• From the print edition of our May-August 2013 issue of Chicago Gallery News.
Chicago is wonderful in the summer, but everyone needs a break. Just behind the ‘Cheddar Curtain” our northern neighbors in Wisconsin have a lot to offer, particularly if you’re on a quest for the artistic. This season just pick a weekend and set out to find illuminating exhibitions in every town. You’ll come to love a whole crop of art centers you didn’t realize were within an afternoon’s drive. -GV
Above: From Milwaukee Art Museum’s 30 Americans: Left to right: Rashid Johnson, Nick Cave, Kalup Linzy, Jeff Sonhouse, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hank Willis Thomas (front row), Xaviera Simmons, Purvis Young, John Bankston, Nina Chanel Abney, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas (front row), Kerry James Marshall and Shinique Smith. Photo Credit: Kwaku Alston
Racine Art Museum
RAM holds the largest + most significant contemporary craft collection in North America, with more than 8,000 objects from nationally and internationally recognized artists.
• Top 10 at 10: Favorites from RAM’s Collection, May 12-October 6
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
• Heroes Surround Us: An Exhibition Without Borders, May 26-Sept 8.
Featuring portraits on paper or newsprint depicting inspiring people. Subjects range from pop culture, to community leaders, to friends + family. Works displayed on selected building exteriors in Sheboygan.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
• Focal Points: America Photography Since 1950, May 18-September 1
Over 100 works from MMoCA’s permanent collection by American photographers of regional, national, + international reputations
• Art Fair on the Square, July 13-14
Music, entertainment, outdoor dining, + more than 450 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry + fine craft around Madison's Capitol Square, drawing 200,000 visitors each year.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Celebrating 125 years of collecting, MAM welcomes over 350,000 annual visitors. From its roots in Milwaukee’s first art gallery in 1888, the Museum has grown today to be an icon for Milwaukee and a resource for the entire state.
• 125th Anniversary Celebration, thru August 10
• 30 Americans, June 14–September 8
Showcasing works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades, focusing on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture.
Third Ward Galleries, Milwaukee
The Historic Third Ward is Milwaukee's Arts + Fashion District, offering the city's most dynamic array of restaurants, theaters, galleries + boutiques all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood was named a Top 12 ArtPlace in 2013. A full list of member galleries + institutions, including Tory Folliard, Gallery 218, Gingrass Gallery, INOVA, and Elaine Erickson, is online.