Current Exhibition

Jan. 20 – April 30, 2017  Extended through June 5!
Steel: The Cycle of Industry by David Plowden

Grohmann_Cycle_of_IndustryDavid Plowden states that “the architecture of steelmaking is like no other. Nowhere can you find this massiveness, drama, spectacle and danger but in a steel mill.” Between 1962 and 1985, Plowden sought to capture the majesty of the steel industry while at the same time documenting the demise of the industry as we knew it.

This exhibition allows for a re-examination of Plowden’s steel portfolio, including many photos printed specifically for this purpose. Featuring more than 100 of his finest photographs, Steel places the viewer at the point where shovel meets dirt in the mining process and ends in the same soil surrounding these long-abandoned mills.


Upcoming Exhibitions

May 19 – Aug. 20, 2017
Artists at Work: The Cedarburg Artists Guild

Grohmann_Artists_at_WorkIn collaboration with the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move, this exhibition features 42 works by 14 local artists. The Cedarburg Artists Guild was provided the opportunity to create new works—all with a working or industrial theme—specifically for this display. Guild members readily accepted the challenge and have been busy creating paintings, photos and prints for inclusion.

In organizing the exhibition, guild director Susan Steinhafel noted, “We appreciate the opportunity to work with such a wonderful museum and look forward to sharing our versions of human industry. Artists at Work should be a diverse and fascinating representation of the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move.”

Opening Reception
Friday, May 19, 6 to 8 p.m. – Free admission

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, July 21, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission
Saturday, July 22, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Past Exhibitions


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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