The Pfister Hotel
This historic grand dame at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. houses a sexy (lots of lechery and stolen kisses) turn-of-the-century collection sprinkled throughout its palatial promenades. Meanwhile, current artist-in-residence Todd Mrozinski paints golden fields of light and shadow, and soft portrait silhouettes. His studio is open 30 hours a week.
Charles Allis Art Museum
Little gems abound in this Tudor house, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., such as the exquisite painting of a deer by French artist Rosa Bonheur hung in the stairwell. But through July 5, there’s a sassy exhibition that traces the history of burlesque in America.
Institute of Visual Arts
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s contemporary art center (INOVA), there’s a handshake of a show called Pacific Midwest 2.0 this summer. Photographers from Milwaukee and Portland, Ore., unite in this great commingling of conceptual trends. 2155 N. Prospect Ave., June 26-Aug. 8.
Museum of Wisconsin Art
The permanent collection in MOWA’s glassy digs tells a chronological story of Wisconsin art history. For its summer show, work by Wisconsin’s preeminent magic realist, John Wilde, emerges from his wife Shirley Wilde’s private collection. Delectable visions of death, sex, vanity and nature swirl into impossibly fragile compositions. 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend, June 13-Sept. 6.
Lynden Sculpture Garden
This summer at the Lynden features the work of Dan Torop, a New York-based artist who has been visiting the garden for more than a year, making seasonal photos while exploring the design, nature and history of the grounds. 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., June 14-Sept. 20.
Jump into a river while visiting Wisconsin’s premiere summer conceptual, contemporary art camp in Little Wolf. Free and open to the public, a series of artist projects, screenings, discussions and picnics are slated for the first weekend of August. E6325 County Hwy. BB, Manawa.
The Haggerty Museum of Art
Current Tendencies IV, a biennial survey of Wisconsin art, runs June 18-Aug. 30. This year, six regional artists create site-responsive projects both inside and outside the Marquette University museum. Keith Haring’s Construction Fence provides the centrifugal force. 530 N. 13th St.