Member Drink & Think: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Enjoy cocktails and socialize with other Members before getting an insider’s look at the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America with Monica Obniski, Demmer Curator of 20th- and 21st-Century Design. 

Included is one glass of wine or beer from the cash bar, which opens at 5:30 p.m. The tour begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by time for questions and discussion.

This event is a benefit for Members at the Art Advocate level ($200) and above. RSVP at 414-224-3284 or membership@mam.org.

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Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, November 1, 2018, Noon

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30 PM

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Lecture: Creating the World: Noguchi and Play

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:15 PM

Hear from Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, Noguchi Museum, New York, as he explores Noguchi’s philosophy of space making and how play fits into it. Noguchi said that he wanted everyone entering one of his environments to feel like man first encountering the Earth. 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Serious Play: Midcentury Design in America.

Sponsored by: Wright Auctions

Lubar Auditorium
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talk: Family Pictures

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 1:30 PM

Explore the ways in which black photographers and artists have portrayed a range of familial relationships, from blood relatives to close-knit neighborhoods to queer communities, in the exhibition Family Pictures with Lisa Sutcliffe, Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts.

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission 

Lecture: The Serious Play of Alexander Girard

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:15 PM

Hear from Monica Obniski, Demmer Curator of 20th- and 21st-Century Design at this lecture that will explore some of the artistic projects of Alexander Girard, highlighting his playful designs, alongside his use of folk art within these projects.

During the midcentury several architects and designers embraced playfulness and whimsy within their projects, and the most successful ones intertwined work and play. As an architect-designer, Alexander Girard worked across multiple disciplines, and he and his wife were also voracious folk art collectors.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Serious Play: Midcentury Design in America.

Sponsored by: Nici Teweles, in Memory of L. William (Bill) Teweles

Lubar Auditorium
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Kohl's Art Generation Family Sundays: The Joys of Toys

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 10 AM–4 PM

Celebrate the art of play, with a modern twist. Take inspiration from the colorful and creative objects in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Meet a game designer, and make your own toys, including spinning tops. Use your imagination as you stroll through Carton City, a town made of cardboard boxes.

Learn more about Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays.

Free with Museum Admission; kids 12 and under are always free, thanks to Kohl’s Cares

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, December 6, 2018, Noon

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, January 3, 2019, Noon

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 5:30 PM

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. 

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Gallery Talk: Family Pictures

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1:30 PM

Explore the ways in which black photographers and artists have portrayed a range of familial relationships, from blood relatives to close-knit neighborhoods to queer communities, in the exhibition Family Pictures with Lisa Sutcliffe, Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts.

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission 

Gallery Talk: The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1:30 PM

Explore personal narratives about life inside prison through visual documents, photographs and an acclaimed podcast in the exhibition The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison with Lisa Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography and Media Arts. 

Bradley Family Gallery
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission