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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Art museum rediscovers a Dutch master

The canons of art history tend to be rather jealously guarded. Few historians have occasion to flip them on their heads and give them a good shake. But after being prompted by Laurie Winters of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and the thesis of his student Lloyd DeWitt, National Gallery of Art curator Arthur Wheelock was offered just such an opportunity. Working closely with MAM and Amsterdam's Rembrandthuis, Wheelock has helped to reopen a chapter of the story of art concerning a largely overlooked 17th-century Dutch painter named Jan Lievens. Starting Feb. 7 local audiences...
02.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
The canons of art history tend to be rather jealously guarded. Few historians have occasion to flip them on their head and give them a good shake. Prompted by Milwaukee Art Museum’s Laurie Winters and the thesis of his student Lloyd DeWitt, National Gallery of Art curator Arthur Wheelock was offered just such an opportunity. Working closely with MAM and the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam has helped ...
01.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
On Feb. 7 the Milwaukee Art Museum opens it’s new feature exhibit “Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered.” Among the exhibit’s chief organizers is Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art. He talks to us about the upcoming exhibit. How does this exhibit set out to advance our understanding of Jan Lievens’ art beyond previous exhib...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Book Preview

Anyone who's examined The Birds of America, a seminal ornithological compendium published between 1827 and 1838 by the artist/naturalist John James Audubon, will wonder what impelled him to create life-sized illustrations of every species of bird in North America. Birds from the swamps of the Mississippi Valley, the forests of Ohio and the coast of South Carolina were lovingly captured in exquisite...
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Art Museum - 5 p.m. to midnight

Perhaps the good lord isn’t an art lover. He certainly has a funny way of cursing Milwaukee’s winter gallery nights with some of the most insufferable weather of the year, and tonight should be brittle beyond all belief. Conveniently, though, the Milwaukee Art Museum is offering a one-stop gallery night destination for those too intimidated by the wind chill to hop from gallery to gallery. In addition to a gallery tour of its new exhibition, “Catesby, Audubon...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 15, The Super Noble Brothers @ The Oriental Theatre, 7 p.m. One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the 2007 Milwaukee International Film Festival, Mark Escribano’s longitudinal documentary The Super Noble Brothers follows a fraternal trio of staples from the Milwaukee arts and music scene as they...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Glamour Galore

The 44th annual Symphony Style show at the Milwaukee Art Museum was top-notch as always, with sponsorships aplenty and fashion galore. The Symphony Style book, featuring Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra history and glam photos, was highlighted by Dan Bishop’s stark cover photo of the birthday-suited Andrew Stoll...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Much has been written lately about drug and alcohol abuse by minors,as though it was a recent phenomenon—something to be blamed on television advertising, the breakdown of the “traditional” family unit or other societal bogeymen. The sad reality is that underage substance abuse is not new, but for those caught in...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Nov. 6, Bob Dylan @ The Riverside Theater, 7:30 p.m. (sold out) Perhaps it’s quality control that accounts for Bob Dylan’s late-career critical resurgence. Since his 1997 comeback Time Out of Mind, Dylan has only released two studio albums, 2001’s Love and Theft and 2006’s Modern Times, both of which were sly...

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