Woodland Pattern Book Center
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April 1 through May 18, 2003
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

The Inexplicable Flyswatter: Works on Paper by Peter Brötzmann

Peter Brötzmann, best known as one of the founders of European improvised music and one of the most important jazz Brötzmann's Flyswattersaxophonists of the post-60's era, began his creative life as a painter. Brötzmann began painting and making collages while still a teenager in the 1950s, in the German cities of Remscheid and Wuppertal, part of the industrial Ruhrgebeit area where he grew up. By the time he was 25, when he finally and decisively committed himself to making music as a primary artistic endeavor, he had already mounted gallery exhibitions in Holland and Germany, collaborated in several key Fluxus events, and established working and personal relationships with international figures of the expanded arts, most closely Nam June Paik and Tomas Schmit.

The Inexplicable Flyswatter is the first North American exhibition of Brötzmann's visual art that follows up on his recent Swedish retrospective last year at Ystads Konstmuseum in Sweden in late 2002. The subject of this exhibition at Woodland Pattern Book Center (on view last month at Chicago's Gallery 1926) will be works on paper (paintings, collages, lithographs) created over a four year period from 1959 to 1964, more than half of which focus on a common, peculiar image: the flyswatter.

"An ideal dadaistic image, the flyswatter unites elements of humor and violence in a versatile visual schema—rectangular two-dimensional swatting surface with uniformly distributed perforations—that suggests grid-like patterning and formal repetition."
—John Corbett

Catalog available for sale:

Peter Brötzman: The Inexplicable Flyswatter: Works on Paper 1959-1964 with an essay by John Corbett and CD-ROM.

June 8 through July 7, 2003
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

Riverwest: Everybody's Neighborhood
Photo exhibit on Riverwest—its history and present time

Featuring: text by Tom Tolan, historical photographs, and contemporary photography by John Ruebartsch

Artists' Talks; June 8th , the day of the Locust Street Festival
Tolan and Ruebartsch will be available at Woodland Pattern to discuss their work with interested visitors. Readings by Tom Tolan will take place at 11am and 4pm in the Woodland Pattern gallery.
No Admission Charge

Riverwest: Everybody's Neighborhood is a photo exhibit based on both the historical and current Riverwest neighborhood. The historical photos and text reflect the many communities that have made their place west of the river: German aristocrats who built summer homes along the river in the 19thcentury; Polish immigrants who built a community around two Catholic parishes; African Americans who marched for open housing in this neighborhood and around the city; Latinos who formed a mostly Puerto Rican barrio centered on Holton Street; and members of the 1970s counterculture, whose community centered around two food cooperatives. The contemporary photographs are by John Ruebartsch, an accomplished Riverwest photographer who has chronicled festivals, protests and everyday life in the neighborhood for years. The exhibit is timed to coincide with the release of Tom Tolan's new history of the neighborhood, "Riverwest: Everybody's Neighborhood,".

Tom Tolan is a Milwaukee native and a journalist with an 18-year career in daily newspapers, including two years at the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune and four at the El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post. Most of his career has been at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he has been a reporter, a copy editor and an assistant metro editor. Before getting into newspapers he was a cab driver and a longshoreman in Milwaukee. He has a master's degree in Journalism from the Univesity of California at Berkeley. This is his first book—and it goes without saying, his first photo exhibit.

John Ruebartsch is a photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University and at other galleries. His children's book with writer Ken Cole, "No Bad News," won numerous awards. The photographs for the book were shot mainly in Riverwest. Ruebartsch's color photographs of the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico will be the subject of a show this fall at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts. He was a producer of "Voices of the Sierra Tarahumara," a documentary that premiered in 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival.

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