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Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53202-4018)
Brandon Ruud (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Americans in Spain

Implementation of a traveling exhibition that explores the influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Americans in Spain (working title) is the first major exhibition to present to a large audience the widespread influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Organized by MAM and the Chrysler Museum of Art (CMA), the exhibition is currently scheduled to travel to two venues. Curators at both museums have worked closely with esteemed scholars to examine an underexplored moment in history when many of America’s most prominent artists traveled to Spain for training. Americans in Spain focuses on a time when both countries were undergoing significant shifts in power, culture, and worldviews. The exhibition sheds light on the how the political, economic, and cultural conditions affected how the artists experienced Spain and shaped their work. This close look at the artists’ sojourns brings light to an understudied aspect of American art and provides a rich opportunity to expand the understanding of American visual culture.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 12/31/2021