January Highlights at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted on January 6th, 2016

EX7904_15_labeledLast chance to see acclaimed photography exhibition Larry Sultan: Here and Home, and get a first glimpse at Wisconsin’s most talented young artists

Milwaukee, Wis.—In January, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a colorful escape from winter, whether visitors enjoy exploring thousands of new artworks, dancing to hot Brazilian beats at MAM After Dark or making bright and playful prints at the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio.

Visitors won’t want to miss the final days of the critically-acclaimed Larry Sultan: Here and Home, which closes Sunday, Jan. 24. The first career retrospective of celebrated California photographer Larry Sultan, the exhibition features more than 200 images exploring the themes of home, family, belonging, and façade.

Scholastic ImageDiscover the next generation of young Wisconsin artists at the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards, opening Saturday, Jan. 30. This inspiring exhibition spotlights the creativity, skill and talent of 300 middle- and high-school art students from around the state, the winners of a national competition for excellence in the visual arts.  This year marks its 40th anniversary.

Visitors can take advantage of free and reduced admission this month, thanks to Sendik’s Food Market. During Sendik’s “Red Bag” Free Admission Weekend, Jan. 30‒31, bring in the retailer’s eye-catching “red bag” to get free admission or 50% off dual or family membership. Additionally, every Saturday in January and February is a Sendik’s Shopper Saturday, when a Sendik’s receipt is worth 50% off admission.  Kids 12 and under are always free!

Member Swap Day, a popular Milwaukee-wide event, returns Sunday, January 31, when members at eight of the city’s favorite museums can be a “member for a day” at any other participating museum, and enjoy free admission and discounts. Museums include Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Grohmann Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum®, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

A listing of additional January highlights is below. Events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit mam.org/calendar/events or call 414/224-3200.


After Hours

MAM After Dark: Rio Carnival

Friday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.‒midnight


$12 at the door/$10 in advance/Free for Members

Celebrate the New Year with festive revelers, activities, and adornments, in the spirit of Rio Carnival! Learn salsa, cha-cha, and more with Milwaukee’s own Salsabrosa Dance Company while enjoying the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz sounds of De La Buena and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s own Marcus Doucette. Buy tickets and learn more at mam.org/afterdark.


Team Trivia

Friday, Jan. 28, 6‒8 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Shake off the winter brain freeze and meet your friends at the Milwaukee Art Museum for an evening of drinks, snacks, and live-hosted team trivia on a broad range of topics. Prizes will be awarded!

For Kids and Families

Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio: A Splash of Color

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.‒4 p.m.

Dive into printmaking with inspiration from the prints by Sam Francis in the exhibition Sam Francis: Master Printmaker. Learn to monoprint in multicolored layers to create powerful paintings, a fun hands-on activity ideal for all ages.


Culinary Events

Art of Craft: Chocolate 101

Friday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

$18/$10 Members

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, discover the regional nuances of the chocolate bean with Milwaukee chocolatier Dan Bieser of Tabal Chocolate, who will guide you on a tour of locally made “bean to bar” chocolates.  To reserve a spot, call 414/224-3297.


Admissions and Tours


Admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum is $17 for adults, $15 for students (with ID), seniors 65 and over and active military. Admission for is always free for kids 12 and under, for Museum Members, and for Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID).


Drop-in tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.


About the Milwaukee Art Museum


Home to a rich collection of over 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler-designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition.

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