‘Season of Home’

draws community to MAM through exhibitions and events

     Throughout the holiday season, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Season of Home gives visitors an opportunity to explore family, community and the objects that help people make home their own.

     Season of Home features three new exhibitions and accompanying programming.

     Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America explores the works of more than 40 designers who employed playfulness and whimsy within their creations. Set against the backdrop of a booming consumer market and Cold War anxiety, the exhibition highlights play as a serious form of inspiration, experimentation, and problem-solving.

     Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum, Serious Play includes over 200 works. By showcasing iconic objects such as Irving Harper’s Ball Clock for Howard Miller Clock Company and Charles and Ray Eames’s Storage Units (ESUs) for Herman Miller Furniture Company, the exhibition encourages visitors to think about how design connects to their daily lives.

 Visitors and families will have the opportunity to explore Serious Play further with a lecture series and printed family guide.

     Serious Play continues through Jan. 6, 2019, then travels to the Denver Art Museum, where it will open May 5, 2019.

     Constable? A Landscape Rediscovered investigates the provenance and attribution of a painting that was donated to the Layton Art Collection by a prominent Milwaukee financier and real estate developer.

     When it was given, the painting was attributed to the English landscape painter John Constable, but recent Museum research and conservation have brought new attention to the work—and new revelations. Continues through Feb. 17, 2019.

     Family Pictures explores the ways in which black photographers and artists have portrayed a range of familial relationships. A touchstone for many of the artists in the exhibition is the work of Harlem photographer Roy DeCarava. Opening with DeCarava’s groundbreaking book The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955), the exhibition presents photographic series, installations and videos by an intergenerational selection of artists. Continues through Jan. 20, 2019.

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Special events spark

Season of Home


Season of Home programming includes a slate of social, educational, and community programming.

     Educational programming for kids and families in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, open every day the museum is open, centers on the Power of Play in November. At Play Date with Art on Nov. 9, the museum’s youngest visitors (to age 5), can drop in with family members and create art. Storytime in the Galleries, sponsored by Kohl’s Cares, continues every Saturday morning at 10:30am.

    MAM After Dark, the evening social event at the museum sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, is scheduled Nov. 16 with the theme Friendsgiving. The event celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Potawatomi Hotel and Casino and includes music, dancing, Wild Card art tours, trivia, a photo booth and a scavenger hunt through the galleries.

     Docents lead drop-in tours of the museum building and highlights from the collection each Saturday at 11am and 2pm and Sunday at 2pm.

     On Nov. 25, the Museum Store participates in the nationwide Museum Store Sunday with special shopping experiences, discounts, and free gift wrapping.