Beer Barons & Brewery Workers (2008) (2008)

The project "Beer Barons and Brewery Workers" was a collaborative project created by A. Bill Miller and Brandon Bauer for the Make Your Own History exhibition at the historic Blatz Building in Milwaukee, WI. It is composed of 15 animated gifs that act as a portrait across time of two important moments in the history of Milwaukee.

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The project "Beer Barons and Brewery Workers" was a collaborative project created by A. Bill Miller and Brandon Bauer for the Make Your Own History exhibition at the historic Blatz Building in Milwaukee, WI. It is composed of 15 animated gifs that act as a portrait across time of two important moments in the history of Milwaukee.

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The Project Beer Barons & Brewery Workers creates a dialog across the history of the brewing industry in Milwaukee. Animated portraits of beer barons from the era of the rise of the brewing industry interact with archival text about the 1953 brewery strike, a strike that anticipated the decline of the brewing industry in Milwaukee. The subtle and humorous animated gestures engage both the viewer and the texts shedding light on these important historical events. These two historical points become bookends to a history that is still very much a part of the fabric and character of the city of Milwaukee.

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The Project Beer Barons & Brewery Workers creates a dialog across the history of the brewing industry in Milwaukee. Animated portraits of beer barons from the era of the rise of the brewing industry interact with archival text about the 1953 brewery strike, a strike that anticipated the decline of the brewing industry in Milwaukee. The subtle and humorous animated gestures engage both the viewer and the texts shedding light on these important historical events. These two historical points become bookends to a history that is still very much a part of the fabric and character of the city of Milwaukee.

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