Events

Advance registration is free and required for most programs (see registration links below). All programs take place at the Haggerty Museum of Art, unless otherwise noted.

Well-fitting masks are strongly recommended for all Museum visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.  Masks are available at the Museum’s admissions desk.

Spanish language translation is available upon request. Please email translation requests to Christine Fleming, Manager of Community Engagement, at least two weeks before the event.

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Upcoming events  

October 2022

Friday, October 7, 5 p.m.
Our History in Manuscripts                                                                                  Performance by the Marquette University Chorus

Taking inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript and the Haggerty Museum of Art's collection of Spanish Antiphonals (medieval choir books), the Marquette University Chorus will explore various choral styles throughout history during this performance. Puer natus est, (A Boy is Born for Us), the introit for Christmas Day, from Volume 1 of this 12-volume set, is one of the chants that will be presented.

Jointly owned by the Haggerty Museum of Art and Marquette University Libraries, the antiphonals were commissioned for use at the Monastery of the Order of San Jeronimo in Alcala la Real in the Archdiocese of Granada. The Gregorian chants were prepared on vellum with examples of Mudejar ornamentation. The chants were used by monks throughout the liturgical year. Measuring as large as 40” x 30”, each set of manuscripts remains bound in the original oak boards. The books are believed to have been completed in 1562. A century earlier, the introduction of the printing press had resulted in a rapid decline in handwritten texts. Spanish monasteries remained a bastion of older methods, however, where cloistered monks prepared handwritten antiphonals well into the 18th century.

The antiphonals were rescued from a monastery in Burgos Las Hulegas in 1931, as mobs began destroying churches and convents in anti-religious rioting. Colonel Howard Greene secured the manuscripts and presented them to Marquette University in 1952.

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Day: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript

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Create art | Meet our Community Partners
Test your knowledge | Engage with the museum

A fun, engaging and FREE day for all ages presented in collaboration with Milwaukee Public LibraryFirst Stage Children’s Theater, Quizmaster Trivia, The Bindery, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s ArtsECO program. Taking inspiration from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, partnering organizations will lead experiences including calligraphy, letterpress printing, storytelling workshops, Tolkien trivia, and more.

Event schedule:

Throughout the event:

  • Sign up for a library card with Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) staff
  • Try your hand at calligraphy

10 a.m. Children story time sessions with MPL

10:30 a.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

10:45 a.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

11 a.m. Children story time sessions with MPL

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Letterpress print your own bookmark with The Bindery

11:30 a.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

11:45 a.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

noon Children story time sessions with MPL

12:30 p.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

12:45 p.m. Theatre workshop sessions with First Stage

1 to 2 p.m. Quiz Master J.R.R. Tolkien Trivia (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit)

Parking is available in the Wells Street Parking Structure (1240 West Wells Street) or in the metered spaces on Clybourn Street, located between North 11th and 15th streets. A limited number of parking passes will be available in the Museum on the day of the event, please request one when departing. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tolkien Reading Gathering: The Lord of the Rings

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Presented in collaboration with Marquette University's On Your Marq program
Relax in a bean bag chair in the exhibition gallery while listening to an excerpt from The Lord of the Rings audio book.

Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m.
Holly Ordway will present Tolkien’s Faith and the Foundations of Middle-earth

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Read more about Holly Ordway on our programs page

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, noon
Tolkien Tuesdays featuring Michael Cover (Theology) Tolkien and the Bible 
These free exhibition gallery talks are open to the public and feature Marquette University faculty members. The gallery talk is free of charge, but visitors who wish to view the exhibition must also purchase a ticket here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Useful Charlatans: The Fasting Contest of Giovanni Succi and Stefano Merlatti in Paris, 1886 A Lecture by Agustí Nieto-Galan

This lecture will analyze the public fasts of two Italian “hunger artists,” Giovanni Succi and Stefano Merlatti, in Paris in 1886, and their ability to forego eating for a long period (thirty and fifty days respectively). Through the eyes of the French caricaturist Albert Robida, it will discuss how contemporary witnesses described Succi and Merlatti as clever frauds, while others considered them to be interesting physiological anomalies. Controversies about their fasts entered academic circles, but they also spread throughout the urban public at different levels. Agustí Nieto-Galan is Professor of History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), ICREA Acadèmia Fellow (2009 & 2018), and director of the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (iHC) at the UAB. He is the author of Science in the Public Sphere: A History of Lay Knowledge and Expertise (Routledge, 2016), among numerous other publications. This program is co-sponsored by Marquette University's Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, its Department of Chemistry, and its Center for the Advancement of the Humanities.

November 2022

Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
World-Building: Dungeons & Dragons

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Take a journey as we explore new realms, fight evil creatures, and attempt to save a Tolkien-inspired world. Learn how to play D&D with expert hosts, then join a game yourself! Participation and spectating tickets are both available. Both ticket types include FREE entry to the J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript exhibition.

  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons with James Lowder.
    Lowder is an alumnus of MU who went on to a successful career as a writer, editor, and game designer, including work on D&D.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons game sessions

Presented in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Library

Thursday, November 17, 5 p.m.
John Garth will present Whispering Leaves: How Tolkien’s Manuscripts Reveal the Secrets of His Creativity

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Read more about John Garth on our programs page

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, noon
Tolkien Tuesdays featuring Gerry Canavan (English) Tolkien in Popular Culture 
These free exhibition gallery talks are open to the public and feature Marquette University faculty members. The gallery talk is free of charge, but visitors who wish to view the exhibition must also purchase a ticket here.

December 2022

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Friends of the Haggerty Holiday Party 2022

Save the date to celebrate the season with the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art. Details and registration information will be posted soon.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript is presented through generous support from Premier Sponsor Wintrust.

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Additional support is provided by Travel Wisconsin and Contributing Sponsors The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Dr. Mary Anne Siderits.

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The Haggerty Museum of Art's exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.