Art and Music with Music Educators H2O Milwaukee Music

This video is part of a collection of recorded talks with Milwaukee-area professionals who don’t work in museums, but use art in their work and lives. These live talks are inspiring, combining art with many different fields. These videos are great resources for high school teachers who might want to speak with students about different… Read on

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Art and Inspiration with Artist Reginald Baylor

This video is part of a collection of recorded talks with Milwaukee-area professionals who don’t work in museums, but use art in their work and lives. These live talks are inspiring, combining art with many different fields. These videos are great resources for high school teachers who might want to speak with students about different… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Write Your Own Label

Each work of art in Inspiring Beauty has a text label; some of these include a summarized biography on the designer. The larger text panels have more extended information that relates to all the works in that section: they tell the story as to why those objects are shown together. The text panel at the… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: What’s Your Style?

As your students will see in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition, fashion design is a form of expression—one that is influenced by the world around us and that changes over time. Remind your students that individualism and identity are reflected in the type of clothing and accessories one wears. Ask them to bring one item that… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Social Research

Fashion changes with the times. This was visible in the garments on view in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Find a person who is 10, 15, or even 25 years older than you to interview about fashion and their community. What types of clothing were popular when they were your age? What were the major events… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Glossary

Activist – A person who campaigns for some kind of social change, which may involve protesting for a political or a social cause. Civil rights – The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Croquis (French for “sketch”) – In fashion, a croquis is a rough outline sketch of a figure in… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Exhibition Overview

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is a multisensory re-creation of the pioneering runway shows that helped redefine beauty, style, and empowerment for African American women everywhere. This is the first exhibition to explore the Ebony Fashion Fair, which traveled worldwide, including here in Milwaukee, and its director-producer Eunice W. Johnson, through fifty… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Digital Resources

Brown Eyed/Blue Eyed: A Class Divided by Jane Elliott How Data Can Make Fashion Ethical? This “4D-Printed” Dress Just Became Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Collection What Makes it Haute Couture? Videos of the Ebony Fashion Fair Runway Show

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Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Compare and Contrast Couture

Choose two haute couture garments from the Inspiring Beauty website and have students compare and contrast them. Discuss what is similar and what is different about the garments. Who might you expect to wear the garment? What function might she attend? Extend the lesson by having students write a narrative story from the perspective of… Read on

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