Last month we took a whirlwind tour of the 22 new Sculpture Milwaukee sculptures lining Wisconsin Avenue this summer. As one does, we also arbitrarily ranked them. We stand by our rankings (Immigrant Family, seen above, is terrific), but wouldn’t it be nice to have, you know, an expert weigh in on the pieces? Yes it would. Now, thanks to the Milwaukee Art Museum, that expert opinion is one trolley ride away.

Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., from now until October 18, a MAM docent will take art lovers on a 60-minute trolley tour of the Sculpture Milwaukee pieces, dishing the dirt on everything from the undeniably awesome Calatrava piece on the east side of the Chase Tower to the “This is why some people hate modern art, isn’t it?” piece on the west side of the Chase Tower. A full press release is below.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 12, 2017) – Milwaukee Art Museum docents are stepping outside Museum walls to acquaint visitors with 22 temporarily installed sculptures along Wisconsin Avenue. As part of Sculpture Milwaukee, the 60-minute, narrated trolley tours will depart every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. until Oct. 18 from the Museum’s main entrance.

Advance reservations are required and can be made at [email protected] or by calling 414-224-3842. Tickets for the tour are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. The price of the tour does not include admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Sculpture Milwaukee is an outdoor urban sculpture experience in downtown Milwaukee, on view until Oct. 22. Featuring 22 sculptures by 21 artists, the pieces are located along Wisconsin Avenue from 6th Street to O’Donnell Park and are free to the public. Works by Donald Baechler, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Deborah Butterfield, Santiago Calatrava, Saint Clair Cemin, Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, Paul Druecke, Michelle Grabner, John Henry, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Tom Otterness, Will Ryman, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset, Manolo Valdes and Jason S. Yi are showcased.

Sculpture Milwaukee is slated to be an annual exhibition, highlighting new artists and works each year. Sculptures within the installation are available for purchase. A percentage of the commission of each sale will be reinvested into Sculpture Milwaukee for continuation of the program into future years.

The Milwaukee Art Museum docent-led tours are made possible by funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

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