Who run the [art] world? Historically, men. But, despite an enduring lack of public recognition and acclaim, our Collection shows that women artists have helped shape the art world throughout time, using their talents to not only reflect the world around them, but also challenge conventions, make bold statements, and speak to the female experience.
Below are just a few of the works by women artists currently on view. Stop by the Museum to see them in person, in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Sofonisba Anguissola (Italian, 1532–1625), The Artist’s Sister Minerva Anguissola, ca. 1564. Layton Art Collection Inc., Gift of the family of Mrs. Frederick Vogel Jr. L1952.1. Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Gabriele Münter (German, 1877–1962), Girl with Doll, 1908–09. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1966.165. Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er. ©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986), Series I—No. 3, 1918. Gift of Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation and the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation M1997.192. Photo credit: Larry Sanders. © Milwaukee Art Museum
Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Hotel Cro-Magnon, 1958. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1966.153. © 2010 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Eva Hesse (American, b. Germany, 1936–1970), Right After, 1969. Gift of Friends of Art M1970.27. Photo credit: Larry Sanders. © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Agnes Martin (American, b. Canada, 1912–2004), Untitled #10, 1977. Gift of Friends of Art M1981.6. Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Kiki Smith (American, b. Germany, 1954), Honeywax, 1995. Gift of the Contemporary Art Society M1996.5. Photo credit: PaceWildenstein Gallery. © Kiki Smith, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
Sylvia Levine (English, 1911–1998), Untitled, 1986. Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.125. Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Sylvette David (French, b. 1934, active in England), The Mermaid, n.d. Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.25. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Lydia Corbett
Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971), Laid Table (Still Life with Metal Pitcher), 2007. Purchase, Jill and Jack Pelisek Endowment, Jack Pelisek Funds, and various donors by exchange M2009.48. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Beth Lipman
Michelle Grabner (American, b. 1962), Untitled, 2007. Purchase, Doerfler Fund M2008.74. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Michelle Grabner
Lois Mailou Jones (American, 1905–1998), The Ascent of Ethiopia, 1932. Purchase, African American Art Acquisition Fund, matching funds from Suzanne and Richard Pieper, with additional support from Arthur and Dorothy Nelle Sanders M1993.191. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust