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The Freedom Project: Three Exhibits at the Haggerty Museum of Art

A few weeks ago, we told you about Marquette University's unique take on commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The university's year-long "Freedom Project" will take a cross-disciplinary approach to examining the multiple and complex definitions of freedom, in the past and today. As part of the broader Freedom Project, the Haggerty Museum of Art has designed three exhibitions centered on this general theme of freedom.

The first exhibition, The Freedom Project: Text/Context, is curated by Milwaukee's Chipstone Foundation, and features historical objects that have been re-interpreted. On the lower level of the Haggerty is the exhibition of contemporary artwork, Thenceforward and Forever Free - a nod to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And the third exhibit features photography from the Haggerty's permanent collection, themed around notions of freedom.

Lynne Shumow is the curator of education at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. She organized the three exhibitions being shown there as part of the university's Freedom Project. Jon Prown is the Executive Director and Chief Curator at Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts organization that preserves, interprets, researches and educates about the decorative arts. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci

The Haggerty is hosting a lecture on "Recreating Missing Histories" by Elisabeth Subrin this Wednesday evening - you can find more information about the lecture and all three exhibitions at