Coming (and Going) Attractions

July 15, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Photos of Coming (and Going) Attractions by Claire Ruzicka:

Lynden members may purchase tickets for $15 (regular price is $20) from the Alverno Presents Box Office at 414-382-6044. Summer box office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12pm-2pm. Tickets may be purchased online at any time at

Parking: Please park at the Park & Ride located just to the west of the Brown Deer Road exit of I-43. A free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride and Lynden beginning at 2:45 pm.

A co-presentation with

Lynden Sculpture Garden collaborates with Alverno Presents on an afternoon of art and performance across the grounds. For David Ravel of Alverno Presents, both the beauty and the puzzle of live performance is its impermanence. At Lynden, we continually explore the relationship between the changing natural landscape and the permanent collection of sculpture; on occasion, we work with artists whose work is intentionally ephemeral. Like performance, it comes, filling us with sensation, and goes, leaving us changed in its wake.

Join us for a party about comings and goings, arrayed across space of the garden and the hours of a leisurely afternoon. We will unveil a new outdoor site specific sculpture by Roy Staab, master of the evanescent. And we'll be placing sneak previews of three of Alverno Presents’s upcoming performances throughout the grounds -- shows to emerge fully formed this year and next on the Alverno series. Sample Jon Mueller's Death Blues (no time like the present), Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project with Juniper Tar, plus an early peek at what choreographer KT Niehoff and Lingo Dancetheatre will be doing in the 2013-2014 season. Bring a picnic!

Roy Staab, master of the evanescent and an artist-in-residence at Lynden this summer, will unveil a new site-specific sculpture in the Little Lake. The artist will be on hand to talk about his work throughout the afternoon. Since 1979, Staab has created ephemeral installations along the shallow waters and shores of lakes, oceans and rivers, using found materials such as reeds, bamboo, snow, stones and lines drawn in the earth. Staab often wades knee-deep in water for hours, using nothing but his hands to braid and bind stalks together, creating Zen-like sculptures which may last an hour, or a couple of weeks, depending on the forces of nature.

Since 1998, Lingo -- headed by Artistic Director KT Niehoff-- has been creating and manipulating atmospheres with spectral choreography that at times imitates aspects of real life, and then caustically moves into the realms of the unconscious, the absurd, the fantastic. With performances built around parties, and performance venues including black box theatres and urban spaces, Lingo has been known to force viewers into the fray of the movement and psychological content. As the Seattle Times noted from the 2010 work, A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light, “No move seems out of bounds. No mood seems taboo.” Lingo performs excerpts from their current work-in-progress to debut at Alverno Presents as part of their 2013-2014 season.

Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project explores the music of Stephen Foster—one of America’s greatest songwriters who authored songs including “Oh! Susannah” and “Beautiful Dreamer”. Juniper Tar will perform a preview set of Foster classics, rendered in their inspired rock/roots style of rich vocal harmonies and transient, atmospheric instrumentals.

Eminent composer and percussionist Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir), will present highlights of his forthcoming performance Death Blues (No Time Like the Present). With music designed to enliven the senses, set against the backdrop of the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s small changing house (formerly used for swimming and skating parties), Mueller will engage the audience and the space with philosophical questioning, conveyed through his marked compositional skills and arresting musical sensibilities.

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