I love that the Milwaukee Art Museum doesn’t shy away from controversial contemporary artists. You might remember a work in the Museum’s Collection Galleries by Wafaa Bilal and Shawn Lawson that was temporarily installed in the Museum’s Impressionism Gallery in 2007: the Bar at the Folies Bergère (after Manet). Here is the Museum’s 2007 press release “Viewers Enter a Masterpiece in New Installation”. You can see photographs and a video of the Bilal piece on the artist’s website.
In the latest news, Mr. Bilal is now on to a new project that involves having a video camera surgically implanted into the back of his head! You can read about it in the NYTimes.com ArtsBeat blog here and here in The Art Law Blog post.