Lakeside treasure beckons
Milwaukee Art Museum is worth a visit
By Tony Staley
The Milwaukee Art Museum -- with its 20,000 piece art collection encompassing antiquity to modern times and exhibited in uncrowded well-lit galleries -- has long been an artistic gem. But it recently acquired a new luster.
Its recent addition, the Quadracci Pavilion -- the first building in the United States designed by the award-winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava -- heightens the pleasure. The addition, which nearly doubles the museum's exhibition space, has been praised by critics for The New Yorker and Time and the Washington Post. It features a 90-foot high glass-walled reception hall topped by the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen that can be raised or lowered and extended up to 217-feet giving it the appearance of a huge, graceful bird. One dramatic approach to the museum is on a cable-stay footbridge crossing Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Inside the Pavilion, numerous windows and skylights bathe the white concrete, white Carrera Italian marble and maple wood floors in natural light.
The museum is a perfect day trip from our area. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (for more details, go to www.mam.org). Be prepared to luxuriate in the beauty.