Artist, photographer and writer Tom Bamberger will present a brief history of the national public art movement, starting with Richard Serra’s controversial public sculpture, Tilted Arc, installed in New York City from 1981 to 1989, and review the history of public art in Milwaukee. He will also reflect about what landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Milwaukee’s Lake Park, might think of the park today.
About Tom Bamberger
Tom Bamberger has been a working artist for almost four decades. His photographs have been collected and shown at many museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Art in America and The New York Times, and he has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Wisconsin Arts Board.
Bamberger is also the author of many essays and publications on photography, architecture and urban design, and currently writes the “In Public” column for the website Urban Milwaukee. He is the only person who has been writing about architecture and urban design in Milwaukee for more than 30 years. During his more than 20 years as a contributing editor for Milwaukee Magazine, he has written hundreds of articles about the visual world that have garnered numerous honors, including from the Wisconsin Press Club for criticism, and the White Award, a national press award for city and regional magazines.
While working at the Milwaukee Art Museum as the curator of photography for more than a decade, Bamberger produced more than 30 exhibitions and publications. Among the noteworthy shows that received national recognition were the first museum exhibitions of Andreas Gursky, Anna and Bernhard Blume, and Rodney Graham, all of which traveled to multiple venues and were accompanied by publications.
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