Author Archives: Mel Buchanan

About Mel Buchanan

Mae E. Demmer Assistant Curator of 20th c Design, Milwaukee Art Museum. Lover of museums, objects, and cilantro

From Museum Storage–Wiener Werkstätte Vase

I’ve just learned that Hilda Jesser could design anything. Correction: I’ve just learned who Hilda Jesser was. To back up, I should explain that I often use this blog as an excuse to explore something in the Museum’s collection that … Continue reading

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From Museum Storage–Beneath a Ray and Charles Eames LCW Chair

Late in 2010 I advocated that the Museum accept a Ray and Charles Eames DCW (“Dining Chair Wood”) into the Permanent Collection. No big surprise there, as this bent plywood chair is the iconic work of two of the most … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Wilhelm Trübner’s “Salome”

German artist Wilhelm Trübner’s depiction of Salome shows the New Testament character brazenly nude, holding the head of John the Baptist on a platter. When this painting by an admittedly-minor artist was recently rotated into the permanent collection gallery #11, … Continue reading

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From Museum Storage–Cataloging 188 Paperweights

This blog is about museum life “Under the Wings,” right? One of the most important and perhaps most buried “under the wings” duties of the curatorial department is the care of the art collection (housing, safe transport, conservation) including the … Continue reading

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From Museum Storage–C. A. Buffington & Co. “Automobile Folding Chair”

Do you think this rusty iron folding chair deserves a place in a world-class art museum alongside priceless paintings by Mark Rothko and Vassily Kandinsky? It looks like something you might find in a barn. Well, in fact, it did … Continue reading

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