Please join us for a special evening with Milwaukee architect Jim Shields on Wednesday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo Street, Fifth Floor, Marshall Building, Third Ward.
The event is in conjunction with the current Portrait Society exhibition, Good Morning, Milwaukee: Blyth Renate Meier.
The artist and the architect will explore the 203 photographs of Milwaukee buildings on view at the gallery in a free-form conversation about the unique architectural languages of our city as well as the different types of value we ascribe to buildings. What emotions and histories become embedded in our buildings? How do textures, style, scale and function shape our built world in both historic and contemporary terms and influence our identity?
Jim Shields, design principal of HGA, is well known for many landmark projects including the addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Harley Davidson Museum, the Marine Terminal building, St. Bonifice Episcopal Church, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Cambridge Commons. He has won many awards including the recent Mayor’s Design Award for the MAM project.
Artist Blyth Renate Meier, who holds master’s degrees in art and film from UWM, spent the past four years taking daily images of Milwaukee buildings, primarily when she walked to work in the mornings. She would then post one image a day on Instagram under the heading, Good Morning, Milwaukee. This is the first time this project has been printed and exhibited. The 5 x 5 inch black and white images emphasize the rhythms, angles and patterns of Milwaukee buildings, delicately anchoring the places that we know so well but may no longer take the time to ‘see.’
Tickets are $25 and include beverages, appetizers, parking in the Marshall Building lot on the south side of the building and one half-price print by Blyth Renate Meier. The evening’s proceeds will fund a new Portrait Society initiative called On the Wing, a project by and for homeless individuals.