The Baird Family Collection has been made possible by The Enroth Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in honor of their great friend Patte Heller Bleil.
A memorial exhibition of modern art from Latin America will debut at the Kenosha Creative Space in August.
The exhibit, “Imagenes de Latin America,” is the result of a collaboration between Kenosha Creative Space, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the family of the late Kenosha native Pat Tully Baird and her late husband, Tom Baird.
The Bairds amassed a prolific collection of modern art while living in Mexico from the 1950s until the late-1980s. Selections from this collection will be exhibited at the Kenosha Creative Space from Aug. 10 to Sept. 15, after which plans are being made for them to go on display in other cities of significance to the Baird family.
The images include rare prints of works by many of the best artists of the time, including Rufino Tamayo, Juan Soriano and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Most of these works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, and the Instituto Nacional de Belles Artes in Mexico City, as well as other major museums throughout the world.
The exhibit aims to foster a greater appreciation of the life and the art of Latin America. There will be events throughout six weeks for all ages on printmaking and the fine arts of the Americas. A self-guided audio tour will allow visitors to gather a greater knowledge of the individual pieces on display.