The A.V. Club’s guide to some far-flung Summer Gallery Night destinations
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The City of Festivals has been buzzing ever since the summer heat finally decided to come out and play. Since there are only three months to enjoy this weather, every weekend has been jam-packed with an overabundance of activities, and this weekend is no exception. If you haven’t already heard: Yes, there will be a million bikers taking over the west side of the Milwaukee River for the annual Riverwest 24; and yes, you can completely avoid it by exploring the outer-fringe of Summer Gallery Night And Day by visiting some new neighborhoods. GPS in hand, here are a couple of suggestions for a night out somewhere else.
• The Haggerty Museum of Art on 13th and Clybourn hardly seems like a jaunt into the unknown, but its programming for Gallery Night will take you to the SoHi (South of Highland) building at 27th and Wells. There, Wisconsin artists Hans Gindlesberger, Rafael Francisco Salas, Michael Velliquette, and Rina Yoon have created window installations intended to increase visibility of the neighborhood and strengthen community pride. In conjunction with the installation, there will also be a group exhibition at the SoHi building (760 N. 27th Street) open to the public on Friday night 5-9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Lincoln Village, located on the stretch of Lincoln Ave. between 5th and 20th streets, is home to such Milwaukee landmarks as the Holler House, Kosciuszko Park, and the architectural monstrosity known as the Basilica Of St. Josaphat. In the shadows of the basilica, you’ll find an often-overlooked house that is home to the Old South Side Settlement Museum (707 W. Lincoln Ave.). Generally open only by appointment, tonight you will find the work of Todd Gnasinki and Lynn Johnston—both highly influenced by a comic book aesthetic—on view from 6–9 p.m.
• East of Lincoln Village in the neighborhood of Walker’s Point is the newly founded Astrix Gallery (524 W. National Ave.) Astrix is showcasing recent video work and a new performance by ex-Milwaukee resident Allison Halter in a solo exhibition, The Eating Of Burning Brimstone Is A Fake Performance. The show opens at 6 p.m., and the one-time performance is scheduled for 7 p.m.
• If your Gallery Night wouldn’t be complete without venturing into the belly of the beast and taking a trip through the Third Ward, stop in at Hot Pop (213 N. Broadway Ave.) to see Space Scraps And Totems by Eddie Villanueva. His ability to combine murals with found objects and manipulated assemblage is a mystical sight to behold. It might even be worthy of actually finding a parking spot and choking down cheap wine with the rest of the masses.