Polka Heartland: Photographs by Dick Blau
January 31–March 29, 2015
Polka expert Rick MarchThe Brewhaus Polka Kings
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.
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.
Polka Dance Party
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
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.