Haggerty presents images of women in new exhibits

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:27

Hendrik Goltzius’ “The Repentant Magdalen,” part of the Haggerty’s Page Turners exhibition.
—Photo: Haggerty Museum of Art

On any afternoon, you can wander into a bookshop or cafe and watch people as they read. Maybe they’re scanning the financial section with a furrowed brow, or a gossip column with a smirk. A book picked up at a secondhand store may send their eyes to far away places or they may glow with the reflected pinpoint dots of a digital screen. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, can they tell us what others feel when they read. 

Art Institute of Chicago to host 'Van Gogh's Bedrooms'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 22 January 2016 07:51

Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles is arguably the most famous chambre in the history of art. It also held special significance for the artist, who created three distinct paintings of this intimate space from 1888 to 1889. An exhibition opening in February at the Art Institute of Chicago brings together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America, offering a pioneering and in-depth study of their making and meaning to Van Gogh in his relentless quest for home.

Refreshing history
MPM’s new Streets of Old Milwaukee

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:43

A life-sized re-creation of a 1905 streetcar serves as the new entrance for the Streets of Old Milwaukee.{break}—PHOTO: Milwaukee Public Museum.

Inside the Milwaukee Public Museum is a streetcar that subtly rumbles as it travels — not along physical distance, but metaphorically through time. It is the new entrance of the reopened Streets of Old Milwaukee, and exemplifies the alignment of innovative technology with a proud sense of history in this storied exhibition. 

Getting out and ‘art’-bout for the holidays

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:20

The Grohmann Museum features a variety of works on themes of labor, including Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s The Peasant Lawyer.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

During the holidays, there often is a flurry of travel and excitement as family and friends visit. Whether you are entertaining out-of-town guests for a day or a week, there are plenty of venues to check out that will introduce the visual culture of Milwaukee in ways both conventional and unusual.

New & closing soon

Written by lisa neff Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:18

The Haggerty Museum of Art has opened a slate of new exhibitions organized around themes of women, changing notions of feminine ideals and their resonance in the art world. Brooklyn-based artist Carrie Schneider will be present on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. for an artist talk and reception.

Objects become art to Debbie Kupinsky

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 15 January 2016 14:11

In the material world, form follows function, with objects designed to meet the needs for which they were created.

To ceramic artist Debbie Kupinsky, those same functional objects can become art when given a narrative. Properly done, those narratives can add an emotional element to average household items, sparking distinct, personal responses from those who view them.

Exhibit captures evolving styles of Harlem-born Norman Lewis

Written by Natalie Pompilio,
AP writer
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 18:27

There are two questions Ruth Fine has heard repeatedly from visitors emerging from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ comprehensive retrospective of work by artist Norman Lewis.

Iron Lady is auction gold: Thatcher items fetch high prices

Written by The AP Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:01

Speeches, books and outfits belonging to late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — including her wedding dress — have soared above their estimated prices at a London auction.

Crossing into altered states: ‘Threshold’ at the Charles Allis Art Museum

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:14

A threshold is a level, a limit, something that can be crossed. It implies that what is on the other side is somehow different, an alternate state of place or mind or being. 

Neon glows bright at Electric Eye

Written by Rachele Krivichi,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:08

There’s a glowing house in Bay View, a house lighted by shimmering neon. 

It’s the home and studio of Jeff Kelley and Marj Inman, owners of Electric Eye Neon. If Electric Eye sounds like a niche business, that’s because it is. Kelley and Inman pride themselves on being among the few makers of neon art in the area.

MMoCA depicts ‘Curious Worlds’ of Ellen Lanyon

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 19 December 2015 09:38

The realm of surrealism isn’t owned by men like Salvador Dalí, René Magritte or Marcel Duchamp. Consider Méret Oppenheim, famous for her 1936 work “Breakfast in Fur” in which she covered a cup, saucer and spoon with fur from Chinese gazelle. Or Frida Kahlo, the 20th-century Mexican painter who always denied any surrealist connection but nonetheless draws on some of the same ideas in her work.

The ‘art’ of shopping creatively for the holidays

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 December 2015 12:15

— Photo: Portrait Society Gallery

The holiday season arrives with a multitude of traditions, memories and decisions concerned with the search for perfect, festive gifts. If you are interested in finding things a little out of the ordinary and made with artistic flair, there are a few exhibitions that have made this year’s recommended list.