Like a little cheese with your whine?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | You Call This News?

I’m not a huge fan of the idea of the city putting up a bronze statue of the Fonz — hasn’t poor Milwaukee suffered enough Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley jokes? — but it’s just a silly little sculpture that’s going to go along the Riverwalk, which is home to many other sculptures. Local art guy Mike Brenner sure has his panties in a bunch over it, though.

Lighten up, Mike. Sheesh.

Any respect I had for him or his gallery is quickly waning. Only art he approves of is ok? Nice attitude for someone supposedly promoting the arts. Guess what — sometimes art is just plain silly or stupid. It happens. We’ll survive. (And is anyone but me having flashbacks to the last presidential elections and the Baldwin family?)

5 Comments to Like a little cheese with your whine?

Bartender Glenn
11/29/2007

I can’t stand pretentious art types like this. While I am not a huge fan of the Fonz statue his comments about it making Milwaukee such a crappy place, um, what about the Ralph Kramdem statue in New York, the Bob Newhart statue in Chicago, the Mary Tyler Moore in Minneapolis. I could not care less if this guy left town, which he probably won’t. I don’t need an art dictator in my life.

czeltic girl
11/30/2007

A nice follow-up from Visit Milwaukee.

And keep in mind, this sculpture would go down the block from a sculpture of a bunch of ducks paddling a boat. I don’t remember anyone complaining about that being too low-brow. (Then again, I don’t remember that one costing as much. But still…)

drezdn
12/4/2007

I really don’t think it’s much of a big deal, especially considering that it might bring a few more people to Milwaukee.

No one who cares about art will think it’s intended as high-brow art.

It’s just a fun little goof of a thing.

v'ron
12/5/2007

I’m really debating whether to blog about this myself, because it is such a non-issue to me! Maybe in the context of, hey, we couldn’t put up the Blue Shirt, but we can do this?

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