Sculpture Milwaukee

Sculpture Milwaukee is an annual outdoor exhibition of public sculpture in downtown Milwaukee that serves as a catalyst for community engagement, economic development, and creative placemaking. 

The exhibit creates a free, open-air art gallery, wrapped in fun events and educational opportunities, which captivates residents, tourists, downtown employees, students, and art lovers alike. Supported by Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, Sculpture Milwaukee is funded entirely through private grants, in-kind donations, and sponsorships. All of the artworks are available for purchase. 

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2019 Participating artists include: 

  • Elmgreen & Dragset’s A Greater Perspective, 2015
  • Richard Woods’ Holiday Home (Milwaukee), 2019
  • B. Wurtz’s Kitchen Trees, 2018
  • Roxy Paine’s Cleft from the seriesDendrites, 2018
  • John Baldessari’s Penguin, 2018
  • Tony Matelli’s Hera (half), 2018
  • Barry Flanagan’s Large Boxing Hare on Anvil, 1984
  • Max Ernst’s Séraphine-chérubinfromTeaching Staff for a School of Murderers, 1967
  • Haas Brothers’ Handy Darling, 2019 and Handy Warhol, 2019
  • Radcliffe Bailey’s Pensive, 2013
  • Actual Size Artworks (Gail Simpson & Aris Georgiadis)’s Magical Thinking, 2019
  • Angela Bulloch’s Heavy Metal Stack of Six: Trichrome Blue, 2016
  • Arlene Shechet’s Tilted Channel  from Full Steam Ahead, 2018
  • Carlos Rolon’s Gild the Lily (Caribbean Hybrid I, II, III), 2019
  • Sam Durant’s Empathy for Everyone (large version), 2018 and We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For, 2018
  • William O’Brien’s Sun & Moon Protector, 2016
  • Red Grooms’ Hot Dog Vendor, 2005 andTango Dancers, 2005
  • Beverly Pepper’s Curvae in Curvae, 2013-2018
  • Sean Scully’s Black Stacked Frames, 2016

The map of sculpture locations along Wisconsin Avenue, as well as information about the artists, can be found here.

In a spectacular, first-ever building installation for Sculpture Milwaukee, Carlos Rolón will transform the Chase Bank atrium on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue into the largest of the 23 artworks with his Gild the Lily (Caribbean Hybrid I, II, III), 2019. The bank’s two-story atrium windows will be sheathed in vinyl from the inside in a translucent diorama of local flora.

“Rolón’s installation will turn the transparent lobby into a glowing cube, or jewel box, both day and night,” said Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee’s director of exhibitions and programs. “The installation will be like a flame that attracts us to a key city intersection, where east meets west, north meets south, and where water meets street.”

As in previous years, Sculpture Milwaukee is curated by Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee’s director of exhibitions and programs and former director of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and Russell Bowman, art advisor and former director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

“Once again downtown Milwaukee will shine with eye-catching, thought-provoking sculpture all along Wisconsin Avenue. Residents, downtown workers, students, and visitors alike can look forward to a wide range of activities, including social events, tours and educational opportunities,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and Sculpture Milwaukee executive committee member. “We are thrilled to host these captivating works year after year and look ahead to the international exposure our vibrant downtown will receive as we welcome the DNC and the world to Milwaukee next summer.”

Installation of all 22 sculptures will take place throughout May 2019. All the artworks are available for purchase with a percentage of each sale going toward Sculpture Milwaukee’s future installations.

Top image: John Baldessari, Penguin, 2018, polyurethane, stainless steel, epoxy resin, acrylic, paint, ed. 3 / 2AP, 79 x 29 x 32 inches. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York