Dick Blau’s photographs belie the stereotype of polka as “corny” and “dated” and instead show a vibrant, living glimpse into the everyday of the polka culture. Featuring 30 photographs that capture the energy of live polka performances, Polka Heartland: Photographs by Dick Blau is anything but documentary. Blau’s photographs reverberate with the same “loudness” and “sensuality” as his subjects.
Opening Party: Saturday, January 31 | 2:00-5:00
We’re putting on a true polka party! View Polka Heartland and meet the man behind the camera. Enjoy live polka music by Milwaukee’s The Squeezettes, make your own musical instruments, nosh on Wisconsin fare, and drink some good ol’ fashioned beer.
Thursday, February 12 | 6:30
Polka Heartland: Adventures in Art and Ethnography
Dick Blau will discuss his motivation in capturing the world of polka on film, giving this often unappreciated musical genre its due respect.
Thursday, March 5 | 6:30
The Amazing Variety of Polka Styles
Polka expert Rick March explores the many distinct styles and cultural influences that comprise this musical genre. March will treat attendees to a few tunes on his accordion.
Saturday, March 14 | 1:00–4:00
Roll out the barrel and join us for a family polka celebration. Enjoy live polka music from the Brewhaus Polka Kings, light refreshments, an art project, and, while you’re here, learn the polka strut. Bring a dancing partner!
Guided Exhibition Tours
Thursday, February 12 | 5:45
Saturday, March 14 | 2:00
Members at the Three + and Friends of Wisconsin Art
levels are invited to enjoy a guided tour of Polka Heartland.
Arrive early! Walk-ins welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Buy the Book
The exhibition also celebrates the publication of the book Polka Heartland which will be published by the Wisconsin State Historical Society in spring 2015. More information coming soon.