Lectures + Programs

Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered

Free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted

Discover one of the most daring Dutch artists of the 17th century. Jan Lievens was an innovative painter and printmaker who surpassed Rembrandt in their day. This master artist created a wide range of memorable works, from religious and allegorical subjects to portraits and landscapes. This exhibition presents 55 paintings—several of them newly discovered—as well as about 30 prints and 50 drawings. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

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Thurs, Feb 5, 10 am5 pm
Fri, Feb 6, 10 am5 pm

See the over one hundred works in the exhibition before it opens to the public.

Thurs, Feb 5, 59 pm

6:15 PM Program with Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art

Celebrate this master artist, a contemporary of Rembrandt’s, and discover why this once child prodigy has been overshadowed, with guest lecturer Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. Enjoy the music of cellist Jared Snyder, appetizers, and a cash bar throughout the evening
$20/Free for Members

Fri, Feb 6, 1:30 pm

Experience the work of this Dutch master with the informed insight of Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., from the National Gallery of Art.

Gallery Talks

Thurs, Feb 12–Apr 23, 12 noon
Tues, Mar 3, 1:30 pm

With Melanie Gifford, conservator at the National Gallery of Art

Tues, Apr 14, 1:30 pm

With currator Laurie Winters


Thurs, Feb 26, 6:15 pm

Free with general admission
Timothy Brook, principal at St. John’s College and professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia, will discuss his best-selling book Vermeer’s Hat.

Thurs, Mar 19, 6:15 pm

Free with general admission
Walter Liedtke, curator of northern baroque art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will talk about the relationship between Rembrandt and Jan Lievens.

Sun, Apr 5, 2 pm

Historian Mike Dash will discuss his best-selling book Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused.

Sun, Apr 26, 1:30 pm

Alfred Bader, a renowned private Milwaukee collector of Dutch art, including works by Jan Lievens, will discuss his lifelong passion for collecting.


Fri, Feb 20, 5 pm–Midnight

The Museum and Cedar Block invite you to an artistic adventure that spans the centuries. See original works by artists challenged to bring Lievens’ portraiture into the 21st century. Enjoy after-hours access to Jan Lievens, music, DIY studio, cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. The artworks will be unveiled at 8 p.m. $10/Free for Members

Book Salons

Saturdays, 10:30 AM

  1. Feb 14: The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe
  2. March 14: Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook
  3. April 4: Tulipomania by Mike Dash

Speakers Bureau

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s new Speakers Bureau is an outreach program that engages audiences in conversation about the enriching art experiences at the Museum. Specially trained Museum docents are prepared to visit locations in the community and deliver a rich, hourlong audio-visual presentation on the feature exhibition. The Museum is launching this new program in conjunction with the Jan Lievens exhibition. (continued)

Art In Bloom: flowers

Art in Bloom

Thurs–Sun, Apr 2–5, 2009
Discover over thirty exquisite arrangements by Milwaukee’s top floral designers inspired by works of art in the Museum’s Collection galleries. Inform your own green thumb in lectures, workshops, and demonstrations on gardening, floral arranging, and environmentally friendly practices with celebrity floral designers and master gardeners.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Download this scavenger hunt and bring it to the Milwaukee Art Museum between February 7 and April 26, 2009, and see if you can find these faces hiding somewhere in the feature exhibition, Jan Lievens: Out of Rembrandt’s Shadow.