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Sculpture Milwaukee Artist Lecture Series/Desmond Mason

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The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave

The Rouge Ballroom

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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The Sculpture Milwaukee lecture series is a complimentary lecture experience to add background and information to the outdoor sculpture exhibit. It is sponsored by Guardian Fine Art Storage and Portrait Society Gallery.

Retired professional basketball player Desmond Mason will discuss his own career as an artist as well as interpret the Hank Willis Thomas sculpture, Liberty, 2015.

This dramatic piece explores how identity and ideas of race are shaped by media and popular culture. Liberty is a life-sized, shiny purple bronze sculpture inspired by a 1986 found photograph of a Harlem Globetrotter. An arm emerges from a base, spinning a basketball, in a gesture similar to the Statue of Liberty which was in the background of the original source photograph.

By enshrining a basketball player's arm as a public monument, Hank Willis Thomas raises questions regarding what we value as a culture and what we then choose to embed and write into history as monuments and icons.

  • 5:30 pm Cash Bar in Lobby Lounge across from the front desk
  • Complimentary Lecture 6:00 pm in Rouge Ballroom next to front desk (bring your purchased cocktail into the lecture hall!)
  • Optional Stroll of the Sculpture Exhibit to Follow
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424 E Wisconsin Ave

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Milwaukee, WI 53202

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