Milwaukee’s Lakefront Festival of Arts starts Friday

Rashid Johnson,'The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood),' 2008, Lambda print, Ed. 2/5, 69 x 55 1/2 in. (175.3 x 141 cm), from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Featured in the Lakefront Festival of Arts' exhibition titled '30 Americans.' Image courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum/Lakefront Festival of Arts.

Rashid Johnson,’The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood),’ 2008, Lambda print, Ed. 2/5, 69 x 55 1/2 in. (175.3 x 141 cm), from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Featured in the Lakefront Festival of Arts’ exhibition titled ’30 Americans.’ Image courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum/Lakefront Festival of Arts.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Works from more than 175 artists will be displayed and sold this weekend on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lakefront Festival of Arts starts Friday and runs through Sunday on the museum’s grounds. It also features food, music, a silent auction, a sculpture and wine garden and children’s activities.

More than 30,000 are expected to attend. The event first started in 1963.

The museum’s featured exhibition is “30 Americans,” a collection of contemporary African American art from the acclaimed holdings of the Rubell Family Foundation in Miami, Florida. New Yorkers Don and Mera Rubell began acquiring contemporary art in the late 1960s. Through their friendships with living artists, particularly young artists, the Rubells collected backwards and forwards, creating networks of intergenerational influence. As a result, the works that comprise the exhibition offer a stylistic conversation among artists of different decades and generations. Minimalism, abstraction, conceptualism, performance, new media, installation art, identity politics, deconstruction, street aesthetics, and the return of figuration—every major development in contemporary art over the past four decades is represented..

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Rashid Johnson,'The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood),' 2008, Lambda print, Ed. 2/5, 69 x 55 1/2 in. (175.3 x 141 cm), from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Featured in the Lakefront Festival of Arts' exhibition titled '30 Americans.' Image courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum/Lakefront Festival of Arts.

Rashid Johnson,’The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood),’ 2008, Lambda print, Ed. 2/5, 69 x 55 1/2 in. (175.3 x 141 cm), from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Featured in the Lakefront Festival of Arts’ exhibition titled ’30 Americans.’ Image courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum/Lakefront Festival of Arts.