Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Spring Auction

  Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the largest art and antiquities auction house in the Midwest, has opened a new location in the Third Ward (525 E. Chicago St.). This morning the auction house kicked off its first auction, and Leslie herself made an appearance for the bidding.  Hindman opened her auction business in Chicago in 1982, which quickly grew to include locations around the country (Denver, Col., Palm Beach, Fla., and Naples, Fla.), and just two years ago, she opened a location on Mason St., across from the Pfister. But if today’s auction is any indication, the auction house fits right…

Color Rush

Nickolas Muray (American, 1892–1965) Christmas Cakes and Cookies, ca.1935. Carbro print. 14 1/2 x 22 5/16 in. (36.9 x 56.6 cm). Collection of George Eastman House (Gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray). © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives, Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. After six years of work by Katherine Bussard and Lisa Hostetler, the Art Museum’s latest photography exhibit Color Rush will open to the public tomorrow, and it is most definitely in your best interest to check it out.  The exhibit begins at the turn of the 20th century, when photographers first started experimenting with…

Community Collections

Images courtesy of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Looking to delve deeper into the private passions of some of the most interesting members of Milwaukee’s Jewish community? Starting Dec. 16, Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s “Revealed: Private Collections from the Jewish Community” will bring unique collections of everything from Chinese snuff bottles to outsider artwork into the public eye – many of which are on display for the very first time. The exhibition showcases collections of fine art, hidden treasures, Judaica and more – all loaned by members of Milwaukee’s Jewish community. Paintings from nationally-recognized realist David Lenz, blown glass by the “father…

Preview the 2012 MSO League Holiday House

That most wonderful time of year is upon us again and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League is getting into the spirit with its 2012 Holiday House. Andy Nunemaker, local entrepreneur and well-known art collector, has opened his spectacular home to some of Wisconsin’s most talented designers. Two designers from Otter Creek Landscape and Wreath Factory were given the honors of decorating Nunemaker’s expansive living room. Matt Trotter, who worked on the room with Otter Creek owner Mike Beeck, says the living room plays an important role during the holidays. “It’s where everybody comes together to reconnect with family and friends,“ he…

Kenwood House At MAM Opens Tomorrow

Milwaukee Art Museum’s largest fall exhibit opens to the public tomorrow, and it offers a look at some of the most important paintings by the Dutch and Flemish masters. The exhibit is culled from a collection of works from London’s Kenwood House, an 18th-century mansion once owned by Edward Cecil Guinness. Yes, that Guinness.  Guinness bequeathed the art collection along with the estate to England. The house is now under repairs, which provided the perfect opportunity to tour 43 of its paintings. The exhibit visits only four American cities, including Milwaukee.  From Rembrandt’s most mysterious self-portrait, to a selection of…

World War I on Tour

Partnering with the National World War I Museum, financial planning firm Waddell and Reed will bring its traveling World War I exhibit to Milwaukee on Friday, July 20, to be held in front of the Harley-Davison Museum. Admission is free and visitors will get to experience what life was like in the trenches with 66 rare artifacts from the Great War. The exhibit will also include the flight gear of Chauncey Waddell,  a World War I veteran and a founder of Waddell and Reed. Waddell and Reed hope to raise funds as well as awareness for the preservation of the…

At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright

On June 2 The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright, an annually rotating exhibit at the SC Johnson Gallery in Racine, will open to the public and offer an intimate look at the legendary architect’s prairie-style homes and designs. Co-curated by Milwaukee Art Museum’s Chief Curator Brady Roberts and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, the director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, the exhibit will rotate installations yearly to include the Wright’s various styles. Pfeiffer, who apprenticed with Wright in 1949, narrates part of the audio tour with the help of archival audio recordings of the architect himself. The…

No Place Like Home

Last fall’s Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of State of the Union featured something local audiences take for granted but is nationally unique: a stage full of actors in their 40s, 50s and 60s, almost all members of the Rep’s resident company. “It was a remarkable cross-section of mature actors, full of Broadway- or West-End-caliber artists,” says the play’s director, Michael Halberstam, who is the artistic director of Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre. Halberstam is not alone offering such praise. Directors from around the country – in fact, around the world – routinely laud the Rep’s ensemble. As longtime company member Jim Pickering…

Big Bang Theory

“Sensory Overload” is audacious. It’s more an installation than an exhibition and sprawls over 10,000 square feet in the east lake level galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s up for two years, compared to the usual run of several months, and declares a goal of covering “Light, motion, sound and the optical in art since 1945.” Most of the work is from the museum’s permanent collection. Chief curator Joe Ketner has reshuffled the museum’s collection, creating not just an exhibition, but what will stand as the museum’s basic presentation of contemporary art for two years. That’s an eternity considering…