Current Exhibition

Sept. 9, 2022 - Feb. 26, 2023
A Time of Toil and Triumph: Selections from the Shogren-Meyer Collection of American Art

As a part of our 15th anniversary celebration, the Grohmann Museum is organizing a blockbuster exhibition from one of the premier collections of American industrial art—The Shogren-Meyer Collection.  A collection focused primarily on the art of the 1930s and 40s, it also includes many fine examples from the surrounding decades, with many created during the depression era—a time of both toil and triumph.  

Now making their home in the Twin Cities, Dan Shogren and Susan Meyer met while in college at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where both majored in history.  It was at that time they took a keen interest in the era on which the collection is based, the “interwar period,” a time of American reinvention—economically, socially, and artistically.   They have since built one of the finest collections of American Art concentrated on this time. 

Selected from the hundreds of works in their collection, A Time of Toil and Triumph will include dozens of paintings and photographs by Aaron Bohrod, Margaret Bourke-White, John Steuart Curry, Walker Evans, Lewis Hine, Edmund Lewandowski, Dorothea Lange, Thornton Oakley, and Isaac Soyer, among many others.   Organized alongside the exhibition are several educational programs (lectures, tours, workshops, and panel discussions) planned throughout its run, specifically created in celebration of this Museum milestone.

Gallery Night and Day
October 21, 5-9 p.m. and October 22, 12-6 p.m.
Gallery Day Grand Tour - October 22, 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. 


Upcoming Exhibitions

April 21 - Aug. 20, 2023
David Plowden: The Architecture of Agriculture

The Grohmann Museum once again showcases the photography of David Plowden in honor of the artist's 90th birthday.  But instead of Plowden's trademark work featuring railroads, bridges, and heavy industry, this exhibition looks at feed mills, grain elevators, barns, and the altered landscape of the Midwest and Great Plains.

Over fifty years of photography is distilled in this collection of vanishing views of America's past.  As with much of Plowdens work, many of the scenes captured are no more, existing only on film, in memory, or in scattered remains across the rural countryside.

Past Exhibitions

2022:
  • Familias Unidas
  • Robert O. Lahmann: Working in Wisconsin
2021:
  • The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler
  • artWORK by the League of Milwaukee Artists
  • ELECTRIC STEEL: Recent Photographs by Michael Schultz
2020:
  • IRONBOAT: New Photography by Christopher Winters
  • TWO EDMUNDS: Fitzgerald and Lewandowski - Their Mark on Milwaukee
2019: 
  • Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves: Photographs by Jim Brozek
  • Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming
2018:
  • David Plowden's Portraits of Work
  • Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography
2017:
  • Masterworks from the Grohmann Museum: Celebrating 10 Years
  • Steel: The Cycle of Industry
  • Artists at Work: The Cedarburg Artists Guild
  • Artists at Work was featured on The Arts Page on Milwaukee PBS.
2016:
  • On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder
  • Milwaukee’s Industrial Landscapes: Paintings by Michael Newhall
  • Art of the North Shore Line
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