In honor of Labor Day, a few images of workers from the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. We began a recent visit at the rooftop sculpture garden with these larger-than-life bronze figures, where there were also some attractive plantings that were holding up well to this summer's extreme weather.
This is a view looking down at the elaborate mosaic work in the entrance floor from an upper floor stairway.
Most of the artworks in the museum — not surprisingly — showed men as depicted by male artists. While the men were doing a wide variety of jobs, the women pictured tended to be doing a limited number of typical female tasks: spinning, weaving, and agricultural work. That's probably why I was so taken with this painting: "The Carpenter Shop of Sophie Christensen," 1899, by Maria Christine Thymann, a Danish artist who lived from 1867-1928.
Here's a critical view of some of the work in this collection from reporters Mary Louise Schumacher and Whitney Gould of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that appeared at the time the museum opened. (We did see signage that addressed some of these concerns on our visit last week).