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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived performances
Sep 11 Wednesday, September 11
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to

The Point Being, an exhibition of works by Thomas Gaudynski


The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski on view in the gallery August 1 - September 26

The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and images that produce auditory effects of both sound and silence. While the works in this exhibition often ask to be read, they also readily present interpretive conundrums for the viewer, playfully exploring the excesses and limits of language and meaning, ultimately revealing a preference for being itself over any point one might make about it.

About the artist:

Thomas Gaudynski grew up and spent time walking around Milwaukee, West Allis, and the Kinnickinnic River collecting and observing flora, fauna, rocks, and detritus. He was educated at various libraries, museums, bookstores, and record shops. Originally trained as a visual artist, Gaudynski switched his artistic focus to sound art and text sound in his early twenties, subsequently performing and recording with a number of both well- and lesser-known sound artists and musicians. Over the years, Gaudynski has produced over thirty recordings and was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Music Composition Fellowship in 1989. His drawings have been exhibited throughout Wisconsin, and his works are held in private collections in New York City, Albany, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Port Washington, and Seattle. Gaudynski is also the author of three books: Artifacts: Essays on Music +Art + Design (2001), SELFIZDAT (2014), and Re: Re: Re: Essays and Drawings (2016), all published by Necessary Arts. His collected audio recordings from a(R)t NOISE and Necessary Arts are included in the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University and in the Creative Audio Archive at the Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. A longtime collaborator of Woodland Pattern, he was instrumental early on in bringing music programming to the center and in 2012 curated its John Cage Centennial Celebration. He is married to Marly Gisser, a retired graphic designer and alternative spirituality pilgrim, and is father of Kira Gaudynski, a music theatre disciple and practitioner. Everything has influenced him.

(photo credit: Terry Bauman)