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MAM Exhibit Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive

May 12, 2017 - Aug. 6, 2017

Milwaukee native Paul Druecke has long examined how historical and social events are commemorated and interrogated why certain events are chosen for celebration while others remain invisible. For the 2014 Whitney Biennial Druecke celebrated the untold story of a head guard who served at the Whitney Museum of American Art for 39 years. His public art works have been shown internationally from the Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin to Cologne, Germany. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of A Social Event Archive, Druecke’s prescient and insightful conceptual project inviting friends, neighbors and his audience to donate a snapshot of what they considered to be a social event. Predicting the rise of social media and the blurring of public and private spheres, Druecke collected these vernacular pictures to study collective habits and examine how the presence of the camera alters behavior. The exhibition presents the entire archive of nearly 800 photographs together for the first time and invites Druecke to select works from the permanent collection that provide a context for his work. Druecke will also organize events such as concerts, poetry readings and cultural celebrations in conjunction with the exhibition to turn the exhibition itself into a social experiment. 

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-224-3200
http://www.mam.org
Venue Description:
The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection comprises more than 20,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary and is housed in a trio of unique structures from Eero Saarinen's 1950s building through a David Kahler section added in the 1970s and the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion. The museum houses 15th to 20th century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, folk art, Haitian art and outsider art. MAM's cafe also offers great lunches in a luminous setting with lake views. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum's Web site for hours, admission fees and a full description of current exhibitions. mam.org.
Milwaukee Art Museum
http://www.mam.org