Upcoming Exhibitions 

Contemporary Threads: Pop-Up Exhibition May 5–25, 2017
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Experience jaw-dropping designs by Wisconsin’s leading fashion designers, including Project Runway alumnae Miranda Levy-Adler, Linda Breshears Marcus, and Katelyn Pankoke, plus notable fashion designers such as Shannon Molter, Tama Roberts, Lynne Dixon-Speller, Sara Terrell and Heidi Witz. A preview to MOWA's A State of Fashion.

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Paul Hammersmith: Shorelines and Waterways May 25–August 20, 2017
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Widely hailed as one of Milwaukee’s finest artists at the turn of the century, Paul Hammersmith's sensitive, romantic etchings depict his experiences and surroundings in Milwaukee in addition to the many trips he took abroad with his wife and family. See his work at Saint John's On The Lake this May.

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Contemporary Threads: Wisconsin Fashion June 3–August 20, 2017
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Jaw-dropping, gorgeous designs of ten contemporary designers, changing the fashion status quo, will make a statement in MOWA’s State Gallery.

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Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century June 11–September 17, 2017
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Florence Eiseman (1899–1988) was one of Milwaukee’s most notable and creative visionaries. In 1945, she launched what would become the leading high-end children’s clothing line in the United States and was instrumental in fashioning the standard look for the Post-War American child.

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The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit June 11–September 17, 2017
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See more than 100 years of fashion unveiled through twenty-six unique garments dating from 1880 to 1991. From stunning haute couture evening gowns to everyday wear, this amazing collection of women’s clothing was purchased and worn by six generations of the Roddis family of Marshfield, Wisconsin. It is both a time capsule of American fashion and a remarkable story about individual expression and taste set against a backdrop of small town Wisconsin.

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Daniel Arnold: A Paparazzo for Strangers June 11–September 17, 2017
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Daniel Arnold prowls the streets of New York City, snapping image after image before scurrying on in search of his next subject-in his own words, “a paparazzo for strangers.” He pays incessant attention to what’s going on around him, feeling an “active participant in a community, having flirty conversations with people.”

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Coalition of Photographic Arts: In a Fashion August 24–October 26, 2017
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Fashion can knit groups together within a shared identity, and at the same time, can also express individuality. It’s not only the final product of clothing seen on a runway. It’s the outcome of a process that begins with an idea that evolves through textiles, design, technique and application. CoPA members find inspiration in fashion and interpret all its facets including design, style, and trends in their photographs. 

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2017 MOWA Members’ Show November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018
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Once upon a time in the not so faraway land of West Bend was a magical place called the Museum of Wisconsin Art. And, every year, this place holds a grand event open to all its members. No need to try on magical footwear, kiss frogs, or slay dragons—just be one of the first 250 to register. You’re as mad as a hatter if you miss this chance!

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