Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse

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September 8 – December 31, 2023

Explore how female artists, using textiles as their medium, subvert the social expectations of crafting by lambasting this soft medium with social and political awareness. A powerful vehicle for fostering discussion, this exhibit centers female voices as they reflect on subjects like the right to vote, reproductive rights, and the intersection of femininity, race, history and feminist socio-politics.

Featuring artists from the Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP) show in 2020, and in partnership with Fiber Arts Miami Association (FAMA) this exhibit incorporates art by national and local artists who are at the forefront of social discourse.

Museum admission will be FREE during two free community days on Monday, November 6, and Sunday, December 3. Special Members-Only hours will be held Sunday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Museum programming and events are open to the public and include:

Opening Preview of Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse
Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.

Yes, the Personal is Political!
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Trace the relationships between societal -isms, the political landscape, and personal identity to better navigate present-day political rhetoric and social conflict.

Book Talk – Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights
with author, journalism professor, and former NYTimes columnist Samuel G. Freedman
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate one of the overlooked landmarks of civil rights history, and learn about the enduring legacy of the man who helped bring it about.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli – Day Trip
Thursday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Taste The Jewish Deli exhibit the week it opens! More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community forged in food. Explore how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant.

Find Your Voice – Tapestry and Text Fiber Art Workshop
Sunday, October 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will incorporate text into tapestry weaving to explore often overlooked fiber-based materials and applications using repurposed and upcycled textiles donated by the community. Each participant will create their own unique tapestry square that will be displayed at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center before being incorporated into one collaborative installation.

Catastrophe Made in America
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Hear from local activist Siobhan Marks (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), who fights on the front lines of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) initiatives that are resisting the trend of violence towards Native women.

Suffragette Black Friday BOGO
Friday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In honor of brave suffragettes, women buy one admission, get one free today only!

Women in Waiting: Challenges, Delays and Resilience of Women at the Border
RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
Learn more about the complex social, political, and physical obstacles women at the border face when seeking safety for their families and themselves.

Christmas Day Cinema + Coloring Workshop
Monday, December 25, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Looking for something fun to do on Christmas Day? Come to Jewish Museum Milwaukee to enjoy the star-studded 1980s award-winning comedy classic 9 to 5, and a special coloring workshop that appeals to both children and adults!

Sowing the Seeds of Liberty (detail) By Joan Wheeler. Image courtesy of CAMP.

Thank you to our generous donors who made this exhibit and the related programming possible.

Argosy Foundation
Brico Fund

Anonymous Fund*
In memory of Annalee Sosman by her children: Sharon & Richard Canter, Linda Sosman & Paul Zimmermann, James & Melissa Sosman, and Jeffrey & Dana Ziebel
Suzanne & Allan Selig

Anonymous Charitable Fund*
Suzy Ettinger*
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Donor Advised Fund
Susan Lubar
Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with Funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts

Nina & Richard Edelman Family Fund for Arts and Education
Karen Loeb
Cathy & Randall Nemerovski
Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee

Elaine Appel
Jane & Steve Chernof
Amy & Fred Croen
Patricia Casillo & Keith Gaertner
Hyam & Sheila Eglash
Judy & Mark Garber
Pam Kriger
Jerry & Jill Polacheck
Elaine Levy-Stogsdill & Robert Stogsdill
Mary Wurzburg
Julie & Yoni Zvi*

*Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

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