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.
Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum's Web site for hours, admission fees and a full description of current exhibitions.
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.
Story Time in the Galleries
Come hear a story that relates to a work of art in the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then make a drawing inspired by what you have seen and heard.
Gallery Talk: Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive
Join Lisa Sutcliffe, Milwaukee Art Museum curator of photography and media arts, and explore Milwaukee artist Paul Druecke’s Archive, on view for the first time in a museum in honor of its twentieth anniversary.
Meijer Free First Thursday
Admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum is free for individuals and families (excluding groups) on the first Thursday of each month, thanks to Meijer.
Panel Discussion: Art, Politics, and Activism
Welcome Jamelle Bouie, political analyst for Slate Magazine; Marcus Doucette, host of the world music program Sound Travels on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; Venice Williams, Milwaukee activist and founder and director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm and Body and Soul Healing Arts Center; and Margaret Andera, Milwaukee Art Museum curator of contemporary art, for a spirited discussion about the importance of literature, music, politics, and art. This event is being held in conjunction with the Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy exhibition.
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