Events Calendar

August 4, 2019 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

A Workshop with Heather Eiden

Art & Asana with Heather Eiden

Fee: $25/$20 members
Registration: Registration is closed. For information on future sessions, sign up for our e-list.

Heather Eiden has been teaching yoga at Lynden since the beginning, and each year she considers new ways to combine her yoga practice, particularly meditation, and her art practice. This workshop is a meditation on art using the tools of asana (physical postures), mindful walking, drawing, and design. Each workshop will start with a vinyasa style yoga practice, mindful walking in the sculpture garden, and then time spent designing and painting a canvas the size of your yoga mat—a mat cover on which you can continue your yoga practice. The workshop will be offered twice, once in June and once in August, and you are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (yoga socks, tai chi shoes, or something similar) for outdoor practice and art-making, and bring a mat for yoga. Classes move into the sun room in inclement weather.

About the Artist
Heather Eiden has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2004. She is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and has studied at several places, including the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society in Rishikesh, India. She has offered a variety of yoga classes, including Beginning Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Alignment, at the Wisconsin Athletic Club and the Solcare Wellness Center. She has been teaching yoga at Lynden since 2011.

August 4, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Fees:
Adults: $12
Students / seniors age 62 and up / active military--all with ID: $8
Children aged 6-17: $8. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
(tour fee includes admission to the Lynden Sculpture Garden)
Membership to the Lynden Sculpture Garden includes one free docent-led tour per member. Join online here.

Registration: Advance registration required for all tours; the registration deadline is noon the prior Friday.

In the warmer months the Lynden Sculpture Garden offers docent-led tours. Walking tours take place the first Sunday of the month, 2:30 pm-4 pm, June 2, July 7 & August 4 (registration closed), 2019.

More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/education/sunday-tours

August 10, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

openkitchen

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Open Kitchen (OK) re-opens its cross-cultural, regional, seasonal food and thought exchange with the public with a series of events that explore the diasporic experience. These participatory events emanate from the project residencies Open Kitchen hosts here in Milwaukee. The Shapes of Arrival events will take place in and around an Open Kitchen installation on Lynden’s grounds.

Open Kitchen residents Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen compose a Milwaukee-Vietnam index of aromas, flavors, and textures in the context of the ideas and beliefs of a diasporic experience. What is the taste of home? The smell? Throughout their residency, the collective will be working on Sống, a cookbook and archival project of the Vietnamese American community of Chicago. Sống translated means to live, liveliness, and raw. Sống is an active verb reflecting the liveliness of the people and stories that will be featured in the book. In addition, Sống works with the raw material of people's stories and the fresh ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine to capture a taste of the homeland while fusing in new flavors. The cookbook will include interviews, recipes, photographs, drawings, and a history of Vietnamese migration to Chicago.

As an adjunct to this collective residency work, Open Kitchen has also invited a group of Chicago- and Milwaukee-based projects and individuals—Inga, Michelin, Kim Khaira, Angela Kingsawan--to a co-lecture and conversation on imagining a sensual archive. This is a Call & Response event.

Scents of Home: Sensorial Workshop
with Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, Hai Minh Thi Nguyen

Scents of Home aims to explore food through scent as a mnemonic aid. In particular, this workshop is focused on bonds created through everyday eating rituals that have kept the community and culture alive and together.

A series of ingredients essential to Vietnamese cooking are presented as fragrant oils. Stories from the Vietnamese community in Chicago accompany each fragrance. Participants are asked to reflect on these ingredients and engage their own sense of memory and identity. The goal of this exchange is designed to help participants understand how food is an essential ingredient in grappling with a history of forced migration and resettlement. Participants may drop in and circulate among four stations:

Memory
The following prompt asks participants: "What scents of food remind you of home?". They are encouraged to respond to the butcher paper in any way they choose. It can be through words, drawing, etc.
Scents
This station will display the vials that contain the essential oils of Vietnamese herbs. There could be small sheets of test paper for participants to dab onto to smell the scents.
Voices
At the base is a drawn map of Vietnam. Several bowls of herbs, each accompanied by oral stories printed on paper, are placed on top throughout the map. The participants are encouraged to hold the herbs in their hands and reflect on how themes around food, home, history, and geography in the context of the Vietnam war can coalesce.
Sustenance
Recipes of traditional Vietnamese dishes and information sheets on the medicinal benefits of certain herbs are displayed.

