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Member Preview Celebration

Thurs, June 4, 5–9 pm
6:15 pm Program
7:30 pm Book signing
Celebrate two groundbreaking exhibitions on artists who are deemed true “American originals,” with the curators Elizabeth Kennedy and Joseph Cunningham. Enjoy live music, appetizers, and a cash bar.
Non-members can purchase tickets for $20 that evening. Seating for the program in Lubar Auditorium is limited.

Member Preview Days

Thurs, June 4, 10 am–5 pm
Fri, June 5, 10 am–5 pm

Member Exhibition Talks: Lubar Auditorium

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs

Fri, June 5, 1:30 pm With Joseph Cunningham, curator, American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation

The Eight and American Modernisms

Sat, June 6, 1:30 pm With Elizabeth Kennedy, curator of collection, Terra Foundation for American Art

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Gallery Talks

Free with Museum admission

30-Minute Express Talks: American Originals

Every Thursday, June 11–Aug 20, noon

The Eight and American Modernisms

Tues, June 9, 1:30 pm Join exhibition curator Elizabeth Kennedy as she discusses The Eight and their influence on American art.

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs

Tues, June 23, 1:30 pm Discover the story of this singular artist and his striking furniture designs with Sarah Fayen, curator at the Chipstone Foundation.

Framing The Eight

Tues, July 14, 1:30 pm Learn more about the history of the paintings and their companion frames with coordinating curator Liz Flaig and framer Mark Dombek.

Charles Rohlfs: A Closer Look

Tues, July 21, 1:30 pm Explore the unique designs and construction methods of Rohlfs’ furniture with Ethan Lasser, curator at the Chipstone Foundation.

The Eight: Story of a Collection

Tues, July 28, 1:30 pm Join Peter John Brownlee, associate curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art, as he discusses the foundation’s collection of paintings in the exhibition.

The Eight: Prints and Drawings

Tues, Aug 4, 1:30 pm Experience the rarely exhibited works on paper in the exhibition with the insight of Mary Weaver Chapin, associate curator of prints and drawings.

Charles Rohlfs and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Tues, Aug 11, 1:30 pm See Rohlfs’ work in the larger context of the American Arts and Crafts movement, with Mel Buchanan, Mae E. Demmer assistant curator of 20th-century design.


Free with Museum admission, unless noted *

Book Salons

Saturdays, 10:30 am Engage in lively moderated book discussions related to the exhibitions.

June 13: The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
July 11: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
August 8: The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green (wife of Charles Rohlfs)

Bradley Rooms. RSVP 414-224-3826 or education@mam.org

Symposium: What’s Modern about American Art, 1900–1930?

Fri, June 19, Chicago
Sat, June 20, Milwaukee
Explore American modernism through a series of talks and panel discussions. Michael Kammen, Newton C. Farr professor emeritus of American history and culture at Cornell University, delivers the keynote lecture on Friday; curators Joseph Cunningham and Sarah Fayen join Elizabeth Kennedy and others on Saturday. For details and to register, call 312-654-2278 or visit www.terraamericanart.org/modernism-symposium.

MAM After Dark *

Fri, June 26 and July 24, 5 pm–midnight This after-hours art party has a summer lineup not to be missed! Details will be rolled out at mam.org/afterdark. Each event offers fresh new programs, together with exclusive exhibition access, curator led tours, Photo Booth, DIY Studio, Radio Milwaukee’s hottest DJs, free snacks, cash bar, and more.

Member Trip to Crab Tree Farm, IL *

Sat, July 11Sign up for a day trip to this private estate that showcases a remarkable collection of American and English Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts; includes a tour of the Rohlfs exhibition and lunch. RSVP to the Member Hotline at 414-224-3284.

Milwaukee Artist Marketplace

Sat, July 25, 10 am–5 pm Free Visit the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum and explore works, from original paintings to jewelry, ceramics, and wearable art, by more than eighty Milwaukee-area artists. Held rain or shine.

Target Family Sundays: Midsummer Garden Party

Sun, July 26, 10 am–4 pm Free Travel back to the early twentieth century with period music, leisure pastimes, activities, prizes—a full day of summertime fun. Come early, bring a picnic lunch, and stay all afternoon.