The Warehouse is a 4,000 SF exhibition space on the ground floor of a five-story former factory and warehouse built in 1924 in Milwaukee's Design District. With LED lighting and display walls added, the renovated space retains elements of the building’s industrial past. The building was awarded the 2019 Mayor's Design Award in the Test of Time category.
The Warehouse mounts curated exhibits of works from its permanent collection and other sources. The permanent collection consists of 3,600 modern and contemporary works on paper, paintings, photography, and sculpture. Works on paper include artists such as Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Robert Rauschenberg. Photographs in the collection include works by Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, and Cindy Sherman.
Built by private collectors Jan Serr and John Shannon, the collection is personal and based on their interests and experiences. Both residents of Wisconsin, Serr and Shannon include many notable Wisconsin artists in the collection including Warrington Colescott, John Colt, Ruth Grotenrath, and Schomer Lichtner. Their travels brought together works by contemporary Japanese, Mexican, and Indian artists. These concentrations include Anish Kapoor, Tsukioka Kogyo, and Diego Rivera.
The space is host to art exhibitions and performances.
The Warehouse has no entry fee.Summer hours, through August 30th, 2019 are Mon. Wed. & Fri. 11am-4pm
or By Appointment