Happy birthday, Milwaukee Art Museum! You’re looking pretty good for 125, if we do say so ourselves. To celebrate the Museum’s anniversary, we’ve got a whole lot of stuff going on. From concurrent exhibitions to community days, your 125th is going to go down in style.
Beyond events, though, and (mostly) in seriousness, as part of the 125th Anniversary, I’m excited to share some of the detailed breakouts of the most popular works of art in the Collection! Some of you may remember voting for your favorite artworks in the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab.
Wondering what the people’s choice works were? Check out the breakdown below!
When we calculated the top 25 works, we had over 265,000 votes racked up for 186 objects in the Collection. We average about 3 votes per person walking into the space. If you’d like a detailed breakout of exactly how we tabulate votes, check out this previous blog post on the Lab.
In this post, I’ll share the top 25 works of art voted on by you with their total votes and popularity percentage. It was close, guys. You can see these works in person in the galleries (as long as they’re on view) by looking for the below special label we’ve made in honor of the 125th Anniversary.
One quick note before we dive in: The top 25 were counted not by number of votes, but by popularity. Since we randomly rotated the pieces you could vote on in the Lab, giving you a choice of two at a time, not all are seen equally. So, the most popular works were the ones that had the highest percent of votes vs. views. Here we go!
#1 Henry Vianden, with 1987 votes / 2947 views – 67.42% popularity
#24 Harry Callahan, with 1727 votes / 2818 views – 61.28% popularity
#25 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, with 1799 votes / 2940 views – 61.19% popularity
There we have it! Were you surprised by the rankings? Any you agree or disagree with?
By the way, if you’re upset that your favorite among these Top 25 isn’t first, then come back to the Museum and vote! The Lab currently displays just these top 25. For example, if you want that Lipman glass still life sculpture in the top 5 (not that I’m biased or anything…), get into the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and tap your vote into the touchscreens.
Thanks for voting and we hope you’ll join us this spring and summer in celebrating our 125th Anniversary!
Chelsea Emelie Kelly was the Museum’s Manager of Digital Learning. In addition to working on educational technology initiatives like the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and this blog, she oversaw and taught teen programs.
7 replies on “People’s Choice: Your Top 25 Works of Art in the Collection”
This list is beyond bizarre…
Hi Ralph, it’s an eclectic mix! Curators chose highlights from their collections to populate the 186 total works to choose from, and then visitors chose their favorites–so it’s not the traditional thematic or chronological story, but definitely gives us some great information about the top choices.
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We visited Milwaukee in September and attended the Art Museum. Unfortunately they could not give us a list of the top 25 peoples choices. Too bad. Luckily we saw the postcard for the two majesties piece and located it. Great trip but would have loved to have been given the do not miss list. By the way grew up in Milwaukee and the St Francis picture scared us no end as kids. My brother asked me to see it and I found out he is touring France. Building magnificent, did sunset and sunrise photos. Milwaukee wonderful.Was born and raised there, thinking about retiring there,
Hi Susan, thanks so much for visiting and for your comment! It is a great idea to have this list available at our admissions desks so our visitor services staff can share it with anyone who is interested, and we’ll make sure it happens! Thanks for sharing your reflections and memories, too (the St. Francis is definitely a foreboding painting!). We hope to see you at the Museum many more times in the future!
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