Past Feature Exhibitions

Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade
November 18, 2016–February 26, 2017

Martin Johnson Heade was one of the most varied and inventive painters of the nineteenth century and is now recognized as one of the most important American artists of his generation. Heade devoted equal time to a great many subjects, from powerful canvases of thunderstorms at sea to exquisite small studies of South American hummingbirds, portraits to still lifes.


Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s
October 21, 2016–January 22, 2017

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, features set designs, drawings, photographs, posters, and more from masterworks of German Expressionist cinema. Influenced by the highly charged emotionalism of the Expressionist movement, German filmmakers employed geometrically distorted set designs, dramatic lighting, off-kilter framing, strong shadows and distorted perspectives to express a sense of uneasiness and discomfort.


American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
June 10, 2016–September 5, 2016

Step into the screen-worthy melodramas, war sagas, and western spectacles captured in the paintings and murals of this quintessential American artist. Early Hollywood, with its new, captivating way of telling stories, gripped the imagination of the young painter, who applied the larger-than-life techniques of moviemaking to depict compelling narratives in paint. American Epics is the first major exhibition on this important twentieth-century painter in more than twenty-five years.


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Past Special Exhibitions

20172017 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition
February 4, 2017–March 19, 2017


HelenHelen Levitt: In the Street
January 27, 2017–April 16, 2017

JamesJames Nares: In the City
January 27, 2017–April 16, 2017



RalstonRalston Crawford: Art Is for Every Day
September 30, 2016–January 29, 2017

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