February Highlights at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted on January 27th, 2016


Awe-inspiring views of the  American landscape debut Feb.  26 in Nature and the American Vision

 Milwaukee, Wis.—February at the  Milwaukee Art Museum is a month of  adventure and discovery, with art and  programs featuring the American wilderness, the Haitian tropics, and  rare treasures in a new interactive  gallery.

In Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School, opening Feb. 26, the greatest American paintings of the 19th century make their Milwaukee debut. This landmark special exhibition features sweeping, epic landscapes of the America’s iconic natural wonders, and tells the stories of the people and places that shaped the nation.

February is Black History Month, and families are invited to explore the sights, sounds and voices of Haiti in the new Kohl’s Art Generation Lab: Haitian Art, which holds one of the most important collections of Haitian art since the massive earthquake that struck the area in 2010. Kids can create their own Haitian-inspired artwork in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, and on Saturdays, enjoy performances by community-based storyteller Carmen Quinlivan (Feb. 6), musicians Jahmes Findlayson & Dumah Saafir (Feb. 13), the dancers of Ko-thi Dance Company (Feb. 20) and festival music with Emily Laxner, Kantara Souffant and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Feb. 27).

Opening Feb. 20, The Collaboratory is a new and unique interactive gallery space co-created with local teen leaders in the Museum’s teen programs. This unexpected treasure trove of arms and armor and precious objects from around the world connects past and present in the Richard and Susan Pieper Family Education Gallery.

The Museum is also the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The award-winning culinary team will host an intimate multi-course Valentine Dinner in Windhover Hall onSaturday, Feb. 13, while the Museum Store offers thoughtful and exquisitely-crafted gifts designed to make an impression, for him or for her.

Visitors can enjoy half-off admission every Saturday in February by presenting a receipt from Sendik’s Food Market. Kids 12 and under are always free.

A listing of additional  highlights is below. Events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. For the full schedule, visit mam.org/calendar/events or call414/224-3200.

Get a dose of daily cute with Play Date with Art: The Color of  Love

It’s a toddler takeover during this monthly program for the Museum’s youngest visitors. Kids ages five and under sing along, play together, and make art in Windhover Hall.

Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon; Free

Experience a dance club sensation at MAM After Dark: Quiet  Clubbing
 Following January’s sold-out event, MAM After Dark encores  in February with Quiet Clubbing, an international  phenomenon. Attendees will dance the night away to the  beats of two battling DJ’s, heard only through headphones.  Advance tickets are encouraged. Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. to midnight; $12 at the door/$10 in advance/Free for members