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Charles Radtke: Contained
April 19–August 25, 2019
Bradley Family Gallery

Charles Radtke: Contained is the first retrospective exhibition for the renowned furniture maker based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The artist’s cabinets, tables, and chairs reflect his meticulous attention to detail. Several pieces have interiors that are more intricately designed than the exteriors, or have hidden compartments in which Radtke has placed something personally meaningful. Radtke’s explorations into the function of the cabinet as a container lend his work a conceptual component that relates to contemporary sculpture.

Supporting Sponsors:
Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art Christopher and Sally Candee Heidi and Greg Borca Marcia and Kent Velde

Thanks to the 2019 Museum Visionaries:
Debbie and Mark Attanasio Donna and Donald Baumgartner John and Murph Burke Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Joel and Caran Quadracci Sue and Bud Selig Jeff Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation

Sara Cwynar: Image Model Muse
March 8–July 21, 2019
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sara Cwynar (b. 1985) explores through film and photography the subjects of color and design, the ways that they operate politically, socially, and historically, particularly in the context of how we conceptualize beauty. This first US solo museum exhibition for the artist presents three of her latest films—Soft Film (2016), Rose Gold (2017), and Cover Girl (2018)—together with photographs from her ongoing Tracy series.

Co-organized with the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Supporting Sponsors:
Live Wire Productions
Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation Madeleine and David Lubar
Thanks to the 2019 Museum Visionaries:
John and Murph Burke Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Joel and Caran Quadracci Sue and Bud Selig Jeff Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation

The Art of Devotion: Illuminated Manuscripts from Local Collections
March 1–June 16, 2019
European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202

Illuminated manuscripts, or handwritten books, are the focus of this exhibition, specifically books made before the use of the printing press from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The manuscripts are usually on treated animal skin, called parchment, and decorated with gold, silver, and bright colors; all are religious in nature. As such, the exhibition will not only explore the bookmaking process but also explain how creating and interacting with the manuscripts were considered forms of religious devotion. All the objects featured are from Milwaukee collections, offering visitors a chance to see local treasures that are typically not on public view.

Sponsored by: Miles Vilski

Bouguereau & America
February 15–May 12, 2019
Baker/Rowland Galleries

Bouguereau & America showcases more than forty masterful paintings by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). The exhibition explores the artist’s remarkable popularity throughout America’s Gilded Age, from the late 1860s to the early 1900s. During this period, owning a painting by the artist was de rigueur for any American who wanted to be seen as a serious collector: the artist’s grand canvases brought a sense of classic sophistication to newly formed collections. Their chastely sensual maidens, Raphaelesque Madonnas, and impossibly pristine peasant children mirror the religious beliefs, sexual mores, social problems, and desires of that period. Moreover, the exhibition offers an opportunity to examine how society’s perspectives can shift over time.

As the first major exhibition on the artist since the 1980s, Bouguereau & America will offer fresh perspectives on works that form the backbone of many museum collections.

Co-organized with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Supporting Sponsors:
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation The Laskin Family in memory of Myron Laskin, Jr. Anonymous In memory of Dr. Russel Lee Wiener Four-Four Foundation Samuel H. Kress Foundation Kenneth R. Treis Milwaukee Art Museum’s Fine Arts Society

Thanks to the 2019 Museum Visionaries:
John and Murph Burke Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Joel and Caran Quadracci Sue and Bud Selig Jeff Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation

Bouguereau & America is a Layton Art Collection Feature Exhibition. The steward of the collection that Frederick Layton started, one of Milwaukee’s founding public art collections, the Layton Art Collection Inc. is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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