Through documentary photos and the words of the refugees themselves, John Ruebartsch and Sally Kuzma have created intimate family portraits that provide a window into the daily lives of some of the newest – and least familiar – Americans. After fleeing civil war, political persecution, and ethnic strife in countries such as Burma, Somalia, and Laos, these newcomers are rebuilding their lives and cultures here as generations of immigrants did before. Their stories are becoming our stories. A cell-phone audio tour accompanies the exhibit. A 20-page catalog with essays by Milwaukee historian John Gurda, UWM Hmong Studies scholar Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, and UWM Public History scholar Dr. Jasmine Alinder is also available. This exhibition is supported in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Arts Board with finds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.
Location: Plymouth Church, 2717 E Hampshire Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211.
Mon-Thurs 8:30am to 4:30pm. Special arrangements may be scheduled for alternative viewing times.
"small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES" exhibition curated by Wes Janz. One billion leftover people — typically called squatters or self-builders or homeless (it's a big category) — claim leftover spaces in cities and live in unauthorized dwellings made of scavenged, leftover materials. That's 1 in 6 people worldwide. By 2025, two billion people globally, or 1 in 4, will be slum dwellers; by 2050, 3 billion people will live in slums or 1 out of every 3. If you know just one of the one billion, you've been touched by her or his life, even if briefly and reluctantly. What can be learned from those we consider to be the most disadvantaged? Each of the works in this exhibition is a beginning point for rethinking our attitudes about who and what we typically see as having no value while suggesting that our leftover human beings, building materials, and spaces can be seen — must be seen — as someone or something with potential.
Location: UWM Architecture and Urban Planning, Room 125, 2131 E. Hartford Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53211
Bio: Wes Janz is the founder of onesmallproject, a collection of global and local initiatives that foreground the lives of people that many observers consider to be in-need or at-risk. He is a professor of architecture at Ball State University where, in 2006, he was the sole recipient of the university's Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008, Wes was a finalist for the Curry Stone Design Prize, which is awarded to breakthrough projects that "engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization." At one time, Wes was curious about the power held by the world's wealthiest individuals and most prominent designers. Now he believes that people, no matter how poor or apparently disadvantaged, are fully capable of making their way and that it is often the case that the interventions of well-intentioned persons bring both opportunity and harm to the lives of locals.
Wes Janz Lecture associated with Exhibit
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM in AUP 170
Title: "Leftover Rightunder"
Wes Janz, founder, onesmallproject, and professor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.