Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars

With a view both familiar and undeniably unique, perceptibly eerie but somehow warmly inviting, photographer Carl Corey's pictures in "Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars" capture the Wisconsin public house as it is today. The 60 pictures collected here are awash with a sense of place - the lingering tang of cigarette smoke, the feel of a gritty floor as a bar stool is pushed back, the ease of sinking into a dimly lit womb of good company and cold beer. Supernaturally vivid colors intertwine with distinctly average vignettes to reveal the magical, and fleeting, quality of these singular places and the people who love them.

A stunningly evocative collection of documentary pictures, "Tavern League" serves as a sociological snapshot. Our bars are unique micro-communities offering patrons a sense of belonging; many are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns provide the valuable opportunity for face to face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of social networking, mobile texting, gaming, and the rapid-fire of email. The Wisconsin tavern presented here is an important segment of the Wisconsin community - one whose evolution, and even continued existence, stands in question in a young twenty-first century.

Carl Corey's work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, as well as in numerous private and public collections. Corey has won more than 100 photography awards from such groups and publications as the New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Bessies, Addys, and Gold Lions. He is also the author of For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses.

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Featured Taverns:

At Random - Milwaukee
Baumgartner's - Monroe
The Blue Room - Ashland
Bob Smith's Sports Club - Hudson
Cave Bar - Hersey
Cave Inn - Roberts
Chewy's - Manitowoc
Class of '68 - La Crosse
Club 53 - Amery
Club Modern - Merrill
Club Orlow - Amherst
Deer's Bar - Deer Park
Del's Bar - La Crosse
Dick's Bar - Hudson
G-G's Tap - Benton
Glory Days - La Crosse
Iron Horse Saloon - Viola
Jamo's - Milwaukee
Jim's Buckshot Bar - Boyceville
Joe's Bar - Stevens Point
Ken's Keyboard - East Farmington
Kristin's Riverwalk - Stevens Point
Leakers Place - Glenwood City
The Longbranch - Elmwood
Mel's Midtowner - River Falls
Moccasin Bar - Hayward
Northwoods Pub - Tomahawk
Palomino Bar - Milwaukee
Popcorn Tavern - La Crosse
Quade's Place - Rhinelander
The Red Room - Dodgeville
The Red Room - Sturgeon Bay
Robbie's Place - Rhinelander
Sandy's - Viola
Sessler's - Meeme
Shari's Chippewa Club - Durand
Smiley's - Lake Tomahawk
Spot Bar - Durand
The Stockyard - Coon Valley
Thurmans "15" - Milwaukee
Tim's Black and Orange - Webster
Von Trier Tavern - Milwaukee
Wagen's Bar - Saukville
Wolski's Tavern - Milwaukee
Yesterdays - La Crosse