Protest posters and signs with graphic images stir the soul with a single image. Graphic designs have the power to distill complex issues into one essential, recognizable image that communicates across groups and borders.
Internationally recognized designer and artist Luba Lukova creates images that she hopes will catalyze action and change the world. Through 34 posters, tackling a range of social justice topics, including income inequality, immigration, gender inequality, the environment, and more, Lukova’s work resonates on a global level. Along with these vivid, captivating works, visitors will encounter multimedia and interactive components, inviting them to become participants in creating their own experiential journeys. Whether pinpointing essential themes of humanity or succinctly visualizing social commentary, Lukova’s work is undeniably powerful and thought-provoking.
JMM created virtual programming that allowed youth and adults to explore issues of inequality through Lukova’s artwork. Working with artist Jeff Zimpel, some groups created artwork inspired by Lukova’s aesthetic. You can see their artwork here.
Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan
September 17, 2020 – January 31, 2021
The concurrent exhibit, Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan, will further explore the theme of social justice. A series of hand-stenciled fabric banners of varying lengths suspended from above create an immersive ‘virtual forest’ experience that pays tribute to the lyrics, poetry and socially-minded musical contributions of Jewish-American singer-songwriter and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Bob Dylan.
Luba Lukova: Designing Justice was curated by Luba Lukova in collaboration with the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan was created by Door County-based artist Skye.
Thank you to our generous exhibit sponsors: Joel and Caran Quadracci · Argosy Foundation · Brico Fund · Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation · Greater Milwaukee Foundation · Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation · Linda and Eli Frank · Nancy Pinter and Max Samson · Bess Schwartz · Steve Solochek Memorial Fund · We Energies Foundation · Milwaukee Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin · Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts · Ron and Susan Angel Miller · Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid Social Action Committee · Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun · Congregation Sinai Media Sponsor: Wisconsin Public Radio
Jewish Museum Milwaukee has created a comprehensive virtual tour and education program to support these exhibits. There are opportunities for virtual visits to these exhibits and creative workshops. Contact Ellie Gettinger for more information.
Virtual Opening Preview Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Join us for a virtual evening of social justice-inspired art and song. Local musician Lil Rev will play a set of social justice-themed songs including Bob Dylan selections. Get inspired by a virtual artist talk and Q & A with Luba Lukova live from her New York studio as she speaks about her Designing Justice portfolio. Wrap up the evening with a virtual tour of the exhibit presented by JMM curator, Molly Dubin. Enjoy a take-out ‘Opening Kit’ of wine, sweet treats, and social justice-influenced swag!
Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 PM via Facebook and YouTube Tour the immersive text-based art installation Shakespeare’s in the Alley with Door County artist Skye. Skye will discuss the power of words framed by Dylan’s long career and the contributions of arguably the most influential singer-songwriter, musician, performer and poet of the 20th and early-21st Centuries.
Critical Conversation Starters: Social Justice Series Charlottesville and the Case Against White Supremacy Thursday, October 8, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion Join Integrity First for America’s Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and a member of the legal team for an overview of the landmark legal case taking on the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups and holding them accountable for the violence they brought to Charlottesville, VA in 2017. The program will feature the short film ‘Reawakening’ and participation from the filmmaker Alexandra Horowitz.
Social Justice Story Time: Racial Justice and Taking Action Sunday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Join Rona Wolfe, master educator and creator of curricula around social justice, for this three-part monthly series. In October, she will engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about Racial Justice and Taking Action.
Encountering the Status Quo: A History of Protest in Art & Design Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Join Dr. Margaret Schmitz to learn about the history of protest art and design and the impact this visual culture continues to make today. Explore the visualizations of resistance, and analyze shifting power dynamics and the ways artists, as well as designers, have, and still do, subvert the political status quo.
Art Under Communism: Unofficial Artists Thursday, December 3, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Explore Social Realist artists who depicted the period’s social problems, such as the miseries of poverty and unemployment, middle-class materialism, lawmakers and law enforcers, and racial discrimination–problems that are still with us today.
Critical Conversation Starters: Social Justice Series Milwaukee Civic Response Economic Recovery Team Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Panel Discussion In response to the pandemic crisis Milwaukee’s Civic Response Team – a structured, multi-pronged collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and leaders of local philanthropic and non-profit organizations – was established. With the knowledge that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted populations already struggling with access to fundamental needs, the Team will address urgent issues of education and technology accessibility, early education, mental health, physical health, food, housing and transportation.
Social Justice Story Time: Loving Our Earth, Protecting Our World Sunday, December 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Join Rona Wolfe, master educator and creator of curricula around social justice, for this three-part monthly series. In November, she will engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about Loving Our Earth, Protecting Our World.
Jewish Work for Social Justice and Racial Equality: Our Responsibility to Engage Thursday, January 7, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Examine relevant texts, look into the root causes of the problems that are defining our era and consider the myriad ways in which we can and must be involved as individuals and as Jews in the ongoing struggles for justice and equity at home and abroad. Bringing to bear her own experience as an organizer, a social change agent, a former elected official and the past leader of a Jewish organization committed to global human rights, Ruth Messinger, considers with the audience what we can do and what next steps we can take.