More on Scents of Home, a project of Axis Lab: http://www.axislab.org/scents-of-home

Open Kitchen: Shapes of Arrival Events

Scents of Home: Sensorial Workshop, August 10, 1-3 pm
Common Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation, August 24, 1-5 pm
The Sensual Archive of Diasporic Peoples in Relation to the Naming of Things: A Lecture and Conversation, August 31, 1-3 pm

For more information, click here.

August 11, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Fee: $20/ $15 members (all materials included)
Registration: Advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794 or in-person.

This series of workshops takes a broad view of what it means to garden. Whether you consider yourself a backyard gardener, a forager, a farmer, or a steward of the land, the Garden Series will have something for you. From formal garden design to identifying and learning to use wild growing plants, we span a range of techniques and philosophies. Because of the range of subjects covered, these classes can be enjoyed by new and experienced gardeners alike.

Stroll Lynden’s grounds with herbalist Kyle Denton and discover the summer bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Inside, we’ll prepare the healing herbs we forage, sample them, and discuss their taste and energetic qualities. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world.

About Kyle Denton
Kyle Denton is an herbalist and owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary, a local clinical herbal practice and medicine-making company.  Denton applies his knowledge of Ayurveda and traditional western herbalism by creating a variety of herbal medicine preparations from locally wildcrafted plants; teaching courses; and offering clinical consultations.

August 11, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Rosemary Ollison, Mama, 10 x 14 feet (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Portait Society Gallery.
Rosemary Ollison, Mama, 10 x 14 feet (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Portait Society Gallery.

Free
Exhibition on view through December 8.
Fashion show: Beyond Fashion: Saturday, August 24, 5-7 pm; free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Rosemary Ollison has transformed each of her apartments into an artist environment, deploying layers of pattern, duct tape sculptures, curtains of woven leather, crazy quilts, and inventive drawings. At Lynden she creates an immersive environment within the former home of Harry and Peg Bradley. Spreading beyond the gallery, where a nineteen-foot leather quilt will hang, Ollison will transform Lynden’s dining room, preparing it for an imaginary dinner party. Ollison is a 77-year-old self-taught artist and 2018 Nohl Fellow in the Emerging category. At 16, Ollison moved to the Midwest from an Arkansas plantation, and she began making art in 1994 while healing from an abusive marriage. She collects glass, leather, bracelets, beads, bones, and jewelry from thrift shops and rummage sales and repurposes these materials into sculptural and wearable works. This is a Call & Response event.

August 13, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

TIG 7/1/14

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals, and plants. Join art educator Claudia Orjuela the second Tuesday of each month for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the world at Lynden. We’ll consider a new theme each month, each designed to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage outdoor play, experimentation, and the manipulation of art materials. Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for children aged 2 through 4 and their caregivers. Please dress for outdoor play; rain or shine we will spend part of our time out in the garden.

We limit the size of the group for these programs; therefore payments are non-refundable. We understand that naps and illness can interfere with attendance, so if you contact us prior to 10 am on the morning of your scheduled session (you can leave a message at 414-446-8794), we will transfer your payment to another session, enrollment permitting.

Member: $8/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4.
Non-member: $10/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4. Additional adults pay daily admission.

Register online now.

Schedule:

January 8 - Winter Patterns
February 12 - Exploring Shapes
March 12 - Signs of Spring
April 30 - Gardening
May 28 - Flower Friends
June 18 - Pond Pals
July 9 & 23 - Rainbow Garden
August 13 & 27- Fly, Jump, Crawl
September 10: Hidden Places
October 8: Colorful Autumn
November 12: Indoor Gardens - Registration closed.
December 10: Signs of Winter

For 2020 dates, click here.

August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

August 14, 2019

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. We ask that you reserve your place in advance by calling 414-446-8794 or emailing info@lyndensculpturegarden.org.

