Focusing on issues of race, gender, history and cultural identity, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents Wisconsin 30, June 14 – September 8. This exhibition features work from esteemed MIAD faculty members Tyanna J. Buie, Larry Chatman and Jamal Currie, as well as alumni Kevin Boatright and Vedale Hill, and is in conjunction with 30 Americans, an exploration of contemporary American Art made by African American artists since 1970.
“The art in 30 Americans is provocative and challenging, and will explore how our identities and histories are varied, yet we are all still Americans,” said Milwaukee Art Museum Director Daniel Keegan.
Wisconsin 30 is organized by the Museum, in coordination with Sande Robinson, president of Milwaukee Art Museum’s African American Art Alliance, and Lynne Shumow, curator of education at Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. The exhibit features paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures by 30 Wisconsin African American artists.
30 Americans features nearly 80 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and more by 31 artists, also running June 14 – September 8, and is coordinated at the Milwaukee Art Museum by William Keyse Rudolph, the Dudley J. Godfrey Jr. curator of American art and decorative arts.
Buie said, “This exhibition will be a great addition to the already energetic art scene in Milwaukee. Hopefully, the 30 Americans exhibition will broaden the artistic landscape for the community, which can spark a dialogue about the importance of race, culture and identity.”
Top image: Work by Tyanna J. Buie
Second image: Larry Chatman, “Page and Taylor”
Third image: Jamal Currie, still from “A Lesser Peace”