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Robert Indiana’s The American LOVE Sculpture Unveiled at Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) will celebrate its most recent gift, Robert Indiana’s iconic The American LOVE sculpture, with a special grand unveiling ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., September 5. Joe Martin Lin-Hill, deputy director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will discuss Indiana and his career. The unveiling of the installed sculpture takes place at 6:45 p.m.

The American LOVE was previously on display at the head of Wisconsin Avenue last summer during Sculpture Milwaukee 2018, and then donated to the museum’s collection by an anonymous donor and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Admission to both events and MAM will be free all day for everyone for Meijer Free First Thursday.

Indiana was born in 1928 in New Castle, Indiana, and took his home state as his last name in 1958. He began his career showing his early works in pivotal group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1961 and became associated with the pop art movement. Indiana created The American LOVE sculpture in 1970, patterned after his popular LOVE print images. Indiana also painted the large M that graced the basketball court formerly used by the Milwaukee Bucks at the MECCA arena during the 1970s and 1980s. Indiana died in May 2018.

Location: 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. For more information, visit

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