Tag Archives: 20th century design

John J. Reiss: Artist, Designer, and Collector

Milwaukee has been home to many talented designers over the years, but they often fly under the radar. A designer’s main concern is to convey a message or idea on behalf of a client; one’s identity is secondary, but a … Continue reading

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And All That Jazz!

What did socialites in Milwaukee read during the jazz age of the late 1920s? Well, naturally, everyone was reading The Modern Milwaukeean! The magazine circulated from September of 1928 through the spring of 1930 and billed itself as the key … Continue reading

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A bit of Milwaukee in the Saarinen Archives at Yale

If you’ve visited the Museum recently, you know that we take our 125th anniversary seriously. There was cake for “Barbara Brown Lee Day” on May 2, there are three celebratory exhibitions, including a glamorous salon-style rehang of Gallery 10, and … Continue reading

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New Installation of George Mann Niedecken objects

Milwaukee in the early 1900s was a wealthy city known for its manufacturing—including beer, leather, steam engines, and metal machinery. Milwaukee’s industrialists brought cutting-edge technology to their businesses, and a few brought cutting-edge design into their homes. For a new … Continue reading

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