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Portrait of Milwaukee
September 6, 2019—March 1, 2020
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

What made Milwaukee into the city it is today, and what does it mean to call oneself a Milwaukeean?

Portrait of Milwaukee reveals a deep connection between the city of Milwaukee and its residents. Photographs from the 1930s through the 2010s highlight some of the people, movements, businesses, and neighborhoods that have helped make Milwaukee what it is today. From small businesses to community churches, tannery workers to New Wave rockers, the subjects of the pictures in the exhibition show a midwestern city that is just as dynamic and diverse as the people who call it home.

Photographs in the exhibition are drawn from the Museum’s collection, as well as from local collections that are rarely on public view.

Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation Madeleine and David Lubar

James Benning and Sharon Lockhart: Over Time
September 6, 2019–March 1, 2020; April 17–August 2, 2020
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

American artists James Benning and Sharon Lockhart are separated by a generation, yet they both cite the influence of the other’s films on their work. This two-part exhibition pairs the work of these two accomplished artists to highlight how close, studied observation can deepen and enrich often overlooked, everyday experiences.

Over the course of his forty-year career, experimental filmmaker and Milwaukee native Benning (b. 1942) has investigated the structure of film, exploring duration and sound. Similarly, Lockhart (b. 1964) has sought to push the temporal language of film in large-scale, collaborative installations. The photographs and films featured in the exhibition express how film, too, is photographic in nature, and offer extended views of a range of landscapes.

Arts sponsored by:
Herzfeld Foundation Madeleine and David Lubar

Supporting Sponsors:
Christine A. Symchych & James P. McNulty
Thanks to the 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

The Bauhaus, László Moholy-Nagy, and Milwaukee
Through June 7, 2020
LEVEL 2, GALLERY K215

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus (1919–1933), the innovative art, architecture, and design school in Germany, the display in this gallery highlights one of its key figures: artist, designer, and theorist László Moholy-Nagy. Among the objects featured is a new addition to the Museum’s collection, a one-of-a-kind desk set he created for the Wisconsin company Parker Pen in 1946.

The Milwaukee Art Institute (1916–1957), a Milwaukee Art Museum predecessor, not only hosted the first traveling exhibition of Moholy-Nagy’s photographs in the United States in 1931, but also presented the first U.S. exhibition about the Bauhaus, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, in 1939.

Thanks to the 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

Petite Posters: Jules Chéret and Le Courrier français
June 28–November 17, 2019
European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202

From its first issue, in 1884, the weekly journal Le Courrier français championed advertising. Jules Chéret (1836–1932), considered the father of the poster, held a prominent place in its pages. The paper publicized and reproduced Chéret’s poster designs, and in return, the artist created advertisements for companies that financed it. The more than twenty posters on display in the gallery explore this reciprocal relationship, which proved mutually beneficial. The posters featured are drawn from Susee and James Wiechmann’s promised gift to the Museum of nearly six hundred Chéret works.

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

Nares: Moves
June 14–October 6, 2019
Baker/Rowland Galleries

Nares: Moves is the first retrospective on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and reveals a significant career bringing motion into the spotlight. The exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and will premiere June 14 to October 6, 2019. In addition to being the first retrospective for Nares, it is also the first to explore in depth the artist’s films as central to his artistic practice. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue celebrate the key projects of this prolific, perpetual inventor and establish Nares as an important contemporary artist.

Audio: A Conversation with the Artist
The recording here features Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum and curator of the exhibition, and the artist Jamie Nares discussing the exhibition Nares: Moves. It is unedited. A shorter version produced to accompany the exhibition is on the audio guide on-site, available for $5 from the admissions desks.

Sponsors:
Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Layden, Sr., in honor of Donald W. Layden, Jr. Joan Lubar and John Crouch Kasmin Gallery, New York

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