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Event Calendar
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special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived exhibitions
Jan 1 Tuesday, January 1
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Lindsey Wolkowicz, Dean Valadez, David Kasir, Brian Carlson, Reginald Baylor

Curated by Fahimeh Vahdat

Home is the internalized generative dynamic concept of who "we" are, collectively. Our group, be that a family, tribe, community, homeland, even our world, manifests an idea of home. The structures we build, or purchase or occupy, are attached to this idea, and may affect and are affected by the idea. They may symbolize "home." The homes may be designed to be a parallel to what our idea of ourselves is, or what we would like to be. The structures themselves may stand as markers for relationships which suffered or died. For each of us, "home" has various and often conflicted meanings. 

Home is the physical context for family, the "where" that we live, within which our lives unfold. Home may represent security, or conversely may represent danger. Home may be sanctuary from the rest of the world. It may be the arena within which you may be your authentic self. You have the right to control, to arrange, to design to decorate this small piece of the worldyour home. Home is a vessel, a container for your belongings, your thoughts, and your dreams. For countless numbers of people, for the elderly, for refugees, the exiled, the displaced or dispossessed, home may represent all one has lost. Whether or not one has a home, above all, home represents "the familiar." 

As Bachelard states, "...both room and house are psychological diagrams that guide writers and poets in their analysis of intimacy". The five artists I have selected for this exhibition are working on images dealing with the psycho-dynamics of "home." Each in her / his way, asks that we reconsider this deep human construct, its meanings for ourselves and the manners and routes through which it affects all aspects of our lives.