Milwaukee Art Museum to host July 7 panel on the politics of art

Posted on June 29th, 2011

Milwaukee Art Museum to host panel on the politics of art


Milwaukee, Wis. – The Milwaukee Art Museum will host a panel discussion on contemporary art and political topics on Thursday, July 7 at 6:15 p.m. in Lubar Auditorium.

Join Melissa Chiu from the Asia Society, New York, and Kathryn Kanjo from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among other panelists, as they discuss issues surrounding art and politics, including the recent detention and release of contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

“It is part of our mission to educate and inspire the community, and it is our role to foster dialogue around all art-related issues, including contemporary art,” said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “I encourage people to come and participate in the discussion.”

“Ai Weiwei: The Collision of Art and Politics” is free to the public, and falls on Target Free First Thursday, when admission to the Museum is free for individuals.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s far-reaching holdings include more than 25,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day. With a history dating back to 1888, the Museum houses a collection with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum includes the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, named by Time magazine as “Best Design of 2001.” For more information, please visit www.mam.org.