Milwaukee Galleries

As I’ve mentioned in a past blog post, The Pitch Project is very casual for an art gallery. Frequent guests from Brenner Brewing will pass through the gallery with their beer and be surprised that a bar is so heavily associated with an art gallery.

I also work at the David Barnett Gallery. A high class gallery that caters to high class individuals and the atmosphere is very different in comparison to the Pitch Project. The David Barnett Gallery is always quite and has a serious environment. Visitors are overwhelmed and impressed by the amount of art on the wall and I can often hear them making surprised comments on the high price  of the art. Often times docents are encouraged to talk to visitors unless they are older and appear to be rich. I don’t mean to put my boss in a bad light, but he is a business man and the main focus of the gallery is make money while giving people a glimpse of the art. 

I find this interesting when volunteering at the Pitch Project. Visitors are sometimes overwhelmed since they are usually the kind of people that don’t frequent galleries, but easily settle in when I make explain the art to them and make casual conversation. Having a partnership with the brewery is kind of a draw back, but also helps in the organizations mission as well. The point is to draw a new crowd into the gallery scene, but because of the bar people often come in slightly tipsy or full blown drunk. Nothing particularly bad has happened, but there are awkward situations where people obnoxiously jump around or forcefully touch the art just because they want to. 

The two galleries are completely different in terms of atmosphere and it might be interesting to see how The Pitch Project compares to other Milwaukee galleries such as The Netherlands. I might also look into how other galleries are run/ interact with visitors to to see if The Pitch Project could be improved. 


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Summer Gallery Night Exhibition

The David Barnett Gallery is pleased to present its “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Paris Scene” exhibit.  An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night & Day, Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.   The exhibit will run through October 13, 2012.  The gallery is located at 1024 E. State St. at Prospect Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Featuring vintage posters and original prints from the period - La Belle Epoch 1890’s through 1930’s French Art Deco - highlighting the rare 1897 Toulouse-Lautrec portfolio “Au Pied du Sinai”.   Artists include Mucha, Bonnard, Steinlen, Cheret, Gauguin, Degas, Villon, Paul Emile Pissarro, Ludovic Rodo Pissarro, Cassandre, Paul Colin, Caron, Fix-Masseau, Poulbot, Georges De Feure, Lebasque, Gadoud, Guener, Clerice Freres, Georges Dola, Prejelan, Louis Lessieux, Marguerite Montaut (Gamy) and more.  Subjects include music, movies, sports, air and nautical, travel, beverages and animals. 

Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman and illustrator, whose immersion in the colorful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800’s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times.  The artist is known as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period.  


Our new exhibit is now open! America The Beautiful showcases a mixture of American Historical Prints and Contemporary American Artists (including many Wisconsin Artists!) that emphasize the beauty of our country and its history. 

Alongside this show we have another exhibition for Craig Lueck, a Wisconsin watercolor artist that specializes in landscapes. His subjects range from Wisconsin lakes to Venice, Italy, so you’re sure to find a scene you like.  

Stop on by from now until October 10th for America the Beautiful and Craig Lueck Watercolors!