Current Exhibition

Sept. 8 – Dec. 29, 2017
Masterworks from the Grohmann Museum – Celebrating 10 Years

Grohmann_Masterworks_BookwormJoin us as we celebrate the Grohmann Museum’s 10th anniversary with a special display of masterworks from the Grohmann Museum—works featured in the catalogue of the same name. More than 30 paintings have been selected as highlights from the permanent collection. This exhibition will feature a unique self-guided tour, following ‘collection spotlights’—special commentary on special pieces—hand-picked from the museum’s vast collection of the art of industry, engineering and human achievement. The celebration continues throughout the fall season with a series of Grand Tours with museum staff along with a variety of special events.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Oct. 20, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission, birthday cake, fun and prizes!
Saturday, Oct. 21, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Upcoming Exhibition

Jan. 19 – April 29, 2018
The Art and Mechanics of Animation: The J.J. Sedelmaier Collection

Grohmann_Animation_largeFrom its very beginning, the art and craft of film animation has been as much a part of movie history as motion picture film itself. The motion picture industry had its beginning in the 1880s, but animation production actually pre-dates this launch by a half century with devices such as the Phenakistiscope (1833) and the Zoetrope (1834). These simple mechanical wonders allowed the viewer to experience moving images through the use of sequential exposure of a short series of registered drawings or even photographs.

As the motion picture film industry advanced, so did the invention and development of animation equipment. The Art and Mechanics of Animation chronicles more than a century of the development and use of various devices and equipment key to the production of animated films from their beginning up to the 1990s. Fortunately, studios like New York’s Terrytoons and Fleischer Studios and, of course, The Walt Disney Studios, documented much of the behind the scenes activity in newsreels and promotional films. Some of these are included in this exhibition.

The Grohmann Museum is privileged to offer The Art and Mechanics of Animation, from the collection of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions Inc., an animation and design studio located in White Plains, New York started by J.J. and Patrice Sedelmaier in 1990. JJSP is responsible for producing some of the most groundbreaking animation in broadcast history.

Gallery Night and Day

Friday, Jan. 19, 5 to 9 p.m. – “Talking Animation” with J.J. Sedelmaier, Free admission,
Saturday, Jan. 20, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Past Exhibitions


Steel: The Cycle of Industry
Artists at Work: The Cedarburg Artists Guild
Artists at Work was featured on The Arts Page on Milwaukee PBS.


On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder
Milwaukee’s Industrial Landscapes: Paintings by Michael Newhall
Art of the North Shore Line


Third Annual Technical Communication Design Exhibition
Forge Work: New Photography by Michael Schultz
Carl Spitzweg in Milwaukee
Metal for Mettle: Historic Commemorative Medals Honoring Labor and Achievement
H.D. Tylle: Studies
The Art of the Milwaukee Road from the Milwaukee Road Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library


Second Annual Technical Communication Design Exhibition
Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry
Art Shay: Working
Trains that Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link


Inaugural Technical Communication Design Exhibition
A Working Ranch by Jim Brozek
Born of Fire: Scenes of Industry from the Westmoreland Museum
of American Art
Bridges: The Spans of North America – Photographs by David Plowden


MSOE at Work: Selections from the Campus Archives
Carl Spitzweg: The Poor Poet and Other Characters
Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library
H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin


Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee
Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden
Milwaukee Mills: A Visual History
Lake Boats: The Photography of Jim Brozek and Christopher Winters


Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University
Working Wisconsin: Selections from the Museum of Wisconsin Art
Foundry Work: A View of the Industry, The Photographs of Michael Schultz


Midwest Murals: Joe Jones and J.B. Turnbull from the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885)
Wisconsin at Work: Thorsten Lindberg Paintings and Drawings from the MCHS Collection


American Steel: Works from the Collection of Tom and Lorie Annarella
A Focus on Figures


Physicians, Quacks and Alchemists

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Masterworks from the Grohmann Museum

Masterworks from the Grohmann Museum

Join us as we celebrate the Grohmann Museum’s 10th anniversary with a special display of masterworks from the Grohmann Museum.

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