In A Working Ranch, Milwaukee photographer Jim Brozek presents a striking visual meditation on life and work on an American ranch. Working on a New Mexico ranch in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Brozek captured the essence of ranching life and all of its nuances. The joy, hardship, prosperity and challenges of this working life are glimpsed through images of ranching activities that continue to this day. More than a visual document, this exhibition provides a feeling of what life is like on a working ranch.
The exhibit will be open at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, from Sept. 6 through Dec. 13. In conjunction with Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day Event, the Grohmann Museum will present a gallery talk with Brozek on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 900 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering.
The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.