Portrait of artist Della Wells
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SOLD OUT | Together: AAAA Honors Della Wells

March 20, 5:30 pm7:30 pm

In-personPayment Required

East End

Join the African American Art Alliance, a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum, for a celebratory evening honoring renowned artist and Milwaukee native Della Wells. See the unveiling of Together, Wells’s collage from 2022, recently acquired by the Museum with support from AAAA. This celebration benefits AAAA’s mission of providing a forum for education, discussion, and enjoyment of African American art at the Museum.

Event Details
5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
6:30 p.m. Remarks and artwork unveiling

Complimentary parking will be available in the Calatrava underground parking garage.

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About the Honoree
Della Wells (b. 1951) is a Milwaukee-based collage artist. Her work often depicts an imaginary place called “Mambo Land” where Black women possess agency and authority. Composed of intricate elements cut from magazine pages, Wells’s collages become environments where women gather in sisterhood and face the harsh truths of violence and oppression. By understanding the past, her protagonists are able to move ahead in crafting a better future.

Her work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States in contemporary, folk, and self-taught art galleries. Her work can be seen annually at the Outsider Art Fair in New York. A play about her life, Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, was written for a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was also presented in Wisconsin.

AAAA is proud to have supported the acquisition of Together, Wells’s collage from 2022, for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection. Depicting a loving father, mother, and children, Together is a testament to the unity of family.

Location: 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202 + Google Map