Sketching at the MSOE Grohmann Museum

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Grohmann Museum

1000 N Broadway · Milwaukee, WI

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We'll be inside the front entrance, look for the folks carrying sketchbooks.

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We'll be spending a couple hours sketching inside the Milwaukee School of Engineering's Grohmann Museum on Saturday, July 20th starting at 1pm!

"The Grohmann Museum Collection “Man at Work” is comprised of more than 1,300 paintings and sculptures from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work—from farming and mining to trades as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. Later, it is machines and men embodying the paradoxes of industrialism– dark factory interiors with glowing molten metal juxtaposed with workers.

The earlier paintings depict the early forms of work, such as men and women working on the farm or at home. Later images show trades people engaged in their work, such as the blacksmith, chemist, cobbler, cork maker, glass blower and taxidermist. The most recent works are images of machines and men embodying the paradoxes of industrialism of the mid-18th century to post-World War II. These works, often commissioned by the factory’s owner, are exterior views of steel mills and foundries surrounded by hefty trains and tracks or dark factory interiors where glowing molten metal is juxtaposed with factory workers and managers.

Most of the paintings are by German and Dutch artists, although others include American, Austrian, Belgian, Bohemian, Danish,Dutch, English, Hungarian, Flemish, French and Spanish."

Admission is $5 per person, and $3 for students and seniors. There is street parking all around the museum, as well as an underground parking garage that is open to the public located right across the street from the museum, under the big white building. The entrance to the parking garage is located on the N. Broadway street side of the building.