Dates: August 8 – September 16, 2023

Location: Frederick Layton Gallery, 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, W​I

Friends, Neighbors & Distant Comrades: Selections from the Moore Collection of ’80s NYC Art

Curated by Alan Moore and Michael Flanagan, this ambitious show centers on relics from the raucous art movements of the late 20th century in New York City. The collection of artwork reflects the counterculture attitudes and creative approaches of a disparate group of bohemian makers living and working in New York City, especially those who united in a variety of co-ops, collectives and art groups. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, sculptures, multiples and video collected by the Moore family of Milwaukee over several decades.

Alan Moore himself was a participant in the art movements as a critic, artist and historian. He has written and published numerous essays and books about that time, as well as writing about the ‘squatting’ movements in NYC and Europe. His book, “Art Gangs: Protest & Counterculture in New York City” (2011), and recent memoir “Art Worker” (2022) are well-researched looks at the times. He is also an archivist by default, in the process of cataloging, preserving and disseminating this extensive collection.


Artist Talk – Seth Tobocman and Susan Bietila

Thursday, August 24, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Film Screening of Make Me Famous and talkback with James Cornwell

Thursday, August 31, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Artist Talk – Robert Goldman (Bobby G) and Andrea Callard

Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Performance by Jack Waters and Peter Cramer

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 11 a.m.

MIAD Union Auditorium, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Closing Reception and Lecture

Friday, September 15, 2023

5 – 6:30 p.m. | Alan Moore and Dr. Mysoon Rizk lecture

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Closing Reception

Frederick Layton, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Kehinde Wiley at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Kehinde Wiley is a contemporary American portrait painter. His exceptional work features African Americans in a naturalistic manner most often set against a pattern of bright abstract patterns reminiscent of some of the wallpaper patterns used by European painters in the 19th Century. The portraits themselves are influenced by Renaissance and other classical portrait sources. And his paintings are monumental in size which lends a certain grandeur and intensity to the works.

His works have been featured in a number of major shows and retrospectives. I first really became aware of his work when I saw a retrospective of his work in Houston some years back. And the Milwaukee Art Museum has a prime example of his work! His most famous work however is his recent portrait of former President Barack Obama for the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. A portrait true to Wiley’s work but something amazing compared to the tradition of presidential portraits.

© 2018 Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

So it was a very pleasant surprise to find a major Kehinde Wiley painting and installation on the main floor of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. The Musee d’Orsay is a major home of primarily French art from the impressionists through post-impressionists. So you find Rodin, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and others. But to see not only a living contemporary artist…but an American one at that…and in a prime location with a monumental piece…is simply astonishing.

The work is titled An Archaeology of Silence and features one of Wiley’s signature paintings…but also includes two monumental bronze sculptures as well…a medium that I wasn’t aware that Wiley worked in. But here are a few photos that I shot of the installation and you can see the incredible detail that went into this work. (what I didn’t do is shoot all three pieces in one frame, a regrettable oversight on my part)

photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman
photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman
photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman
photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman
photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman
photo © 2022 Ed Heinzelman

And now I am going to attempt to type in the information from the wall placard rather than letting you strain your eyes reading my blurred photo of it:

For nearly 15 years, Kehinde Wiley (who was born in Los Angeles in 1977) has based his work around subverting identities and stereotypes. He has played a pioneering role in the historical rereading of effigies of heroes who were sometimes less than heroic. The artist emphasizes the arrogance of the erect pose, from full-length portraits to equestrian statues. He began by raising the profile of unknown members of oppressed communities of people of colour worldwide by depicting them in these dominant poses, often adopting famous compositions from the history of western painting and statuary.

The works exhibited here, which were unveiled at the Venice Biennale in the spring mark a new direction by showcasing anonymous recumbent figures in the manner of fallen heroes. By depicting his models as victims, but without pathos, Kehinde Wiley elevates them in their state of abandon, in an approach at odds with the conspicuous masculinity advocated by the American model. In the huge painting presented here, in close proximity to the marble figures in the museum which inspired him, the artist submerges the experience of violence in an irrational decorative space. The vulnerability elevated to the monumental scale resonates as an ode to youth and resilience.

from the Musee d’Orsay

And extra credit reading from the Musee’s website: Contemporary readings: Kehinde Wiley From September 13th, 2022 to January 08th, 2023

I Didn’t Know This Was An Event: Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration

June 25, 2022

The Big Top Parade will return to the streets of downtown Baraboo on Saturday, June 25, 2022 for the first time since 2019. Historic wagons, exotic animals, marching bands and community floats will delight parade goers, highlighting a weekend full of circus-themed fun.

The main event — the Big Top Parade — kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Along with our grand marshal, the parade features traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses. Young and old will be enthralled by the circus wagons, marching bands, horses and other animals and of course, a cavalcade of clowns!

Before and after the parade, the Baraboo area and our downtown will be filled with family-friendly events. This year’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration will take on the theme Circus World has adopted for its 2022 performance season…

More info? Click here: Here comes the circus parade!