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1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States

January 2018

Opening Preview for Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$3 – $5

Allied in the Fight explores the partnership between Jewish and African American leaders in confronting systematic racism in the United States. The exhibit addresses Black-Jewish collaboration within the Civil Rights Movement and the complicated nature of Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights movement through artifacts, archival materials and information from a national perspective. Allied in the Fight is a part of the Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967-68 Open Housing Marches. These…

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Opening Preview for Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$3 – $5

Allied in the Fight explores the partnership between Jewish and African American leaders in confronting systematic racism in the United States. The exhibit addresses Black-Jewish collaboration within the Civil Rights Movement and the complicated nature of Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights movement through artifacts, archival materials and information from a national perspective. Allied in the Fight is a part of the Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967-68 Open Housing Marches. These…

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February 2018

From Swastika to Jim Crow: Film Screening and Talkback

February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$6 – $8

Based on a book by the late author Gabrielle Simon Edgecomb, ‘From Swastika to Jim Crow’ tells the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to America, and when faced with anti-Semitic sentiment at mainstream American universities, were hired for positions at historically black colleges and universities in the then-segregated South. Joyce Mallory, Organization Development Consultant for the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee and a graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, will discuss her experiences with…

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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson

February 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: A Three-Part Series Part I: Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson Redlining is the practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic composition of those areas, and was the impetus for the Milwaukee Open Housing Marches in 1967-68. Learn the history of Redlining in Milwaukee as well as the role and impact of racially restrictive covenants during the 1960s. Reggie Jackson, prominent local…

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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: Redlining in Context with Ralph Hollmon

February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: A Three-Part Series Part II: Redlining in Context with Ralph Hollmon In 1968 the inner core of Milwaukee, home to thousands of low-income families, was being torn up for urban renewal projects. Join us for a screening of Wisconsin Public Television’s “City Within A City: When Pretty Soon Runs Out,” a documentary that explores the stories and lives of low-income families impacted by that development. Ralph Hollman, former president and CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League,…

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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: Where from Here?

February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Redlining, Racism and Reflection: A Three-Part Series Part III: Where from Here? What really happened during Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches of 1967-1968? What happened after the 1968 Open Housing Law was passed? Did things change? Join us to learn more about the current state of segregation in Milwaukee, how that was shaped by the 1968 Open Housing Law, and where we go from here. Marc Levine from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development will address growth of entrenched…

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March 2018

Art & Justice: A Historical Bus Tour

March 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$10 – $15

Join Dominic Inouye, educator, artist and founder of ZipMKE, on a bus tour exploring Milwaukee’s historic Civil Rights sites, including the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, the Bronzeville Loop, neighborhoods shared by African American and Jewish communities, and public works of art, including statues of Golda Meir, Martin Luther King, Vel Phillips, and Mahatma Gandhi. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches, the tour explores these important places and the people who worked tirelessly for social justice and…

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April 2018

Opening Preview of Stitching Histories From the Holocaust

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$15 – $20

After traveling to venues across the country, this highly acclaimed original exhibit returns to Jewish Museum Milwaukee. With this reinstallation, JMM is expanding the discussion around immigration and cross-continental communication, including two new stories of families attempting to flee the Holocaust. Through designs rendered by Hedwig Strnad in Prague and the resulting dresses created by Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s costume shop, the Oelsner family archive detailing their flight to Shanghai, ‘The Port of Last Resort’, and the Stern family collection of…

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April ‘Thirdsday’ + Behind the Seams I

April 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Did you know on the Third Thursday of each month, Jewish Museum Milwaukee is open late? That’s right – we stay open until 7:00 pm so you have extra time to explore our exhibits! In April we celebrate our collaboration with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Costume Shop with a 5:30 pm presentation from Alex Tecoma, Senior Draper, and Jessica Jaeger, First Hand. Alex and Jessica were integral members of the dress-making team in 2013 and spent hours interpreting Hedy’s sketches,…

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Craft Workshop: Patterned Silk with Miranda Levy

April 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$32 – $42

Create your own fashion-forward, hand-printed silk scarf with Project Runway alumni, Miranda Levy. Miranda will teach you the craft of creating repeating patterns with wood blocks using traditional Indian patterns. Miranda Kay Levy has been a featured artist in several fashion and art shows throughout Milwaukee. In 2013 Levy was selected as a contestant on the Lifetime television production, Project Runway, season 12. Her concepts are inspired by her unique experiences as a female serving in the military. These events…

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Archival Odyssey: Edie (Oelsner) Shafer and the Shanghai Ghetto

