By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 25, 2021 at 11:29 AM

In addition to opening a major new exhibition in June, Milwaukee Art Museum is also kicking off the new Lakeside at MAM on the museum campus' east lawn, facing Lake Michigan.

On Thursday, June 17, the museum will debut Lakeside at MAM on the east lawn, and at the same time expand its opening hours by adding Thursday back to the mix. The museum will be open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lakeside at MAM will be a space where the public can – during museum hours – chill, nosh, have a drink and experience a mix of programming on the lawn and the museum patio area nearby.

Part of that programming includes art-making activities outdoors with the Kohl’s Art Studio staff.

There will be seating where visitors can snack on food and drink purchased from the museum’s East End.

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820–1920," co-organized with the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, and including works by American painters who studied the Old Masters at Madrid’s Prado Museum: Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri and John Singer Sargent, opens at the museum on June 11.

Details of the Lakeside programming are expected to be announced soon.

“It feels wonderful to announce this range of new experiences for the summer,” said MAM Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer, Robert Stein. “The anticipation of welcoming more people back to the Museum as the weather warms is palpable. The addition of major exhibitions, expanded hours and more opportunities to be together again is something we’ve all been waiting for.

“Lakeside at MAM is an especially exciting new way for the public to connect with the Museum while enjoying safe time together outside."

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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.