The Janet Zweig controversy: It was all a dream!
Common Council approves the public art project
Decider has been closely following the furious tweets of Journal Sentinel art writer Mary Louise Schumacher (@artcity) and local arts scene rabble-rouser (and Decider contributor) Mike Brenner (@MikeBrenner) from this morning’s city hearing about the Janet Zweig art project, and it appears that the Common Council just voted to approve it, 12-2.
The public art project faced a shutdown after the council’s Public Works Committee—which has long been Milwaukee go-to expert on art and sewers—decided that, well, it didn’t like it. Ald. Bob Donovan, one of the two people who voted against the installation this morning, memorably told the Journal Sentinel that he refused “to have my name attached to something as ridiculous as that.” (Donovan prefers to have his name attached to more dignified stories like the time he got beat up by a urinating drunk.)
The Zweig project might have died right there, but the ruling galvanized the arts community, which showed up in force this morning at the city hearings. So, in the end, we’re right back where we should have been in the first place, all because we were able to show that there’s support in this city for arts projects that don’t involve sitcom characters. Huzzah!