Punks, Geeks and Lovers: A MIAD Zine Exhibition

Punks, Geeks, and Lovers

A MIAD Zine Exhibition

November 7, 2023 – January 27, 2024

“Punks, Geeks, and Lovers” is an eclectic exhibition that celebrates the dynamic and diverse spirit of human connection and expression. This collection of zines is a testament to the power of DIY culture, subversion, and the unapologetic embrace of individuality. Born from our annual Zine Fair, led by the Zine Club at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, we wanted to continue to highlight the raw, unfiltered voices of those who challenge conformity, those who revel in the obscure, and those who express their glittery and sticky emotions through art.

Closing Reception: Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 5 – 8 p.m.

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Zines themselves have emerged from the scraps, providing a platform for marginalized voices, their role in fostering creativity and community, their capacity to challenge mainstream narratives, and their unique, tangible nature. They provide an accessible, easy to distribute medium for artists, writers, and people interested in enacting social change. Zines are a testament to the power of grassroots media and self-expression in a world that often prioritizes commercialized and homogenized forms of communication.

In a world often defined by boundaries and categories, “Punks, Geeks, and Lovers” invites you to explore the intersections of these seemingly distinct communities. Explore the pages and spreads filled with untamed ideas that challenge convention. Discover the common threads that connect these seemingly disparate groups and recognize the shared human experiences that unite us all. “Punks, Geeks, and Lovers” celebrates the voices that have been marginalized, the passions that have been misunderstood, and the love that transcends boundaries. It is an invitation to embrace the beauty in the unconventional, to question the status quo, and to celebrate the myriad forms of love that enrich our lives.

Curated and organized by

Cedar Meik and Rowan Rowher, MIAD Zine Club
Rithi Punyamurthula, MIAD Equity and Inclusion Center
Monica Miller, MIAD Gallery at The Ave

Participating Artists

Mia Emerson
Kennedy Gerber
Lee Judilla
Lauren Martin
Jamie Messerman
Cyprien Morin
Lucky Roxxe
Sydney Short
Amanda Smithivas