FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2016
For More Information Contact:
Jeanne Jarecki | Executive Director RedLine Milwaukee
Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism is not your typical art exhibit featuring the first glimpse of the Bobblehead museum collection opening in January at RedLine Milwaukee.
Dates to Remember:
- January 7th – National Bobblehead Day – Press Opening 3:00-6:00
- January 14th The Exclusive Bobblehead Preview Party 5:30-7:30
- January 22nd – Gallery Day Opening Reception 6:00-9:00
- April 30th – Closing Day – 10-3pm
For More Information and Photos: www.redlineartmke.org/bobbleheads
(Milwaukee, WI) RedLine Milwaukee a 501(c)3 nonprofit urban arts community, will feature Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism as their first exhibit of the New Year, opening in January of 2016. On display will be thousands of bobbleheads from the collection of The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Functioning as the textbook the figurines and stories from history, sports, media, and politics pose the question: How do we define modern day heroes? This is not your typical art exhibit as Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism invites everyone to start the conversation regarding the changing world of art, exploring the increasing emphasis and value placed on the creative class and places for makers.
For the Bobblehead enthusiast, RedLine is hosting an Exclusive Preview Party and Fundraiser on Thursday January 14th from 5:30-7:30. Guests will be treated to Pat McCurdy’s premiere of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum theme song, and appearances by sports mascots. Proceeds from the silent auction will feature authentic sports memorabilia, Brewers tickets, an autographed Packer football and mini helmet, Bobbleheads, and personalized Bobblehead packages. You can try your hand at screen printing your own t-shirt with help from teenagers who attend RedLine’s Teen Night Program. Enjoy appetizers created by Chef Ben from The Brown Bottle restaurant and a cash bar with sports themed drinks from Bottoms Up Bartending. All proceeds from the event will support RedLine educational programs. Join us and receive bragging rights as the #1 fans of BOBBLEHEADS. Tickets are available for $25.00 at www.redlineartmke.org/bobbleheads/preview-party/.
The opening reception of Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism will take place on Gallery Night January 22nd from 6pm to 9pm. Plan to take time to visit 17 art studio’s of emerging and mentor RedLine Artists-In-Residence. Artwork of school groups and teens who participate in RedLine’s educational programs will also be on display.
The Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism exhibition will remain on view until April 30th with public hours on Thursday 10-7 and Friday and Saturdays from 10-3. RedLine Milwaukee is located at 1422 North 4th Street just 4 blocks north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. There is no admission fee however if visitors are able there is a suggested donation of $5.00 which will support the exhibition and educational costs.
RedLine Milwaukee will be offering Field Trips and Group tours starting January 25th and running through April 30th please visit http://www.redlineartmke.org/bobbleheads/ to learn more and to schedule your visit.
RedLine changes lives through art and education, empowering artists through residency, professional development and exhibition programs. RedLine reaches out to urban Milwaukee teens and school groups that are economically disadvantaged, with at risk populations inspiring them to become the new generations of cultural and civic transformers.
Phil Sklar and Brad Novak co-founders of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum have received national media attention from the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and The Today show. The museum is in the planning phase however bobblehead fans just couldn’t wait. The partnership with RedLine Milwaukee a 503(c)3 organization will allow thousands of school groups and visitors to learn about the history and future of bobbleheads.
Stop shaking your head and join in the fun please contact Executive Director Jeanne Jarecki at for more information.
Visit www.redlineartmke.org/bobbleheads for more information; to learn more about The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum here www.bobbleheadhall.com.
RedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, is an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked. Through residency, education, outreach and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on social justice, RedLine inspires and impacts new generations of cultural and civic transformers.
Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism is an integral part within Redline Milwaukee’s 2015-2016 exhibition series, paying homage to artists who make everyday a maker’s day. Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism is the perfect exhibit to start the conversation about the changing world of art, exploring the increasing emphasis and value placed on the creative class and places for makers. With a focus on heroes, exhibitions examine human subjects, natural environments, and objects working in collaboration. School groups and visitors will be asked to ponder the construct of a hero. How do we define hero, and who is one? What are the differences and similarities between a real hero and a fantastical one? What role does heroism play in social activism?
Utilizing a timeline approach, the exhibition will take a deep dive into the history and making of bobbleheads as cultural objects. Each segment will explore the historical and cultural significance of design and materials. Beginning in 1842, with the first known bobblehead in Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat,” to modern the bobbleheads appearing in the 1950s, continuing to the 1970’s with changes in technology allowing customizable characterizations, including band members, cartoon characters, political leaders, and historical figures. The exhibition will include present day artwork and a voting station for the Bobblehead Hall of Fame Mascot Design contest, banners and posters representing the breadth of Bobblehead mania.