Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Press Release

Two Exhibitions Explore the Spaces and Stories of Villa Terrace

Jeffrey Clancey: Measured Misalignments. Ariana Huggett: House Tableau. Opening Reception and Talk October 17

By - Oct 10th, 2019 01:34 pm

Milwaukee, WIOctober 10, 2019 – Two exhibitions opening October 17 explore the stories and spaces of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. In Measured Misalignments, UW-Madison Professor of Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Jeffrey Clancy examines — both objectively and anecdotally — stories of the Villa when it was a family home. The exhibition combines facts with the artist’s idiosyncratic observations and imagined possibilities. It reveals a truth about historical understanding: that the many holes in our knowledge of history are filled with conjecture and guesswork to build a more complete picture.

Ariana Huggett: House Tableau exhibits a series of paintings Huggett created as the artist-in-residence at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums over the last year. Depicting carefully composed views of historic rooms at each museum, the series is part of the painter’s ongoing project of painting on location using Milwaukee’s historic architecture as subject.

Exhibition Events
Opening Party | Artists Talk
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Members’ Preview 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Talk with Jeffrey Clancy and Ariana Huggett at 7:00 p.m.
Museum members free | General admission $5 suggested donation

Drop-In Sketch Day
Sunday, November 10, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Drop in for a free sketch day hosted by exhibiting artist Ariana Huggett. Drawing materials, a still life composed with Villa Terrace collection items, and guidance from the artist will be provided. All ages welcome.

Midwinter Repast
After the holidays, a food-based program to warm our souls is coming in January.

About the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923 as the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation, his wife Agnes and their family. The villa’s courtyards, terraces, and Renaissance garden flowing down to the lake make it unique to Milwaukee. The permanent collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries and the Cyril Colnik collection and archives, with many excellent examples of Colnik’s wrought-iron masterpieces. Curated exhibitions are mounted several times each year along with a variety of arts programming.

General Museum Information
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10/adult, $7/student & senior (62+), free for museum members, children 12 & under and active military. Group tours are available for ten or more people.

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