Milwaukee Event Calendar
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, WI 53202