Museum plans summer-long family programming around African American art exhibition

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Kehinde Wiley, Sleep, 2008. Oil on canvas

30 Americans debuts at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, June 14. The exhibition explores the idea of race, gender, identity, and culture and includes works by thirty-one contemporary African American artists. Concurrently, the Museum is hosting a special exhibition of Wisconsin-based African American artists called Wisconsin 30.

Throughout the season, the Museum is offering a wide selection of programming for the entire family, including several free admission days. (Kids age 12 and under get in free every day to the Museum).

“This is not a subtle exhibition. It will inspire discussion,” said Dan Keegan, Milwaukee Art Museum director. “Our hope is that visitors will engage in dialogue both in and out of the Museum setting. This exhibition is interactive, and so the programs around it are meant to engage a variety of audiences.”

Among the programming is a MAM After Dark event, called “Block Party” on Friday, June 14 from 5 p.m. to midnight. At this event, the Hip Hop Congress will perform, along with DJ Jank, and catering by JT Bones. Also at MAM After Dark, Brad Pruitt will be on-hand for a screening of his hit documentary, Mark My Words.

On Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, the Museum celebrates Community Days. Everyone who visits receives free admission to the entire Museum, including 30 Americans. On Saturday, June 15, a special event with Chris Johnson of Question Bridge will be held at 2 p.m., and on Sunday, June 16, Brad Pruitt returns for a discussion on Mark My Words. There will also be hands-on family activities all weekend long, including access to the Kohl’s Education Center.

Lakefront Festival of Art returns June 21-23, where kids age 16 and under get in free, and Target Free First Thursdays are July 4, August 1, and September 5. On Thursday, July 11, Reginald Baylor hosts a discussion at 6:15 p.m. called “Why Here?” where he will discuss both the Wisconsin 30 exhibition and his new public art project in Milwaukee, TypeFace.

On Sunday, July 21, celebrate Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, where the entire Museum is turned into an all-ages art studio. There will be hands-on creative projects, music, and dance. Boys & Girls Clubs members get in free, in addition to kids age 12 and under.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Thursdays). All summer long, active military and their families get in free, thanks to Blue Star Museums, and Veterans receive free admission in conjunction with The Veterans Book Project. As always, kids age 12 and under get in free every day, as do Wisconsin teachers.


2008. Oil on canvas

African American




Kehinde Wiley




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