Robert Longo: The Acceleration of History


Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), Untitled (Iceberg for Greta Thunberg), 2020.

Charcoal on mounted paper. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, New York.


  • October 25, 2024–February 23, 2025

  • Baker/Rowland Galleries

  • Free for Members

  • Included with admission

A key figure in the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 1980s, Robert Longo is widely known for his ambitiously scaled, highly detailed, hyperrealistic charcoal drawings that reflect on the construction of symbols of power and authority. Longo explores the effects of living in an image-saturated culture—how we filter, retain, and process the images that bombard us daily. The Acceleration of History focuses on Longo’s work from the last ten years, including images of war, protest movements, immigration, and climate change created in direct response to contemporary global events and drawn from images widely circulated through various media sources. The exhibition considers this period of work within the broader scope of Longo’s career and draws comparisons to other art historical genres such as history painting.

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Presenting Sponsors

  • Chris and Jennifer Abele

  • Kate and Ken Muth

Supporting Sponsors

  • Richard Buchband and Betsy Rosenblum

  • Anthony and Vicki Cecalupo

  • Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society

Contributing Sponsors

  • Thomas Hesselbrock and Carl Spatz

The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the Visionaries.

  • Mark and Debbie Attanasio

  • Donna and Donald Baumgartner

  • Murph Burke

  • Joel and Caran Quadracci

  • Sue and Bud Selig

  • Jeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation