The Milwaukee Art Museum reopened its doors today with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the 6 year, 33 million dollar project. The who’s who of Milwaukee showed up to witness history in the making, a gift for the public and future generations. Calatrava’s pavilion was packed today with the VIP members invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and hear the story of a journey that many were anxiously waiting to celebrate. In the audience were presidents, CEOs, many executive directors, and the museum’s trusty team to witness the reopening. Shortly after everyone flooded the east galleria to get the exclusive look at the amazing new gallery spaces.
The museum now houses, on display, 2,500 pieces of art curated diligently by some of the greatest curators in the midwest. Director Keegan could not hide his excitement about the entire American Art Collection being on display for the first time, along with the new photo and video lower level gallery space that invites visitors to explore the theory of light. In addition to the new gallery spaces two new dining spaces have been added, along with an eastern lake entrance with breathtaking views. Art curators were in their respective gallery spaces informatively answering questions about the new design layout and of course sharing a truly beautiful moment with visitors. The Spring Bass Quintet were in attendance, blessing the visitors with grand classical hits, putting smiles on all faces. Twas a cheerful and moving event marking the start of the many more to come.
Meijer’s free first Thursday is next week, open to the public and Kohl’s community free day is Sunday December 6th. Today a museum membership is half off, so for all the art lovers and those who wish to experience something truly grand, pop into the Milwaukee Art Museum to experience humanity’s greatest gift, art. This new and improved museum was made possible by the Milwaukee community and should thereby be enjoyed by Milwaukee’s community and future generations. If you have some free time get lost in your history - your art history.
Written by Jerrod Johnson