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June 4, 2012 | Willy

Although technically our second anniversary was May 30th, we designated yesterday for our official celebration and planned a day of activities centered around plein air painting. Some guests brought their own painting materials. Others checked out watercolor kits from our art studio and found painting spots out on the grounds.

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Heather Eiden kicked off her summer yoga series, Yoga in the Garden, with a free introductory session. (You can join Heather every Sunday from 1-2:30 pm for yoga at Lynden.)

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Meanwhile, Ali Lubbad and Michael Kashou of the Painted Caves were deep in the groove on the patio, using a range of string, percussion and wind instruments and loops to provide the soundtrack for the day's festivities. Their meditative, entrancing sounds were perfect for dancing, artmaking, wandering and relaxing.

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Guests took a tour of the sculpture with docent Lloyd Hickson and a tour of the numerous varieties of trees on the grounds with Sharon Morrisey and Jason Housworth. There were cookies (from Amaranth Bakery) and lemonade, the weather was beautiful, and a wonderful time was had by all.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped out, participated and attended. We'll see you next year for the 3rd anniversary!

Photos by Elisabeth Albeck.

May 30, 2012 | Willy

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Gitte Bog serving her soups at the Winter Carnival

You may remember artist Gitte Bog from her tailgate project at our Winter Carnival all the way back in February. Bog spent a week at Lynden, surveying Milwaukeeans about Milwaukee and food. She then prepared two soups based on the results, Milwaukee Soup and Everybody's Favorite Vegetable Soup which she served at the Carnival.

Bog, who was born in Denmark and is currently based in Mexico City, is now embarking on a new project called The Challenge. She's asked us to pass the information along, and if you're interested in participating, you'll find a link to a survey at the bottom of this post.

Via Gitte Bog:

"The Challenge"

How many times have we rejected recipes because they contain an ingredient we don't like?
Are we missing out on new wonderful culinary experiences or do we just know with certainty that we won't like the dish because it contains that ingredient?

"The Challenge" is a two part online-project. The first part is a small survey about our least favourite food. Participants choose a ingredient they don't like and can tell a bit about why they don't like it if they wish. Our dislike can stem from a personal experience we had in relation to the ingredient or from the sensation the texture or taste give us. Sometimes, it is difficult to put a finger on why we don't like something and that is completely valid too.

The second part of the project is the actual challenge. People can visit a blog (not active yet) to see a list of ingredients that other participants dislike and send in recipes in a bid to change there mind. It can be recipes, where the ingredient is "hidden" or where it (because of the combination with other ingredients) has a different taste than usual.

The blog will be activated on Friday the 1st. of June for the opening of the exhibition "Indulge" at the Water Street Studios, Batavia, Illinois.
The project is on-going but if you like to have your ingredient included for the show it would be great if you could fill out the survey before Friday.
The blog will contain all the information participants share with me. The survey is anonymous but I can add your name to a general participants' list if you wish.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3FHVYTR

For more info on Gitte Bog, visit her website.

May 29, 2012 | Willy

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Working on Heinz Mack's Three Graces (1965)

Meet Miguel Angel Ramirez, our new Conservation Intern. Miguel just completed his junior year as a sculpture major at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is spending the summer at Lynden working on the conservation of sculptures under the supervision of Sergio Salinas. Miguel says the opportunity to do restoration work at Lynden is a perfect fit for him because he's interested in learning about the sculptures, familiarizing himself with how they were constructed and implementing that knowledge in his own studio practice. We're excited to have him on board at Lynden, and if you see him on the grounds, say hello!

May 16, 2012 | Willy

We've had artists make full use of our indoor gallery space before. Kevin Giese ran 80 ash strips from floor to ceiling in Still Living, and Stuart Cropper & Amy Morris hung large tree branches from each wall as part of Inverse. But I'd venture to say that artists Santiago Cucullu and Ester Partegàs, in preparation for their upcoming show Gos Sa Mer, are engaged in the most extensive transformation of the gallery yet. They've been working all week with assistance from Sergio Salinas, Bruce Knackert, and Patrick Kernan to realize their vision for the space. Take a look at the installation photos below for a taste of what's in store, and then join us for the Opening Reception, this Sunday, May 20, 3-5 pm. To read more about the exhibition, click here. Thanks to Craig Kroeger for the photos.

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May 10, 2012 | Willy

We'd like to give a big thank you to all who attended our Women's Speaker Series event on Tuesday featuring Daniel Goldin of Milwaukee's own Boswell Book Company. It was great to see a mix of new and old faces at Lynden enjoying Daniel's talk, which put his passion for books and sense of humor were on full display. The rain held off just long enough for attendees to stroll the grounds with a glass of wine before the talk began. And we'd be remiss not to mention the delightful cheese plate from our almost-neighbors at Larry's Market.

May 2, 2012 | Willy

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If you guessed the cows, you're right! Yesterday, Patrick and Sergio moved the cows, aka Samuel Buri's Des Vaches: Mo, Ni, Que (1971-1976), from their winter resting spot by the swimming pool back to where they normally graze on the far side of the lake. This can only mean one thing: summer is on its way!

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Another (less exciting) indication that we're gearing up for summer here at Lynden is that as of this week the outdoor restrooms are open.

April 16, 2012 | Willy

We had planned for this past Saturday to be the inaugural Dog Day at Lynden, but when a feature in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identified the event as happening on Sunday, we decided to welcome dogs all weekend. Around 30 dogs (with owners in tow) came to the garden to roam the grounds and contemplate the sculpture. Neil was on hand to take a few photos.

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Former Lynden Educational Assistant Jenni Groot, still educating

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Becoming one with the sculpture

More photos here.

We will definitely be doing more Dog Days in the future. Make sure you're on our e-list to keep up to date with everything that's happening at Lynden.

April 4, 2012 | Willy

2011 Established Nohl fellow Sonja Thomsen and collaborator Adam Carr are opening a new site-specific public art project this week called here, mothers are, in conjunction with the Dominican Center for Women and the Amani Neighborhood.

Thomsen and Carr describe here, mothers are:

"Over a period of three months, Thomsen and Carr conducted living room interviews with women and families connected to the Dominican Center for Women. Those intimate and varied experiences have been translated to mural photographs and text, which populate a pop-up gallery as well as the boards of a neighboring foreclosed home between 24th & 25th on Locust. The installation invites viewers to go beyond faces and facades, into family spaces within the surrounding neighborhood through visuals, text, and interactive audio. here, mothers are gives personal spaces a place in the public domain."

There is an opening reception this Saturday, April 7th, from 10 am-12 pm. Meet at the popup gallery across the street from the Dominican Center for Women, in between 24th Place and 25th on Locust Street.

For more information on the project, visit http://heremothersare.wordpress.com.

March 23, 2012 | Willy

2010 Nohl Fellow Chris Thompson premiered Jeff, his feature length documentary about Jeffrey Dahmer at the SXSW Film Festival last week. Read reviews of the film at The Hollywood Reporter and Twitch Film.

Update:
Kathy Quirk at UWM has a great article on Chris, Jeff, and one of its stars, Andrew Swant (a 2008 Nohl fellow), here.

March 21, 2012 | Willy

We often see wild turkeys roaming the grounds at Lynden, usually in small groups of 3 or 4. Occasionally, I'll look up from my desk to see a turkey or two running full speed across the lawn (truly a sight to behold!) Earlier this week, however, Patrick came across a rafter* of 23 turkeys crossing the access road. He had the presence of mind to take a short video with his phone, and today we share it with you. Enjoy!

* the correct collective noun for a group of turkeys, according to http://palomaraudubon.org/collective.html.


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