December 30, 2004

At the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Today it got quite warm here in Wisconsin. In the morning, the front step was icy from a misty rain, and then later the temperature went up into the 50s. This weather shift stirred up a big fog, and we had to drive to Milwaukee. The fog gave a mysterious look to the Milwaukee Art Museum -- that architectural marvel designed by Santiago Calatrava.

From the inside, instead of the usual view of Lake Michigan, there was a blue glow:

The big exhibit was Masterpieces of American Art. Here's a detail from a dramatic painting by John Singleton Copley (from 1777-1778) [ADDED: Did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson gawk at this fearsome shark?]

Here is a less frightening detail from a waterscape with an animal, from a painting by George Caleb Bingham:

I checked out the other exhibitions:

And walked through the stylish hallways:

There's that elaborate glass sculpture:

Okay, take a picture of me in front of it:

We had a nice, little meal in the museum restaurant, then drove back to Madison in the foggy darkness, the second to the last night of the year.


SippicanCottage said...
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artjazz said...

Great photos of the Milwaukee Art Museum! Just curious, are you related to Nancy Althouse?