from Milwaukee’s Arts Scene

Sculpture Milwaukee

Sculpture Milwaukee brings exciting works of art to the public in easily-accessible outdoor settings at no cost. 

This year, the organization highlights two exhibitions: there is this We, on view through October 2022, and Nature Doesn’t Know About Us, on view June 2022-October 2023. 

there is this We, curated by Theaster Gates and Michelle Grabner, features 15 pieces by a variety of local, regional and national artists, including Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Kevin Beasley, Betty Gold and inaugural Sculpture Milwaukee Guest Artist Lauren Yeager.

Nature Doesn’t Know About Us showcases works by “artists who combine skeptical clarity, and at times humor-tinged desire, to locate the intersection of spiritual and physical presence in our daily lives,” according to curator Ugo Rondinone, a Swiss-born, New York-based artist. 

For more information about Sculpture Milwaukee, visit sculpturemilwaukee.com.

Present Music 

Celebrating 40 years of performing contemporary music by diverse composers, Milwaukee ensemble Present Music will premiere 26 Little Deaths June 23 and 24 at the Jan Serr Studio, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. 

Violinist, vocalist and composer Carla Kihlstedt will perform her innovative interpretation of illustrator Edward Gorey’s enjoyably macabre alphabet book The Gashlycrumb Tinies with a 26 movement work alongside Present Music. 

Kihlstedt, a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music, is a founding member of groups Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat Trio, the Book of Knots and Rabbit Rabbit. Her music has been commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Bang on a Can. 

The program will also feature “Omie Wise,” written by Bryce Dessner, guitarist for the National and Indie Icon, “Bladed Stance,” a piece by Brazilian composer Marcus Balter, and “Cheating, Lying, Stealing,” an early piece by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang.

Visit presentmusic.org to purchase tickets.