Key Milwaukee

July 2013

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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First Midwest showing of 30 Americans here through Sept. 8 THE MILWAUKEE ART Museum's 2013 special summer exhibition is a dynamic exploration of contemporary American art by African American artists, being seen for the first time in the Midwest. Consisting of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video completed since 1970, 30 Americans raises questions about what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. Addressing issues of race, gender, politics and history, the works offer powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy. The exhibition 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. At the museum through Sept. 8, the exhibition has been seen only at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va., and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. There are three complementary exhibitions presented in conjunction with the 30 Americans exhibition and running concurrently with the feature exhibition. The museum presents 30 works by 30 Wisconsin-based African American artists in Schroeder Galleria with an exhibition titled Wisconsin 30. In addition, works from the Museum's Collection by African American artists are on display in the Contemporary Galleries. The five-channel video installation Question Bridge: Black Males also is available for viewing. 30 Americans is presented at the Milwaukee Art Museum by Helen Bader Foundation, Northwestern Mutual and SC Johnson. 35

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