Lynden Sculpture Garden
Press Release

May Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden


By - Apr 28th, 2022 12:21 pm

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road. Due to the pandemic, admission has been waived. All events listed below are free unless otherwise indicated. Memberships, which offer significant discounts on workshops and other events, are available.


In April, the Lynden Sculpture Garden is open daily from 10 am-5 pm (closed Thursdays). Thanks to the generosity of our donors, admission is free at this time. For the safety of all concerned, we ask you to be respectful of others by maintaining a reasonable distance and wearing a mask when necessary outdoors. Masks are required in the house.


Through May 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 3-5 pm: Artist talk and reception
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A major aspect of honoring the dead and the living is encapsulated in the foods and meals of mourning, ebó (offertory), sacraments, and gustatory rites for both entities. The repast is foundational as a site of memory to generate a protocol that fosters and enshrines collective memory. Our repast rites for the dead are concurrently touchstones for the living: providing a bridge between the realms, and an ongoing dialogue with our heritage traditions. In this exhibition of artefacts and video, food scholar and chef Scott Barton has created a literal and symbolic repast that individually and archetypically honors the deaths of Ahmaud “Maud” Arbery, Breonna Shaquelle Taylor, and George Perry Floyd Jr., and the maiming of Jacob S. Blake Jr. By creating and sharing a meal we also honor the multitude of individuals killed by state sponsored or private violence. This repast, begun during the hard lockdown, focuses on dishes that the four individuals would have enjoyed eating or cooking. The repast was shared with four of Barton’s neighbors–Charles Daniel Dawson, Marie Dutton Brown, John Pinderhughes, and John Dowell, all Harlem elders–also in the roles of individuals and archetypes. Within their lives and their works, these four individuals are dedicated to civil rights, Black culture, the politics of identity and respect for Black life, and restorative justice.
This is a Call & Response event.

The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2022 (World Bonsai Day) and will remain open Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, or by appointment.
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Located beside Big Lake, the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden—a collaboration with the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation–includes a display area for bonsai, waterside teaching patio, and pollinator garden.


Most in-person programs take place outdoors. Social distancing guidelines will be followed indoors and out; masks are required indoors. Pre-registration is required for some workshops.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 10-11:30 am
Fee: $20/$15 members
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Join horticulturist Justine Miller on a plant walk through Lynden’s grounds with a primary focus on Wisconsin native spring ephemerals. These plants are the earliest flowers to bloom and keep their growing season brief to take advantage of full sunlight in the bare woods. Participants will learn about their ecology, cultivation, and how they can promote these beautiful species in their own yards. Justine Miller is a horticulturist with a background in landscape design and public gardens.

Sunday, May 8, 2022 – 8:30-10 am
Fee: $10/$5 members. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance.
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Join poet and birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

Sunday, May 8, 2022 – 10 am-4:30 pm
Fee: $100/ $85 members (all materials included)
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Grab your mother and bring her along for this daylong workshop that will explore easy and artful ways to apply dye to pre-hemmed silk scarves. From simple techniques such as tie-dyeing, resist and salt, to interesting ways to make marks, we’ll let ourselves be inspired by the wonderful art and nature surrounding us at Lynden. Each student will create three wearable and uniquely painted scarves using this centuries-old painting form. No experience (or mother) required, and all materials supplied.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm
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World Bonsai Day is for sharing the peaceful, living art of bonsai and advancing international friendship and goodwill throughout the world. We celebrate World Bonsai Day by re-opening the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden. Visitors are welcome to stop by the bonsai patio to observe world-class bonsai artist Suthin Sukosolvisit as he conducts a workshop for the bonsai volunteers who staff the pavilion at Lynden. Suthin will focus on refinement of the exhibit bonsai: the skills to keep “finished” trees looking their best are very different from those needed to develop a new bonsai. Born in Thailand, Suthin and his wife operate the Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

Thereafter, the Bonsai Pavilion, which houses the collection of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society, will be open to the public Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am-4 pm, and by appointment, from May to October.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 1-3 pm
Free but preregistration required.
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Native herbalist and artist-in-residence Angela Kingsawan of Yenepa Herbs leads a series of guided tours of Lynden’s narrative gardens. There are several gardens at Lynden that tell stories of specific cultures and moments in history. Join us each month for a fun and informative outing to learn about the plants identified and cultivated by Kingsawan that hold significance as food, medicine, and tradition within the exchange and migration of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous communities.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 2-3:30 pm
Fee: $10/$5 members
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Join choreographer and artist-in-residence Daniel Burkholder for an experiential workshop exploring the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden through practices of presence. From September 2020 through May 2021 Burkholder was on site weekly using various mindfulness and movement exercises to create On-Site: Lynden, a dance-on-video. In this workshop, Burkholder will lead a walk around the grounds, giving participants an opportunity to explore some of these practices themselves. These simple mindfulness exercises focus on developing a greater connection to place, as well as cultivating ease of mind and body. On June 3, we will open a video installation, On-Site: Lynden, in the gallery.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 3-5 pm
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Join artist Scott Alves Barton for an artist talk about his current Lynden exhibition, Buried in the Heart: A Repast for Angels and Martyrs. A reception will follow the talk.

