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Celebrate the Holidays with the Milwaukee Art Museum

Although temporarily closed for in-person visits, the Museum is offering special holiday happenings online, including Family Sundays and Museum Store Sunday.

By - Nov 24th, 2020 02:11 pm

Milwaukee, Wis. – November 24, 2020 – Virtual visitors to the Milwaukee Art Museum will be able to find inspiration and celebrate the holidays throughout the winter season. With new online content and a wide variety of at-home activities and digital events, the Museum has something for all ages. Kids and families can make gifts at home during Kohl’s Family Sundays: The Gift of Art, and the Museum Store is expanding its popular shopping event, Museum Store Sunday, adding more days and an online experience.

“We all have to get a little more creative with the holidays this year, and the Museum is no exception,” said Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director, Milwaukee Art Museum. “It is important to us that we provide our Milwaukee communities with a space virtually, to connect—to family, each other, art—to many inspiring opportunities.”

At Kohl’s Family Sundays at Home: The Gift of Art on December 6, kids and families can listen to the music of the season, take a celebration-inspired tour of the Museum and make their own mini story book inspired by artist sketchbooks in the collection. Jamie Nelson, the Museum’s executive chef, will lead a how-to video on making a special wintry treat. Families can participate by visiting mam.org/family-sundays. There is no charge to take part in Kohl’s Family Sundays at Home.

The Museum’s youngest visitors will have an additional opportunity to make art December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., during Play Date with Art: At Home: Perfect Portraits. The virtual event will feature hands-on activities for ages 0–5, and special guest Meaghan Heinrich will lead singing time.

A special online and extended version of Museum Store Sunday will take place Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29.  Visitors can enjoy unique shopping opportunities and virtual experiences online, including the chance to win items from participating Trunk Show vendors. Local artist Tia Richardson will share the story behind her mural that inspired the design for the Museum Store’s 2020 holiday ornament, and artist Willie Cole will discuss his Black Art Matters initiative, which advocates for Black artists and a better world.

Museum Members receive extra savings on purchases from the Museum Store during Double Discount Days on November 27, 28 and 29, and December 3, 10, 17 and 31. All purchases support Museum exhibitions and programming.

Gift memberships to the Milwaukee Art Museum make a special holiday gift while directly supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and programming. Each level of membership includes a year of free Museum admission, access to exclusive virtual programs and special discounts. Gift membership orders should be placed by December 1 for delivery by December 10, and by December 15 for December 25 arrival.

A new exhibition highlighting the four decades of work of documentary photographer Susan Meiselas will open virtually Friday, December 4, on the Museum’s website. Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s long-standing commitment to working with and sharing the stories of women. Accessible through a 360 virtual tour, the exhibition presents never-before-shown photographs alongside iconic series that raise challenging questions about documentary practice and the relationship between photographer and subject. The virtual tour also includes interviews with the artist, the people she photographed, and her collaborative partners.

Due to the Milwaukee Public Health Order 4.2, issued owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community, the Museum has temporarily closed to the public through at least January 2, 2021. In the interim, staff will continue working from home, ensuring that the Museum remains a vital resource for the community both online today and when we reopen our doors in the future. Updates can always be found on the Museum’s website, mam.org.

About the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes people from throughout the community and the world to find themselves and lose themselves in art, creativity and culture. At any one time, visitors can experience over 2,500 works on view within the Museum’s collection galleries and three ever-changing exhibition spaces; participate in engaging programming; and explore the one-of-a-kind spaces across the 24-acre lakefront campus. The iconic architecture brings together structures designed by Eero Saarinen, David Kahler and Santiago Calatrava. Famous for its moving Burke Brise Soleil, the Museum serves as a symbol for Milwaukee pride and connects the shores of Lake Michigan to the city’s bustling downtown.

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