It’s pretty sad that I had to put the Milwaukee Art Museum on my bucket list in order to visit it. I might have visited once or twice in grade school, but I was probably more concerned with what we were having for lunch than what was on display. This Thursday, I’m scheduled to make my first trip as an art-appreciating adult.
I timed my visit with the museum’s Target Free First Thursday, a promotion that provides free admission on the first Thursday of every month. If you’re bringing kids, those under 12 get in free every day at the museum.
I also contacted Kristin Settle, the museum’s public relations manager, to ask which exhibits I should make sure I see. Here are her recommendations:
First, Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection is our feature exhibition (runs through May 6). It celebrates the gift of the Petullo Collection to the Museum, making us the single most important repository in North America for work by untrained creators. Over 200 works on are view by some of the greatest self-taught artists in the world. Be sure to plan to spend some time in this exhibition, and ask for an audio guide from the admissions desk!
Second, you’ll want to see Currents 34: Isaac Julien, which is his video trilogy “Expeditions.” Currently on view is True North, which is the story of the first western explorers to “discover” the North Pole. The work will be on view until May 9, and then Julien’s second film in the series, Fantome Afrique, will air, followed by the final film in the series and the Museum’s newest acquisition, Western Union: Small Boats. Currents 34: Isaac Julien runs through February of 2013.
Third, be sure to check out our family spaces in the Kohl’s Education Center. There’s an art studio where families can create their own art (and take it home!), a lab where kids can learn what it is like to work in a Museum, and the Kohl’s Education Gallery, “Art Goes to the Movies,” which looks at how Disney and Pixar animators used art to create their works. All three spaces have a lot of hands-on, creative, educational activities for kids.
If I have time, I’m also hoping to make my way through some of the permanent collection. Any recommendations for what I should be sure to check out?