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American Artworks Newly on View

Explore artworks from the Museum’s collection that are now on view in the American art galleries.

Tie-dyed cloth hanging from the ceiling

True or false: the Museum’s collection galleries always stay the same?

False!

As the Milwaukee Art Museum’s curators continue updating the contemporary galleries and preparing for the upcoming exhibition The Ashcan School and The Eight: “Creating a National Art,” many artworks have come out of the vault and into the galleries for visitors to enjoy.

Keep reading to see some of the newly installed works on view, including those by artists with connections to Milwaukee.

Selected works by John Wilde, 1948–2002

Explore gallery K219 to see artworks, including paintings and prints, by Milwaukee-born artist John Wilde.

Carousel Merge 2 by Sam Gilliam, 1971

Updates to the contemporary art galleries continue with the installation of this monumental draped canvas painting in gallery K119.

Tie-dyed cloth hanging from the ceiling
Venetian Scene by Julius Segall, ca. 1900

A recent addition to the collection, this painting is on view for the first time at the Museum in gallery K232. Born in Prussia, Segall settled in Milwaukee in 1904 and lived here for the rest of his life.

Hockey by Edmund Lewandowski, 1949

Visit gallery K224 to see this painting by Lewandowski. Once a student at the Layton School of Art, the artist later became director of this Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design predecessor. He also created the mosaic mural on the western side of the War Memorial Center.

Three Sisters—A Study in June Sunlight by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1890

After being loaned to the Denver Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of the exhibition Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, this painting will be back at home in gallery K231 beginning August 9.

Flood by M. Virginia Hammersmith, 1939

Take a closer look at Flood, on view in gallery K224.

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Image:

  1. Sam Gilliam (American, 1933–2022), Carousel Merge 2, 1971. Acrylic on canvas. 186 × 102 in. (472.44 × 259.08 cm). Gift of Friends of Art, M1976.36. Photo by Cleber Bonato © Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  2. John Wilde (American, 1919–2006), Myself Working from the Nude in Silver, 1948. Oil on Masonite panel. 14 1/8 × 11 1/8 in. (35.88 × 28.26 cm). Purchase, Christian Doerfler Fund, M1948.4 © John Wilde
  3. John Wilde (American, 1919–2006), Parade IV, 2002. Oil on canvas. 25 1/4 × 41 1/4 × 3/4 in. (64.14 × 104.78 × 1.91 cm). Gift of Sue Wiechmann, M2013.2. Photo by John R. Glembin © John Wilde
  4. John Wilde (American, 1919–2006), Wildeworld Revisited, 1995. Oil on panel. 33 × 52 1/4 in. (83.82 × 132.72 cm). Purchase, Doerfler Fund, M2010.32. Photo by John R. Glembin © John Wilde
  5. John Wilde (American, 1919–2006), September, Eve, 1992–93. Oil on canvas. 29 × 74 in. (73.66 × 187.96 cm.) Purchase, Doerfler Fund, M1993.177. Photo by Efraim Lev-er © John Wilde
  6. Sam Gilliam (American, 1933–2022), Carousel Merge 2, 1971. Acrylic on canvas. 186 × 102 in. (472.44 × 259.08 cm). Gift of Friends of Art, M1976.36. Photo by Cleber Bonato © Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  7. Julius Segall (American, b. Nakel an der Netze, Posen, Prussia, 1860-1925), Venetian Scene, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas. 30 × 24 in. (76.2 × 60.96 cm). Gift of Edward and Katie Misik, M2021.788. Photo by John R. Glembin
  8. Edmund Lewandowski (American, 1914–1998), Hockey, 1949. Oil on canvas. 36 × 31 in. (91.44 × 78.74 cm). Gift of Gimbel Bros., M1959.6 © Estate of Edmund Lewandowski
  9. Edmund Charles Tarbell (American, 1862–1938), Three Sisters— A Study in June Sunlight, 1890. Oil on canvas. 35 1/8 × 40 1/8 in. (89.22 × 101.92 cm). Gift of Mrs. Montgomery Sears, M1925.1. Photo by John R. Glembin
  10. M. Virginia Hammersmith (American, 1917–1991), Flood, 1939. Oil on Masonite. 36 1/4 × 26 1/2 in. (92.08 × 67.31 cm), Gift of Mrs. Erich Cramer Stern, M1973.115. Photo by John R. Glembin

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