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 is the Museum’s Manager of Digital Learning. In addition to working on educational technology initiatives like the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab or this very blog, she oversees and teaches teen programs and creates Collection resources for educators.