Sunday, June 24, 2012
getting out of town
We took a few days away by traveling up to Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Art Museum has two exhibits that are well worth the trip.
Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries is there until September.
The use of color and lettering on these delightful posters is fun. I love this insight into advertising of a hundred years ago. Naked women selling bicycles and lamp oil...
Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina is there until August.
Wonderful to see these up close and learn how historians are teasing out how and why they were made. The current theory of an influx of slaves to the region bringing their cultural references is really interesting. They are much smaller than I thought they would be.
We also made a visit to the Domes where Andy took the above photograph of the delightful Pachystachys lutea (yellow shrimp plant).
And, of course, food.
Milwaukee has great restaurants of which we especially enjoyed Jake's Deli, Sobelman's, Meritage, and, a bit out of the city, Kopp's where I had the best Frozen Custard Strawberry Shortcake imaginable. I am going to dream about it! (And, possibly about their somewhat scary line of cows.)