What made Milwaukee into the city it is today, and what does it mean to call oneself a Milwaukeean?
Portrait of Milwaukee reveals a deep connection between the city of Milwaukee and its residents. Photographs from the 1930s through the 2010s highlight some of the people, movements, businesses, and neighborhoods that have helped make Milwaukee what it is today. From small businesses to community churches, tannery workers to New Wave rockers, the subjects of the pictures in the exhibition show a midwestern city that is just as dynamic and diverse as the people who call it home.
Photographs in the exhibition are drawn from the Museum’s collection, as well as from local collections that are rarely on public view.
Portrait of Milwaukee: Living Library
Discover how the photographs in Portrait of Milwaukee continue to reflect Milwaukee and its community. On December 5, 2019, local residents created a living library inside the exhibition and shared personal stories that relate to specific works on view.
Co-organized with: Ex Fabula
Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by:Herzfeld FoundationMadeleine and David Lubar
Thanks to the Museum Visionaries:Debbie and Mark AttanasioDonna and Donald BaumgartnerJohn and Murph BurkeSheldon and Marianne LubarJoel and Caran QuadracciSue and Bud SeligJeff Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation
Murdoch & Company, View West of Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, from Pabst Building, 1923/25. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Friends of Art, M1989.410. Copy photo by John R. Glembin.