Current exhibitions


Marc Chagall
Biblical Narratives in Print

September 17 – December 23, 2015

Marc Chagall’s Bible, a portfolio of 105 hand-colored, black-and-white etchings depicting scenes from the Old Testament, is the subject of the exhibition Marc Chagall: Biblical Narratives in Print. As a modern, Jewish artist not tethered to traditional Christian interpretations of the Biblical text, Chagall developed a unique visual vocabulary that synthesized elements from diverse cultural and artistic traditions. Because he approached the Old Testament narratives as a set of stories and recurring themes to be broadly interpreted, rather than literally illustrated, Marc Chagall was able to produce a deeply human and personal body of work that remains relevant today.





Giuseppe Mazzone
Geometry of Faith

September 17 – December 23, 2015

Geometry of Faith presents the dissertation work of Giuseppe Mazzone, who recently received a Ph.D. in architecture from UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Mazzone’s project is based on Sainte-Anne-la-Royale, a 17th century Parisian church that was only partially realized and later destroyed.

Using three engravings left behind by the original architect, Guarino Guarini, Mazzone reconstructed the church by creating a set of drawings, both handmade and computer generated, and a 3D printed physical model. From the model, an immersive, 3D version of the building was made by Marquette’s Visualization Lab (MARVL), where Mazzone currently holds the position of Student-Centered Active Learning Educator (SCALE).

The exhibition will include Mazzone’s drawings, the 3D model, and a film Mazzone created about the project.

Adi Nes

Adi Nes
Biblical Stories

September 17 – December 23, 2015

The nine photographs included in this exhibition are contemporary re-presentations of subjects, characters, and stories from the Old Testament. In his large-scale, elaborately staged photographs, which often reference well-known works from the history of art, Israeli artist Adi Nes uses themes from biblical narratives to explore present-day issues of social justice.

What is Hispanic?

What is Hispanic? | ¿Qué es hispánico?

September 17 – December 23, 2015

What is Hispanic? | ¿Qué es hispánico? presents a selection of artwork from the Haggerty’s permanent collection that investigates this question. The exhibition will showcase Medieval to contemporary paintings, prints, and photographs by Hispanic artists that address themes such as: politics, sexuality, history, family, migration, social justice, war, peace, race, sexism, spirituality, and hatred. The pieces will reveal personal stories about the featured artists that inspire dialogue on the Hispanic experience and identity, as well as discussions on Surrealism, Cubism, the avant-garde, and Expressionism.

Future exhibitions

January 21 – May 22, 2016


Carrie Schneider
Reading Women

One hundred female sitters reading texts authored by women are the subjects of Carrie Schneider’s Reading Women series. For the first time in a single exhibition, the Haggerty will present all three forms of the project: large-scale film-based photographic portraits, a four-hour single channel video installation, and an artist book comprised of photographs of each book held open by its respective sitter.


Page Turners
Women and Letters
Co-curated with Rachel Furnari

Drawing from diverse sources including books, prints, and ephemera from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, Page Turners demonstrates the persistence of the woman reader as a contemplative, private subject for art even as the figure of the lettered woman became the subject of remarkable public debate and controversy.


Joan of Arc
Highlights from the Permanent Collection

In conjunction with a campus-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reconstruction of The St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette, the Haggerty will exhibit work from its permanent collection that explores Joan of Arc as a mutable symbolic figure.


Picturing Women in Japanese Prints
Curated by Hilary Snow, PhD

This exhibition of Japanese woodblocks prints expands the boundaries of the “bijin” or “beautiful women” genre to consider the many ways that women were depicted in traditional and modern Japanese prints.


Past exhibitions


Current Tendencies IV
Topography Transformed

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Six regional artists have been invited to create new, site-responsive work for the Haggerty Museum of Art's fourth installment of its biennial Current Tendencies exhibition series. Portions of Keith Haring's Construction Fence will act as the conceptual and physical core of the exhibition with work by the Wisconsin artists —bauenstudio (Marc Roehrle and Mo Zell, Milwaukee), Derrick Buisch (Madison), Keith Nelson (Milwaukee), Shane McAdams (Cedarburg), and Joseph Mougel (Milwaukee) — presented in fluid constellations. The integrated group exhibition will explore a set of material, visual, and conceptual affinities that can be loosely tied to Haring's practice and to notions of topography – the natural and man-made characteristics or qualities of the land.


Out of the Vaults
Keith Haring

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Keith Haring's Construction Fence, an iconic piece in the Haggerty's collection and significant early work in the artist's career, will serve as the point of departure for the artists participating in Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed. In 1983, the museum's founding director invited then-emerging artist Keith Haring to create a mural on the fence that enclosed the construction site of the museum. This series of paintings on plywood is an early example of Haring's large-scale, site-specific public art projects.


On View(s)
Highlights from the Permanent Collection

June 18 – August 30, 2015

Paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures that depict or interpret landscape will be displayed as a complement to the themes explored in Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed. This permanent collection exhibition includes various artistic representations of the social, cultural, and political qualities inscribed in or derived from land. The interconnected, symbolic qualities of place—perceptions, experiences, memories, and histories—inform this installation.