Preview the Milwaukee Art Museum's New Exhibit: Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper.

Show Me Chicago heads north to Milwaukee to cover a significant art exhibition, Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper, at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), now through January 8, 2012.  The exhibition, organized by the MAM in partnership with the Albertina in Vienna, presents more than 100 works by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists masters that were active in France during the second half of the nineteenth century.  Featured artists include: Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Seurat, Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Masterworks on Paper includes drawings, watercolors, pastels and a limited number of paintings, including Renoir’s Bathers with Crab which is on loan to the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh due to a wager between the museums when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV.

Laurie Winters, director of exhibitions at MAM explains that the exhibit is “a scholarly exhibition devoted almost exclusively to works on paper…showing that the Impressionist and Post-Impressionists chose to emphasize drawing, thereby ceasing to recognize the traditional distinction between drawing and painting thus elevating the status of drawing to the level of painting itself.”

The the Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum has been lauded as the “Best Design of 2001” by TIME Magazine; “One of the Most Important Buildings of the 20th Century” by USA Today;  and “Sexiest Building in the World” by Virtual Tourist. The building itself, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011, is worth the visit.  In addition to the Masterworks exhibit, the Taryn Simon: Photographs and Texts exhibition running through January 1, 2012 is worth viewing.  MAM also contains a large collection of Georgia O’Keefe paintings plus a collection of more than 25,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day.

The Masterworks exhibition is free with museum admission.  An audio tour is available for $5.00.  PREVIEW the exhibition in the Gallery below.

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

$15 Adults
$12 Students / Seniors
Members and Children 12 & under FREE
Free the first Thursday of every month (excluding groups), sponsored by Target®

For group tour reservations and discounts, call 414-224-3842.


Milwaukee Art Museum is located in downtown Milwaukee–overlooking Lake Michigan–approximately 90 miles from downtown Chicago.  In addition to driving, the Amtrak train, makes several trips daily from both Union Station in Chicago and the Glenview station on Chicago’s North Shore.   The Chicago-Milwaukee trains are an hour and a half ride from downtown Chicago and only an hour from Glenview.  The museum is about a 1 and a 1/2 mile walk from the Milwaukee Amtrak station or public transportation and taxis are available.  700 N Art Museum Dr  Milwaukee, WI.  Phone: 414 224-3200.

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