creativity” opens tonight in the Fine Arts Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and according to a statement, is meant to blur the lines between fine art…

Summer Auction Preview

The auction house’s (525 E Chicago St.) local summer auction is July 25, but the preview opens tomorrow. The summer auction features a mix of artwork, decorative arts (think vases, lamps, etc.) as well as furniture. There are also lovely porcelain tea services and cobalt blue glassware. Also tomorrow is their  Young Collectors party, which starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. I hope to see you there.  Two large estates that were sources for much of this auction’s contents are that of Bettie Blunt, a collector, and Mary Griggs-Burke, whose family’s vacation home in Cable, Wis., is essentially…

The Art Shay Perspective

A young Roger Ebert by Art Shay courtesy of Chicagoist.  This Friday a free exhibit of Art Shay’s photography will open at the Hanson Dodge Creative Studios (220 E. Buffalo St.) to honor the life and work of an extremely accomplished photojournalist.  Shay flew more than 50 combat missions during World War II, and when he returned home he began writing as a journalist for Life Magazine. Somewhat curiously, he often wrote anonymously. But it was after this reporting stint that he realized his love for photojournalism, and eventually had his photos published in Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, The New…