The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
                                   (February 4 - 8:10am)                                     
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.

When I visited the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the architecture was. The home was filled with the nicest woodwork, paintings and furniture. Another thing I notice was the beautiful wallpaper. Even though it was different in every room,it gave each room its own elegant area for lectures and receptions.  Besides the architect, the art work also help define the house. While walking through the home, we got to look at some of the beautiful paintings.

This was one of the paintings that we got to see. This Painting right here was called Farewell to the Homeland. Abschied vonder Heimat (Farewell to the Homeland), 1853 by Wilhelm Koller. An early acquisition in the Pabst’s art collection, it is one of the few Victorian narrative paintings. This painting right were about people immigrating to America by ships. Some people was very happy and celebrating  about a new future, while others was very sad about living their homeland! This painting was in the Pabst collections of photos due to the fact that it reminded him of his life and how his journey to America started. This was one of many paintings that connected Captain Pabst to the water.

As a young man, Pabst worked as a waiter before becoming a cabin boy for the Goodrich Line, a steamship company that operated on Lake Michigan. For eight years Pabst sailed the lake and studied navigation, and by 1857 he had become captain of the Goodrich steamer Huron. Captain Pabst's sailed the waters between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Manitowoc doing shipping trades. This was very important with shaping Milwaukee and build the industry. His ships carried furniture, people and it also provided transportation.

In December 1863, Pabst's ship was beached by a storm at Whitefish Bay, north of Milwaukee. Shaken by the incident, Pabst decided to join his father-in-law in the brewing business despite having no brewing background. Pabst agreed to become a partner in the brewery and, two years later, Pabst bought out Phillip Best with his brother-in-law Emil Schandein. Pabst and Schandein began immediately to expand the market for Best outside Milwaukee, and by 1874 Best had become the largest brewery in the United States. Between 1879 and 1893 the company opened 40 offices around the country, 12 in Wisconsin alone. Best became Pabst Brewing Company in 1889.  The pabst brewing company provided many jobs in Milwaukee which help build the city.

(February 11th -8:30am)

In a Lonely Place lecture by artist Gregory Crewdson

Dark Blue
The Water As Protagonist

Our trip to the Haggery Museum of Art at the Marquette University really open my eyes about art. There were a lot of beautiful paintings in here from varies of artists. The painting above was one of my favorites. This painting was done by an artist named Gregory Crewdson. He was inspired by Twilight.This painting was one of the paintings in an exhibition call the Dark Blue. The Dark Blue had alot of paintings from around the world. The water as Protagonist. The artist in the exhibit showed the water as an active element, making pictures that are, at their core, psychological engagements. Water is often perceived as a restorative element, an essential means to health and happiness. Yet, at the same time, it is a destructive force formidable for its potential to threaten life. The elements of the of the show that stood out to me was how the used water in the paintings. I really enjoyed the paintings that used water as their center focus. One really cool artist who really incorporated water in his paintings was Keven J. Miyazaki.


I will have to say that all the exhibits was great ,but the Perimeter stood out to me the most.  Kevin was invited to Milwaukee to do research on the great Lakes. While doing the research he wanted to go and answer questions like ownership of the great Lakes, ornamental issues, how well is access to the water, and what our future holds for the Lakes.  So in 13 days he went around the boarder of the like lakes and visited Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Capturing a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan through images of everyday people whose lives close to the water. He photograph a diverse group of individuals who all have connections to the lake. This was so an eye opener to me to me because I never really looked at how important the lake was to Milwaukee. He took of fishermen, ferry captains, boat builders,and surfers just to name a few. It Just shows us how whats not so important to one person can be very important to the next.

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