Angela Morgan

Art again in bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The annual event, featuring more than 40 arrangements inspired by MAM artworks, will run through this Sunday. Angela Morgan has photos of this year's setup.

By - Apr 11th, 2013 06:53 pm
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The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes spring with its annual celebration Art In Bloom, running April 11-14. Inspiration: Alice Hooper (1763) by John Singleton Copley (1738–1815). Floral Designer: Bartley. All photos by Angela Morgan.

Walk into Windhover Hall this weekend, and you’ll be instantly transported to a place that actually has spring in the air. Yes, it’s finally springtime at the Milwaukee Art Museum, thanks to its annual Art In Bloom celebration, a tribute to art and flowers featuring more than 40 floral designers chosen to develop arrangements that complement specific, curated artworks.

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Inspiration: Ocean Park No. 68 (1974) by Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993). Floral Designer: Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club.

Upon entering the museum, you walk into the very green and beautiful Calatrava, decorated by Nicholas Carl Interior & Event Planning. It’s a nice break from the long Wisconsin winter; the exhibit makes Windhover Hall feel more like a jungle than a museum. Along both corridors of the Baumgartner Galleria and the Schroeder Galleria is a marketplace with innumerable ideas and options for you to kickstart your gardening season; fresh flowers and plants, gardening tools and accessories, garden and home decor, a garden idea and design center and about everything else you can think of with a flower on it.

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Inspiration: Miss Frances Lee (1769) by Francis Cotes (English, 1726–1770). Floral Designer: Flowers by Walter.

Thursday morning the artists loaded in thousands of flowers and their floral interpretations of the great art the Milwaukee Art Museum houses. These installations are on view on all three floors of the museum, throughout all of the galleries. At every turn of the museum, there is another amazing piece of floral art. As the morning progressed, you could see the artists’ vision and interpretation taking shape.

Also through the weekend are several lectures and master classes with renowned floral designers Ron Morgan and Neil Whittaker. Additional presentations will be given by are gardening experts including Melinda Meyers and Jill Bedford. Want to attract more birds and butterflies to your property? Want to create still lifes for photography? Want to know how to cook from your backyard garden? These topics and many more will be explored during Art In Bloom.

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Inspiration: Number 13 (1962) by Morris Louis (American, 1912–1962). Floral Designer: The Wreath Factory.

Though it may not exactly feel like spring outside yet, the blooms are open inside The Milwaukee Art Museum. Art In Bloom will get you excited for what’s just around the corner and is worth a visit this weekend.

Art In Bloom runs Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14 at The Milwaukee Art Museum. Admission is $5-15, lectures and master classes cost additional. For more information, visit the event website.

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