Sculpture Milwaukee will install a work by Kevin Beasley on the Marquette Campus in partnership with the Haggerty Museum of Art. The sculpture will be installed in the sculpture garden of the museum at 1234 W. Tory Hill St. on Monday, July 19.
“Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green?” by the Queens, New York-based artist will be installed beginning at 1 p.m.
The work, which include three large concave red, black and green discs, was previously featured in The Studio Museum in Harlem’s 2016 “inHarlem” exhibit, which you can read about here.
Beasley creates works by molding found materials, like T-shirts, house dresses, personal artifacts, sports equipment and cultural ephemera with polyurethane foam and resin into installations and sculptures.
These objects are themselves a melding of Beasley’s experience and memory with historical and cultural references, as a means for examining power and race in our society.
“Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green?” is expected to remain on the Marquette campus for about a year and a half.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.