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  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 4 - Jan 31

Elephant House: photos by Dick Blau

readings & workshops
January 25

Book Release: Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

film & video
January 26

 aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

special events
January 28 -29

23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

special events
February 4 -4

Offsite: The Pitch Project Artist Book Fair

readings & workshops
February 9

Poetry Reading: Marjorie Agosín

readings & workshops
February 12

Poetry Reading: Sho Sugita, translator of Hirato Renkichi's Spiral Staircase

Featured Upcoming Events

Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration with historian of the zoo, Nigel Rothfels.     Exhibition: Sunday, December 4 through Tuesday, January 31 Opening Reception: Sunday December 4 | 1 PM to 5 PM   Dick Blau is a photographer and filmmaker and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed UWM Department of Film. Working with anthropologist colleagues, he is the author of Skyros Carnival, Bright Balkan Morning, Polka Happiness, and Polka Heartland,…

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Alan Bernheimer - Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Wednesday, January 25
7:00pm, FREE

  Join us as we welcome Alan Bernheimer in celebration of his recent translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism (City Lights, 2016). Bernheimer will be in conversation with visual artist and composer/improvisor, Hal Rammel.    ABOUT LOST PROFILES Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—Lost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the Surrealist Movement. Opening with a reminiscence of the international Dada movement…

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aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

Thursday, January 26
7:00pm, donation suggest

  Artists engaging in acts of performed masculinity that r(E)scape notions of the contemporary.   aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki.      Still from Selected Actions by William Lamson

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23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of poets, writers, and lovers of the arts who set up camp at the book center and indulge in 15 hours of literary revelry. The event will run from 10 AM Saturday morning until 1 AM on Sunday, and will feature 150 poets and writers from Milwaukee and environs. All are welcome to participate, we only ask that each performer raise…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Dec 4 December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE
Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jan 25 Wednesday, January 25
7:00pm, FREE
Alan Bernheimer - Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

  Join us as we welcome Alan Bernheimer in celebration of his recent translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of…

Read More

film & video
Jan 26 Thursday, January 26
7:00pm, donation suggest
aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

  Artists engaging in acts of performed masculinity that r(E)scape notions of the contemporary.   aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen…

Read More

special events
Jan 28 January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more
23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press OLIO Tyehimba Jess
  Up Jump the Boogie John Murillo
  Garments Against Women Anne Boyer
  Threnody Juliet Patterson


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OLIO by Tyehimba Jess

Small Press

"Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant, this outsized second volume from Jess (Leadbelly) celebrates the works and lives of African-American musicians, artists, and orators who predated the Harlem Renaissance." —Publishers Weekly

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