Past Feature Exhibitions

Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy
June 23, 2017–September 17, 2017

Hail We Now Sing Joy presents new paintings and sculptures by Chicago native Rashid Johnson (b. 1977), who uses materials such as shea butter, black soap, and white ceramic tile to explore themes of race, identity, and escape. Fourteen works fill the exhibition space—their impact as monumental as their size. Antoine’s Organ, the largest of the artist’s architectural grid installations ever shown in the United States, conceals a piano that musicians will perform at scheduled times.


Milwaukee Collects
March 10, 2017–May 21, 2017

With the exhibition Milwaukee Collects, the Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the breadth of art treasures in the Greater Milwaukee area—works of art that are typically not on public view. Drawing from both well-known collections and newly discovered gems, the exhibition features artworks that span centuries, media, and artistic styles.


Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade
November 18, 2016–February 26, 2017

Martin Johnson Heade was one of the most varied and inventive painters of the nineteenth century and is now recognized as one of the most important American artists of his generation. Heade devoted equal time to a great many subjects, from powerful canvases of thunderstorms at sea to exquisite small studies of South American hummingbirds, portraits to still lifes.


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Past Special Exhibitions

AnthonyAnthony Hernandez
September 15, 2017–January 1, 2018


TheThe Temple of Flora
August 4, 2017–December 10, 2017

FrankFrank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie
July 28, 2017–October 15, 2017


ModernModern Folk
June 9, 2017–December 10, 2017

PaulPaul Druecke: A Social Event Archive
May 12, 2017–August 27, 2017


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