Despite the absence of its most beloved and discussed "staffer" -- and the one that just might be the creepiest for kids and the faint of heart -- Milwaukee Art Museum has remained quite clean lo these past months.
Maybe it’s because Duane Hanson’s life-size 1973 "Janitor" sculpture doesn’t actually do much anyway. He’s the ultimate slacker, leaning there against the wall, staring at the floor, letting his more animated co-workers pick up the slack.
But despite his lack of productivity, folks noticed the Janitor was gone.
In 2012, he was loaned to the Walker Art Center for its "Lifelike" show. Before that, the museum's conservation team gussied him up for his trip, which also took him out west as the exhibition traveled to Phoenix this year. He was back in Milwaukee for a while in between.
The show ended its run May 18 at Phoenix Art Museum and the Janitor came home and was put in storage. He’s back out in Gallery 1 now with a range of other collection favorites but only briefly as in October the museum will send him back to his closet for a year while the galleries are renovated.
See him -- but don’t touch him -- while you can.
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