Current Exhibition

May 27 – Aug. 21, 2016
Milwaukee’s Industrial Landscapes: Paintings by Michael Newhall

The Grohmann Museum is well known for its outstanding collection of industrial landscape paintings, many from centers of European industry like Germany’s Ruhr River Valley. However, more regional and local depictions are far less common. This exhibition provides an opportunity to highlight Milwaukee’s industry and changing views of the city in post-industrial situations. The works selected for this exhibition—many executed in Newhall’s trademark Regionalist/Ashcan style—capture engaging scenes of Milwaukee’s urban landscape and provide the viewer an opportunity to reflect on the city’s recent past.

Michael Newhall has taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and other universities in the Midwest. His works can be found in a number of public and private collections.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, July 22, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission
Saturday, July 23, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sept. 9 – Dec. 11, 2016
On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder

Grohmann_on_the_jobFollowing decades of work in local industry, Jim Seder resolved to take a new look at work—and the worker—through the lens of his camera. This homage to work took the form of portraits of the workers he encountered in daily life. Included are carpenters, masons, landscapers and the like, all captured in a trademark style in which the subject is the singular focus. This exhibition features dozens of Seder’s recent photographs of working people.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Oct. 21, 5 to 9 p.m., featuring a Gallery Talk with the Artist at 7 p.m. – Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 22, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission


Jan. 20 – April 30, 2017
Steel: Images of Industry by David Plowden

Past Exhibitions


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