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waraksaJordan Waraksa ’07 (Sculpture) and MIAD Sculpture Professor Will Pergl are two of ten Milwaukee artists that participated in “Current Tendencies II.” The exhibition, which was on view through December 31 at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art, paired the work of the artists with Marquette academics, who used their expertise to write reflections on the artists’ works.

Waraksa exhibited wooden sound sculptures “Bellaphone No. 5” and “Bellaphone No. 6,” a wooden amplifier for the sculptures and a furniture piece. The sculptures play the music of The Vitrolum Republic, a band featuring Jordan and his brother Nick Waraksa ’04 (Communication Design). Marquette Music Professor Dr. Jason Ladd reflected on classic and modern themes in his essay on Jordan’s works.

Pergl exhibited two sculptures, “The Most Boring Day in the Twentieth Centenary” and “43-05-26.0 N 087-53-50.0 W: The Tallest Free-Standing Tower in the World of August 1962.” He also showed a photograph, “Tower.” Marquette Journalism Professor Dr. Bonnie Brennen discussed technology and communication in relation to Pergl’s art in her reflection.

Pergl, who exhibits widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., was also one of several participants in “Conversations about art, philosophy and communication” on Thursday, October 6.

perglThe Haggerty Museum hosted an opening reception on Wednesday, August 31. And the Vitrolum Republic performed with the organist at the Church of the Gesu on Wednesday, September 14.

Other artists featured in the exhibition included: Reginald Baylor, Mark Brautigam, Julian Correa, Lisa Hecht, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Luc Leplae, Nathaniel Stern and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger. Mediums include photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sculpture.

The Haggerty Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Sunday hours are 12 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Marquette University’s website.


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Top image: Jordan Waraksa ’07, “Bellaphone,” peruvian walnut, redwood, brass, steel
Bottom image: Will Pergl, Sculpture Professor, “43-05-26.0 N 087-53-50.0 W: The Tallest Free-Standing Tower in the World of August 1962,” wood