DAC Digest Sept. 12-22

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Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 22




Water + Work

Opening Reception, 5 pm – 7 pm, Mathis Art Gallery, Mitchell Hall 170

Drs. Sarah Schaefer and Kay Wells, assistant professors in the Department of Art History, present pieces from the UWM Art Collection, along with noteworthy loans from the American Geographical Society Library and UWM Special Collections, in an inventive exhibit that explores how artists portrayed water as a site of labor in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art. The exhibit will run through December 19th. An additional group of maps related to Water + Work is on view at the American Geographical Society Library, located on the Third Floor East Wing of the Golda Meir Library. Gallery talk by co-curators Sarah Schaefer and Kay Wells will begin at 5:30 pm. Reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Willie G. Davidson: Artist, Designer, Leader, Legend

6 pm, Union Art Gallery

Join the Union Art Gallery as they celebrate the Milwaukee icon, Willie G. Davidson, and the many depths that make the man the legend.


An Evening with Sean Carroll

7 pm – 8 pm, Union Wisconsin Room

Boswell Book Company Presents An Evening With Sean Carroll – physicist, author of Something Deeply Hidden, and 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society. In his latest book, Carroll takes on the holy grail of modern physics – reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein’s general relativity, his theory of curved spacetime. Carroll argues that the refusal to face up to the mysteries of quantum mechanics has blinded people, and that spacetime and gravity naturally emerge from a deeper reality called the wave function. Yes, we’re saying the multiverse (scientifically speaking, the Many-Worlds theory) is real. Carroll is author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself and other books and is host of the Mindscape podcast. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of our top scientists bringing to life one of the most important theories of the day.



UWM at Maker Faire Milwaukee

See Website for Hours, Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. Visit the ten University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee booths.



Scott Westerfeld, Shatter City

7 pm, UWM Student Union Fireside Lounge

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, translated into 35 languages, returns to Milwaukee for Shatter City, the follow up to Impostors, a new sci-fi adventure series set in the world of The Uglies. This Geek Week preview event is cosponsored by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Involvement and Boswell Book Company.



We’ve Been Here All Along: A Discussion with Richard Wagner on Wisconsin’s Early Gay History

7 pm – 8:30 pm, Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center

The first of two groundbreaking volumes on gay history in Wisconsin, We’ve Been Here All Along provides an illuminating and nuanced picture of Wisconsin’s gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Throughout these decades, gay Wisconsinites developed identities, created support networks and found ways to thrive in their communities despite various forms of suppression – from the anti-vice crusades of the early 20th century to the post-war labeling of homosexuality as an illness to the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. Richard Wagner draws on historical research and materials from his own extensive archive to uncover previously hidden stories of gay Wisconsinites. This book honors their legacy and confirms that they have been fundamental to the development and evolution of the state since its earliest days. The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and UWM Libraries, and co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company, UWM LGBT Studies Program and UWM LGBT Resource Center.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Nirmal Raja

7:30 pm – 9 pm, Arts Center Lecture Hall

Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee. She approaches her practice as a process of sifting and communicating sensations and ideas with varied materials and processes. Conceptually driven and thematic, her work straddles the personal and the political and is a response to lived experiences that are distilled and strengthened by research in the studio and through reading. She examines notions of memory, identity, place and belonging. Performative collaborations with other artists and the larger community have recently become part of her practice. Occasionally, she curates exhibitions and organizes and facilitates situations that articulate moments of connection and empathy.



In Conversation: Jamie Nares and Julian Schnabel

6:15 pm, Milwaukee Art Museum

Welcome world-renowned artist and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Julian Schnabel in a conversation with the artist Jamie Nares, in this program presented in conjunction with the exhibition Nares: Moves. Sponsored by: Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society.


Sarah A. Seo, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom

7 pm, Boswell Books

A legal historian teaching criminal procedure at Iowa Law School, Sarah A Seo chronicles how the rise of the car, the symbol of American personal freedom, inadvertently led to ever more intrusive policing, with disastrous consequences for racial equality in our criminal justice system. Cosponsored by the UWM Urban Studies Program.



10 Wisconsin Sculptors: Not Just a Boy’s Club

Opening Reception, 5 pm – 8 pm, Union Art Gallery

Creating sculptural works, especially those larger in scale, has historically been viewed as a male-dominated field within the arts. The reality however is that many significant women artists have influenced and shaped the sculptural conversation in Wisconsin. This exhibition, presenting ten Wisconsin artists, highlights some of the impactful work being done by women sculptors in Wisconsin. It is by no means a complete survey. EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Emily Belknap, Prithika Deivasigamani, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Katie Martin Meurer, Nirmal Raja, Lisa Beth Robinson, Mary Roley, Jill Sebastian, Valaria Tatera and Kristin Thielking



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