April 23, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$3 – $7

In an attempt to escape from Nazi persecution in Germany, the family of Edie (Oelsner) Shafer fled to Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1939, the only place they could go without a visa. The family ultimately ended up in the United States, but not before facing nine years of legal obstacles in order to immigrate successfully. Based on their work with a rich collection of the family’s documents held by Jewish Museum Milwaukee, specialists in twentieth-century European history Ben Nestor and Mike…

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May 2018

“After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States” with Libby Garland

May 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$6 – $10

Libby Garland, Associate Professor of History at Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York, will discuss her recently published book After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965. In After They Closed the Gates, Garland tells the untold stories of the Jewish migrants and smugglers involved in that underworld, showing how such stories contributed to growing national anxieties about illegal immigration. Garland also helps us understand how Jews were linked to, and then…

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March 2019

Opening Preview of Pictures of Resistance

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$17 – $20

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman The lives of partisans depended on their ability to remain unseen, undocumented and unidentifiable. But one fighter, Faye Schulman, had a camera. The only known Jewish partisan to capture the World War II experience on film, Schulman’s rare collection of images captures the camaraderie, horror and loss, bravery and triumph of the rag-tag, tough partisans – some Jewish, some not – who fought the Nazis and their collaborators. Born…

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April 2019

Voices of Resistance: The United States, Social Movements, and the Role of Women

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$5 – $8

Women have been instrumental in social and political change in the United States since the first European settlers arrived on the shores in North America. From the Founding period forward, women have had important and often under-examined roles in advocating for and moving towards political change of all kinds. Abigail Adams famously admonished her husband, John Adams, not to forget the women in this new nation and the new form of government. Over the past two centuries, women have led…

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Daring to Resist Film Screening and Talkback

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$5 – $7

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust Film Screening and Talkback with Scholar Amy Shapiro, Ph.D. Why would a young person choose resistance rather than submission during Hitler’s reign of terror while her world was collapsing around her? In this gripping documentary, three Jewish women answer this question by recalling their lives as teenagers in occupied Holland, Hungary and Poland, when they refused to remain passive as the Nazis rounded up local Jewish populations. Defying her family’s wishes, each…

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May 2019

Storyslam: “Untold Stories of Resistance” With Ex Fabula

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$10 – $12

Everyone loves a story! Inspired by the fortitude of Jewish partisan Faye Schulman, enjoy the evening while being entertained, engaged, and emboldened by Milwaukeeans sharing their "Untold Stories of Resistance."

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July 2019

The Flight Portfolio with Best-Selling Author Julie Orringer

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$3 – $5

Best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer, is coming to Milwaukee to expound on her newly published historical novel, The Flight Portfolio. The Flight Portfolio is based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work and the lives of artists, including some Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust such as Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel and André Breton. Join Orringer for an in-depth look at the research that was undertaken…

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Gallery Night with Chagall’s Le Cirque

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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Be part of a rare opportunity to experience Marc Chagall's legendary Le Cirque portfolio for FREE on Gallery Night! Iconic attributes of Chagall's creations - his quintessential use of vivid color, dreamlike composition and fanciful characters - befittingly capture his lure to the circus and its emblematic encapsulation of the human condition. 'For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world. These clowns, bareback riders and acrobats have made themselves at home in my…

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Gallery Day with Chagall’s Le Cirque

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$4.00 – $60

Be part of a rare opportunity to experience Marc Chagall's legendary Le Cirque portfolio on Gallery Day! Iconic attributes of Chagall's creations - his quintessential use of vivid color, dreamlike composition and fanciful characters - befittingly capture his lure to the circus and its emblematic encapsulation of the human condition. 'For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world. These clowns, bareback riders and acrobats have made themselves at home in my visions. Why?…

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August 2019

Pop-Up Gallery: The Circus in Modern Art

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$5 – $8

The circus' association with showmanship, surrealism, melancholy, and alienation stirred a generation of artists. In partnership with David Barnett Gallery, Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the long-time fascination of artists with the circus by highlighting art from the David Barnett Gallery collection, ranging from the satirical use of a circus performer in 19th-century Europe to a contemporary Milwaukee artist's exploration of the fear sometimes associated with clowns. Help us celebrate the life of the circus with a wine reception followed by…

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Lunch & Learn: Wisconsin’s Great and Hidden Circus History

August 23 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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$3 – $5

At the turn of the last century, Wisconsin was home to more than 100 circuses including the great Ringling Brothers, an immigrant family who settled in the small town of Baraboo where their vast circus empire started as a simple one wagon show featuring only one animal, a blind hyena. Join renowned Milwaukee journalist and author Meg Jones to learn how Wisconsin became an epicenter for circuses, how Wisconsin's worst tornado in terms of loss of life was due in…

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