Author: Jocelyn Slocum

Aly Miller: Playfully navigating the relationship between place and identity with illustrative maps

In parallel with the uniqueness of an individual’s identity are the maps each of us formulates of a place within our own mind. The groups of people with whom we interact, the locations which bring us comfort, those we avoid and those which inspire us all merge, bit by bit in conjunction with time, to create our perception of a living map. Within this ever-changing landscape of physical locality and our personal associations with it, we do not see black borders and topographic lines. Rather, we see tangible things like buildings, parks, restaurants, cultural centers, and the natural environment....

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Michael Kutzer: Blurring realities with an artistic worldview of simultaneous harmony and ambiguity

Art is at the core of what makes us human. Yet to many, engagement with the arts seems inaccessible. In the elaborate game of chess that is the tangible art market, the movements of players including gallerists, critics, collectors, and prospectors can make purchasing art seem more akin to trading on the stock market rather than something done in response to an emotional connection. While museums serve to democratize access to art, even these public spaces can be paradoxically perceived as exclusive due to the means by which their collections are assembled, and how those collections are interpreted. Although...

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Schlaraffia Milwaukia: Calling all German-speaking men who appreciate art, humor, and friendship

In our increasingly polarized world where identities have become enmeshed with an “Us vs. Them” mentality, does there exist any such place where politics, religious affiliation, and so-called social standing have no role? Where the only prerequisite is sympathizing with the motto “In Arte Voluptas” … pleasure lies in art? Indeed, such a place exists, and one can play a part in it without leaving Milwaukee, so long as you are a man who speaks German. Founded by a group consisting predominantly of actors and artists in Prague in 1859, in a mocking response to societal structures of the...

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