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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.

The 2019 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition
Feb 2–March 17, 2019
Schroeder Galleria

More than three hundred artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7–12 are featured in this annual exhibition that celebrates young talent in our state. The juried exhibition is drawn from over three thousand submissions in the categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Art Portfolios. The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards for the Wisconsin region since 1976.

The Scholastic Art Awards program acknowledges excellence in the visual arts and encourages the artistic endeavors of young people throughout the United States. The Silver Key Award denotes statewide recognition. Artworks with a Gold Key later compete for Silver and Gold Medals at the national level, in New York. Many award winners go on to achieve distinction in the fine arts, applied arts, and design, often crediting their success to the early recognition they received as participants in the Scholastic Art Awards. A number of artists represented in the Museum’s Collection were Scholastic Award recipients, including Nancy Burkert, Robert Indiana, David Lenz, and Andy Warhol.
Presented by:

The Heller Foundation and Mary Ellen Heller in memory of Avis Heller, the Milwaukee Arts Board, Peter and Debra Johnson, Vanguard Computers Inc., CompURent, and an anonymous donor.

The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison
October 18, 2018–March 10, 2019
Bradley Family Gallery

This exhibition debuts Nigel Poor’s San Quentin Project and presents personal narratives about life inside prison through visual documents, photographs, and an acclaimed podcast. The project’s visual documents were made collaboratively by Nigel Poor (American, b. 1963) and the men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, the photographs are from the prison’s archive, and the audio, from Ear Hustle, is a podcast featuring stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.

Begun in 2011, The San Quentin Project has evolved from Poor’s experience teaching visual literacy at the prison for the Prison University Project. Tracing the evolution of her social practice, from mapping exercises to essays and interviews, the work in this exhibition utilizes personal narrative to illuminate and counter common stereotypes the public might have about prison populations.

The San Quentin Project not only invites audiences to consider how images of prisoners have been codified, but also seeks to promote the critical reading of cultural codes and power structures inherent within visual images. Ultimately, the project hopes to raise awareness of the overwhelming benefits arts and humanities offer to incarcerated individuals and the communities they will re-enter. A three-day symposium, co-organized with Marquette University, will envision the role of the arts in criminal justice reform by inviting scholars and artists to Milwaukee to address these issues.

Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum
Presenting Sponsor:
Brico Fund
Supporting Sponsors:
Bader Philanthropies Milwaukee Art Museum’s Photography Council
Education Sponsor:
Mastantuono & Coffee, S.C.

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