Author Archives: Heather Winter

125 Years and Counting

We owe it to the awakening interest in art matters and the democratic spirit of the society, which is attempting to make the gallery a valuable asset to every citizen and to inculcate an appreciation of its offerings. –Samuel O. … Continue reading

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Art Books are Fun, Now Go Play!

One of the most fascinating (and fun) books in the Museum’s rare book collection is a set of books by the artist Victor Vasarely. Vasarely’s four-volume set Plastic Arts (1970), which features numerous color plates, foldouts and loose plastic overlays, … Continue reading

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Milwaukee’s Greatest! … Circa 1892

Recently, I had the opportunity to open an interesting book in the Museum’s Library entitled Milwaukee’s Great Industries (1892). This 352-page tome features a history of Milwaukee, articles on its various industries, schools, churches, trades, a variety of advertisements, and … Continue reading

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The Heady Appeal of Soap Sculpture Competitions

While browsing the Museum’s 120+ year history and its more than 3,500 exhibitions, patterns reflecting shifts in cultural taste, local craft, and major world events, are apparent. History also reveals patterns that sidestep the obvious cultural or historical narrative to … Continue reading

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Museum Art Library – Used Book Sale March 1 – 4!

It’s book sale time again! At the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art Research Library Used Book Sale, you’ll find wonderful materials that are either duplicative or outside of our Library’s collecting area. And, of course, all proceeds benefit the Art Library’s … Continue reading

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