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Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective

June 16 – August 27

“An expressionist salute to humankind at its most lovable and vulnerable, his [Rosenblatt’s] hand painted figures and environments fairly explode with vitality and good-humored affection.” -James Auer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Celebrate the creative contributions, imaginative mind and indelible legacy of the beloved artist, teacher, Milwaukee community member and consummate observer, Adolph Rosenblatt. From paintings and drawings, to bronze cast works, ceramic figures, sculptural tableaus and large-scale installations, Adolph’s pieces offer a unique window into both historic and contemporary life. The layers of visual depth which comprise his work reveal the expressive spontaneity of his philosophy and process.

Moments & Markers, a retrospective exhibit, explores the people, places and unscripted occurrences that make Milwaukee exceptional, as well as the headlines and global events Adolph captured for perpetuity through his unique vision and lens.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Albert & Ann Deshur Memorial Fund ∙ Lubar Family Foundation ∙ Milwaukee Arts Board ∙ An Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation ∙ The Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust ∙ The Goldman Family ∙ Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation ∙ Wisconsin Arts Board, with support from the National Endowments for the Arts ∙ Max Samson and Nancy Pinter ∙ Diane and David Buck

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Opening Preview
Thursday, June 15, 7 pm

East Side Stomping Grounds: A Walking History Tour
Sunday, June 18, 10:30 am
Ever wonder how the Oriental Landmark Theater became the world record holder for continual showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Or why Landmark Lanes was known as a “Health Factory” in the 1920s?

2017 Summer Soulstice on East North Ave.
Saturday, June 24, 12 pm
Find JMM’s booth at the 2017 Summer Soulstice Festival on East North Avenue to get some quick-dry clay sculptures or portrait drawings created by local artists Joe Boblick & Eriks Johnson.

A History of Milwaukee Neighborhoods with John Gurda
Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm
While neighborhoods change, traces of early Milwaukee settlements persist in the local landscape. Join historian and author John Gurda for a walk down memory lane through the streets of Milwaukee.

Empathy Through Art (FREE WORKSHOP for High School Students)
Week of July 31 – August 6
This three-day arts intensive with local artists leading an exploration of Adolph Rosenblatt’s work and teaching portraiture techniques with a focus on charcoal and pastels. Students will explore the city and create artwork inspired by the people they encounter. The program will culminate with an exhibit of their work that the students will curate.

It Runs in the Family: Art and the Rosenblatts
Wednesday, August 2, 7 pm
Adolph Rosenblatt, husband, father, artist and educator, inspired his entire family to pursue individual artistic visions. Join us for a diverse and stimulating panel discussion detailing the abundant artistic endeavors of the Rosenblatt family.

Sculpted Realities: Adolph Rosenblatt in Perspective
Wednesday, August 16, 7 pm
“Perspective” carries both figural and literal meaning, as is extraordinarily clear when looking at the sculpture of Adolph Rosenblatt. From the perspective of art history, Rosenblatt’s work follows in the legacy of artists like Pieter Bruegel, Honoré Daumier, Alberto Giacometti, and Duane Hanson, who strove to represent the everyday in honest (and often unflattering) ways.

Were you Hooked on Oriental Drugs?

For many years, the Oriental Pharmacy was the epicenter of Milwaukee’s East Side. The Pharmacy’s lunch counter was an important place for Milwaukeeans of all kinds to connect and was immortalized by Adolph Rosenblatt through sculpture. Purchase your very own “I’m Hooked on Oriental Drugs” t-shirt to commemorate Adolph, but also a place that inspired his art!

Special thanks to the hardworking Moments & Markers Committee:

Michael Davidson, Chair Susan Modder
Debra Brehmer Eli Rosenblatt
Diane Buck Max Samson
Dana Emold Ellen Schneiderman