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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

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)