More art and another capitol
May 06, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
I left the museum and rushed to Madison to the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. It was full of kids when I got there. It seems to be the season for class trips. Unlike the Indiana and Illinois capitols that have metal detectors and x-ray machines for bags, you can just stroll into the Wisconsin capitol. After you're inside you can stroll into the Senate, Assembly and Supreme Court rooms. You're even allowed to walk around through most of them.
It's another building loosly based on the US Capitol but it has four equally sized wings going out from the central rotunda. It has also been recently renovated and looked very nice. There's a lot of nice stone work and the rotunda is very nice.
When I was walking back to my car a Wienermobile passed me. That's not something you see every day.
My first stop today was the Milwaukee Art Museum. I was planning on seeing it yesterday and didn't have a lot of time today so I had to rush through the collection. It doesn't have the breadth of the Cleveland or Toronto museums but they also covered everything from Egyptian art to Contemporary art and they had more depth in some areas. They had a great collection of German Renaissance clocks, a lot of German Expressionists works, a lot of late 20th century American art and a large American Folk Art collection. They didn't have as much in the way of decorative arts but they did have some great Beidermeier furniture, a large early American furniture collection and a gallery of 20th century furnishings. They had a number of artists I've seen a lot of lately - Chilhuly, Leger, Miro, Braque, Henry Moore, Harvey Littleton, Rodin - and some I haven't - a large O'Keeffe collection, Kandinsky, Bertoia, three pieces by Donald Judd. They had a couple temporary exhibits. One was the Raphael work "The Woman with the Veil" and the other was "American Quilts: Selections From the Winterthur Collection." Most of the artworks are in the Eero Saarinen building built in 1957 with an addition by David Kahler in 1975. There's a little art in the great Santiago Calatrava building built in 2001 but it's mostly the ticket office, a gift shop, a theater and parking.