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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 22 Sunday, March 22
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances, and exhibitions curated by local LGBTQ artists and focused on sex and gender diversity in the contemporary arts.


Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his work in video. He has screened at many festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, Oberhausen, Rotterdam and the BFI London Film Festival. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the MoMA (New York), Pompidou (Paris), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and MACBA (Barcelona). He has written two books, Everybody Loves Nothing and The Shimmering Beast and co-edited several anthologies, including The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (with Chris Gehman). He is associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern. For more, visit: www.myrectumisnotagrave.com


Elijah Burgher makes small, colored pencil drawings that utilize ideas from magick and the occult to address sexuality, sub-cultural formation and the history of abstraction. Citing early 20th century occultist, Austin Osman Spare’s system, Burgher draws sigils—emblems to which magical power is imputed. By recombining the letters that spell out a wish into a new symbol, Burgher’s pictures of sigils literally encode desire while embodying it abstractly through shape, color and composition. Through precise, repetitive marks, he endows his drawings with a sense of all-over intentionality. His figurative works often depict naked men conducting rituals in rented rooms or wooded landscapes. They draw the ritual circle, invoke the dead, or cut symbols into one another. Others portray counter-cultural queer icons or betray a prurient attitude towards art history’s storehouse of imagery. At stake are a concern with human relationality and a desire to close the gap between fantasy and reality.

Burgher has exhibited in solo shows at Western Exhibitions, Chicago (2013, 2012); 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco (2011); and Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park (2010); and two-persons shows at Lump, Raleigh (2012); and Peregrine Program, Chicago (2009). He was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Recent group shows exhibitions at Cabinet (2014) and Hales Gallery (2014), London; Exile (2014), Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam (2013), H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Kenosha (2012); 92YTribeca (2012), New York City. His work was recently included in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2, a survey of contemporary drawing practices. In 2011, he was a resident artist at both the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Fire Island Artist Residency. He received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, in 2000, where he studied Literature.


Guest curator Carl Bogner is a member of the Teaching Academic Staff in the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the Director of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, whose 30th Annual Edition will be this October 15-25.


Many thanks to our co-sponsors for this event, The Green Gallery & Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre

Don’t miss Steve Reinke’s lastest video “Rib Gets in the Way” (52min., 2014) at the UWM Union Theatre, Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00pm. See: www.aux.uwm.edu/union/union_theatre


Animals don’t love us the way we love them. When I first realized this, as a child, I was terribly 

disappointed. Then I discovered it was all about locomotion. They move through the world in their 

own ways. Many animals don’t even have legs, or hands. Love is very different when you don’t have 

a head.

Surrounded by all this death, its hard not to get more and more philosophical, or perhaps just more 

physical. I want to be buried with my mustache attached to my nipple rings. That is my final wish, to 

be laid out with the ends of my moustache firmly attached to my nipple rings. And then cremated or 

something, I don’t care. Of course, I don’t have any piercings; they disgust me. They can pierce my 

nipples on my death bed. It’ll take a few years for my moustache to grow that long, I know. That’s 

how I’m going to measure the remaining years of my life, by the shrinking distance between 

moustache tip and virtual nipple ring. 


                                                                                      —Steve Reinke, from “Rib Gets in the Way” 


I am fixated on an Aztec sculpture of the god of death, Mictlantecuhtli, in the museum of the 

Templo Mayor in Mexico City, which traveled to the Field Museum in Chicago in 2008. 

Representing the chaos of decay into which we all eventually descend, the ceramic sculpture stands 

as tall as a human, with a large, grinning round head, its dome gridded with holes into which plugs 

of curly hair were once inserted. Mictlantecuhtli leans forward, his arms up and bent at the elbows, 

and hands palms out at chest level. His ass thrusts back either like he’s about to squat or like he’s 

begging to get fucked from behind. My interest in this sculpture increases as friends die, and I seek . 

. . what? An object of meditation in this gruesome and sexed-up personification of death, I suppose. 

William Pisarri, Mark Aguhar, and Tom Daws, may you all rest in peace.


                                                                                      —Elijah Burgher, from “Death Camp”