This week's Art Date adds a few gala events to the calendar of gallery openings and closings, at Portrait Society, Racine Art Museum and in Madison.
This week’s Art Date adds a few gala events to the calendar of gallery openings and closings.
Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison
8 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Madison Central Library is reopening and patrons are anxiously awating the celebration. The new library has been designed not only as a house for books, but with dedicated art spaces. About 100 artists, including Niki Johnson, will have work displayed in the galleries and throughout the building. DJs and local food round out the evening. Be advised that the 800 tickets available online have been sold out, but some tickets will be available at the door.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
Villa Terrace Art Museum
2220 N. Terrace Ave.
Opening reception 6-8:30 p.m.
Exhibition continues through January 6.
Curators Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins have brought together extraordinary examples of Asian textiles in this traveling exhibition. The woven rugs counter traditional, nonfigurative designs by representing images of contemporary history through portraits, cityscapes, and scenes reflecting military presences and conflicts.
Breaking the Stigma
804 E. Wright St.
A new exhibition opens at Dominion Gallery with a benefit auction for the Grand Avenue Club. The exhibition, “Breaking the Stigma,” presents artists whose work touches on mental health issues as a means to raise awareness and public discussion. Colleen Shoop-Kassner, author of “Facing Forward,” is the featured artist.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Waste Not: Five Regional Self-Taught Artists
207 E. Buffalo Street, 5th Floor
Gallery hours Thursday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
It’s the last weekend to see the work of these five artists at Portrait Society, some of whom are making their Milwaukee debut. For more on this show see the TCD review.
RAM at 10
Racine Art Museum
411 Main Street, Racine
The Racine Art Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an elegant party including a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and champagne, music, dancing, and a photo booth for spontaneous fun. Formal attire encouraged and tickets are available online.
Paleontology of a Woman
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells Street
Clothing designer/fiber artist Timothy Westbrook presents his recent work inspired by fossils, dinosaurs, sustainability practices, and a lot of repurposed material. Victorian-inspired work by Laura Meyer, plus additional jewelry designers, round out the evening. See the TCD preview for more information.