Current Exhibition

April 22 - Aug. 21, 2022
Familias Unidas: Tribute to the Migrant Farm Worker Labor Movement in Wisconsin, 1960s-70s   

 In the 1960s and 1970s, Chicano/a and Latinx migrant farm workers and other community members organized to improve working conditions, housing and social services, challenge discrimination in hiring practices, and advance bilingual programs and a greater access education. Known as the Farm Workers Movement, it continues to be consequential to the Hispanic community and the nation at large today. The Grohmann Museum and Latino Arts Inc. are pleased to present this  joint exhibit. Family, activism and education will serve as a focal lens to reflect on the drive behind the actions taken by underserved people and allies to assert the value of their work, their right to better quality of life, and greater access to education.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

Grand Opening Event
September 9, 5-8 p.m.
Introduction to an Era - A Gallery Talk with the Collectors (6:30 p.m.)

Past Exhibitions


  • Robert O. Lahmann: Working in Wisconsin


  • 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
  • IRONBOAT: New Photography by Christopher Winters
  • TWO EDMUNDS: Fitzgerald and Lewandowski - Their Mark on Milwaukee
  • Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves: Photographs by Jim Brozek
  • Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming
  • David Plowden's Portraits of Work
  • Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography
  • 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.
  • On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder
  • Milwaukee’s Industrial Landscapes: Paintings by Michael Newhall
  • Art of the North Shore Line
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stone
  • Physicians, Quacks and Alchemists