Through Sept. 8, artworks by UWM faculty members Portia Cobb and Iverson White are on display in “Wisconsin 30,” an exhibition in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s (MAM) Schroeder Galleria. The exhibition features 30 works by Wisconsin African American artists, and parallels the feature exhibition “30 Americans” that runs concurrently.
Those who take the audio tour for “30 Americans” hear the voice of Associate Professor Shelleen Greene, Department of Art and Design, in a conversation with William Rudolph, Dudley J. Godfrey, Jr. Curator of American Art and Decorative Arts at MAM. The audio tour includes an orientation to the exhibition and commentary on specific works.
The works by UWM faculty members in “Wisconsin 30” are a digital photograph, “Booga’s Hip Boots,” from Cobb’s “Land Rich” series, and the photograph “Joy’s Window,” by White. Both are associate professors in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts.
Mutope J. Johnson, a graduate student in the Peck School’s MFA program, also displays a work in the exhibition.
“Our feature exhibition is about identity and creating dialogue, as well as the achievements of these contemporary artists, considered some of the best in the world,” said Brady Roberts, chief curator for the Milwaukee Art Museum.
“We thought it was the perfect opportunity to include regional African American artists and highlight their achievements,” Roberts continued. “The works presented will help foster dialogue within the community and showcase the outstanding regional work being