In 2007, the Wisconsin Arts Board's Percent for Art program commissioned six photographers to create portraits of contemporary Wisconsin worker. These photographs by Dick Blau and Tim Abler (Milwaukee), David Heberlein (River Falls), John Shimon and Julie Lindemann (Manitowoc), and Jamie Young (Madison and Syracuse, NY) create a poignant meditation on the nature of work and the impact of the contemporary global economy on Wisconsin labor. The resultant exhibition organized by the James Watrous Gallery, entitled WISCONSIN LABOR: A CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT, features about forty images selected by the artists. All of the over 200 prints and accompanying field notes from the original Percent for Art project are available to researchers through the Wisconsin Historical Society's Visual Materials Collection. WISCONSIN LABOR is a traveling exhibition, and we caught up with photographer Tim Abler at Cardinal Stritch's Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery in Milwaukee to talk about his images.
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703