Spurred by its recently opened “Native America: In Translation” exhibition, Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., hosts “Family Sundays: Celebrating Native Art and Artists” this weekend, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in celebration of Indigenous cultures and creativity.
In addition to being able to see the exhibition – which highlights the work of 10 artists, “who consider the complex histories of colonialism, identity, and heritage through a contemporary lens,” and runs through June 25 – families can check out special performances, create their own art and see what regional artists are working on.
The hands-on art-making activities run throughout the day and allow guests of all ages to make corn husk dolls, clay tiles, beaded bracelets and collage landscapes.
Artists including Harmony Hill, Scott Hill, Jennifer M. Stevens, Christopher Sweet and Kristelle Ulrich will be on hand from 11 until 3.
At 10:30 a.m.: Indian Community School alumna Laila Kin will share words of gratitude and at 11, there will be a performance by the Indian Community School’s Earth Dance Singers.
At 12:30 p.m: Haudenosaunee storyteller Kaluhyak^le Stephenie Muscavitch VanEvery will share animal stories and at 2 p.m. the American Indian Center of Milwaukee Dance Troupe will perform in the Quadracci Pavilion.
At 1 p.m. Assistant Curator of Photography Ariel Pate will give a 30-minute family tour of “Native America: In Translation,” which was organized by Aperture and curated by Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star.
The event is included in general museum admission, which is free to kids 12 & under, thanks to Kohl’s; free to Milwaukee Art Museum Members and to Wisconsin K–12 teachers with valid school ID or pay stub; $22 for adults; and $17 for students, seniors 65+ and military with ID.
For more on the exhibition and the museum, visit MAM.org.
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.