This past weekend, the husband and I braved the humid weather to visit the annual Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This year, 180 artists from around the world displayed their works, from paintings and ceramic wares, to fiber and jewelry, amongst them a couple of familiar favorites, Cali Hobgood and Nick Wroblewski, as well as at least one new fave, Sarah Giannobile.
Giannobile’s gem-like forms are woven into delicate webs, each work a dream-like expression of the artist’s subconscious, explorations of childhood memories of farm-life in Missouri.
The Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual event, Art in Bloom: A Tribute to Art and Flowers, April 11-14, 2013, features stunning floral arrangements, created by local designers, paired with works from the museum’s collection. This event has become a favorite of mine over the years, and is certainly a welcome breath of spring this year, after a full week of rain. I tend to gravitate toward the arrangements which subtly mirror their counterparts, and this year’s arrangements did not disappoint—many of the artfully arranged blooms, graceful studies of color and emotion, rather than direct imitations of composition. [all photos by Michael Brown]
MAM After Dark is a monthly after-hours event at the Milwaukee Art Museum, centered around the museum’s featured exhibition. Tonight’s MAM After Dark: Cancan, highlighting the current exhibition “Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries,” offered a peek at the Brew City Bombshells Burlesque Troupe, French cuisine by Milwaukee’s Coquette Cafe, wine tasting, and live music by Milwaukee Hot Club. Though I didn’t get to stay long, it’s always fun to experience the featured exhibition amid a setting that emulates the energy and spirit of the works themselves. Although French poster exhibits have been exhausted many times over, “Posters of Paris” was still a joy to visit, the sheer scale of choice works quite stunning, the selection—an engaging mixture of instantly recognizable prints (that adorned many of our dorm room walls, including mine) and novel preparatory studies, which allowed wonderful insight into each artist’s design process.
Leonetto Cappiello (Italian, 1875-1942)
Chocolat Klaus, 1903
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Divan Japonais, 1893