Remembering Truman Lowe

Celebrated Wisconsin artist and beloved University of Wisconsin–Madison professor Truman Lowe passed away on March, 30, 2019, leaving behind a powerful legacy.


MAM In Full Color

Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky once noted, “color is a power which directly influences the soul,” and science tells us it’s true—color can affect your mood, opinions, and even your behavior. Our Collection Galleries, filled with vibrant hues, soft tones, and complementary color pairings, are sure to brighten your mood, no matter how you’re feeling. Visit the Museum today to see all of these colorful artworks and so much more!

Pablo Picasso’s The Cock of the Liberation

Pablo Picasso, The Cock of the Liberation (Le Coq de la Liberation), 1944. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1959.372. Photo credit: Larry Sanders. © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Art Curatorial Exhibitions

From the Collection: An Illuminated Manuscript

French, Leaf from a Liturgical Psalter, early 14th century. Tempera, ink, and gold leaf on parchment. 6 3/8 × 4 7/16 in. (16.19 × 11.27 cm). Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Paula Uihlein M1932.108. Photo credit: John R. Glembin
French, Leaf from a Liturgical Psalter, early 14th century. Tempera, ink, and gold leaf on parchment. 6 3/8 × 4 7/16 in. (16.19 × 11.27 cm). Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Paula Uihlein M1932.108. Photo credit: John R. Glembin

Before the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, books were handwritten. Imagine… every time a copy of a text needed to be made, someone had to do it painstakingly by hand. In our world of quick reproductions and the ease of hitting “print”, this can be hard to believe!

The exhibition The Art of Devotion: Illuminated Manuscripts from Local Collections, on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum through June 16, 2019, aims to provide an introduction to these handwritten texts–called manuscripts–that were made in the middle ages and early Renaissance. A good number of those manuscripts are also illuminated, or decorated with gold, silver, and bright colors that make them literally look like they shine from within.

Ornamenting the Christian Bible and related texts reflected their holiness, as revealing the teachings of God. Monks and nuns would make the books in a scriptorium—or copying room—as a type of religious devotion. By the fourteenth century, commercial scriptoriums fulfilled the demand for books made by the aristocrats and nobles who commissioned them not only to use in private devotion but also to display their great wealth. As you can imagine, this leads to amazing and beautiful books!


All The Ways to Play at MAM

Because many museums house precious objects and valuable artworks, they tend to have a “look, but don’t touch” and “keep quiet” reputation. Doesn’t sound too fun, does it?

We often hear the misconceptions that museums aren’t spaces for children, that art museums are boring, or that older art objects lack relevance—when in fact, at MAM, there are countless opportunities for visitors to engage with and connect to art, make your own masterpiece, play games, get active, and even enjoy a beer (or two!). Read below for all the ways to play at the Museum.

See and make art at Story Time in the Galleries or Play Date with Art.

It’s never too early to learn to love art! Bring your little ones to engage with artworks in the Museum’s Collection through stories, music, and hands-on activities. Story Time in the Galleries is hosted every Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m., and Play Date with Art is offered on one Friday each month.

Spark your creativity with a Family Guide or an ArtPack Station activity.

Family Guides bring a playful lens to feature exhibitions, allowing you and your whole family to participate in fun games and activities as you journey through the exhibition. Your family can also explore the Museum’s Collection Galleries with picture books, puzzles, puppets, and even sketching materials—ArtPack station activities can travel with you, transforming an afternoon at the Museum into an imaginative adventure. Both are free with Museum admission.

Bring out your inner artist in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio.

Paint, sculpt, draw, and sketch to create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the Museum’s Collection. This is a great space for visitors of all ages to get creative, even if that means getting a little messy in the process. The Studio is open every day the Museum is open and closes one hour before Museum close.

Hang out with friends at Teen Night.

Teens—make new friends and celebrate the talents of your peers at this special event, held two times each year. Hosted by the Museum’s Teen Interns, this event features live music, art-making, teen-led tours, and a collaborative exhibition.

Sign-up for a personalized tour.

No matter your age or interest, we have the perfect art tour for you or your group. Bring a student group to discover animals in art, celebrate a bachelorette on our “Naughty Bits” tour, or build your own adventure—Museum staff are happy to create a special tour, just for you!

Party at MAM After Dark.

Hosted ten times each year, MAM After Dark is Milwaukee’s artiest party, tailored to young adults. Dance to live music, join quirky art tours, strike a pose with friends in the Front Room photo booth, sip on a cocktail, and engage in a variety of activities at this after-hours event—plus, enjoy a new art-inspired theme each month.

Stop by after work for Happy Hour on the East End.

Every Thursday from 5–7:30 p.m., enjoy discounts on beer, select wines, and cocktails at the Museum’s East End Café. Unwind after work with a glass of your go-to beverage—or try something new—all while enjoying stunning views of Lake Michigan. Then, take a stroll through the galleries*; the Museum is open until 8 p.m. every Thursday.

*Museum admission required, if entering the Collection Galleries.

Say “Namaste” under the wings.

Stretch your mind and body at Yoga @ the Museum, offered monthly. Recharge for the week ahead in an inspiring space, as omTown Yogis guide you through an all-levels yoga class. Then, spend the afternoon exploring art—your registration includes same-day Museum admission.


Mom & MAM

Not sure what to give Mom for Mother’s Day? From creative gifts to inspiring experiences, the Milwaukee Art Museum has you covered. Here are five ways to spoil Mom at MAM this year.

Make her a masterpiece in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio.

Drop in the Studio the week before Mother’s Day to write a kind message, decorate a card, or draw a fridge-worthy picture just for Mom.

Explore the masterful paintings inside Bouguereau & America—together.

Bring Mom to see 41 grand canvases by French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, who enjoyed remarkable popularity during America’s Gilded Age, before the exhibition closes on May 12.

Shop one-of-a-kind gifts in the Museum Store.

Discover artwork, home décor, clothing, jewelry, and so much more that Mom will love—or opt for a gift card so she can shop for herself. Browse on-site or online.

Give her a year of inspiring experiences.

Moms should be celebrated every day. Give her the gift of a Museum membership so she can enjoy exclusive access, special discounts, and Member-only events all year long.

Bouguereau & America images:

  1. William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Charity, 1859. Oil on canvas. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Bequest of Henry C. Lewis, 1895.96.
  2. William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Madonna of the Roses (La Madone aux roses), 1903. Oil on canvas. On loan from Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

Membership images by Matt Haas Photography.