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Daniel Goldin Recap

May 10, 2012

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.

Guess Who's Back

May 2, 2012


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.

Dog Days Photos

April 16, 2012

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.

Current Nohl Fellow Update

April 4, 2012

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

Nohl Fellow Update

March 23, 2012

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.

Turkey Watch

March 21, 2012

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

Winter Carnival 2012 Recap

February 14, 2012

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.


February 10, 2012

MilwaukeeSnow, a website where "Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow encourages you to enjoy winter activities in Southeast Wisconsin," has some coverage of tomorrow's Winter Carnival at Lynden. Click here to read it.

And as you may have noticed, it's looking like it will be a snowy carnival after all!

Nohl: Jim Stingl on Paul Druecke's "Near Here"

January 30, 2012

If you missed it last week, Jim Stingl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a column about Near Here, a piece by 2010 Nohl Fellow Paul Druecke. The piece, a bronze plaque which at first glance appears to be a historic marker but upon further inspection reveals its poetic qualities, is currently sited on Prospect Avenue, by UWM's Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth building. To read the column, click here. To learn more about the Nohl fellowship program, click here.

Winter Carnival Guest Artist Gitte Bog

January 27, 2012

Our Second Annual Winter Carnival is fast approaching, and we are excited to announce Gitte Bog as our Winter Carnival Guest Artist.

Gitte Bog is a Danish artist who lives and works in Mexico City. Her social art practice is site- and context-responsive and participatory in nature, and she thinks of it as a platform for dialogue. Bog is interested in the poetic possibilities in everyday materials, activities and places. Inspired by traditional work methods and everyday activities, hobbies and celebrations, she explores identity, memory, history, cultural differences (and similarities) and language. Singing, dancing, knitting, cooking, talking, walking and planting seeds have all found their way into her work, which takes different forms: live art, video, audio and installation. Bog finds some everyday activities simultaneously fascinating and frustrating; by resetting their rules or creating rituals of her own, she questions the authoritarian presence that often masks these benign activities. Fusion and chance are central elements in her work.

At Lynden, Bog will be creating a new food-based, site responsive project for the tailgating portion of Sara Caron and Ashley Janke's garden-wide Capture the Flag tournament.

Bog obtained her degrees in visual arts in London, where she lived for more than ten years. She has been awarded several residencies and commissions and her work is shown in galleries in Europe and the Americas. She is the co-founder of two organizations in Mexico City that offer local communities free art workshops and other cultural activities. More info:

And remember: our Second Annual Winter Carnival is Saturday, February 11, 10 am-4 pm. See you there!

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