Lynden continues its series of intimate outdoor performances on the porch of Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities--an installation on the grounds of the sculpture garden by artist Folayemi Wilson--with Juba – Sanctuary, a performance ritual created by food scholar and chef Sott Barton. It takes place just days before the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of “20 odd Negros” in the Jamestown, Virginia colony as enslaved. This is a Call & Response event.

According to Barton, juba is “a performativity and a dialectic.” He notes that in 1688, Randle Holme used “juba” in this sense: “Rice…beareth a seed in a sparsed juba, or tuft.” He also refers to juba’s kinesthetic life, as “an ecstatic syncopated West African jig marked by hand, knee and thigh slapping with stomping of feet on the floor.” From Juba or “to juber” comes jubilee: a release. A season of rejoicing and celebration. Barton situates his work in the community of those—from Sierra Leone, to Charleston, to Milwaukee—"who celebrate rice culture, Africana indigenous knowledge, and skill at the hearth.”

With Juba—Sanctuary, Scott Barton, joined by the Jazzy Jewels, contemplates “the freedom mythos writ into the construction of this nation; yet not for all. Women, as caregivers, mothers, cooks, and maids are often not at liberty, although ostensibly free.” Through song, speech, and movement, Barton and the Jewels render quotidian women’s work visible. They also offer safe haven and a moment to juba--to jubilee.

Please come prepared with bug spray, sunscreen, and in plenty of time to make your way out to Eliza’s Cabinet. Light refreshments will be served.

August 17, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome, and in the warmer months, we encourage picnicking.

August 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

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Photo: Samer Ghani

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

We continue our series of intimate performances from the porch of Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities with the feel-good, soulful music of local musicians Kyndal J. and Chris Olver. This is a Call & Response event.

About the Artists
Kyndal J. is a Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter and lead singer of funk-jazz band No Seatbelts. Her songs incorporate influences from jazz, R&B, funk, gospel and soul music. For her Performance on the Porch, Kyndal will be joined by Chris Olver, the guitarist of No Seatbelts.

August 20, 2019 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

LSOLSG: Volunteer Work Days

Artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp is seeking volunteers to help with sweet clover and Queen Anne's lace removal at Lynden's newly-inaugurated labyrinth. We'll be providing beverages. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Volunteers will receive free admission to Lynden for the day, a guest pass for future use, and a founding membership in the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden.

August 21, 2019 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

LSOLSG: Volunteer Work Days

Artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp is seeking volunteers to help with sweet clover and Queen Anne's lace removal at Lynden's newly-inaugurated labyrinth. We'll be providing beverages. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Volunteers will receive free admission to Lynden for the day, a guest pass for future use, and a founding membership in the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden.

August 22, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The eighth annual fundraiser to benefit Lynden's education programs.

Photo: Craig Kroeger

Join us for our eighth annual fundraiser to benefit Lynden’s education programs, featuring a feast of local, sustainable foods catered by Braise (including a kids' menu and ice cream station); entertainment including close-up magic by Matthew Teague; music by SistaStrings and members of the Nathan Hale High School Orchestra; hands-on art and nature activities; and a silent auction. Artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp, founder of the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden will be giving tours of our newly-inaugurated labyrinth from 5 to 6:30 pm. All proceeds benefit our education programs, which serve more than 6,000 children each year.

Tickets & Parking

Thursday, August 22, 2019
5-8 pm
2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
$75 per person / $175 per family (up to 2 adults and 2 children under 18)
Additional children: $25

($45 of each single ticket and $85 of each family pass is tax deductible.)
A limited number of VIP Tables are available, and include reserved seating, complimentary wine, and a runner for the silent auction and bar. Reserve by phone at 414-446-8794.
The 2019 Backyard Barbecue is SOLD OUT.

Parking: Please park at the Park & Ride located just to the west of the Brown Deer Road exit of I-43. A free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride and Lynden beginning at 4:45 pm. If you require handicap access, you may park in the lot at Lynden.

Make a Donation

Can't attend but would like to support our Education Programs? Make a donation to Lynden.






