Lynden Blog

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.

For more info on Gitte Bog, visit her website.

May 29, 2012 | Willy

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.




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


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!


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.

Former Lynden Educational Assistant Jenni Groot, still educating

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

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.

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

February 14, 2012 | Willy

We'd like to thank all the organizers, participants, and attendees of our Second Annual Winter Carnival for making it such a success. If you missed it, or simply would like to relive the magic, read on.

After a long stretch of mild weather, we began to wonder if our carnival might not end up lacking in wintry atmosphere. As luck would have it, a snowstorm hit the day before the carnival, and we arrived at the garden Friday morning to sufficient snow and a more-than-sufficient icy chill in the air.

Jeff Filipiak, Milwaukee's "Ambassador of Snow," began the day with a short talk encouraging attendees to appreciate all the gifts Wisconsin winters have to offer.

To see Jeff's photo album from the Winter Carnival, click here, and to read more about his project, check out

The Carnival kicked into high gear:

Attendees made Valentines in the upstairs art studio,

took a docent-led tour of the sculpture garden,

and joined Sara Caron & Ashley Janke's day-long Capture the Flag Tournament.
Contestants assembling.

Meanwhile, guest artist Gitte Bog began her all day tailgate project. In the week leading up to the carnival, Bog asked Milwaukeeans to fill out two surveys. One asked several questions about Milwaukee, the other asked questions about food. Using the results from these surveys, Bog prepared two soups: Everybody's Favorite Vegetable Soup and Milwaukee Soup.

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Carnival attendees stopped by her tailgate to sample the soups, and received a napkin containing a message from the Milwaukee survey. It was an opportunity to experience Milwaukee in new ways, plus the soup provided some warm nourishment for those braving the cold.



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Gitte Bog is a Danish-born artist who is currently located in Mexico City. Learn more about her work here.

There were multiple ways to score points in the Capture the Flag tournament, and only one of them involved actually capturing flags. All attendees joined either Elisabeth Albeck's Blue Team or Cody Frei's Orange Team, and earned points for their team by participating in events. Points were earned for taking a Tree Walk with Linda Stehman...

for painting the pond,



and for participating in checkpoint projects. The first checkpoint project was Neil Gasparka's Tivoli Ice Slide, a track for racing icy objects.

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The blue and orange teams raced each other for points.

The second check point was Richard Galling's plein air challenge. Participants had 15 minutes to complete a plein air painting. Gloves had to be kept on for maximum encumbrance.







To earn points in a warmer setting, participants dipped candles in the art studio.





Finally, after a long day of activities, people gathered in the foyer to regain feeling in their fingers and toes and to learn the results of the days tournament.


After some complicated tallying, Sara and Ashley announced the winners...

Elisabeth Albeck's Blue Team!
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The Lynden Cup

After all the hot cider and cookies were gone, it was time to draw the curtain on a successful Second Annual Winter Carnival. We hope to see you next year for the third one!

To see pictures from the Journal Sentinel, click here.

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