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Perimeter is a project commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, in which Kevin J. Miyazaki was invited to create new work addressing the topic of fresh water and the Great Lakes. The resulting photographs capture a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan through images of everyday people whose lives are closest to it. Miyazaki photographed a diverse group of individuals who all have connections to the lake: residents, beachgoers, scientists, dock workers, environmentalists, artists, community leaders, commercial fishermen, ferry captains, boat builders, and surfers.
The majority of these portraits were made during a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around the lake's perimeter. Miyazaki traveled with a portable studio, constructed with PVC pipe and black velvet, which he set up on beaches and in parks, on boat docks and in backyards. Sometimes he photographed groups of individuals in the same location, and other times he set up to photograph just one person. There were some specific, compelling subjects he identified in advance, but most in the project are people he simply met while traveling, and always within eyeshot of the lake.
This exhibition and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Haggerty and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Saturday, April 27
Open Galleries/Viewing, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
All programs take place at the Haggerty unless otherwise noted.