Category Archives: Library/Archives

A Museum’s History in Moving Image

One of my favorite film gems in the Museum’s audio-visual archive is rare film footage of the institution’s changing location and architecture. This film–soundless, in black and white, circa 1957–features the Layton Art Gallery, the Milwaukee Art Institute, and the … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Color

The museum’s archives contain a small but delightful collection of film and videotapes, detailing all sorts of subjects–from small films produced by the museum for various projects and exhibitions over the course of its history, to an odd yet enchanting … Continue reading

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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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Kid Tested, Mother Approved

For the last three years, a portion of my time has been devoted to digitizing a treasure trove of imagery found in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Brooks Stevens Archive. Stevens, one of the best known industrial designers of the twentieth … 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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