30 Americans on Display at Milwaukee Art Museum

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30 Americans on Display at Milwaukee Art Museum
June 14–September 8, 2013

(Remember 1st Thursdays are free at the MAM!!)

Milwaukee Art Museum Website http://mam.org/30-americans/

Taken from Milwaukee Art Museum description….
30 Americans is a dynamic exploration of contemporary American art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970 raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. Whether addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, politics, or history—or seemingly remaining silent about them—these works offer powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy.

Artists from 30 Americans
30 Americans is drawn from the acclaimed holdings of the Rubell Family Foundation in Miami, Florida. New Yorkers Don and Mera Rubell began acquiring contemporary art in the late 1960s. Through their friendships with living artists, particularly young artists, the Rubells collected backwards and forwards, creating networks of intergenerational influence. As a result, the works that comprise the exhibition offer a stylistic conversation among artists of different decades and generations. Minimalism, abstraction, conceptualism, performance, new media, installation art, identity politics, deconstruction, street aesthetics, and the return of figuration—every major development in contemporary art over the past four decades is represented.
Provocative, beautiful, humorous, at times painful, and always deeply compelling, 30 Americans is a dazzling presentation of some of the best art made in the last forty years—and a captivating guide to some of the most exciting talent working today.

 
Wisconsin 30 Also on Display
In conjunction with 30 Americans, the Museum presents Wisconsin 30, a parallel exhibition featuring paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, and sculpture by thirty Wisconsin African American artists. This intergenerational exhibition presents a complementary overview of the themes of race and identity explored in 30 Americans, with a focused lens on Wisconsin.

Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma (born Kevin Wayne Tate) is well known for his murals. After studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nsoroma returned to Wisconsin as a freelance artist, designing three-dimensional murals on the Fond du Lac Avenue overpass. Since then, Nsoroma has painted over forty murals, including pieces in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma (born Kevin Wayne Tate) is well known for his murals. After studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nsoroma returned to Wisconsin as a freelance artist, designing three-dimensional murals on the Fond du Lac Avenue overpass. Since then, Nsoroma has painted over forty murals, including pieces in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

Wisconsin 30 is organized by the Museum, in coordination with Sande Robinson, president, Milwaukee Art Museum’s African American Art Alliance, and Lynne Shumow, curator of education, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University.

http://mam.org/30-americans/wisconsin-30.php

Programs & Events in Conjunction with the Display
http://mam.org/30-americans/programs.php
Express Talk: 30 Americans
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12 PM
Explore 30 Americans in 30 minutes and discover the provocative work of some of the most important African American artists of the last three decades.
Baker/Rowland Galleries
Free with Museum admission
Panel Discussion: Why Here?
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6:15 PM
Explore the TypeFace public art project, with artists Reginald Baylor and Adam Carr, whose installations in the Harambee, Sherman Park, Lindsay Heights, and Burnham Park neighborhoods will draw on community responses to the question, why here? And hear from artists represented in Wisconsin 30, the complementary exhibition to 30 Americans, as they discuss the question in reference to their choice to remain in Wisconsin.
Lubar Auditorium
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talk: 30 Americans
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:30 PM
Hear about the artists and the provocative works in the 30 Americans exhibition on a guided tour. This dynamic exploration of contemporary American art presents nearly eighty paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, and videos by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. Whether addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, or politics—or, in some instances, remaining silent about them—these works offer powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy.
Baker/Rowland Galleries
Free with Museum admission

Express Talk: 30 Americans
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12 PM
Explore 30 Americans in 30 minutes and discover the provocative work of some of the most important African American artists of the last three decades.
Baker/Rowland Galleries
Free with Museum admission

Book Salon: The Devil Finds Work
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:30 AM
Join other book enthusiasts this summer for lively discussions at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This series features books related to the 30 Americans exhibition.
July 20: The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin
August 17: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
In The Devil Finds Work, James Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Exorcist, offering a vision of America’s self-delusions and deceptions. Here are our loves and hates, biases and cruelties, fears and ignorance, reflected by the films that have entertained us and shaped our consciousness. Here, too, is the stunning prose of a writer whose passion never diminished his struggle for equality, justice, and social change.
RSVP to adults@mam.org or 414-224-3826. Books are available from the Museum Store.
Quadracci Suite
Free with Museum admission
Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: Art of the Now

30 Americans Website
http://www2.corcoran.org/30americans/home

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3 responses to “30 Americans on Display at Milwaukee Art Museum

  1. Pingback: “Why Here?” | ArtbyBB

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