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Three Monumental Mosaics Defining Milwaukee's Modernist Landscape

August 11, 2021
Three Monumental Mosaics Defining Milwaukee's Modernist Landscape
Did you know that Milwaukee is a center for mosaic art?

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article from1960 named the city just that! The successful integration of art and architecture in the mid-century built environment is nowhere more apparent than through the awesome beauty of monumental mosaics, and we're privileged to have many preservation worthy examples of them. Milwaukee’s modernist building boom of the early 1960s saw young artists working alongside the finest architectural firms. These collaborations are still evident today in some of Milwaukee’s most iconic downtown buildings: the War Memorial Center (1959, mosaic by Edmund Lewandowski); Marine Plaza, now known as Chase Tower (1962, mosaic by Merritt Yearsley), and Milwaukee State Office Building (1963, mosaic by Marjorie Kreilick).

Understanding the ethos behind the works, along with the principles and practice of mosaic methods of the era, can enhance historic preservation efforts as well as our general enjoyment of these precious cultural assets. Looking deeper at these site-specific artworks, we appreciate they are not ‘mere jewelry’ but intended as integral parts of the buildings’ architecture.

Our speaker for this Milwaukee Preservation Alliance program, Lillian Sizemore, has worked as a mosaicist since 1993, with a specialty in midcentury mosaics, and will offer unique insight into these monumental architectural installations. Through an exciting visual presentation she will trace this ancient art from Italy to the Port of Milwaukee, to give viewers a 21st-century update and appreciation for these outstanding historic treasures hiding in plain sight.

You won't want to miss this jewel of a virtual program Wednesday, August 11, at 6:00pm!

 
Location Information
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Virtual Event
Website: www.eventbrite.com/e/three-monumental-mosaics-defining-milwaukees-modern-landscape-registration-163901891971
 
Contact Information
Jeremy Ebersole
Email: mpa@milwaukeepreservation.org
Phone: 414-220-0530
   



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