Marquette University has received three gifts comprising 135 works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The contemporary art and photography works are valued at $1 million and were given by separate donors.
Marquette alumni -- and former MPS teachers -- Michael (Arts, 1963) and Mary Tatalovich (Arts, 1964) Tatalovich are giving 80 pieces of contemporary art, including the 1972 Warhol "Mao" screenprint and Lichtenstein's "American Indian Theme VI" woodcut. The Haggerty was the first venue to exhibit works from the couple's collection in the late 1990s.
The other donors -- Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York, which has donated 30 photography by New York street photographer Frank Paulin, and an anonymous collector who gifted 25 modern and contemporary photographs -- have no direct connection to the university.
"These are three fairly significant gifts to receive all within a one-year period, and each gift adds new artists to the Haggerty's collection," said Wally Mason, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art, in a statement.
"Mary and I decided to donate as part of our overall estate planning," said Michael Tatalovich.
"Our art work is our legacy and with both of us being Marquette graduates, donating the work to the museum ensures that the collection will be well taken care of and also displayed for general enjoyment and educational purposes of the university community and the general public. We hope that the Marquette students, faculty, and staff and the general public enjoy the collection as much as we do."
The Paulin photos -- from his Out of the Limelight series -- were donated to recognize the Haggerty's commitment to art education.
Meanwhile, many of the 25 photos from an anonymous Los Angeles collector feature rural Wisconsin scenes.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.