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“being basically a designer, i am always weaving together my research and my feelings,” –lois mailou jones
in this painting, currently #onview in the collection galleries, jones expresses the ideals of the harlem renaissance, which encouraged artists to use african symbols and imagery as a way to link those of african descent to both their heritage and cultural present. the undulating lines and vibrant colors recall the rhythms and improvisations of jazz music.
throughout her seven-decades-long career as an artist and teacher, jones had to face many gender and racial barriers, but she grew to be a very influential figure, contributing not only hundreds of paintings to the art world, but also textiles, costumes, and collages. #5womenartists *
image: lois mailou jones, the ascent of ethiopia, 1932. purchase, african american art acquisition fund, matching funds from suzanne and richard pieper, with additional support from arthur and dorothy nelle sanders m1993.191. photo credit: john r. glembin. © lois mailou jones pierre-noel trust.

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Good luck to the marquette university men's basketball team! who will be cheering on the golden eagles this afternoon? #ncaa #marchmadness *
image: alexander lawson, 1. ring-tail eagle 2. sea eagle, 55 plates, probably from the book american ornithology; or the natural history of the birds of the united states, by alexander wilson, 9 vols., 76 plates, originally published 1808-1814. gift of milwaukee audubon society.

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Sunflowers & spring styles
refresh your wardrobe for spring at the art in bloom marketplace, open all four days of the event, april 11–14. shop clothing, jewelry, beauty products, garden accessories, and so much more.
see all of the other garden-inspired event offerings, and buy advance tickets at mam.org/bloom.

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This week in the kohl’s art generation studio we’re decorating clay cutouts with slip. not sure what slip is? our team of educators are excited to show you any time the museum is open! kids 12 and under are always free thanks to kohl’s cares.

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That awkward moment when you arrive way overdressed to the local sporting event.
though perhaps dissonant to the contemporary viewer, many 18th-century portraits worked to capture the sitter’s most refined interests, and display their status through objects or details. in this case, the musical instruments stressed the young men’s education, which would have been based on classical studies as well as the arts, and the badminton racquet represents leisure activities that were reserved for the wealthy. their choice of clothing adds another layer of luxury. #nationalawkwardmomentday *
image: attributed to georg anton abraham urlaub. portrait of two young men in powdered wigs, ca. 1770. gift of mr. and mrs. myron laskin in memory of their daughter elizabeth m1966.61. photo credit: john r. glembin.

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Spring is in the air, and art in bloom is almost here! reserve your spot at nature-inspired workshops, before they sell out.
green thumbs and garden novices alike are sure to enjoy the succulent garden workshop, led by carrie kroening of petals at silver spring golf club. design a beautiful succulent garden—the perfect spring addition to your home, office, or patio—and leave with 5 unique succulent plants, as well as a distressed wooden container to display them in. reserve your spot at mam.org/bloom.
workshops not included in event admission. registration and additional cost required.

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Spend your weekend exploring the 41 masterful paintings inside bouguereau & america. learn more about french painter william-adolphe bouguereau’s remarkable popularity in gilded age america, and see how society’s perspectives can shift over time.
use the interactive art maps inside the exhibition to follow each painting’s journey through america, and watch as bouguereau’s compositions passed between the hands of wealthy businessmen, restaurateurs, 19th-century socialites, art dealers, and auction houses.

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270 people joined us for yoga @ the museum on this beautifully sunny morning! mark your calendar for our next yoga event, april 20!
#yoga #milwaukeeart #milwaukee

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Early in her career, german artist gabriele münter was largely overshadowed by her teacher-turned-romantic partner, wassily kandinsky, as shown quite literally in this composition by münter from 1910. kandinsky’s figure stands tall and faces the viewer, while münter shows herself sitting down, with her back to us.
but as a leading figure in munich’s avant-garde art scene and one of the founders of the expressionist group der blaue reiter (the blue rider), münter was a talented artist in her own right. she once noted, “it is all too easily forgotten that a woman can be a creative artist with a real, original talent of her own.” #5womenartists *
image: gabriele münter, boating, 1910. gift of mrs. harry lynde bradley m1977.128. photo credit: efraim lev-er. © 2008 artists rights society (ars), new york / adagp, paris

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Wealthy businessman collis potter huntington (1821–1900) gifted bouguereau’s “temptation” to his mistress, and later wife, arabella worsham, in the early 1880s. a dedicated patron of the arts, arabella enjoyed her husband’s wealth and amassed an impressive art collection throughout her life. she clearly valued the bouguereau painting—by 1883, it was prominently displayed in her drawing room (pictured here, hanging on the left).
from worsham’s new york mansion to the museum’s baker/rowland galleries, and the many places this work lived in between, “temptation,” has charmed viewers with its innocent scene and technical beauty.
see this work and 40 other paintings by the french artist in bouguereau & america, on view now through may 12.
image: drawing room of arabella worsham at 4 west 54th st., new york, ca. 1883, with temptation on the wall at left. courtesy of the hispanic society of america, new york.

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March 14—hear artist sara cwynar discuss her work with toronto-based author sheila heti tonight, starting at 6:15 p.m. in 2018, the new york times named heti, author of “motherhood” and “how should a person be?,” among 15 writers “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” free for members. free with museum admission.
come early to explore three of cwynar’s most recent films, plus related photographs inside sara cwynar: image model muse!
sponsored by the milwaukee art museum's contemporary art society and the milwaukee art museum's photography council
image: sara cwynar, tracy (cezanne), 2017. dye sublimation print on aluminum mounted on dibond, 43 x 54 in. courtesy of the artist, cooper cole, toronto, foxy production, new york. © sara cwynar

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Talking quiet clubbing throwback with @wisn12news preparing for friday's event.

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