Exhibition dates: July 28, 2022 – December 4, 2022

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – July XX, 2022 – The Charles Allis Art Museum is proud to present Ghosts of Segregation, a traveling exhibit that explores the lingering presence of segregation, slavery, and hidden institutional racism in everyday American architecture. Washington State-based photographer Richard Allen Frishman shows how our environment bears witness to history, reminding us of where we were, where we are now, and crucially asking, “where do we go from here. ‘here ?” From the slave trade in New Orleans to the abandoned Negro Nursing School in Houston, the shocking nature of Frishman’s images reveals the insidious evidence of segregation and historical racism. The artist writes, “Jim Crow not only spread across America, but also became a part of daily life in communities across the country. The built environment is the autobiography of society at large.

Ghosts of Segregation Traveling Exhibit is organized by Curatorial Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

A 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, Frishman was raised in Chicago by newspaper-reading parents during the rise of the modern civil rights movement. This mundane journey was fundamental to his development as a compassionate individual and photojournalist. He was encouraged to be aware of the world beyond their middle-class bubble, to accept a very personal responsibility to fight injustice, and to be ready to act if necessary. He was taught that curiosity was more important than knowledge because knowledge was sometimes created from myths, assumptions and opinions rather than from objective reality.

Frishman’s photographs explore how the built environment reveals our cultural histories. Because we rarely view our buildings as evidence of our true priorities, beliefs, and behaviors, the testimonies our landscapes offer are more honest than many things we intentionally present.

During its Wisconsin stop, the museum will use the exhibit as an opportunity to spark conversations about segregation in the context of Milwaukee’s history of systematic racism through educational programs.

“The Charles Allis is a cultural institution of choice to host Ghosts of Segregation and I am honored to have inherited this project. Because of the mansion’s roots in the East Side neighborhood of Milwaukee, near the rich shores of Lake Michigan, this forces the museum to be mindful of the community it serves (and those it should have served),” notes Phoenix Brown, the new senior curator at the Museums. “While conversations about segregation and institutionalized racism are rarely new to us people of color, this generous exhibit is an ideal starting point for people who don’t know the first thing about this vibrant part of life. American History.”

Museum visitors are encouraged to take a day trip to visit Ghosts of Segregation at Charles Allis and In the Park with Olmsted at Villa Terrace. Both exhibits explore how landscape and architecture hold history, influence community infrastructure, and provide a gateway to understanding contemporary concerns about land accessibility and resources.

With the opening of its first exhibition at the CAVT Museums, new Executive Director, Jaymee Harvey-Wilms, explains: “The Allis is entering its own history with this exhibition. As CAVT delves into its role in Century City as Milwaukee’s homes and institution, Ghosts of Segregation is our pivot in investigating our collective history. CAVT has the opportunity to create a productive, goal-oriented, and empathetic conversation by hosting Frishman’s work, and we look forward to doing that with you.

Jaymee Harvey-Wilms is a Milwaukee-based artist and cultural producer who brings 10 years of nonprofit management experience and holds degrees in painting, sculpture, and art history. She has a studio at Walker’s Point in Milwaukee and continues to exhibit art nationally and internationally.

Phoenix Brown is a scholarly artist based in Milwaukee who has worked for museums since January 2022. She holds a degree in fine arts and her curatorial voice is influenced by popular culture, her studio research and institutional criticism. As a curator of contemporary art, she works to interpret art objects through the lenses of socio-political and critical theory.


On September 8, 2022, Milwaukee will have the chance to engage and listen to artist Richard Frishman as he talks about his photography practice during a virtual artist talk. The call will be hosted online via Zoom at 7 p.m. CST. This event will be free and open to the public. the Internet

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General information about the museum

The Charles Allis Museum of Art, located at 1801 North Prospect Avenue in Milwaukee, enriches the quality of life in Milwaukee by creating opportunities for residents and visitors to experience history, culture and the arts, particularly by offering dynamic exhibitions and performances in a majestic and intimate urban setting. mansion, which permanently houses the art collection of early 20th century industrialist Charles Allis and his wife Sarah.

Admission to the Charles Allis Museum of Art is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Admission is free for children (12 and under) and Charles Allis and Villa Terrace members. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the door.

A schedule of exhibition-related programming and museum admission information is available at www.charlesallis.org.


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