Charles Allis Art Museum
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Threshold Closing Artist Talks and Panel Discussion Saturday, February 27, 2016 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Threshold has sparked dialogue about the artwork on display as well as the future of house museums in contemporary society.

By - Feb 22nd, 2016 10:41 am

Milwaukee, WI After four months Threshold, the exhibition that has transformed the Charles Allis Art Museum into a conduit for exploring aspects of psychological interiority, is coming to a close. Threshold has sparked dialogue about the artwork on display as well as the future of house museums in contemporary society.

On Saturday, February 27, the Charles Allis Art Museum will host an evening of artist talks and thoughtful discussion exploring the potentials of this landmark exhibition.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Threshold artists Michael Bettine, Jeremy Hatch, Niki Johnson, Linda Marcus and Heidi Parks will deliver introductions to their artwork and practices. Topics to be covered range from percussion to sculpture, video to fiber arts. From 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. a panel of community leaders who have been instrumental in the development of Threshold will discuss the public response, community outreach and possible lasting effects. Panelist include: Niki Johnson, Artist and Curator of Threshold; Jenille Junco, Assistant Curator and Collections Manager of CAVT Museums; Jon Prown, Director of the Chipstone Foundation; Brandi Rogers, UW-Madison Lecturer of Rhetoric, Politics and Culture; John Sterr, Executive Director of Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums (CAVT Museums); and Mo Zell, Associate Dean and Professor of UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave.

Admission: Free Admission

Event Schedule:

5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Fifteen-minute artist talks with Michael Bettine, Jeremy Hatch, Niki Johnson, Linda Marcus and Heidi Parks

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with Niki Johnson, Jenille Junco, Jon Prown, Brandi Rogers, John Sterr, and Mo Zell

About Threshold:

This winter, the Charles Allis Art Museum transforms to host Threshold, an exhibition that explores psychological interiority through the integration of contemporary art with the sumptuous spaces in the museum. Every room in the Allis mansion will become a conduit for experiencing fear, fragility, wonder and desire. Facilitated through a variety of media technologies, Threshold draws upon the affective qualities of glass, porcelain, light, soil, fur, and sound to explore corporeal and emotional relationships. Organized by artist and guest curator Niki Johnson, Threshold features twenty-five nationally and internationally recognized artists, craftsmen and musicians.

Exhibiting Artists
Colin Britton, Simon Bukhave, Holly Cole, Michelle Erickson, David R. Harper, Anne Harris, Jeremy Hatch, Kim Hindman, Jed Jackson, Niki Johnson, Kayle Karbowski, Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, William Kentridge, Beth Lipman, Chole Mackinnon, Linda Marcus, Greely Myatt, Heidi Parkes, Catherine B. Peña, Brian Ritchie, Paul Sacaridiz, Kyle Seis, Julie VonDerVellen, Christina A. West, Glenn Williams

Contributing Wisconsin Institutions
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Marcus Corporation, Chipstone Foundation, Brenner Brewing Company

Written Contributions
Brandi Rogers & Nathaniel Stern

About the Charles Allis Art Museum

On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, Asian ceramics and stunning decorative arts.   Changing exhibitions feature local and regional artists, making the museum a vibrant center for Wisconsin arts not to be missed. The Museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect Avenue, one block north of Brady Street on Royall Place. Public hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: $7/adult, $5/student, senior (62+) and veterans, Free for museum members, children 12 & under, and active military. Visit us at

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