A summer of arts at UWM

Art blossoms at UW-Milwaukee during the summer and 2014 is no exception. Dance and music top the bill, but exhibits are also on offer. Here are some highlights: 

Summerdances 2014: “Lineage”

summerdances_2014_300“With the final concert of the Dance Department’s 50th anniversary season, we are honoring connections,” said Associate Professor of Dance Luc Vanier. “Our lineage is the faculty who have been here, faculty who are still here, faculty who will come here – and their connections to each other and to the students.”

Summerdances 2014: “Lineage” features new works by dance faculty Ferne Bronson, Maria Gillespie, Elizabeth Johnson and Dani Kuepper. Also performing is New York artist and MFA alumna Rebecca Stenn, recipient of the 2014 Dance New Work Award.

Summerdances will be presented May 29-31 at the Mainstage Theatre. Ticket prices are $17 general admission/$15 seniors, faculty and staff/$5 students pre-sale ($8 night of show)/free for dance majors. More information is at www4.uwm.edu/psoa/dance/performances/summerdances.cfm.

You can read more about the performers here: http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=12260.

Fine Arts Quartet: Summer Evenings of Music in June 

FAQ_300-2014The Summer Evenings of Music concert  series features the world-renowned Fine Arts Quartet, UWM’s Quartet-in-Residence since 1963. The dates are Sundays, June 1, 8, 22 and 29. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The four-concert series will open with Joseph Haydn’s Quartet Op. 77-2 – the last complete string quartet the Austrian composer ever wrote – and close with a string sextet by Tchaikovsky, likely to finish with the Russian composer’s typical flourish.

The other concerts are:

June 8
Arriaga Quartet No. 3
Bruckner Quartet
Mendelssohn Quartet Op. 44-1

June 22
With guest pianist Alon Goldstein and bassist Rachel Calin
Haydn Quartet Op.103
Mozart Piano Concerto KV 467
Tchaikovsky Quartet No. 2

June 29
With guest cellist Alexander Hülshoff and violist Gil Sharon
Mozart Quintet KV 406
Strauss “Capriccio”
Tchaikovsky Sextet “Souvenir de Florence”

Tickets are available at the Zelazo box office and online at arts.uwm.edu/tickets.

Read more about the series and the Fine Arts Quartet here: http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=12265.

Inova: “The Uncertainty of Enclosure”

Berk-Ford_House__300 “The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk” appears June 6-Aug. 16 at INOVA  (Institute of Visual Arts), Kenilworth Square East, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.

The exhibit features a body of work inspired by Seattle artist Leo Berk’s time in a very unconventional home designed by one of America’s most unconventional architects – Bruce Goff.

The exhibit will feature sculptures, photographs and videos that reimagine Goff’s unusual choices in building materials, forms and shapes. All are based on Berk’s recollections of growing up, his historical research and his examination of how the Goff-designed Ford House affected his growth as an artist.

INOVA director Sara Krajewski knew Berk from her time at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She accompanied Berk on a visit to the Ford House, and their explorations of the structure’s impact on him became the basis for the exhibit.

“I think of it as living inside a sculpture,” Krajewski said of the Ford House. “It’s an artistic expression, not just a container to reside in.”

Read more about the artist and the exhibit here: http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=12268.

Follow UWM arts events at the Peck School of the Arts calendar.