November 10th, 2016 - January 29th, 2017


Invented in the 1500’s as an inexpensive method of interior decoration, wallpaper today is enjoying a new era of innovation and attention. In Why Wallpaper, Villa Terrace draws from six leading artists and designers, exhibiting work from the last twenty years that has helped expand and redefine the possibilities of a medium. Employing old and new techniques, these artists and their wallpapers engage aesthetic and social causes, marry decorative and political aims, and move ideas from the background to the foreground and back again.


Featured Artists:

They come from New York, Rhode Island, Jamaica, Milan, Chicago, and Paris, with individual reasons for how and why wallpaper became a prominent feature in their range of work. Organized by artist in the museum's second floor galleries, the exhibition also features paintings, prints, embroideries, furniture, photography and video.

Why Wallpaper is co-organized by Edward Styles, former Curatorial Assistant at the Charles Allis & Villa Terrace Museums and Jenille Junco, Assistant Curator.


Opening Reception: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6pm - 8pm

Member Preview 5:30pm - 6pm




Full Frontal Doherty and Everything Elst: A Doherty Sisters Capparet
Saturday, January 7th @ 8 PM & Sunday, January 8th @ 4PM


The Doherty Girls Sing the Naked Truth of Family, Friendship, and Fame

Featuring Kelly Doherty, Marcee Doherty-Elst, and Ryan Cappelman


Life is full of big questions. What came first, the chicken or the egg? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootise Roll pop? Are Kelly Doherty and Marcee Doherty-Elst really sisters? In this cabaret you will get an intimate look into the beguiling relationship of these two women. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll do that thing where you laugh so hard you cry. Get ready for a night of love and laughter that you don't want to miss - 2 nights only at Villa Terrace! Featuring Ryan Cappleman on keys, the Doherty Sisters' hit comedy cabaret has been performed for private parties and theater audiences at Next Act Theater for Uprooted Theatre, the Skylight Bar and Bistro for Renaissance Theaterworks, the Brumder Mansion for Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and the Cedarburg Art Museum. Their Andrews Sisters tribute cabaret was performed for Renaissance Theaterworks in 2015 at their Salon Soiree and they are working on 2 new cabarets - stay tuned for more from Milwaukee's Cabaret Sweethearts!


Written and directed by Kelly Doherty and Marcee Doherty-Elst.


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February 16, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Ornate/Activate examines the use of decorative motifs, architectural elements, cursive scripts, traditional forms, and other forms of pattern making by artists of South Asian origin to merge and reclaim decoration and craft as meaningful and critical art forms. The exhibition, organized by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and curated by Alexander Campos, addresses themes such as inequality stemming from the global economy, loss of language and culture, gender violence, discrimination, segregation, and issues of equality and identity. The artists in Ornate/Activate recognize a need to reclaim tactile and decorative methods of making as a way to address social, political, and economic issues and also to confront the ever-growing presence of technology in everyday life.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16th, 2016, 6pm - 8pm

Member Preview 5:30pm - 6pm

Talk by SAWCC Director Monica Jahan Bose followed by gallery walk through by Alex Campos: 6:30pm


From Bangladesh to Brooklyn: Transnational Art Practices

February 17th, 2016 11am Art Center Lecture Hall UWM 2400 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI

Monica Jahan Bose will present her recent projects and consider how South Asia enters conceptual frameworks and art practices in the US, and reflect on the impact and interplay of colonization and globalization on the art world in South Asia and the US.

Ornate/Active - Film screening and art performances

Sunday, April 30 starting at 3:00pm

Exhibition “closing” with performances by Udita Upadhyaya
and Marcy Chevali; a screening of Patterns of Interaction, a program of ten artist’s films, curated by Shelly Bahl; and follow-up talk with Ms. Bahl and Negin Sharifzadeh, one of the filmmakers.