Sunday, May 15, 2022 – 7:30-9 pm
Fee: $10 per session/$5 per session for Lynden members. Children under 6 are free.
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Come walk Lynden’s grounds with educator Claudia Orjuela, who will introduce you to the mysteries and unique features of outdoor life after dark. Discover the sights and sounds of the night in Lynden’s back acres and observe our monumental sculptures beneath the light of the full blood moon. A bonfire and treats await at the end.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm
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The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees. In May, we will be embarking on a new book, Homeira Qaderi’s Dancing in the Mosque, translated by Zaman Stanizai. Newcomers welcome!

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm
10:30-11:30 am: A Tour of Sticks with Lynden Dogs Floyd and Broonzy
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This summer, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund, we are offering special programming during our monthly dog days. This gift came with a prompt: How can we acknowledge the role that dogs played in helping so many of us survive the pandemic? Between May and September, we offer opportunities to enjoy a dog-led tour; to memorialize your dog in an archival-quality tintype or a Shrinky Dink charm; to ask and artist and trainer about human/non-human relationships; and to share two HOME Craft Days (we know from last summer that Floyd, one of the Lynden dogs, is partial to Burmese noodles). Watch for an off-dog day event, too, featuring conservation dogs trained to sniff out endangered species like the rusty patch bumble bee.

Join land team dogs Floyd and Broonzy on our May Dog Day for a tour of Lynden’s choicest sticks. This activity is designed for dogs and people who get along with others.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm
FREE but registration required.
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This third installment of the HOME Conversations covers the resurgent crisis in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region within the context of pertinent issues within the Horn of Africa. The session will look at the Tigray crisis that has resulted in the internal and external displacement of more than 2 million people and the critical perspectives and resolutions of thinkers, artists, and people that call Tigray and the peninsula their home. We encourage attendees to sign up for both sessions –the first in May is a listening session with experts from the field and the arts, and the second, in June, is a discussion with an action-oriented format to come up with ideas and solutions in a group setting.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 1-3 pm
Fee: $20/$16 members
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Stroll Lynden’s grounds with herbalist Kyle Denton and discover the bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world. Kyle Denton is an herbalist and owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary, a local clinical herbal practice and medicine-making company.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – 10 am-12 pm
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Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson–for a garden work day on Lynden’s grounds. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – 10 am-12 pm
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Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson–for a work day in Lynden’s natural areas. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.


Tuesdays, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 & May 31, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather, or temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced).
Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
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Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. The themes for May include A Nest for Explorers; Meet a Tree; Clay: Trolls, Elves, and Goblins; Seed Bombs; Gardening at Lynden.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022– 10:30-11 am
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Join us for a virtual, multilingual HOME Story Time from the comfort of your home. HOME Story Time features children’s books written or illustrated by authors, illustrators, and artists who have faced forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants. Designed for children aged 4-8, we believe that reading picture books is a way to share and discuss big ideas with young children. We end each session with an art activity from Lynden art educator Claudia Orjuela. Follow-up activities will be available for download. The book for May is ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú/Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, written by Sonia Sotomayor, and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English. Scheduled to screen every third Wednesday of the month, HOME Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, Alliance Française de Milwaukee, and Milwaukee African Women’s Association. Videos will remain on view once they are posted.


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June sees the return of outdoor HOME events. We mark World Refugee Day with a virtual celebration on June 20, and we celebrate in person on June 26. This is the first in a series of outdoor events and programs at Lynden that celebrate Milwaukee’s refugee communities through art, food, fashion, and performance. June is also a busy month for exhibitions. We begin with artist-in-residence Daniel Burkholder’s video installation, On-Site Lynden (artist Q&A and reception June 4); open the long-postponed Nohl Fellowship Exhibition for the 2019 and 2020 Fellows on June 9 at the Haggerty Museum of Art; and unveil, in conjunction with our World Refugee Day celebration, Healing Coats, an exhibition organized by Call & Response artist Arianne King Comer featuring wearable art designed and made by refugee, immigrant, Black, and Indigenous artists, tailors, and community members. King Comer will be in residence beginning in late June and will offer her first open batik dyeing session at World Refugee Day (June 26). Outdoor activities abound: a cultural plant walk and a bird walk with artists-in-residence Angela Kingsawan and Chuck Stebelton, and another tree walk, Discovering the Urban Forest, with Lynden’s land staff (you can also join them for our Lynden work days). Our special summer 2022 dog days programming continues with two stellar events: a tintype pop-up with photographer Margaret Muza (you must book your session in advance), and an opportunity to ask artist and trainer Sara Caron about human/non-human relationships. Sound baths are back, with artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp and her collaborator, Sevan Arabajian-Lawson offering a sound bath and labyrinth walk, Reflect: The Mirror. Tuesdays in the Garden continues to meet weekly and summer day camps begin at the end of the month. And to circle back around to our HOME work, we continue to offer virtual programs in June: Multilingual Storytime will be in Hmong and English; the Book Discussion Group will continue with Homeira Qaderi’s Dancing in the Mosque; and the Conversations on Forced Migration series will begin a two-part exploration of the Resurgency in Ethiopia’s Northern Tigray.


The Lynden operates as a laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture. Since opening to the public in 2010, we have worked with artists, educators, students, and our community to create, support, and share experiences that integrate our collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures and temporary installations, Lynden’s community of artists, and the natural ecology of our 40-acre site. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm; closed Thursdays. Thanks to the generosity of the Herzfeld Foundation and other donors, admission is currently waived. Learn more about visitor guidelines here: Annual memberships are also available.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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