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First Impressions: Early Printed Books in Europe
April 10–August 16, 2020
European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202

The development of the printing press, in 1450s Germany, revolutionized the production and dissemination of the written word. No longer dependent on time-consuming, handwritten manuscripts, communication went through a major transformation—much like the introduction of social media has done in our time. The individual leaves and bound books featured in this gallery were created during the first century after the adoption of the printing press in Europe.

The twenty-five objects on view, most of which are from the Museum’s collection, provide an opportunity to explore the art and context of early printed books.

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

Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens
April 17–August 2, 2020
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

American photographer Susan Meiselas (b. 1948) seeks to bear witness to stories that might otherwise go unnoticed. She has traveled from rural county fairs to conflict-ridden Central America, working closely and over long periods with her subjects, focusing her lens on what she thinks the public needs to see. A member of the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos since 1976, Meiselas creates photographs that raise provocative questions about the documentary practice and the relationship between photographer and subject.

Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens presents never-before-shown photographs alongside iconic series that reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to sharing the stories of women.

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

This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of:
Northern Trust
Contributing Sponsor:
David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation
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

First Impressions: Early Printed Books in Europe
Throgu August 16, 2020
European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202

The development of the printing press, in 1450s Germany, revolutionized the production and dissemination of the written word. No longer dependent on time-consuming, handwritten manuscripts, communication went through a major transformation—much like the introduction of social media has done in our time. The individual leaves and bound books featured in this gallery were created during the first century after the adoption of the printing press in Europe.

The twenty-five objects on view, most of which are from the Museum’s collection, provide an opportunity to explore the art and context of early printed books.

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 Quilts of Pauline Parker
March 20–July 19, 2020
Bradley Family Gallery

The Quilts of Pauline Parker features more than thirty objects that showcase the artist's expressive approach to quiltmaking, illustrating how Parker transformed a traditionally domestic craft into one that highlighted current events, historical and biblical figures, and her own travels and experiences.

Parker studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but her work in fabric began in Wisconsin, where she moved upon retirement. She initially worked with traditional patterns and used techniques she had learned from her mother and aunts, before expanding her subject matter, stitching more freely, and exploring a less traditional approach to quiltmaking.

The narrative quilts, or “fabric collages” as Parker termed them, featured in the exhibition were all made between the late 1980s and early 2000s.

Presenting Sponsor:
The McCombe and Pfeifer Families and the Gottlob Armbrust Family Fund in Memory of Helen Louise Pfeifer

Supporting Sponsors:
Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art Milwaukee Art Museum’s Garden Club

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

Byrdcliffe: Creativity and Creation
January 24–June 14, 2020
The Godfrey American Art Wing, Level 2, Gallery K230

Layton Art Collection Focus Exhibition

“Though Byrdcliffe brimmed with spiritual moxie—and fun, too, as attested by photographs of picnics, parties and such—its most important material product was the beautifully decorated Arts and Crafts furniture turned out by the colony’s woodworking shop.” —The New York Times

For a utopian community in upstate New York, handcrafting, natural materials, and organic design were guiding principles. The Arts and Crafts movement was growing in popularity—it was the early twentieth century—and the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony (active 1902–1915) put the movement’s anti-industrialization position into active practice. The drawings, designs, ceramics, and furniture that came out of Byrdcliffe, one of several such communities to emerge in that part of the country at the time, had a distinct style and aesthetic continuity. Developed alongside Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft and Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops, Byrdcliffe was built on the idealistic vision of its founders, Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead.

Byrdcliffe: Creativity and Creation traces the creative process behind many of Byrdcliffe’s designs through works drawn from the Layton Art Collection and local private collections.

Supporting Sponsors:
Barbara Nitchie Fuldner Layton Art Collection, Inc.

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

Byrdcliffe: Creativity and Creation is a Layton Art Collection Focus 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.

James Benning and Sharon Lockhart: Over Time
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

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