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About the Exhibition

Opening Party | July 22, 2:00–4:00

MOWA | West Bend

On View
July 22–October 15

Opening Block Party
July 22 | 2:00–4:00

The Street is an immersive exhibition of objects, images, sound, and video that transports you on an experimental, multisensory journey through a vibrant, ever-evolving landscape of ideas, people, places, and democratic ideals that define public space. The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate their own place within the dynamic environment of city life.

From towering totems of black-and-white gelatin silver prints to palm-size instant exposures, hundreds of photographs by more than twenty photographers serve as a poignant testament to the changing tapestry of life. Each carefully composed image captures a fleeting moment in time, offering a glimpse into the diverse narratives and perspectives that unfold in the urban environment. Intimate and grandiose, candid and posed, empowering and heartbreaking, these images reflect the many faces, spaces, and stories of the city.

Vibrant paintings, created by some of Wisconsin’s most celebrated muralists, transform the exhibition space with colorful canvases that amplify community voices, channel social commentary, and reflect aspirations for a bright future.

Found object assemblages offer nostalgic reminders of a city’s history. Given new life, these forgotten urban fragments bear witness to the beauty and resources that can emerge in unexpected places.

Dancers and street performers find audiences in public space turned grand stage. Avenues and boulevards double as backdrops and catwalks for models in a display of cutting-edge style by emerging fashion designers. BMX riders, skateboarders, and freerunners showcase unique ways to navigate the urban environment, challenging conventional notions of movement and transportation. They encourage us to reimagine the city streets as spaces for creativity and exploration.

Bits of overheard conversations, brief passages of music, laughter of children at play, and sounds from the hustle and bustle of everyday life come together to fashion a city-life soundscape that amplifies the sensory experience of The Street.

Exhibiting Artists

Anthony Anderson, Stephen Anderson, Deanna Antony, Melanie Ariens, Daniel Arnold, Audifax, Amal Azzam, Ben Binversie, Bradford Bishop, Erin Bloodgood, Jaime Brown, Alex Hawkins-Burgos, Michael Hawkins-Burgos, Isabel Castro, Anne Chanson, Celeste Contreras, Mark Cors, Paul Dreucke, Josh Ellis, Thomas Ferrella, John Fleissner, Rachel Foster, Emma Daisy Gertel, Samer Ghani, Abrahm Guthrie, Eric Halverson, Max Hautala, Michael J Havice, Rielly Heintz, Kyle Herrera, Dan Herro, Darby Hutchinson, Maeve Jackson, Antoinette Johnson, David Jones, Mariah Tate Klemens, Jeff Klugiewicz, Lewis Koch, Brit Krohmer, Okja Kwon, Maryam Ladoni, Jackson Lehaie, David Lenz, Teddy Lepley, Adam Levin, J Myszka Lewis, Conhg Lopez, Andre Saint Louis, Mike Lroy, Shana Lucas, Lilly Luft, Kai Marquardt, Stefan Matioc, Mike McGuinness, Brandon Minga, Todd Mrozinski, Kel Mur, Nayfa Naji, Riley Niemack, Ammar Nsoroma, Adam Ossers, Martina Patterson, Dora Peregrine, Ben Pollock, Emily Popp, Marilyn Propp, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt, Eric Purdue, Alayna N. Pernell, Rob Ran, Maia Rauh, Bruce Saille, Julia Scheckel, Paula Schulz, Lily Shea, Liubov Szwako, Jess Trepanier, Manny Vibes, Sue Waala, Nathaniel Wurzer, Drew York, Dave Zimmerman


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Support for this exhibition
generously provided by

The James and Karen Hyde Fund

Thomas J. Rolfs Family Foundation