… and here they are, as promised …

20 Apr

Well … last Wednesday, a friend who is a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum offered me a trip through the photo exhibition "Street Seen" (sic.). I never attend the "blockbuster" shows because I just can't afford 'em. But this was a nice opportunity, so I went. I won't bother to describe the show; it isn't worth the trouble. Suffice it to say that it was mildly interesting, but I sure was glad that I (or anyone else) hadn't spent any money to have me see it. If you're interested, go to There is a small sample there of the sort of photography that the show was about.

While I was there, I took advantage of the other "blockbuster" show going on, "The Woman with Veil" of Raphael. See, for more. It is a very good painting, typical of Raphael, of course. I was really taken by the rendering of the drapery, but the most impressive thing about it was the god-awful frame. Gack! A big, ornate gold thing that haunts my dreams.

But of course, the building itself and its surroundings were very exciting. You've seen it before, I'm sure … in one of my earliest blog posts, if nowhere else. It's called "The Calatrava" locally, after its architect. Here are a couple of exterior views:

That's a schoolbus in front of the door, BTW … it was a kiddie day and the place was crawling with 'em. Here's an adult class, having a discussion in the corridor:

And this is a shot through those rib-like support beams:

The building awakes some of the same feelings in me that Casa Mila and Casa Battlo do, in Barcelona.
This is the museum exit, onto the bridge … you can see down Wisconsin Avenue, beyond the big orange asterisk:

A quick shot from the bridge …

And another … you can see the pylon advertising the Raphael, down at street level:

This is the old, original wing of the museum … you can see the white of the Calatrava joining with it from the right …

Another shot from the bridge …

And, since Europeans seem fascinated by American roads, I waited for some cars and shot another:

This is the plaza at the city end of the bridge … the view is westward along Wisconsin Avenue … the main east-west drag, and 000 for North and South house numbers … The big orange asterisk is a sculpture by Mark di Suvero … oddly enough, I rather like it.

And last, a nice little composition, I thought. That ironwork is very reminiscent of American Arts and Crafts.

And I've run clean out of 'em, so if you want more, you're outta luck.
Cheers …


Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “… and here they are, as promised …

  1. risis1977

    April 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

    :up: nice pictures dW . . 🙂

  2. risis1977

    April 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

    You're very welcome dW 🙂

  3. derWandersmann

    April 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Thank you, Nathalya Risis …

  4. debplatt

    April 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    You wrote:

    …but the most impressive thing about it was the god-awful frame. Gack! A big, ornate gold thing that haunts my dreams.

    😆 I actually went to the museum site, hoping that the frame would haunt my dreams too, but no luck. I couldn't find an image that showed the frame (:sst: probably due to reactions such as yours 😀 )I am new to your blog, so I hadn't seen photos of "The Calatrava" before. I'm really taken with it. And I loved the way you composed your photos. :up:You also wrote:

    And, since Europeans seem fascinated by American roads…

    Nice post! I'm not all that familiar with Milwaukee, so it was interesting getting to see a bit of it. :coffee:

  5. derWandersmann

    April 22, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Thank you, Deb and SC … it's appreciated.

  6. solidcopper

    April 22, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Wonderful post. Glad to see the pictures. What a feast! Impressive architecture!

  7. PainterWoman

    April 22, 2010 at 1:04 am

    The Calatrava is a spectacular building. Would be breathtaking to see it in person. And I like that asterisk too! Had to look up Casa Milo and Battalo. I'd forgotten the names but I saw them when in Barcelona. I would like to have met Gaudi and worked along with him. The mosaics at Park Guell are really something too.

  8. debplatt

    April 22, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Also loved Park Guell and all works of Gaudi that we saw while in Barcelona.

  9. derWandersmann

    April 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I don't think anyone with a soul isn't totally captivated by Gaudi and Jujol. It's all so organic, and reaches right inside you to fasten on like one of Heinlein's Puppet Masters … but in a good way.

  10. RedFreya

    April 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    The corridor is like that of a vast super liner. Quote "And, since Europeans seem fascinated by American roads, I waited for some cars and shot another:" I am surprised by how few there are. I suppose it depends on the time of day etc. Our large towns would be chock-a-block with traffic. You are lucky.:)

  11. derWandersmann

    April 29, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Well, it IS the lakeshore drive … not exactly a main artery … all the money-grubbers are locked in their offices at that time on a weekday, too, not out for a spin in the family flivver.


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