UPDATE: New building opens at Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015--8:13 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Art Museum, known for its winged-like sunscreen that opens and closes over Lake Michigan, is expanding.

The new building, designed by local architect James Shields, stands next to the winged structure by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The $34 million project provides 30,000 more square feet for art and renovates two buildings, including the War Memorial Center designed by modernist architect Eero Saarinen, whose works include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Museum Director Dan Keegan says the new building was designed to be "in harmony with" the Saarinen -- both having cantilevered elements. He says they act as a counterpoint the Calatrava addition.

The new space includes the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts dedicated to light-based media, including photography, film, video installation and media art.

Copyright 2015: Associated Press


Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 7:09 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Art Museum plans to renovate two buildings and expand 17,000 square feet.

The $25 million project will fix a leaky roof, mold issues, broken concrete, leaking windows and foundation problems on two buildings that house the museum's permanent collection. One of the buildings also houses the Milwaukee County War Memorial.

The project also calls for a 17,000 foot addition and a new lakeside entrance. The museum says the addition will allow more of its 30,000 works of art to be on view.

The county, which owns two buildings, is providing $10 million for the project. The museum is raising $15 million. The project won't affect a third building designed by Santiago Calatrava, which opened in 2001.

The yearlong construction is expected to start in the fall.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press