I imagine that every little nook and cranny of the country has its hidden treasures. I was determined to find them in Wisconsin. I am having trouble making the adjustment from East Coast living to residing in the fly-over part of the country.
Wisconsin is a Great Lakes state. It is "The Dairy State." But what is it really known for--beer and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Milwaukee was settled by Germans, so the breweries make sense. The baseball team is the Milwaukee Brewers. They play in Miller Stadium. The imprint of beer on Milwaukee is unmistakable.
The region is also known for the production of Harley Davidson motorcycles. What a perfect combo--beer and Harleys. Drive down a country road in the Kettle Moraines and you might just come upon a bar out in the middle of nowhere with fifty Harleys parked out front. These people are serious riders. They even resist wearing helmets, having scorn for such safety precautions.
That's what is so surprising about the Milwaukee Art Museum. Designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, the structure is a work of art in itself. It is situated on the lake shore that is also home to numerous mansions perched on the bluff above the lake.
The museum has a cooperative program with the Louvre in Paris and frequently hosts traveling exhibits. I was priveleged to attend a lecture and reception for a display of the works of French Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro. I also attended the Andy Warhol exhibit and was thrilled to have the opportunity. Whenever I am feeling lost in the midwest, I take a day to spend in the Art Museum. There is a lovely cafeteria that looks out over the water dotted with sailboats.
I may return to the East Coast eventually, but while I am here in Wisconsin, is my firm intention to make the most of the opportunity.