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The work of Victor Cartagena in Personal Culture: New Art from Latin Americans at MIAD, 1/16
January is usually a month for fresh starts: resolutions, new opportunities, brightened-up attitudes. It’s like a cosmic reboot button. Except this month on the arts page, VITAL is giving you one final chance to not screw it up again and miss all of the terrific exhibitions that are closing this month. Forever. Act/React, the dazzling and much-talked about new media installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum, closes on January 11. This is your last chance to dance in light and shadow, touch an old talking table, whisper through a neon forest or throw a quick dance party on Brian Knep’s Healing Pool. If your tastes are more austere, you can join Pulitzer-winner Richard Rhodes, author of John James Audobon: The Making of an American for a lecture on January 22 in conjunction with the Catesby print show. Or, stop by for MAM After Dark on January 16 for a beer tasting, a break dancing battle (!), food, photos and music from Tarik Moody of 88.9 Radio Milwaukee. The collection galleries are open until midnight! Also closing on January 11 is kathryn e. martin’s installation Flotant at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan – delicate, ethereal structures made entirely from discarded Styrofoam. You can also see martin’s work – but only through January 3 –at the Armoury Gallery’s show Milwaukee’s Own, also featuring the work of Harvey Opgenorth, Colin T. Dickson and Mary DiBiasio. On January 16, stop by the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center for the closing celebration of Hu(man), featuring the self-portraiture of Max Estes and tasteful nudes and semi-nudes by Mike Kasun. And January 18 is your last chance to see the Nohl Fellowship exhibition at Inova/Kenilworth, featuring a dark and politically charged carnival by Colin Mathes, creepy automotive structures by Mark Klassen, a haunting photography series by Kevin Miyazaki, films by Dan Ollman and Annie Killelea and the created worlds of Gary John Gresl. Or should you venture to Brookfield this month you can see his work at the Ploch Art Gallery through January 31, with a lecture by the artist on January 17. Both the Charles Allis Art Museum and its far-from-evil not-quite-twin the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum close great shows this month. At the Allis, catch Wisconsin Masters Series: Richard Earl Thompson, an impressionist-influenced nature painter, before January 25. At Villa Terrace,
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last call for Richard Hass, a muralist, painter and architect best known for his trompe l’oeil style. Okay, okay. We’ll give you a couple of fresh listing heads ups for reboot month. But don’t flake out! For the Germanophile in you, or the industriophile, or the workaholic, stop by the Grohmann Museum on the MSOE campus as they open their new show, Cradle of Industry, featuring 40 works from the Rhineland Industrial Museum in Oberhausen, Germany and focusing on the coal, steel, rail and construction of the Ruhr Valley Coal Basin from 1874 to 1989 – and the social implications and effects that industry had. Think about it: this is a great way to encourage your own personal industrial behavior in the new year. Har har. The show opens on January 16. On the same night at MIAD, check out Personal Culture: New Art from Latin Americans, in which Santiago Cucullu, Mirta Kupferminc, Victor Cartagena, Tatiana Parcero and Rafael Francisco Salas tease out what exactly “Latin America” is, means and suggests. So drink up and close your tab. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Luckily there are plenty of great art spaces that will take you in this month and offer you something stiff. VS
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Published on Jan 2, 2009
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