The museum houses 15th to 20th century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, folk art, Haitian art and outsider art.
MAM's cafe also offers great lunches in a luminous setting with lake views.
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Milwaukee Art Museum Bal du Lac
The time to make a difference is now: the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Bal du Lac happens only once a year. This fundraising gala event is presented by BMO Wealth Management and hosted by chairs Steve and Lynn Johnson and Alec and Kristin Fraser. Celebrate with Marcelle Polednik, PhD, the Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director, at her first Bal. Enjoy an evening of exquisite entertainments, with cocktails in the East End and contemporary art galleries, followed by creative cuisine, dynamic dancing, and memorable moments in Windhover Hall.
MAM Exhibit Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive
Milwaukee native Paul Druecke has long examined how historical and social events are commemorated and interrogated why certain events are chosen for celebration while others remain invisible. For the 2014 Whitney Biennial Druecke celebrated the untold story of a head guard who served at the Whitney Museum of American Art for 39 years. His public art works have been shown internationally from the Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin to Cologne, Germany. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of A Social Event Archive, Druecke’s prescient and insightful conceptual project inviting friends, neighbors and his audience to donate a snapshot of what they considered to be a social event. Predicting the rise of social media and the blurring of public and private spheres, Druecke collected these vernacular pictures to study collective habits and examine how the presence of the camera alters behavior. The exhibition presents the entire archive of nearly 800 photographs together for the first time and invites Druecke to select works from the permanent collection that provide a context for his work. Druecke will also organize events such as concerts, poetry readings and cultural celebrations in conjunction with the exhibition to turn the exhibition itself into a social experiment.
Frank Lloyd Wright: “Buildings for the Prairie”
In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents Frank Lloyd Wright:”Buildings for the Prairie,” featuring a selection of the famed architect’s designs and examples of his furniture, stained glass and textiles. Originally compiled by a German publisher and titled the Wasmuth Portfolio, this collection is considered the most significant compendium of Wright’s early work, showcasing the breadth and beauty of his output. The exhibition lends insight into the master’s early development and affords the opportunity to see the evolution of the Prairie School of architecture.
MAM Exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wasmuth Portfolio
The Wasmuth Portfolio (named for its German publisher) is rightly considered the most significantcompendiumofarchitectFrankLloydWright’searlywork. Inadditiontothebeauty of the lithographic plates, it provides a visually striking, historic overview of the master’s early development, as well as the evolution of the Prairie School of architecture.
Although highly regarded as one of the best American architects of his generation, by 1909 Wright had reached a professional impasse. Spurred by his inability to gain commercial commissions and his scandalous affair with former client Mamah Borthwick Cheney, Wright left for Italy and Germany in 1910. In Florence, Wright found inspiration in his architectural surroundings, and there he worked on illustrations and text for a monograph on his work to be published by the Berlin firm of Ernst Wasmuth. The Wasmuth Portfolio introduced the architect’s work to his European contemporaries and is largely credited with profoundly influencing the direction of 20th-century architecture, and is prized today by collectors and museums alike for its historic importance and for the beauty of the images.
Planned in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth, this exhibition features a selection of some of the architect’s most important designs from the Wasmuth Portfolio alongside examples of his most iconic furniture, stained-glass, and textiles, showcasing the breadth and beauty of his output.
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wasmuth Portfolio
In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wasmuth Portfolio, featuring a selection of the famed architect’s designs and examples of his furniture, stained glass and textiles. Named for its German publisher, the Wasmuth Portfolio is considered the most significant compendium of Wright’s early work, showcasing the breadth and beauty of his output. The collection lends insight into the master’s early development and affords the opportunity to see the evolution of the Prairie School of architecture.
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