Exhibitions & Events
Sept. 10 - Dec. 19, 2021
The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler
The exhibition The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler traces industrial rail lines across America’s Appalachian coal country. Once thriving economic centers, Kahler’s view of small-town West Virginia and Kentucky illustrates the ebb and flow of communities dependent on railroad traffic amidst the decline of the once powerful coal industry. Desolate, yet beautiful, Kahler’s photographs expertly capture the raw emotions attached to the railroad industry. Along with the loss of major coal productions in the region and the resulting economic vacuum it created as it disappeared, the railroad continues to serve as a financial lifeline and a reminder of a richer past.
-Exhibition organized by the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, Madison, WI-
Oct. 9, 2021 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11th Annual Lost Arts Festival
The Grohmann Museum hosts its 11th annual festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in the Museum’s permanent collection. Blacksmiths, shoecarvers, lacemakers, spinners, bookbinders, beekeepers, coopers, potters, and others all share their expertise and demonstrate their techniques as the Museum becomes a laboratory for the creation of Lost Arts.
Jan. 21 - Apr. 24, 2022
Robert O. Lahmann: Working in Wisconsin
This exhibition traces the pattern of Robert O. Lahmann’s industrial work in both painting and drawing. A prolific Wisconsin artist throughout his lifetime, Lahmann graduated from Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art in 1949, but had already established a career as a painter, sculptor, stained glass artist, and art teacher by 1945. His impressionist oils and pastels of rural and urban scenes elicit a sense of nostalgia and provide the viewer glimpses of a bygone era. From farm fields to dock scenes, grain elevators to steel mills, this exhibition includes dozens of Lahmann’s vibrant and thoughtful scenes of Working in Wisconsin.