The Milwaukee Art Museum's Landfall Press Exhibit Honors Contemporary Printmaking

 
Robert Cottingham,  Roxy , 2002. Color lithograph. 46 × 46 in. Courtesy of Landfall Press, Inc. © Robert Cottingham and Landfall Press, Inc. Photo courtesy: Milwaukee Art Museum.

Robert Cottingham, Roxy, 2002. Color lithograph. 46 × 46 in. Courtesy of Landfall Press, Inc. © Robert Cottingham and Landfall Press, Inc. Photo courtesy: Milwaukee Art Museum.

 

By Livia Peterson

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking exhibit is opening in the Bradley Family Gallery on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The exhibit celebrates the collaborative process at Landfall and its significant impact in regards to contemporary printmaking, as this marks the fiftieth anniversary.

Milwaukee Art Museum’s Prints and Drawings Associate Curator Nikki Otten expressed in a press release, “The Landfall Press exhibition and the Landfall Press Archive both present a wide range of subjects and styles, and several of the works redefine what a print can be. The diversity of voices in the Landfall Press Archive enhances the Museum’s collection, and we are pleased to be part of Landfall’s artistic and educational legacy.”

MAM’s Audience Engagement Senior Director Amanda C. Peterson added, “The Museum has a world-renowned collection of works on paper, and this exhibition is an opportunity for people not only to see bold, important work but also to get a peek into the process behind making artists’ visions a reality. Whether someone is interested in contemporary art, printmaking, or even how art prints get people into collecting art, visitors will find something fascinating in this focus on Landfall Press.”

The exhibit features approximately 100 prints, mostly from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Landfall Press Archive. Furthermore, the stories from the workshop are presented via photographs, videos, and documents, a lithography press, and printing materials.

The Milwaukee Art Museum established the Landfall Press Archive in 1992. The archive includes essential printmaking materials such as published prints, color separations, proofs, etching plates, preparatory drawings, and lithographic stones. A 500 page book, expanding upon the Landfall history accompanies the exhibit.

Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum through Sunday, February 9, 2020. Museum admission: $19 adult, $17 students with identification and seniors (65+), and free for children under twelve years old, members, Wisconsin K-12 teachers with school identification or pay stub, and first Thursday every month.

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