Join us as we travel to the Milwaukee Art Museum, our portal to the origins of French Modernism, as we immerse ourselves in this huge exhibition featuring the works of 55 artists entitled, Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France.
Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is its first US stop having originated from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford comprising of 113 artworks. An additional 37 pieces were added here to complete this wide-ranging presentation. It is staged over a very large area including many smaller rooms to permit intimate viewing.
Introducing us to the exhibition will be Britany Salisbury, the Museum’s Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings. She will provide a slideshow presentation of the exhibition highlights to be scheduled from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM in the Lubar Auditorium.
It is her view that Degas to Picasso will give Museum visitors the opportunity to experience modernism in the way that artists themselves did: not as a single style or an organized movement, but as a process of exploration that began in Paris and connected generations, from Delacroix to Degas and Cézanne to Picasso. Both first-time and experienced Museum visitors will be impressed by the energy of the works and the artists’ creative negotiation of the limits of what art could be.
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Paris became the epicenter of modern art in the nineteenth century. Artists from around the world, including Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Marc Chagall, gathered in its studios, galleries, salons, and museums. They moved away from traditional subjects and styles and, through experimentation and abstraction, charted a new course for art making.
Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France presents this evolution, including transformative movements such as Impressionism and Cubism. The exhibition focuses especially on works on paper, highlighting the different ways that modern artists used drawings and prints, and the important role played by these media in their artistic practices. Materials such as pastel, graphite, and ink, along with techniques including lithography and etching, provided artists with ways to think through and reinterpret themes that fascinated them. Visitors will be able to see the arc of modernism develop through these intimate and experimental works.
Degas to Picasso begins around 1800, with a group of masterpieces by artists such as Manet and Cézanne who challenged and reinterpreted the traditions of the French Academy during the nineteenth century. The art of Degas is represented in particular depth, revealing the important connections that existed between his experimentation in various media—including drawings, sculptures, and various printmaking techniques.
The exhibition culminates with works by twentieth-century practitioners including Matisse, Léger, and especially Picasso. It features a substantial group of works spanning the entirety of Picasso’s career, from some of his earliest sketches to powerful drawings dating from the last years of his life, showcasing the artist’s revolutionary perspective and his reduction of recognizable subjects to geometric forms. Picasso’s cubist works in particular influenced a generation of artists, including Juan Gris, Jacques Villon, and Albert Gleizes, whose abstract paintings, prints, and drawings will lead visitors through a key moment in the history of modern art.
For further information about the Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, explore its Milwaukee Art Museum webpage.
Lunch will be on your own with some suggestions listed below:
Within the Milwaukee Art Museum include…
Whether for a quick bite or a full meal, Café Calatrava is the place to dine along Lake Michigan, with views that take your breath away and an ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine. Eat outside on the scenic patio overlooking Lake Michigan during warmer months.
Windhover Coffee—featuring Stone Creek Coffee
Open at 10 a.m., closes one-half hour before the Museum
Recharge at Windhover Coffee, located in the southeast corner of Windhover Hall, overlooking Lake Michigan. Our friendly baristas serve locally roasted coffee from our full espresso bar, beverages, snacks, and fresh pastries from independent local bakeries. Windhover Coffee offers sandwiches and salads, made to order.
East End Wine Bar
Open at 10 a.m., closes one-half hour before the Museum. Relax at the East End Wine Bar, located in the northeast corner of the new East End addition, overlooking Lake Michigan. The wine bar serves Stone Creek Coffee, craft and imported beer, international wines, gourmet tea by Rare Tea Cellar, and fresh desserts from Rocket Baby Bakery. Enjoy European-style small plates prepared before you at the bar.
Outside and within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum:
Harbor House 550 Harbor House Drive (next to the Museum): http://www.harborhousemke.com/
Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive on time to begin our Milwaukee Art Museum visit.
– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.
7:45 AM Begin Bus 1 boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods
8:15 AM Departs for Milwaukee Art Museum (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)
7:45 AM Begin Bus 2 boarding at Capitol Lakes
8:15 AM Bus 2 arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.
8:30 AM Bus departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)
10:00 AM Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Curator Lecture
11:15 AM – 4:00 PM Free time to visit the Degas to Picasso Exhibition and enjoy lunch.
3:50 PM Begin boarding your bus
4:00 PM Depart for Madison
Arrive Madison (Estimated)
5:45 PM East Towne Sears
6:05 PM Capitol Lakes
6:00 PM Oakwood Village University Woods
Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. The Milwaukee Art Museum is handicapped accessible.
Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.
For further information, contact Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-271-7741.