Santiago Cucullu

Milwaukee Art Museum

Santiago Calatrava’s Quadracci Pavilion, completed in 2001, is the architectural antithesis to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s original Eero Saarinen building. Skeletal and dazzling white, Calatrava’s expansion flaunts its pièce de résistance: the Burke brise soleil, a series of steel rods forming two massive fins engineered to raise and lower like the wings of a bird. Connecting Calatrava’s gracile landmark to Saarinen’s blocky mass are two long and narrow enclosed walkways, also designed by Calatrava, that are used as exhibition spaces. It is in one of these, the seemingly endless west galleria, that Milwaukee-based artist Santiago Cucullu has created one of his signature installations in which he juxtaposes wall graphics and contrivances that he has fashioned from found, borrowed, and swiped objects.

The constraints of the vertebral galleria make the space a prodigious challenge for artists.

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