Author Archives: Beret Balestrieri Kohn

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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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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From the Beautiful Box: Tarbell and Hand-Painted Glass Slides

In my last blog post, I shared with you the secrets of a lovely wooden box which contained a collection of glass lantern slides from about 1920.  While most of the slides are black and white, a few colorful slides … Continue reading

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Beautiful boxes often hold beautiful things…

I’ve always felt that beautiful boxes should hold beautiful things, and that is the case for one small, graceful box stored in the Audio Visual Library at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Made of a dark, lustrous wood and elegant enough … Continue reading

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