Special thanks to our sponsors:











Baird Private Wealth Management - The ECAB Investment Group
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Brewers Community Foundation
David & Julia Uihlein
Lynde B. Uihlein, Hog Donor
Braise
WUWM | Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7 FM
88Nine Radio Milwaukee

The Feast

We are working with Braise to create an informal but delectable backyard feast, including vegetarian and vegan options and a kids' menu.

Pig Roast with Scallion Vinaigrette
Korean BBQ Tofu
Esquites with Chile Mayo, Queso Fresco & Cilantro
Cucumber Salad with Sultana Dressing & Chickpeas
Summer Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Shallot Vinaigrette
Mustard Potato Salad
Sesame Cabbage Slaw
Seasonal Fruit

Kids:
Chicken Tenders
Buttered Pasta

Magic & Music

R. Matthew Teague will never forget the first time he saw an incredible magician perform: "It was as if time froze and I escaped from the stress of the day because nothing else seemed to matter except this mysterious feeling I was experiencing." Now, as a professional magician and entertainer, Matthew shares that experience with people all over the world. He has performed at the Magicopolis in Santa Monica, California; by invitation at the impromptu lounge at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood; and at the Safe House in Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, R. Matthew Teague will bring his unique mix of sleight of hand, illusion, psychology, and suggestion to Lynden, where he will perform strolling magic to small groups throughout the event.

The Nathan Hale High School Chamber Ensemble plays a mix of classical and pop tunes, followed by a performance from Sista Strings, the Milwaukee-based duo of Monique and Chauntee Ross. Monique and Chauntee come from a musical family of 5. Each of the 4 daughters played one stringed instrument while their brother played piano. The girls began singing and playing as a group in their church and soon they were invited to churches all over the midwest. As each sister graduated high school and went off to college, the group became smaller. Finally, Monique and Chauntee were the only ones left and the only ones who desired to make a career with their music.

SistaStrings is currently based in Milwaukee, WI where they collaborate with local artists and play at various events and weddings. They perform classical music and improv on popular hymns. They are both classically trained musicians having studied at the String Academy of Wisconsin and the Music Institute of Chicago. Although they are classically trained and are passionate lovers of the classical music genre, their first love is gospel music. Their sound is soulful and fresh, a very unique blend of their eclectic musical background. Individually, they have accomplished a lot musically. They've opened for gospel artists Witness, Virtue, and Fred Hammond. Their background in gospel music has allowed them to cultivate their improvisation skills and use their instruments as their voice.

All-ages Activities

Our education staff will be leading art and nature activities for children of all ages.

Join artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp, founder of the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden for a tour of our newly-inaugurated labyrinth, anytime between 5 and 6:30 pm.

Silent Auction Packages

Can't attend the barbecue but would like to bid on an item? Call us at 414-446-8794.

From the Kitchen Crew: The Dinner at Lynden Package
Dave Swanson of Braise offers a locally sourced, 4-course dinner for twelve, served in Lynden's intimate dining room. Includes wine pairings plus a Braise bite and cocktail on the grounds to start.

Valued at $2500

Minimum bid: $1500

Bidding increment: $200

From the Place-Based Educators: The Field Trip Package
Provide your child’s classroom with a hands-on field trip at the intersection of art and nature. Lynden’s field trips focus on outdoor inquiry and experiential learning, teaching art making within the framework of environmental investigation. Students develop an understanding of place by challenging their observational skills and discovering relationships between art, nature, self, and community. This package includes one of our standard two-hour field trips for up to 30 students; we will also cover the cost of buses.
Valued at $800

Minimum bid: $400

Bidding increment: $50

From the Farmers: The Pampered Produce Package
Our neighbors at Pampered Produce are offering two highly coveted tickets to their sold out farm-to-table dinner with Chef David Magnasco, of The Chef's Table—with music by Stas Yenglevski--on September 20. Once you pick up a few recipe ideas at the dinner, you can indulge yourself at a Pampered Produce Sunday market with a $50 gift card.
Valued at $600

