A curriculum exploring Social Justice through the artwork of Luba Lukova
You have to be involved. With all your intellect and all of your emotions. Luba Lukova
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is delighted to present Luba Lukova: Designing Justice from September 16, 2020 to January 31, 2021. This exhibit uses Lukova bold poster art to explore many of the large issues affecting our city, state, country, and world. Luba Lukova was born in Communist-occupied Bulgaria. She couldn’t work where she wanted or was limited in the scope of what she could do. Many of the pieces that will be on display at JMM were part of Lukova’s Social Justice Portfolio, which were “inspired by the desire for change in our society, by the enormous activity of the people and their will to make a difference.”
Lukova’s deceptively simple shapes push visitors to look at them and look again. She uses visual puns to create a shared language around peace, disparity, love, healthcare, the environment, and immigration. The lessons focused on this artwork offers strategies for your students to engage inquiry, analysis, and response.
Through Designing Justice, your students will have the chance to engage with Lukova’s art and consider issues impacting our communities. This project is connected to Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Fine Arts Standards. There are elements that can be done via Zoom or Google Meet and other pieces that can be done asynchronously or in classes. You can decide which pieces you would like to bring to your students. This curriculum provides different learning models, designed to engage all types of learners. We want to see how your students are responding; their art and response will be part of an online exhibit highlight community artwork.
Student will learn about design principles through Luba Lukova’s Art
Students will gain a sense of social justice and the role the value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) plays in the Jewish Community.
Students will learn from Milwaukee changemakers about how they take on issues around civic engagement, housing, access to healthcare, and equity.
Students will have a platform to share their feelings about the current social justice landscape with their peers and the broader community.
Student can contribute artwork to be displayed in an online exhibit that will also highlight student written or recorded explanations of their work.
Collateral for Your Classroom
Virtual Field Trip with Museum Staff to explore art and social justice
Pre-recorded tour of the exhibit with JMM Education Director, Ellie Gettinger, and Artist Jeff Zimple focused on social justice, art & design, and artistic interpretation
3 Asynchronous Lessons exploring Art & Design and Justice (Visual Literacy: Reading Luba Lukova’s Artwork, Art & Action, Drawing with Scissors). Each lesson includes a project guide.
5 Videos highlighting Milwaukee Changemakers who are addressing issues in housing, civic engagement, voting rights, media coverage, and health equity
Opportunity to Show and Explain Student-Created Artwork to Museum Staff and Volunteers