DAC Digest September 19-29

Hello. Here is this week’s Digital Arts & Culture Digest. We are happy to have you send us your comments or items to include. We send this newsletter out every Thursday covering events for the next ten days. Thanks for your engagement and empowerment!

Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 29 




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.



Academic Adventurers Presents “The Case of Turpan: How to Destroy a Culture”

3 pm – 4 pm, UWM Golda Meir Library, AGS Library (3rd Floor, East Wing)

Don Hanlon, professor emeritus of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, recently donated his slide collection to the AGSL that documents the vernacular architecture of Turpan in northwestern China. Turpan was once the largest oasis-city along the Silk Road’s northern route and the seat of large empires that dominated sections of trade crossing from China into central Asia, spreading Buddhism into China and silk into Rome. Free and open to the public.


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.


Chris Fink, Add This to the List of Things That You Are

7 pm, Boswell Books

UWM Creative Writing PhD graduate and Professor of English at Beloit College, Chris Fink appears at Boswell with his new collection of short stories. Fink’s collection of stories features authentic Midwesterners with a lot of conflicts under their seemingly sunny exterior who suffer through the challenges of their lives. Fink’s characters want to flee hometowns yet feel out of place among the urbane. A man can no longer face the cabin he shared with his ex and flees home, then around the world. People dream of free Cubs tickets, but once they arrive, watch in dismay as the twenties peel away from their wallets. Fink’s stories touch on alcoholism, violence, and the self-doubts of minds cultivated during long, shut-in winters. Chris Fink is a professor of English at Beloit College, where he edits the Beloit Fiction Journal. He is author of the novel Farmer’s Almanac and regularly writes brief essays for NPR.



2019 Ettinger Book Artist Series Lecture: Michael Koppa

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

Book artist, letterpress printer, collage artist, graphic designer and stonecutter Michael Koppa will offer a discussion of his career, focusing on his process and his bookwork. His presentation will highlight the development of his work from the artist’s zine series The Sphere, which he produced starting in 1993 for his parent’s grocery store, the iconic Koppa’s Fulbeli Deli on Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee’s East Side, to his latest 2018/19 Heavy Duty Press production, the exquisite letterpress artist’s book, Typesetting on a Winter’s Afternoon. Free and open to the public.



Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Matt Wedel

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

Born in Palisade, Colorado, Matt Wedel lives and works in Athens, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then obtained a master’s degree in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. Wedel’s work has been exhibited in multiple solo exhibitions at LA Louver Gallery, Erskine, Hall & Coe in London and in group exhibitions: Miles McEnery Gallery, Beacon Arts Building, Carnegie Museum of Art, Sturt Haaga Gallery and Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Free and open to the public.



 Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry, a craft talk with Jake Skeets

12:30 pm, Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Special Collections

Charles Olson, in “Projective Verse,” states that poetry is energy transference from poet to poem to reader. This idea is one birthed from an understanding of land, place, and field. It is one closely related to Diné thought and lifeway. This craft talk will explore Diné understanding of world, art, and language as a means to understanding and writing poetry.


German Program Opportunities Fair

3 pm – 6:30 pm, Union Alumni Fireside Lounge

Do you know about the great career or internship opportunities with German companies or UWM’s study abroad options in Germany? Would you like to learn more about Wisconsin’s connections with Germany? Have you thought about what learning German could mean for your future? Whether you are currently studying German or not – stop by the Opportunities Fair and find out.



Doors Open Milwaukee at UWM Zilber School of Public Health

10 am – 5 pm, 1240 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee

The Brewery Redevelopment’s Manufacturing and Cold Storage Building is now home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Wisconsin’s first nationally accredited school of public health. Built in 1919, this site first hosted a hosiery factory and then, with modifications, stored kegs. A generous donation from the Zilber Foundation allowed for renovation by Epstein Uhen Architects. The Gold LEED-designated building opened in August of 2012. Building features include a welcoming atrium, state-of-the-art technology, exposed steel beams and unique views of the Milwaukee skyline. The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health will provide visitors with a self-guided building tour pamphlet. Learn about the history, design and current function of the building.



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