Minimum bid: $300

Bidding increment: $25

From the Women’s Speaker Series: The Book Lover’s Package
Be the star of your book club by winning this special presentation from Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company and book enthusiast known for his appearances on WUWM's Lake Effect and Wisconsin Public Radio. Daniel will offer a 45-minute book presentation, targeted to your reading group's interests. This event, for groups of six or more, can be at the bookstore itself (schedule permitting) or at the space of your choosing (some restrictions apply). Offsite events can include a portable bookstore, where your group would be able to shop at the book club discount. And we’re including a $50 Boswell gift card as a reward for thinking of your fellow book lovers.
Valued at $500

Minimum bid: $250

Bidding increment: $25

From the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden: The Living Sculpture Tour Package
Jack Douthitt, Curator of the Milwaukee Bonsai Collection, offers a private tour, for a group of up to eight, of the collection, followed by wine and cheese by Big Lake.
Valued at $400

Minimum bid: $200

Bidding increment: $25

From the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden: The Find Your Way Package
Spend an hour in the labyrinth at Lynden with artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp, creator of the labyrinth at Lynden. offers a private tour for two and a founding membership in the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden. We are adding a family membership to Lynden, and Larry’s Brown Deer Market will provide a Classic Lover’s Lunch for two so you can follow your tour with a picnic.

Valued at $250

Minimum bid: $100

Bidding increment: $20

August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

openkitchen

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Open Kitchen (OK) re-opens its cross-cultural, regional, seasonal food and thought exchange with the public with a series of events that explore the diasporic experience. These participatory events emanate from the project residencies Open Kitchen hosts here in Milwaukee. The Shapes of Arrival events will take place in and around an Open Kitchen installation on Lynden’s grounds.

Open Kitchen residents Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen compose a Milwaukee-Vietnam index of aromas, flavors, and textures in the context of the ideas and beliefs of a diasporic experience. What is the taste of home? The smell? Throughout their residency, the collective will be working on Sống, a cookbook and archival project of the Vietnamese American community of Chicago. Sống translated means to live, liveliness, and raw. Song is an active verb reflecting the liveliness of the people and stories that will be featured in the book. In addition, Sống works with the raw material of people's stories and the fresh ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine to capture a taste of the homeland while fusing in new flavors. The cookbook will include interviews, recipes, photographs, drawings, and a history of Vietnamese migration to Chicago.

As an adjunct to this collective residency work, Open Kitchen has also invited a group of Chicago- and Milwaukee-based projects and individuals—Inga, Michelin, Kim Khaira, Angela Kingsawan--to a co-lecture and conversation on imagining a sensual archive. This is a Call & Response event.

Commen Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation
with Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, Hai Minh Thi Nguyen, Angela Kingsawan

As part of their Sống cookbook project, Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen will be joined by Native herbalist Angela Kingsawan. Kingsawan will lead participants in collaborative research into Lynden’s herbs. These herbs will be used to create essential oils in a distillation installation. Hai Minh This Nguyen will share food from her cumulative residency kitchen experiments.

Event Schedule
1:00pm - 2:30pm: Herb walk/talk with Angela Kingsawan, Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, Hai Minh Thi Nguyen
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Distillation of herbs
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Edible Installation with Hai Minh Thi Nguyen

Participants are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy artist Rosemary Ollison’s outdoor fashion show, Beyond Fashion, which begins at 5 pm.

More on Scents of Home, a project of Axis Lab: http://www.axislab.org/scents-of-home

Open Kitchen: Shapes of Arrival Events

Scents of Home: Sensorial Workshop, August 10, 1-3 pm
Common Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation, August 24, 1-5 pm
The Sensual Archive of Diasporic Peoples in Relation to the Naming of Things: A Lecture and Conversation, August 31, 1-3 pm

For more information, click here.

August 24, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/beyond-fashion

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Artist Rosemary Ollison, whose exhibition Prosperity in a Million Scraps is on view in the gallery at Lynden through December 8, 2019, shares a love of fashion with Peg Bradley, the home’s former proprietor. In Beyond Fashion, Ollison will showcase her clothing and accessories—all made from repurposed materials--in an outdoor fashion show. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. This is a Call & Response event.

