Milwaukee Art Museum Celebrates Museums Week with Opening of New Exhibition

Posted on April 20th, 2005

Milwaukee, WI, April 20, 2005— The Milwaukee Art Museum will participate in the celebration of our state’s first Wisconsin Museums Week (May 14 – 22) and International Museum Day (May 18). The Museum’s next feature exhibition, The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920: Design for the Modern World opens Thursday, May 19 with a celebration from 5-8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a lecture by the exhibition curator and a celebratory reception in honor of opening night.

More than 35 museums are participating in Wisconsin Museums Week . Through this event, museums hope to increase public awareness of the contributions these institutions make in their communities. This year’s theme is “Museums Bridging Cultures,” making the Milwaukee Art Museum’s international Arts and Crafts Movement exhibition a natural fit.

The Arts and Crafts Movement

The groundbreaking exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920: Design for the Modern World places a crucial phase of decorative arts history into an international context for the first time. On view at the Milwaukee Art Museum May 19 – September 5, the exhibition showcases more than 300 Arts and Crafts objects from the United States and throughout Europe – including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and works on paper – borrowed from 75 institutions and private collections. The exhibition is made possible by Sue and Bud Selig, with additional support provided by the Jerome and Dorothy Holz Family Foundation.

Week’s Events

  • Tuesday, May 17, 1:30 p.m. – Degas Sculptures gallery talk
  • Thursday, May 19, 5-8 p.m. – The Arts and Crafts Movement opening celebration
  • Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. – Magnificent Performing Strings
  • Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m. – Building drop-in tour
  • Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m. – Collection drop-in tour

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