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Talks about Wisconsin Modernists at Cedarburg Art Museum

April offers a variety of programming events related to the “Wisconsin Modernists” exhibition on display at the museum through June 3

By - Apr 2nd, 2018 05:32 pm
Untitled oil painting, 23.5 x 35 inches, by the late Mary Nohl on loan to the Cedarburg Art Museum by Barbara Manger.

Untitled oil painting, 23.5 x 35 inches, by the late Mary Nohl on loan to the Cedarburg Art Museum by Barbara Manger.

Cedarburg – Cedarburg Art Museum’s exhibition, Wisconsin Modernists: Rebels from Regionalism features 28 artists who practiced Modernist tendencies in their artwork from the late 1930s through the 1960s when Regionalism was the prevailing trend. The works were assembled mostly from private collections that are coming together for the first time. Some of the familiar artists in this exhibition known in Milwaukee from earlier times are Fred Berman, Hulda Rotier Fischer, Joseph Friebert, Carl Holty, Mary Nohl, Ida Ozonoff, Laurence Rathsack, Lucia Stern, Helmut Summ, Melvin Tess, Howard Thomas, Arthur Thrall, Eugene von Bruenchenheim, and Santos Zingale.

April offers a variety of programming events related to the “Wisconsin Modernists” exhibition on display at the museum through June 3. Milwaukee art collector Ken Marx will speak about collecting Wisconsin art and his special interest with artist Carl Holty (1900 – 1973) on Sunday, April 8 at 2pm. Holty had Wisconsin roots but was internationally known for his modernist paintings. Marx has loaned six paintings by Holty along with other works to the Cedarburg Art Museum exhibition.

Artist, author, and Mary Nohl biographer Barbara Manger will speak about the late Fox Point artist Mary Nohl and her modernist influences in a visual presentation on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm. Manger has loaned one of the paintings by Mary Nohl (1914- 2001) in the Cedarburg exhibition and will speak about her artist friend who defied the norms of her time.

Other opportunities to learn more about the “Wisconsin Modernists” exhibition are on Saturday, April 14 at 1pm when curator Mary Chemotti will offer a tour of the exhibition that features Wisconsin modernist artists of the 1930s through the 1960s. On Sunday, April 29 at 1pm, exhibition research associate Samantha Landre will take visitors through the exhibition with her presentation, “Exploring Wisconsin Modernists’ biographies.”

All the events are open to the public at no charge, thanks to the support of the Rita Edquist Memorial Foundation at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The museum offers free admission and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, 12 – 4pm. The Fred Berman Trust is making four of Berman’s works available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum. A catalog of the exhibition is available at the museum or online at the museum’s website at https://www.cedarburgartmuseum.org.

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