Carl von Marr Day 



Carl von Marr Day


On Saturday, February 9, members attended a talk in the atrium as Beth Lipman reflected on the work of Carl von Marr and its relationship to her own work. The event concluded with cake in honor of Marr’s February 14 birthday.

When the Museum of Wisconsin Art was founded in 1961, its mission was to preserve and present the work of Milwaukee-born painter Carl von Marr (1858–1936). While over the years MOWA’s mission has expanded, the legacy of Marr looms large—especially for those standing before his masterpiece The Flagellants. Each year, MOWA celebrates Carl von Marr Day with a guest speaker whose expertise sheds new light on the artist’s work. This year, MOWA welcomes Sheboygan-based glass artist Beth Lipman, whose monumental installation InEarth has recently taken residence as a breathtaking centerpiece in the Marr gallery.

“I hope that the dialogue between The Flagellants and InEarth poses new questions about social forces such as religion, the body, and the cycles of nature,” said Lipman. “There are parallels between the two compositions, especially the theme of humans being at the mercy of powers beyond their control. Visually, InEarth is a good counterpoint to The Flagellants. As you walk around the installation there’s a dance between the human figures in the painting and the glass flora.”