University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Exhibition & Program Schedule


Dreams of Architecture: Memory and Method, Perception and Experience

Thursday, July 31 at 6:30pm


Three architects — Linda Keane, Mike Newman, and Jordan Mozer — come together for a lively discussion on these questions of memory and method. Beginning with the work of Bruce Goff (highlighted in INOVA’s current exhibition), the speakers will introduce their own perspectives on the influence of art forms, the craft of building, approaches to sustainability, and design education experiences in their own practices. This program is held in conjunction with The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk.

Featured Speakers

Linda Keane, AIA, is an artist, architect and academic passionately active in greening public imagination. Co-founder of STUDIO 1032 with partner, Mark Keane, she combines an architectural and environmental design practice with raising awareness of the importance of design of the environment. STUDIO 1032’s green initiatives along the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor are socially constructed landscapes rooted in nature with artistic, environmental, educational, and entertaining intentions. Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Keane led development of a third architecture program in the City of Chicago. Co-founder and Creative Director of the eLearning Designopedia, NEXT.cc, Keane advocates for introduction of built environment education in K-12 for urban stewardship. Her work is recognized by the APA American Association WI Chapter, Art Institute of Chicago, American Institute of Architects, American Architectural Foundation, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Graham Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, National Environmental Education Foundation, PBS Chicago, United States Green Building, and Union of International Architects.

Michael Newman (Shed Studio) has been an architect in Chicago for 14 years, and worked previously in Boston and Philadelphia. His work has focused on design innovation for issues of sustainability and affordability in housing and social justice projects. Other concentrations have been on constructability and professional practice topics. Newman has worked for 12 years as Senior Associate at CAPA, a well-known Chicago architectural firm, on projects including affordable housing, community planning designs, commercial and institutional projects, and market rate developments. His work most recently has been focused on inventive sustainable projects such as Tryon Farm, a 150-unit development in Michigan City, Indiana. Since leaving CAPA, he has designed a series of units of housing, and is currently working on several sustainable market rate projects. Newman is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching design studios, building science, and preparatory classes for architectural licensure. Previously, he taught at Archeworks, an innovative design school that develops solutions for projects focusing on social issues.

Jordan Mozer is the founder, co-owner, and principal of Jordan Mozer & Associates, Limited (JMA). Prior to earning a degree in architecture, Mozer studied painting, sculpture, English literature, fashion design, and product design, all of which inform his work on a daily basis. He is as attentive to the details of every client’s business plan as he is to the look of each logo he designs and the craftsmanship of each door pull he carves by hand. Since founding JMA in 1984, Mozer and his firm have built an international reputation for consistently original, successful, and newsworthy designs for clients as varied as Disney, Marriott, Volkswagen, Universal Studios, Asprey & Garrard, Steve Wynn, Lettuce Entertain You, Barney’s New York, and the Rolling Stones. For more than 25 years, his work has been widely published and discussed and included in museum and gallery exhibitions. Mozer has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Illinois, Champaign; he has sat on numerous design juries and panels and continues to guest teach and lecture throughout the United States and Europe.

Leo Saul Berk: The Uncertainty of Enclosure

June 7 - August 14, 2014
Opening Reception, June 6, 6-8pm

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Leo Saul Berk, Clinkers, 2011, courtesy of the artist

Can a house make you who you are? The Uncertainty of Enclosure asks this question as it explores the impact of an unconventional residence — Bruce Goff’s Ford House in Aurora, IL — on the art of Leo Saul Berk. Berk has created a body of work informed by his childhood experience growing up in the house, his historical research, and his ongoing reflection on the house's pivotal role in the development of his artistic vision. The resulting sculptures, photographs, and videos reimagine architect Bruce Goff’s radical choice of materials, unusual volumes, and organic forms, and resonate at the intersection of craft and expressivity, intuition and measure.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by grants from the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the New Foundation Seattle.

Cargo Space

August 27 – September 20, 2014

Cargo Bus

Photo Credit: David A. Brown

Cargo Space is an artists’ networking residency housed in a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus. Part tour bus, part utility vehicle, the bus forms a mobile platform for dialogue, creation, and community among artists. Founders Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan conceived the project in order to promote exchange between artists from cities outside of the major art centers. Houston-based Sperandio proposes, “by building a mobile living space, it’s possible to jump beyond the confines of real estate and fixed demographics, to take art and artists to unexpected places.”

This summer, Sperandio travels across the upper Midwest with Duncan MacKenzie of Chicago’s Bad At Sports, making stops at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field and The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. The road trip winds down as Cargo Space sets up shop at two sites—INOVA in Milwaukee and A + D Gallery in Chicago—and selects artists from each city to collaborate on exhibitions and programs that run simultaneously across state lines. The Milwaukee artists are Sara Daleiden, Paul Druecke, Ashley Morgan, and Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, By connecting artists and arts organizations from these neighboring cities, this artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative, and curatorial engagement.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artists

October 10, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Opening reception October 10, 5-8 pm

The 12th annual exhibition of fellowship recipients features the work of Ray Chi, Sheila Held, Special Entertainment (Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo), Cris Siqueira, Tim Stoelting, Eddie Villanueva, and Josh Weissbach. The jurors who selected the seven 2013 fellowship recipients were Naomi Beckwith from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Evan Garza from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Fire Island Artist Residency; and Gretchen Wagner, independent curator from St. Louis, MO.

Brazilian born Cris Siqueira has been focused on technology, filmmaking, and a do-it-yourself mentality since she was a teenager. Her most current project, Ape Girl, is an ethnographic study of American and Brazilian carnivals. It looks at the spectacle of the girl-to-gorilla sideshow as a way to analyze cultural, social, and economic differences as well as racial and gender stereotypes.

As an emerging artist, Eddie Villanueva has focused upon large-scale installations, paintings, and prints that all ask the question: “What does space mean?” Villanueva utilizes archaeological sites and material history to create installations that explore space as a metaphor. Through this, he creates landscapes of abstract forms that become interventions into existing architecture.

As a rising artist, Josh Weissbach has explored space and landscape through 16mm experimental filmmaking, which has focused on the uncanny of lived environments. Weissbach’s fascination with 16mm comes from his ability to change the material strip utilizing hand-processing and optical printers. His most recent film projects have focused on natural spaces and timeless landscapes presented in the digital realm.

Tim Stoelting is a visual and graphic artist who has devoted his practice to subverting and inverting standardized systems. He examines how people view and interact with space and objects and how changing objects can bring awareness to their function and design. Stoelting’s recent work includes distilling a room to its basic form, Ikea drawings, and the deconstruction of iPhones into schematics.

As an architect and furniture designer, Ray Chi has been enveloped in the exploration of work and play in search of the connections between rigor and whimsy. He hopes that his objects will encourage play and become a “vehicle…to transcend our real world preconceptions.” His new interests involve playgrounds in Europe and the Netherlands and creating public sculptures in Milwaukee.

The experimental group Special Entertainment has delved into the relationship between entertainment, art, and laughter. Through bypassing Hollywood’s monopoly on cinematic production, this group focuses on reconfiguring the film’s narrative into a spatial media experience. Their recent work, Hamlet A.D.D., included premieres and screenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and New York and online webisodes.

Sheila Held has devoted her artistic endeavors to the historic tradition of tapestry making, which, according to Held, thwarts ephemerality through its time consuming process. In many of her recent work, such as Homo Ludens and Eros and Thanatos, she searches to address points where magic, science, religion, art and nature intersect. Currently, Held is working on her series Women and Water.