Spring brings new exhibition and local artist collaboration to Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted on April 6th, 2016

Joseph E. Yoakum

Spring brings new exhibition and local artist collaboration to Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee, Wis. — In April, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection takes the spotlight in a brand new exhibition, lectures and drop-in tours, and a special collaboration with Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor.

Taking Center Stage: The Lanford Wilson Collection of Self-Taught Art, opening April 15, celebrates the important 2012 gift of the Lanford Wilson Collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Folk and self-taught art is an area of particular strength at the Museum; this new collection strengthened the Museum’s position as a leading institution internationally for work by untrained creators. Visitors can expect paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by renowned self-taught artists such as Felipe Archuleta, David Butler, Vestie Davis, Bessie Harvey, William Hawkins, and Joseph Yoakum to be on view through July 3. This is the second exhibition in the Museum’s new Bradley Family Gallery, part of a lakeside addition that was completed in November.

In addition, visitors will now be able to take home their own interactive work of art from the Museum Store. On trend with 2016’s adult coloring book craze, the Milwaukee Art Museum and local artist and entrepreneur Reginald Baylor have teamed up to create a coloring book. The book features Baylor’s original artwork, inspired by works in the Museum’s Collection, including visitor favorites such as The Cock of the Liberation by Pablo Picasso and The Two Majesties by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Baylor’s own painting On Duty, Not Driving is part of the Museum’s Collection as well.

 The limited edition, signed and numbered coloring book will be available to the public for purchase starting at MAM After Dark on Friday, April 22.

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

-Indulge at the spring wine dinner centered on fresh-picked morel mushrooms. Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. $125/$115 Member + tax and gratuity.

Hear recent research on the beloved painting Waterloo Bridge by the Impressionist master Claude Monet, Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.

-Visitors can unwind and clear their minds Saturday, April 9, at Yoga @ the Museum!

Admissions and Tours

The Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays until 8 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and active military; and free for Members and children age 12 and under. The first Friday of each month is Meijer Free First Friday and Museum admission is free.

Drop-in tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and focus on the Museum’s renovated and reinstalled Collection Galleries.


(Joseph E. Yoakum (American, 1890–1972) Mt. Spur in Alaska Mt. Range near Wyoneck AK, 1969. Ballpoint pen and colored pencil on paper. The Lanford Wilson Collection.)