Tours for Teachers

Become acquainted with the Museum’s exhibitions and Collection through this special program designed specifically for teachers. On the second Thursday of each month, each event begins with an informative presentation in the Museum’s Lubar Auditorium from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a self-guided tour in the galleries. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

This program is free for Museum members and $2 per session for non-members for current educators with proof of teaching status. Please check in at the Museum admission desk with a copy of your teacher identification card or district pay stub or Wisconsin DPI form PI-1206 Home-based Private Educational Program as proof of teaching status.

For additional information, contact 414-224-3818 or .

2007-2008 Schedule
All Tours for Teachers sessions are held the second Thursday of the month from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Lubar Auditorium at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI.

Martin Ramírez
October 11
Guest Speaker: Kristin Espinosa, Sociologist and contributor to the exhibition catalog.
Examine the dynamic work of Martin Ramírez (1895-1963), a self-taught Mexican artist, and the significance of his work to the field of contemporary self-taught art. Ramírez created nearly 300 drawings of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital in northern California, where he resided the last 15 years of his life. Ramírez has been codified primarily as a “schizophrenic artist”; this exhibition goes beyond the boundaries of Ramírez’s diagnosis of mental illness and considers the artistic quality and merit of his artwork.

Photographs from the Ends of the Earth
November 8
Guest Speaker: Lisa Hostetler, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Explore stereographs and photographs dating from 1860 to the present that document previously unknown geographical territory. The photographs in this exhibition include images depicting the Earth’s polar regions and are drawn from the collection of American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.

Art and Reform: Sara Galner, the Saturday Evening Girls, and the Paul Revere Pottery
December 13
Guest Speaker: Sarah Fayen, Assistant Curator at the Chipstone Foundation
Discover the pottery of the Saturday Evening Girls Club and one of its members Sara Galner. The Club was established in 1899 to provide cultural activities for Italian and Jewish immigrant girls who lived in the tenements of Boston’s North End. The Arts and Crafts movement ideals are exemplified by their pottery known as Paul Revere Pottery, founded in 1908.

The Powerful Hand of George Bellows
February 14
Guest Speaker:  Mary Weaver Chapin, Assistant Curator of Prints & Drawings at
the Milwaukee Art Museum
A key figure in twentieth-century American art, George Bellows captured the atmosphere of modern life in America at street level – its smell, its taste, its grit, and its excitement. Explore his graphic work including studies and finished drawings, along with a few lithographs.

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe
March 13
Guest Speaker: Lisa Hostetler, Curator of Photographs at
the Milwaukee Art Museum
This exhibition of some 150 photographs, collages, and illustrated magazines examines how photography developed into a phenomenon in central Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. It is the first exhibition to pair recognized masters like László Moholy-Nagy or Hannah Höch (active in Germany) with their contemporaries, such as Karel Teige and Jaromír Funke (Czechoslovakia), Kazimierz Podsadecki (Poland), Károly Escher (Hungary), and Trude Fleischmann (Austria), who are less well known today. The exhibition explores such topics as photomontage, war, gender identity, modern living, and surrealism.

Contemporary Art Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum
April 10
Guest Speaker: TBA
Immerse yourself in kinetic and op art in the Museum’s newly installed contemporary art galleries. The walk-in infinity room by Stanley Landsman is reinstalled, along with numerous other works of art since the 1960s. Michelle Grabner, James Siena, Anselm Reyle, Bruce Pearson, Mark Grotjahn, Josiah McElheny, and Nam June Paik are just a few of the contemporary artists represented.

A Revolutionary in Milwaukee: The Designs of George Mann Niedecken
May 8
Guest Speaker: John Eastberg, Guest Exhibition Curator
Join us as we explore the revolutionary interior designs of Milwaukee native George Mann Niedecken. This exhibition is a retrospective of his commissioned works in the greater Milwaukee area, including his work with the Pabst, Bogk, Demmer, Harnischfeger, and Mayer families.