Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Jan. 22 – April 24, 2016
Art of the North Shore Line

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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, April 15, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission
Saturday, April 16, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

Past Exhibitions

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

Physicians, Quacks and Alchemists