University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Exhibition & Program Schedule


Leo Saul Berk: The Uncertainty of Enclosure

June 7 - August 14, 2014
Opening Reception, June 6, 6-8pm

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Leo Saul Berk, Clinkers, 2011, courtesy of the artist

Can a house make you who you are? The Uncertainty of Enclosure asks this question as it explores the impact of an unconventional residence — Bruce Goff’s Ford House in Aurora, IL — on the art of Leo Saul Berk. Berk has created a body of work informed by his childhood experience growing up in the house, his historical research, and his ongoing reflection on the house's pivotal role in the development of his artistic vision. The resulting sculptures, photographs, and videos reimagine architect Bruce Goff’s radical choice of materials, unusual volumes, and organic forms, and resonate at the intersection of craft and expressivity, intuition and measure.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by grants from the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the New Foundation Seattle.

Third Coast Percussion: The Source

Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30pm

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Explore the expressive connection between architecture, music, and visual art. INOVA’s summer exhibition The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk explores the significance of the unconventional architecture of Bruce Goff (1904-1982) on the work of visual artist Leo Saul Berk. Bruce Goff is remembered as one of America’s most creative and iconoclastic architects. But his creative energy was not limited to architecture and design, it encompassed painting and music as well. In a world premiere performance, the Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion will play new arrangements of Goff’s unique piano compositions at a special concert on June 11, at 7:30 pm in the Kenilworth Building of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. 

The evening length concert will also include Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, Timo Andres’s Austerity Measures, and John Cage’s Third Construction. Tickets are $15 general and $10 students/seniors. 

Tickets are available through the Peck School Box Office by calling (414) 229-4308 or online at www.uwm.edu/psoa/ticketing.

Third Coast Percussion’s appearance at INOVA is supported by Sidney K. Robinson.

Cargo Space

August 27 – September 20, 2014

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Cargo Space is an artists’ networking residency housed in a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus. Part tour bus, part utility vehicle, the bus forms a mobile platform for dialogue, creation, and community among artists. Founders Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan conceived the project in order to promote exchange between artists from cities outside of the major art centers. Houston-based Sperandio proposes, “by building a mobile living space, it’s possible to jump beyond the confines of real estate and fixed demographics, to take art and artists to unexpected places.”

This summer, Sperandio travels across the upper Midwest with Duncan MacKenzie of Chicago’s Bad At Sports, making stops at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field and The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. The road trip winds down as Cargo Space sets up shop at two sites—INOVA in Milwaukee and A + D Gallery in Chicago—and selects artists from each city to collaborate on exhibitions and programs that run simultaneously across state lines. The Milwaukee artists are Sara Daleiden, Paul Druecke, Ashley Morgan, and Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, By connecting artists and arts organizations from these neighboring cities, this artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative, and curatorial engagement.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artists

October 10, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Opening reception October 10, 5-8 pm

The 12th annual exhibition of fellowship recipients features the work of Ray Chi, Sheila Held, Special Entertainment (Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo), Cris Siqueira, Tim Stoelting, Eddie Villanueva, and Josh Weissbach. The jurors who selected the seven 2013 fellowship recipients were Naomi Beckwith from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Evan Garza from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Fire Island Artist Residency; and Gretchen Wagner, independent curator from St. Louis, MO.