MAM After Dark: Viva Italia

FRIDAY, October 17, 2014, 5 PM–11 PM Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: VIVA ITALIA OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: 500 YEARS OF ITALIAN PAINTING FROM GLASGOW MUSEUMS See the best of Italy—no passport required! Experience sumptuous paintings by Bellini, Botticelli, Titian, and more that celebrate five centuries of Italy’s rich artistic legacy. HAPPY HOUR Salute! Toast to friends over drink deals and complimentary appetizers courtesy of Glorioso’s Italian Market, 5–7 p.m. Later, test your ability to discern the ingredients in specially crafted cocktails from The Hamilton. ORO DI OLIVA Escape to the olive groves of Italy and tantalize your tastebudsRead More…

MAM After Dark: Postcard Summer

FRIDAY, August 15, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: POSTCARD SUMMER BE A TOURIST IN YOUR HOMETOWN! POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA: MILWAUKEE See photos featuring Milwaukee as you’ve never seen it before, taken by eleven international members of the prestigious photography collective Magnum. Join the docent-led Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. POSTCARDS FROM MILWAUKEE: STUDENT EDITION Explore the photographic work of the MIAD and UWM students who worked with the Magnum artists, in this accompanying exhibition. BE YOUR OWN ARTIST In advance of the event, take your camera along on your summer travels (by bike is best!)Read More…

MAM After Dark: Blue Rider

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: BLUE RIDER KANDINSKY: A RETROSPECTIVE See how music, color, and movement shaped one of the most infl uential artists of the twentieth century, in this collection of paintings from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Explore the evolution of Wassily Kandinsky’s style through Munich—where he co-founded the Blue Rider artist group—Moscow, and Paris. Join Chief Curator Brady Roberts on a Gallery Talk at 8 p.m. HEAR THE COLOR Hang out with local bands Boy Blue and Ggoolldd as their prismatic sounds and vibrant synth-pop beats paint your surroundings. FEELRead More…

MAM After Dark: Back to the Prom

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: BACK TO THE PROM UNCOMMON FOLK: TRADITIONS IN AMERICAN ART Don’t let the decoration committee take credit! The 600 handcrafted toys, quilts, fish decoys, and more in this kaleidoscopic showcase provide a whimsical, wonder-filled experience like no other. DRESS FOR THE PROM Dig out your taffeta dresses and matching sea-foam cummerbunds and travel back to the prom. ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEA DANCE Party with Poseidon in his underwater kingdom just as George and Lorraine McFly did on the night they fell in love (no DeLorean time machineRead More…

MAM After Dark: WTF?!

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: WTF?! WHAT THE FOLK?! What does a kaleidoscopic showcase of 600 objects look like? Find out in the Museum’s Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art exhibition, and hear what it took to make it happen from exhibition designer David Russick in the Gallery Talk at 8 p.m. Bring your cameras (without flash) and post your pics to #uncommonfolk. SPIN BREAK Rock to the tunes delivered by four of Milwaukee’s hottest self-taught DJs: E-Rich, Romke de Haan, Chris Schulist, and Dori Zori. DANCEWORKS Feel the vibe and watchRead More…

MAM After Dark: MKE: Cocktails & Crafts

FRIDAY, February 21, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: MKE: COCKTAILS AND CRAFTS UNCOMMON FOLK Step into a kaleidoscopic display of fish decoys, quilts, walking sticks, carvings, and more. Explore this captivating visual feast during a gallery talk with curator Margaret Andera at 8 p.m. MKE MUSIC Hang with Milwaukee’s own Calamity Janes and the Fratney Street Band. FASHION FORWARD See industry-inspired creations by the STRUT Fashion Show design teams. Their combinations of clothing and interior design redefine “made in Wisconsin.” TRUNK SHOW Shop local and support Milwaukee-area artists and designers. CRAFTS, COCKTAILS, AND SNACKS Artist orRead More…

MAM After Dark: ¡Baile!

FRIDAY, January 17, 2014, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: ¡Baile! THANK YOU NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FOUNDATION! Join the celebration! Come mark Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s 5th anniversary of bringing MAM After Dark to the community. GIFTED SOULS MILWAUKEE You may remember them as Cultura En Clave, but this Latin dance group continues to heat things up on the pista de baile (dance floor), and will get you moving like never before. RICA OBSESION Siente el ritmo (feel the rhythm) with Rica Obsesion, a sizzling six-piece salsa, merengue, cha-cha, boleros, bachata, and Latin jazz band. DJ SLYM Break in yourRead More…

MAM After Dark: Tailgate

FRIDAY, November 15, 2013, 6 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: TAILGATE TAILGATE GAMES Let the games begin! Compete for the “home team advantage” in beanbag toss, Wii and Nerf Sports, while wearing your favorite game day gear. STEVENS POINT BREWERY What’s a tailgate party without beer and snacks? Sample different brews from Stevens Point Brewery (while supplies last); then refuel with food and Happy Hour specials from Café Calatrava. CURRENTS 36: DIRK SKREBER It wouldn’t be a tailgate party without a car! See the new lakeside car sculpture by contemporary artist Dirk Skreber and join in anRead More…

MAM After Dark: Once Upon a Time

THOMAS SULLY: PAINTED PERFORMANCE See characters from Shakespeare, your favorite fairy tales, and more beautifully brought to life in performances staged in paint. Delve into the theatricality of one of America’s greatest portraitists during an animated talk with curator William Rudolph at 8 p.m. THE SCARRING PARTY Wish upon a star with Milwaukee’s own the Scarring Party, who are known for their eclectic instruments (think typewriter) and tin-can microphone to produce an early radio jazz–like sound. FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIO Dance the night away, and learn the steps to sweep any princess off her feet, with lessons beginning at 7Read More…

MAM After Dark: American Summer

FRIDAY, August 16, 2013, 5 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: AMERICAN SUMMER Ink Me Love Mom? See Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dieztel, the Museum’s first-ever tattoo exhibition, on view in the Contemporary Galleries. Join exhibition designer and curator David Russick at 8 p.m. for a gallery talk on this Milwaukee legend. Rockabilly Music Hang as rockabilly party DJ Billy Boy Brad spins out the tunes. Then take a wild ride with the all-female rockabilly band Crazy Rocket Fuel. Their energetic, up-tempo, original tunes are as catchy as vintage favorites. Beer Tasting and Snacks It’s not aRead More…

MAM After Dark: Block Party

FRIDAY, June 14, 2013, 5 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: BLOCK PARTY 30 AMERICANS Start the conversation around this dynamic exploration of contemporary American art, featuring photographs, paintings, sculpture, videos, and more by thirty-one African American artists. Join curator William Keyse Rudolph for a Gallery Talk at 8 p.m. WISCONSIN 30  Explore the work of thirty of Wisconsin’s contemporary African American artists in this complementary exhibition. DJ JANK AND DJ BIZZON Celebrate into the night with DJ Jank and DJ Bizzon, as they throw down the perfect mix of local, national, underground, and independent hip-hop! HIPHOP CONGRESSRead More…

MAM After Dark: Black and White

FRIDAY, April 19, 2013, 5 PM–MIDNIGHT Northwestern Mutual Foundation presents MAM AFTER DARK: BLACK AND WHITE DUELING PIANOS Hear this energetic duo battle it out on the black and whites. Make your requests, sing along, and rock out to the interactive show with Ted Oliver Productions. COLOR RUSH:  75 YEARS OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA Consider what Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram would look like if not for color photography pioneers. Explore over 200 color images that helped make color photography a cultural phenomenon. Join the Gallery Talk at 8 p.m. DJ ROMKE Kick o the night with one ofRead More…