Current Exhibitions

Sept. 4 – Dec. 13, 2015
Forge Work: New Photography by Michael Schultz

Forge_WorkWith more than 30 years of experience in making photographs, with works in many public and private collections, Michael Schultz continues his work creating images of monumental industrial interiors of both foundry and forge. As a follow-up to 2010s Foundry Work, the Grohmann Museum has organized this exhibition which highlights Schultz’s recent work in forging operations the world over. Presses and hammers replace the molds and ladles in his previous work, produced in a way unique to the artist alone. As one of the premiere photographers in industrial art, Schultz continues a long tradition of capturing the spectacle of man and machine in amazing images of industry.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Jan. 22 – April 24, 2016
Art of the North Shore Line
With its rapid expansion in the 1920s, the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad set the standard for electric interurban transit in America; no railway could compare to the North Shore Line. The North Shore Line also established itself as a leader in marketing with a highly successful print ad and poster campaign featuring the work of designers Willard Frederic Elmes, Oscar Rabe Hanson and Ervine Metzl, among others. Assembled from the collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and a number of private collections, this exhibition features many of these memorable posters along with photographs, prints and ephemera from the height of the North Shore Line’s success. Curated by photographer John Gruber and J.J. Sedelmaier, world-renowned artist, designer and animator of Saturday Night Live’s TV Funhouse.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Jan. 22, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission
(Presentation by John Gruber and J.J. Sedelmaier, guest curators, at 7 p.m.)
Saturday, Jan. 23, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Past Exhibitions


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


Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry
Art Shay: Working
Trains that Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link


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