2901 N Fratney St

Michelle Grabner, host & curator
Paul Drueke, artist


Angelique Roy’s Passage
Opening: September 19th, 2015 6 – 9 pm
8 pm Gangway Performance
Featuring: Joshua Ballew, Margaret Noodin, Laura Hunter

In conjunction with Fergus Feehily
The Suburban
2901 North Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

A Terrain Biennial Project at The Suburban:

“Angelique Roy’s Passage” by Paul Druecke

Did she sometimes wait
in the summer heat
for the ghosts to send her back
after a taste of bad medicine?

excerpt from Margaret Noodin’s poem, Poison

Paul Druecke‘s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. 96th Street Aperture was installed in NYC as part of Marlborough Chelsea’s Broadway Morey Boogie. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art. Two books, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010) have been published by Green Gallery Press. His work has been featured in Camera Austria and InterReview, and written about in Artforum, Art in America,, and

Joshua Ballew is a comedian originally from Milwaukee who now lives in Chicago pursuing his dream of being killed in Chicago. He is a contributor to The Whiskey Journal and the creator of #ThingsThatShouldExistButDoNot
Laura Hunter is a senior at MIAD. She was raised singing, has played leading roles in musical productions and sang in choirs including the madrigal choir at Truman State University. She is a classically trained solo vocalist.   

Margaret Noodin is assistant professor in English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is author of Weweni (2015) and Bawaajimo (2014). She is also one of the founders of Miiskwaasining Nagamojig and

Angelique Roy’s Passage

Paul Druecke


Patinated cast bronze, adhesive, chalk, pastels, fixitive, vocal performance, poetry reading, comedy performance

The project names the gangway between the Suburban and Woodland Pattern in honor of Angelique Roy. Angelique was the granddaughter of Ah-ke-ne-pa-weh, a Menomonee tribal leader. In 1786 Angelique married the first person of European descent, a French-Canadian voyageur, to permanently settle in the area now known as Milwaukee. The project temporarily transforms the newly designated space and invites future programming of Angelique Roy’s Passage

Research notes:

excerpt from Margaret Noodin’s poem, Poison

“Did she sometimes wait

in the summer heat

for the ghosts to send her back

after a taste of bad medicine?”

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excerpt from: Another Perspective on the French and Native Peoples

“Jacques Vieau and his entourage finally arrived in Milwaukee harbor between the 18th and the 20th of August in 1795. There, a large number of Potawatomi, including relatives of his wife Angelique, as well as some Sauk and Fox, and a few Winnebago, warmly welcomed Jacques and his family.”

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Gertrude Stein: “The only thing that is different from one time to another is what is seen and what is seen depends upon how everybody is doing everything.” Composition as Explanation (1926).

Michelle Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing department in the fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner also runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband, artist Brad Killam. She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer.

Solo exhibitions of her work have also been held at INOVA, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Ulrich Museum, Wichita; and University Galleries, Illinois State University. She has been included in group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives, UK; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Her work is included in the permanent collection of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoCA, Chicago; MUDAM, Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.