• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 23

OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

film & video
November 2

Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

readings & workshops
November 6

Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

readings & workshops
November 6

Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 18

Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

performances
November 22

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
November 27

Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

readings & workshops
November 28

Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived exhibitions
Apr 8 April 8 - May 8
7:00pm, $6

Woodland Pattern Book Center & Guest Curator Paul Druecke are pleased to present SIGNMENTS works by neon & argon artist, Jeffry Chiplis

 

“Each [of Chiplis’ pieces] is an enigmatic example of the decay and recovery of meaning, and the crisscrossing ambiguities of language, symbol, form and function… [with a] Dadaist’s attraction to the inherent beauty and semiotic potential of fragmentary remains, things that time or economic vicissitudes have exiled from their original purpose.”

—Douglas Max Utter, from Jeffry Chiplis: This is Not a Sign  


Opening Reception for Signments & LocuStLed:
Friday, April 8, 6-9 PM Friday, April 8, 6-9 PM

 

Exhibition Runs Friday, April 8 through Sunday, May 8

 

FREE and open to the public 

 

 

Jeffry Chiplis was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earned his B.F.A in Sculpture from Indiana University. For more than three decades, he has salvaged neon and argon tubes from commercial signage and reassembled them into sculpture. In so doing, his work often appropriates cultural touchstones in a play of ephemerality and nostalgia. Chiplis’ sculptures echo Jean Dubuffet’s admonition that “Art should be born from the material. Spirituality should borrow the language of the material. Each material has its own language and it is a language.” Add to that, in Chiplis’s own words, “and the simplicity of the language is the Art.” Chiplis has exhibited work at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art, William Busta Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio), White Box Gallery (NYC), Butler Institute of American Art, among many other venues. He was an artist in residence at the Dilna Symposium in Mikulov, Czech Republic. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio..

 

Paul Druecke's work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His Social Event Archive will be exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2016 in honor of the project's 20th anniversary. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art, and he's currently an invited resident at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Germany. Druecke has been artist-in-residence at Spaces World Art Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and in the Berlin iteration of the Many Mini Residency series, and has worked with numerous venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; and Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee. Druecke has published two books with Green Gallery Press, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), which premiered at the Whitney Biennial, and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010). Paul Druecke lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin, where he teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.


 

 

 

Presented by Guest Curator Paul Druecke, and running concurrently with LocuStLed

 

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