Past Feature Exhibitions

Milwaukee Collects
March 10, 2017–May 21, 2017

With the exhibition Milwaukee Collects, the Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the breadth of art treasures in the Greater Milwaukee area—works of art that are typically not on public view. Drawing from both well-known collections and newly discovered gems, the exhibition features artworks that span centuries, media, and artistic styles.


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.


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Past Special Exhibitions


HowHow Posters Work
March 31, 2017–June 25, 2017

EastmanEastman Johnson and a Nation Divided
February 10, 2017–May 21, 2017


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

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