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Designing Justice: MKE

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    “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’s bold poster art to explore many of the large issues affecting Milwaukee and beyond. Luba Lukova was born in Communist-occupied Bulgaria. She couldnt work where she wanted or was limited in the scope of what she could do.  Many of the pieces on display at JMM were part of LukovaSocial 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 and visual puns create a shared language around peace, disparity, love, healthcare, the environment, and immigration. People in Milwaukee learned about Lukova and explored her art to create pieces inspired by the move for justice and equity in our community.

    JMM worked with artist Jeff Zimpel to create a curriculum that paired synchronous and asynchronous learning to engage students in design thinking. Jeff created three workshops in which students explored:

    • Visual Literacy–Exploring and Deconstructing Luba Lukova’s Artwork
    • Art and Action–Applying principles of design to creating a vision in response to a social justice issue
    • Drawing with Scissors–Creating artwork using scissors and paper that pays tribute to Lukova’s style, while giving participants the chance to find their own voice.

    While working through this process, participants explored concepts like contrast, scale, symmetry, and negative space and then utilized these lessons in creating bold artwork. They also researched an issue that was important to them, creating visual metaphors to describe why they care about this topic. Click here for more information about this curriculum.

    This project is funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


    Escuela Verde

    Odalis
    Odalis
    I decided to base my project on health care insurance. Many Hispanics have had problems with health care insurance. The hand represents Hispanics drowning, seeking for help, I decided to put the health care logo upside down representing Hispanics wanting it to turn a positive direction, the ring/loop I put in between the hand and the logo represents “forever” meaning that it’s always been a problem going on for a long time.
    Tatiana 2
    Tatiana 2
    The first one I came up with an idea on how it’s very common for people so see females as a target, even females themselves. The second is supposed to be a child. I covered the mouth, since kids are usually too scared to speak up about things that happen to them.
    Tatiana 1
    Tatiana 1
    The first one I came up with an idea on how it’s very common for people so see females as a target, even females themselves. The second is supposed to be a child. I covered the mouth, since kids are usually too scared to speak up about things that happen to them.
    Litzy
    Litzy
    Gil
    Gil
    Inside my artwork there are different types of mountains, they all have different shapes and are a different color. These mountains can be found in different places. The mountains represent us people, we all have different skin color and we all go through many things that shape us. There have been a lot of protests, riots, and injustices all over the place. The mountains are together and if they stay together to fight all the injustices peacefully the sun will beam brightly towards the mountains, the grass will grow brighter and longer, and the sky with a few big white clouds and a blue sky. I chose bright colors to resemble all the good that can come if we all stay together and fight all bad for justice.
    Ashlee
    Ashlee
    In my poster, the corner is says in some Communities or state they do not allow their Flags and in some communities they do allow their Flags and the reason why I picked this one it’s because i am bisexual and my sister is gay and my aunt is gay too so this means a lot to me and I want to spread it around the world.
    Jasper
    Jasper
    Here is my poster. It is called The Whole Person. The song to go with it is Feeling Good by Sweet Honey In The Rock.


    Milwaukee Jewish Day School

    Dylan: COVID Blaming
    Dylan: COVID Blaming
    Olivia: There are Always Clouds
    Olivia: There are Always Clouds
    Yoseph: Drug Abuse
    Yoseph: Drug Abuse
    Breeanna: Imbalance
    Breeanna: Imbalance
    Eytan: Greed & Global Warming
    Eytan: Greed & Global Warming
    Ari: Black Lives Matter
    Ari: Black Lives Matter
    Sadie: Injustice
    Sadie: Injustice
    Sean: Global Warming
    Sean: Global Warming
    Asher: Supporting Vaccination
    Asher: Supporting Vaccination
    Stella: Climate Change
    Stella: Climate Change
    Oren: Black Lives Matter
    Oren: Black Lives Matter
    Coby: Global Warming
    Coby: Global Warming
    Devin: Free College Education
    Devin: Free College Education
    Mallory: Social Anxiety
    Mallory: Social Anxiety
    Shira:The Shrinking Middle Class
    Shira:The Shrinking Middle Class

    Cardinal Stritch

    Cardinal Stritch Digital Art Students created Lukova-inspired pieces using a free digital design software.

    Jack
    Jack
    Sean 1
    Sean 1
    Sean 2
    Sean 2
    Shelby
    Shelby
    Lonnie
    Lonnie
    Jose
    Jose
    Tee
    Tee

    Family of Four Parishes

    The Luba Lukova: Designing Justice participants from the Family of Four parishes really enjoyed the workshop series. We were struck by Lukova’s powerful use of color and the impact of simplicity of design in communicating strong messages. We appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the work of community organizations in our city and we had fun as we let go of our self-expectations in the creation of art together. We liked stretching out of our comfort zones and engaging in the work of social justice using a different part of our brain! Lastly, we were curious about Luba Lukova’s critique of society and our engagement in the use of her style in support of community organizations. We were curious what it would look like to stylize a critique of aspects of our community using her style of art. We had fun engaging in our critical thinking skills.

    Irene
    Irene
    What I call my flashlights “poster” is to represent some of what the BLOC video mentioned — the “conversations on door steps” to “empower people to realize the agency they have within themselves.” It also references that video’s definition of success for BLOC — on the level of leadership development, when they are able to engage people to be involved that haven’t been previously involved.
    Jeanne 3 (Climate)
    Jeanne 3 (Climate)
    Jeanne 2 (Climate)
    Jeanne 2 (Climate)
    Jeanne 1 (Climate)
    Jeanne 1 (Climate)
    Jeanne 2
    Jeanne 2
    Jeanne DS3
    Jeanne DS3
    Jeanne 3
    Jeanne 3
    Jeanne 4
    Jeanne 4
    Jeanne 5
    Jeanne 5
    Jeanne 6
    Jeanne 6
    Jeanne 7
    Jeanne 7
    Jeanne 8
    Jeanne 8
    Jeanne DS 9
    Jeanne DS 9
    Joan K - BLOC
    Joan K – BLOC
    Laura H - BLOC
    Laura H – BLOC