August 27, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

TIG 7/1/14

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals, and plants. Join art educator Claudia Orjuela the second Tuesday of each month for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the world at Lynden. We’ll consider a new theme each month, each designed to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage outdoor play, experimentation, and the manipulation of art materials. Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for children aged 2 through 4 and their caregivers. Please dress for outdoor play; rain or shine we will spend part of our time out in the garden.

We limit the size of the group for these programs; therefore payments are non-refundable. We understand that naps and illness can interfere with attendance, so if you contact us prior to 10 am on the morning of your scheduled session (you can leave a message at 414-446-8794), we will transfer your payment to another session, enrollment permitting.

Member: $8/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4.
Non-member: $10/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4. Additional adults pay daily admission.

Register online now.

Schedule:

January 8 - Winter Patterns
February 12 - Exploring Shapes
March 12 - Signs of Spring
April 30 - Gardening
May 28 - Flower Friends
June 18 - Pond Pals
July 9 & 23 - Rainbow Garden
August 13 & 27- Fly, Jump, Crawl
September 10: Hidden Places
October 8: Colorful Autumn
November 12: Indoor Gardens - Registration closed.
December 10: Signs of Winter

For 2020 dates, click here.

August 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

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Fee: $23/$18 members - includes an autographed copy of The Air You Breathe, refreshments, and admission to the sculpture garden (come early to stroll the grounds). Register in person at the front desk.

Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads produces this series of events featuring writers of particular interest to women.

Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of The Air You Breathe, to the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm. For more information on upcoming Women's Speaker Series Events, click here.

About The Air You Breathe

Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

About the Author

Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novels The Seamstress and The Air You Breathe. Her books have been translated into ten languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Her second novel, The Air You Breathe, was a Book of the Month Club pick. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant, Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, and was a Teaching Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her short stories and essays have appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories, Zoetrope: All-Story, Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Catapult, and Real Simple. Her novel, The Seamstress, was adapted for film and mini-series on Brazil’s Globo Network. She is proud to serve on the Board of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. In Spring 2019, she will serve as Visiting Associate Professor of Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

August 31, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

openkitchen

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Open Kitchen (OK) re-opens its cross-cultural, regional, seasonal food and thought exchange with the public with a series of events that explore the diasporic experience. These participatory events emanate from the project residencies Open Kitchen hosts here in Milwaukee. The Shapes of Arrival events will take place in and around an Open Kitchen installation on Lynden’s grounds.

Open Kitchen residents Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen compose a Milwaukee-Vietnam index of aromas, flavors, and textures in the context of the ideas and beliefs of a diasporic experience. What is the taste of home? The smell? Throughout their residency, the collective will be working on Sống, a cookbook and archival project of the Vietnamese American community of Chicago. Sống translated means to live, liveliness, and raw. Sống is an active verb reflecting the liveliness of the people and stories that will be featured in the book. In addition, Sống works with the raw material of people's stories and the fresh ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine to capture a taste of the homeland while fusing in new flavors. The cookbook will include interviews, recipes, photographs, drawings, and a history of Vietnamese migration to Chicago.

As an adjunct to this collective residency work, Open Kitchen has also invited a group of Chicago- and Milwaukee-based projects and individuals—Inga, Michelin, Kim Khaira, Angela Kingsawan--to a co-lecture and conversation on imagining a sensual archive. This is a Call & Response event.

The Sensual Archive of Diasporic Peoples in Relation to the Naming of Things: A Lecture and Conversation
with Inga (Jacob Lindgren, Alan Medina), Michelin (Rudy Medina, Bennett Westling), Angela Kingsawan, Kim Khaira

Open Kitchen, in collaboration with Inga (Chicago, IL) and Michelin (Milwaukee, WI), hosts a plein air lecture and conversation on the sensual archive of diasporic peoples in relation to the naming of things. They will be joined by Lynden artist-in-residence Kim Khaira and herbalist Angela Kingsawan. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Open Kitchen: Shapes of Arrival Events

Scents of Home: Sensorial Workshop, August 10, 1-3 pm
Common Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation, August 24, 1-5 pm
The Sensual Archive of Diasporic Peoples in Relation to the Naming of Things: A Lecture and Conversation, August 31, 1-3 pm

For more information, click here.


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