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Lecture Series

Midcentury Design: A Deeper Look

Whether you are a midcentury design buff or just discovering this dynamic era and style, join us in a three-session summer course for a deeper look at Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Learn more about the social, cultural, and political context of midcentury America, ponder the ways in which  fun  informs the design aesthetic of this period, and get playful with an exploration of iconic midcentury chairs.


MIDCENTURY DESIGN: A CLOSER LOOK - Moderns before Midcentury

Summer Course 2019 - Session 1

Saturday, June 15, 2019   2:30-4:00pm

In session one of a three-part course, learn about key figures and concepts in design history that led to the work on display in the DAM's Serious Play exhibition.



Summer Course 2019 - Session 2

Saturday, July 13, 2019   2:30-4:00pm

In session two of a three-part course, learn about  growing up Eames  and get a firsthand glimpse at the principles of  Eamesian  design through the eyes of Carla Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames.



Summer Course 2019 -  Session 3

Saturday, August 10, 2019   2:30-4:00pm

In the final session of this three-part course, explore an  aesthetics of fun  while tracing the history of playful art and whimsical design.


Please note that this is a combination package for all three sessions. To purchase tickets to individual sessions please click on the links below:

· Moderns before Midcentury (June 15, 2:30-4:00pm)

· Playful Seriousness (July 13, 2:30-4:00pm)

· Fun, Taste & IKEA (August 10, 2:30-4:00pm)

British Art Across the Ages Series

This four-part course - a celebration of British art, culture, and history - will take participants on a nearly 500-year journey through time. Get to know some of the masterful artists whose dazzling array of paintings are on view in Treasures of British Art, and explore the captivating themes they painted. Revisit longtime favorites from the Berger Collection, and discover paintings that have been brought out of storage for this special exhibition.  

Insight 2019 Series

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the DAM? Satisfy your curiosity and get the inside scoop in a series of dynamic conversations with museum staff and partners. Take a peek at unexpected adventures, creative problem solving, and other insights into what it takes to make things tick at the museum.


FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 6-7PM - Looking Ahead: Exhibiting the Americas in DAM's Revitalized Galleries
with Victoria Lyall, Ph.D. (Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Columbian Art) and Jennifer Henneman, Ph.D. (Associate Curator, Petrie Institute of Western American Art).

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 6-7pm - Curatorial Collaboration: Serious Play
with Darrin Alfred (DAM Curator of Architecture, Design & Graphics) & Monica Obniski (Demmer Curator of 20th- and 21st- Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum).

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 6-7PM - Spotlight on Conservation: Treating the Berger Collection  Treasures
with Kate Stuart (Berger Collection Curator) & Pam Skiles (Associate Conservator of Paintings).

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6-7pm - What's in a Label? The Art of Exhibition Storytelling
with Laura Caruso (Director of Publications) & Stefania Van Dyke (Senior Interpretive Specialist, Textile Art & Fashion and Special Projects)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6-7pm - Figuring out Family Fun
with Lindsay Genshaft (Manager of Family & Community Programs) & Natalie Thomas (Coordinator of Family Interpretation).


Single sessions will be available for purchase on Monday, February 25th.

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