15 Dec 2016

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | More “Hearing Voices”

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PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | More “Hearing Voices”

As promised, here are a few more stories inspired by the paintings in The Pfister Hotel.  The first was written by Amy Miller–we squealed in delight at its ability to be both formal sounding and naughty.  The second is another by Amy, a letter from a character in the hazy painting who is barely recognizable at […]

14 Dec 2016

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | “Hearing Voices”

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PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | “Hearing Voices”

What is “voice”? It’s what comes out of our mouths when we speak, the reverberation of air through our vocal cords that makes particular sounds, with a pitch and a timbre, a tone and a frequency.  But is that all it is? Is it the expression of our unique style, whether spoken or written (or even […]

29 Nov 2016

Plume Service Vol. 1: Sensual Perspectives of Time & Space, Cont’d

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Plume Service Vol. 1: Sensual Perspectives of Time & Space, Cont’d

In today’s edition of Plume Service Vol. 1, you’ll read different stories inspired by the same painting. The Olive Branch and Stone  by Zoë Lindstrom (aka Countess Zoëlla Germaine) Blue wind, Yesterday you were our enemy. We rolled our hearts with the old sea– salt monster– the nets yielding unspoken things. Ochre sun and stone, such strangers […]

21 Nov 2016

Plume Service Vol. 1: Sensual Perspectives of Time & Space

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Plume Service Vol. 1: Sensual Perspectives of Time & Space

About a week ago, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, fifteen people participated in the first ever Plume Service writing workshop, the first in a series of monthly writing experiences whose goal is to bring The Pfister’s paintings to life. We gathered on the mezzanine, with a view of the lobby below and an ear to the […]

30 Oct 2016

From the Mezzanine: Milwaukee Art Museum Teens Descend on The Pfister

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From the Mezzanine: Milwaukee Art Museum Teens Descend on The Pfister

Windblown and soggy, they escaped the dark cold.  They entered the bright gallery space where new art was being hung for an upcoming exhibit, one girl wrapped in a beach towel for warmth, others with curls worried about frizzing.  One boy shook his purple hair, others nudged each other as they talked about their day. Last […]

26 Oct 2016

PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

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PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

If these walls could talk… Over 80 Victorian paintings and other art pieces grace the walls of The Pfister Hotel, an impressive art collection worth more than the original cost of the Hotel in 1893.  It is considered to be the largest collection of Victorian art in any hotel in the world.  Each art piece […]