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Esther Nisenthal Krinitz / Art and Remembrance

The current refugee crisis is by no means the first the world has confronted.  Over the years, waves of refugees have come from places as varied as Bosnia, Somalia, Vietnam and, 70 years ago, World War II caused mass displacement in Eastern Europe.

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was one of those refugees.  She escaped Poland as a teenager during the Nazi occupation, and eventually settled in the United States. It was years after she came to the U.S. that she took the story of her childhood and turned it into unique artwork made from fabric.

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Even non-art historians might be aware that the artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born and started her painting career in Wisconsin, before moving on to do some of her most famous work in New Mexico.  But another artist did the same thing, though his name is not nearly as well-known.

Courtesy of Jorie Malan

Jorie Malan's, a Brookfield native who now lives in Atlanta, work as a makeup artist has included stints on Broadway shows, television and film work.

Malan's resume includes major Broadway shows such as The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Shrek and Grease, as well as films and TV shows. She's currently wrapping up production on the fourth season of Fox's Sleepy Hollow.

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The Latino Arts Center offered Milwaukee audiences the rare opportunity to hear a musician performing in a language that is considered to be endangered.

Courtesy of Rafael Salas

Wisconsin-born artist Rafael Salas grew up on a farm. And those rural landscapes still find their way into his paintings and installations. But so does a lot more, as he explores many genres of art with his students at Ripon College and in his own studio.

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From April to July of 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority. Started by extreme Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali, the genocide spread throughout the country – resulting in death, displacement and distrust that would last long after the summer of 1994.

"After killing a million people in only 100 days, the country was in ashes, everyone was in pain," says Dydine Umunyana.

Courtesy of Deb Brehmer

Della Wells was one of two people Milwaukee named as 'Artists of the Year' in 2016, and all you have to do is look at the scope and range of her body of work to understand why.

From large-scale paintings and collages to pillow dolls that would fit in your pocket, the Milwaukee native explores her blackness and her gender through her art.

She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.

Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome's Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May 7, 2017, that aims to showcase the female artist as a great painter — one of the most talented followers of Caravaggio.

Jacobo Lovo

For more than a quarter century, Latino Arts, Inc. has been celebrating Latino culture through music and art. From the Mariachi orchestra made up of local school children, to hosting international musical acts and artists in its facilities within the United Community Center on the near south side, Latino Arts serves as a model for arts education, urban youth development and cultural engagement.

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It’s been a few months since Marcelle Polednik took over as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. But her appointment to such a prominent role in the Milwaukee cultural scene is attracting plenty of attention.

Milwaukee Magazine’s editor, Carole Nicksin, is also a recent addition to the scene, and she had the chance to profile Polednik in the November issue. 

Reginald Baylor

Milwaukee artist Reggie Baylor has made a name for himself as both a painter and the creator of public art projects. He’s deeply committed to his home town of Milwaukee.

Rineke Dijkstra

One of the things that the renovation of the Milwaukee Art Museum created is a new exhibition space for video installation and photography exhibits. Back in September, the first expansive set of video installations went on display to the public.

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Looking at a portrait by David Lenz is almost like looking at a photograph. The realist painter creates familiar scenes with delicate brushstrokes and crisp lines that mirror and elevate their real-life subjects.

Niki Johnson

The feminist icon Gloria Steinem was in Milwaukee earlier this month to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the organization Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Milwaukee artist Niki Johnson was a part of the event, unveiling a new work called, “Hills and Valleys.”

The piece is constructed from signs collected from now-shuttered Planned Parenthood offices around the state, which have been defunded by the current gubernatorial administration. 

Beth Lipman

Glass artist Beth Lipman is known far and wide for her detailed, overlapping glass installations that appear to drop over the edges of tables and look as though they could fall over with a puff of wind. Her work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among other places.

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