Yesterday was the premiere of the virtual 2020 First Year Experience exhibition! You can check it out by clicking the link in bio for the previous post.
In addition to our online exhibition, there are other exhibitions in the Milwaukee area that can now be viewed in the comfort of your own home. Here are three:
The Haggerty Museum of Art’s TOWARD THE TEXTURE OF KNOWING
The Var Gallery’s 30x30x30 Exhibition
The Warehouse’s On the Nature of Wisconsin:
80 Years of Work by more than 40 Artists
Thanks for checking out today’s care package! See ya next week!
You know the drill—three themes, lots of great sources!
First up, virtually explore the exhibition titled “Sequential Self: Female, Non-Binary, Trans, and Queer Voices in Comics and Zines”
Want to find and support more LGBTQA+ comic artists like the ones included in this exhibition? Check out the Queer Cartoonists website!
The ABO Comix website supports incarcerated LGBTQA+ cartoonists—check them out and the work they do to empower the cartoonists they work with!
Second up, delve into some LGBTQA+ history by checking out the UWM archives. Their “LGBT Collections” contains multiple amazing resources for local Milwaukee history, including oral histories. There is also a really cool Stonewall Forever living monument which is a virtual experience containing an archive of multimedia resources about the Stonewall Riots that you can check out.
Finally, here are some art-related resources for Pride month!
Check out the work of the Madison-based TransLiberation Art Coalition
Visit the website for Diasporan Avant Press which, according to their website, “is an incubator project for print works exploring marginalized members of the African diaspora with an emphasis on intersectional & multidisciplinary printmaking works (digital, screenprint/silkscreen, gocco, block print, monoprint), art books, zines, textile art, and more”
This online exhibition features a “cross-section of queer artists of color who leverage portraiture photography to explore identity beyond visibility” (from the website).
Check out some original plays in the African American Collective Theater’s series titled “Out & About“
Thanks for checking out this second Pride-themed care package!
June is Pride Month, so the care packages for this week and next week will be celebrating LGBTQAI+ history and art from a variety of sources and contexts.
This week’s links fall under three overall categories:
Check out this online gallery of Pride pins that have been collected throughout the years by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
Was there a pin you especially liked, for its words or design or both? How would you go about designing a Pride pin?
Learn about and read the poems of 11 queer Black poets here.
Did you already know some of these poets? Did you find a new favorite poet from this list?
Scroll through a compiled gallery of archival materials from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center all about the queer Latinx community in LA:
Which documents made you seek out more information? What is the power in archiving these histories?
Thanks for checking out this week’s care package! See you next week for Part 2.
Today’s Care Package shows how art can be used to enact justice and includes ways to take actionable steps and support organizations who work towards dismantling systems of oppression, specifically in policing and the prison industrial complex.
First up is the Race, Myth, Art, and Justice exhibition that ran from Nov. 15, 2018-Jun. 15 2019 at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). Bringing together a myriad of discussions and styles, this show “explores intersecting ideas of race, myth, art, and justice through the lenses and unique interpretations of twelve inter-generational photographers” with African or African Diaspora heritage. Learn more and peruse the online version of the exhibition here.
Second is an exhibition put on by the For the People Artists Collective titled Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence. This exhibition brought together 43 artists from 25 different Chicago neighborhoods to make art in a variety of media concerned with facilitating discussions about police violence, policing and prison abolition, and community–oriented healing and safety. Check out this page for a video about the exhibition, a link to all of the artworks and artist statements, and the Do Not Resist? Mixtape.
Want to learn more and take action? Here a few resources to start with.
Check out Critical Resistance’s page on police abolition
Check out The Art for Justice Fund which is used, in their own words, to “make direct grants to artists and advocates focused on safely reducing the prison population, promoting justice reinvestment and creating art that changes the narrative around mass incarceration.”
Also check out Black and Pink which, also in their own words, works “to dismantle the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing.” There is a Milwaukee chapter that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/MKEBlackandPink/
The Union Art Gallery stands in solidarity with the Black members of our UWM and Milwaukee communities. We support the ongoing protests for justice and reform and are committed to social justice through our exhibitions and programming. We will continue to do the work of making the gallery an inclusive space for the diverse student population that we serve by exhibiting the work of Black artists and other artists of color. We will also continue to sponsor and host events that concern social justice topics and present talks that are facilitated by diverse voices.
This care package includes educational resources for understanding systemic racism and other issues that affect Black lives, artistic resources for supporting and learning about Black artists, and mental health resources for Black people. We will also be putting more resources in our stories and highlights.
If you are looking to know more about topics like systemic racism, check out JSTOR’s new syllabus containing multiple articles for learning about racial injustice.
This is another great educational resource from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Studio) from 2014 depicts Black artists in a studio making various types of art. His work puts Black people and culture on a monumental and beautifully detailed scale, creating sites where undeniably Black lives are folded into the grand narrative of art history. Check out more of his work and the work of other influential Black artists here. Check out and support the Black Art in America website and Culture Type as well.
The violence Black people are subjected to and reminded of, especially in the current news cycle, take a toll on mental health. Here are some inclusive resources for mental health and therapy for those who may need it.