Current Exhibitions

April 9 – Sept. 13, 2015
Carl Spitzweg in Milwaukee

BookwormThrough a series of very fortunate events, some twenty-plus works by Carl Spitzweg have found their way to Milwaukee. Many fine examples of the artist’s work from the Grohmann Museum Collection–including The Bookworm (on permanent loan from the Milwaukee Public Library) and The Poor Poet–are joined by those from the Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection and the Milwaukee Art Museum, creating a special opportunity to display them together. The result is a one-of-a-kind exhibition displayed in an entirely new gallery at the Grohmann Museum, created specifically for this purpose.
Enjoy this gallery talk by Barbara Brown Lee, chief educator emeritus, Milwaukee Art Museum:

April 17 – June 28, 2015
H.D. Tylle: Studies

Tylle_StudiesA special engagement for the artist to display his newest studies of projects in Wisconsin and beyond. Tylle continues in the tradition of many artists in the museum collection in rendering factory interiors, monumental projects and heavy industry into compelling paintings of working scenes.

May 15 – Aug. 23, 2015
Metal for Mettle: Historic Commemorative Medals Honoring Labor and Achievement

DautelTom Garver writes: “One may well say that virtually all commemorative medals are narrative by intent. They’re marks of pinnacle personal moments, documents of powerful events within a society, or acknowledgements of unique places in time and space. There was a moment, however, lasting no more than 50 or 60 years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and particularly in France (with great influence on Belgium), when there was a brilliant confluence of history, technology and governance that produced the French narrative medal, a style that closely documented many levels of human life and endeavor with visual skill and sensitivity, richly enhanced by great technical precision.” This feature exhibition will allow for a closer look at these small, splendid sculptural works.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Oct. 16, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission (Artist’s Reception, 7 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 17, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Past Exhibitions

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

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Grohmann Museum

1000 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 277-2300

Gallery Hours:

Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Museum Admission:

General admission: $5.00
Students / Seniors: $3.00
Children under 12: Free
MSOE students (with ID), alumni, faculty and staff: Free


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