The A.V. Club’s Spring Gallery Night And Day lowdown
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Beginning Friday, Spring Gallery Night And Day will once again be upon us. Organized by the Historic Third Ward Association, the event is composed of 57 venues (and an innumerable amount of other galleries jumping on the bandwagon), and the sheer number of possibilities may seem a little daunting at first glance. If you’re one of the thousands of art seekers planning your attack on the open doors of Milwaukee’s art community, please relax—let The A.V. Club be your guide.
1. Walker’s Point Center For The Arts (839 S. 5th St., 414-672-2787)
Inspired by the life of Milwaukee-born artist Carlos Cortéz, the WPCA presents a print exhibition that corresponds with the current political climate of Wisconsin. Including work from the Just Seeds and World War 3-illustrated collectives, the show illustrates working-class struggles, movements for immigrant’s rights, and social justice.
2. RedLine Milwaukee (1422 N. 4th St., 414-491-9088)
Also worth checking out is artist-in-residence Heimo Wallner at RedLine Milwaukee. Warner believes that drawing is an ongoing, endless process, and is currently creating a large-scale drawing on the walls of RedLine Milwaukee to create a series titled “Black On White.” If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this piece unfold, this is your last chance—regardless of how endless drawing can be, Wallner’s residence ends April 16.
3. Great Lakes Distillery (616 West Virginia St., 414-431-8683)
Those who could take or leave the art but are on the prowl for some free booze, a little entertainment, and a competitive atmosphere should check out Great Lakes Distillery. While unveiling the winners of the Amerique 1912 Poster Competition featuring local artists (the winners will be announced at 11 p.m.), art fans can hope for samples of Amerique 1912 Absinthe, which may or may not enhance the rest of the gallery night viewing.
4. Jackpot Gallery (825 E. Center St.)
If your interest in art hasn’t waned at this point, check out Jackpot Gallery on Saturday night for the opening of “22 Trumps,” curated by Ben Miller. Participants were randomly given two tarot cards and asked to create a piece based on their conversation with the cards. This lively Riverwest venue rarely disappoints.