In June, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) opened a spectacular survey of contemporary art: 30 Americans (www.rfc.museum/past-exhibitions/3-30-americans). This exhibition taken from the Rubell Foundation, is one of the finest private collections of contemporary art in the country. All of the artists in the exhibition are African American. Donald and Mera Rubell spent about four decades working with these artists to create an exhibition that is powerful and relevant today. Here are the artists in the exhibition:
In conjunction with this exhibition, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents Wisconsin 30, a parallel exhibition featuring paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, and sculpture by thirty Wisconsin African American artists. This exhibition presents a complementary overview of the themes of race and identity explored in 30 Americans, focusing on Wisconsin. I have been chosen to be part of the Wisconsin 30!! Here’s my piece that is part of the show:
The other artists included in Wisconsin 30 are: Dave Anderson, Marlon Banks, Kevin Boatright, Reggie Baylor, Trenton Baylor, Brad Anthony Bernard, Tyanna Buie, Larry Chatman, Portia Cobb, Jamal Currie, Paul Davis, Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt, Freida High-Tesfagiorgis, Vedale Hill, Sonji Hunt, Mutope Johnson, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Richard Lewis, Charly Palmer, Christopher McIntyre, Ras Ammar Nsaroma, Sherman Pitts, Leslie Smith, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Babette Wainright, Della Wells, Iverson White, George Williams.
Wisconsin 30 is organized by the MAM, in coordination with Sande Robinson, president, Milwaukee Art Museum’s African American Art Alliance (Quad A), and Lynne Shumow, curator of education, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. Kudos and more kudos go to these women for a stellar job in bringing it all together!
- Milwaukee Art Museum to showcase black artists (channel3000.com)
- Milw. Art Museum offering free admission June 15th & 16th (fox6now.com)