Noh Theatre in the Woodblock Prints
of Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869–1927)


Tsukioka Kōgyo, Kumasaka from Nogaku Hyakuban, Woodblock print, 15x10 in.


July 18 - October 5, 2014

Extended Through October 19!
Curated by Martha Chaiklin, PhD and Annemarie Sawkins, PhD

Opening Reception Friday, July 18 - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tsukioka Kōgyo and the Revival of Noh in Modern Japan
A talk by Professors Richard J. and Mae J. Smethurst
beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Art of Ikebana
Friday, August 22 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Japanese floral arrangement demonstration by certified Ichiyo instructor Laurie A. Wareham
$20 / $15 Museum Members
RSVP with / No day of registration

The exhibition Noh Theatre in the Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869 - 1927) will feature over 50 unique woodblock prints of Noh and Kyōgen theatre scenes, from the collection of Richard J. and Mae J. Smethurst, as well as authentic Noh masks provided by local collectors. Tsukioka Kōgyo became one of the most famous and internationally celebrated print artists of the Meiji Period in Japanese history. He was, and remains, the preeminent artist of Noh (and Kyōgen) theatre. Between the 1890s and his death in 1927, Kōgyo produced five major sets of prints. The prints in the exhibition not only showcase his incredible artistic talent but also a popular form of theatre for audiences in Japan.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Japan Foundation, New York.


Learn more about Tsukioka Kōgyo at the University of Pittsburgh.

Learn more about Noh Theatre on You Tube here.



Design at the Villa: Alessandra Branca

Tuesday, October 21 / 7:00 p.m.
$10 Admission

In conjunction with Boswell Books and the Friends of Villa Terrace, we welcome esteemed designer Alessandra Branca to the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. Roman-born and Chicago based, Branca learned at an early age that classical beauty was meant to be intermingled with everyday life, and that the well-lived life takes place not in stiff and serious surroundings, but in artful structures graced with a comfortable elegance. Branca is widely known for fusing a chic mix of cultures, periods and textures to old-world craftsmanship with energy and practicality. Her work has an up to the moment and beyond quality yet remains timeless. Celebrated for her impeccable style and exceptional use of color, Branca’s portfolio of more than two hundred projects has won her honors and awards including ELLE DECOR’s 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 A-List, House Beautiful Master Class, and more. Fall 2013 saw the launch of her fabric collection, as well as the release of her line of home and fashion accessories at Bergdorf’s New York. She continues work on lines of original furniture, lighting, and rugs, as well as various projects with private clientele. Branca will present her impeccable style and sign her acclaimed book New Classic Interiors. $10 Admission. Proceeds support maintenance of the Villa’s Renaissance Garden.




Café Sopra Mare
Summer Schedule is now available

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Yoga in the Renaissance Garden

Enjoy yoga in the Renaissance Garden, Sunday mornings before Café Sopra Mare at the Villa Terrace from 8:00 to 9:45am. If raining yoga will take place in the Great Hall. Suggested donation of $5.00.



Friends of Villa Terrace
Renaissance Garden Volunteer Work Days

Sat. May 10 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. May 17 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. May 31 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sun. June 1 - Garden Opening
Sat. June 21 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. July 12 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. August 16 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. September 13 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. October 18 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Sat. October 25 - 8:30am-12:00pm

RSVP for each work day with
Estate Gardner Valerie Kupchak-Rios
Dates are subject to change due to weather

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Tell Me A Story

November 7 - February 8, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, November 7
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Members Only Preview 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Jennifer Angus is best known for her installations composed of thousands of insects pinned directly to walls in repeating patterns that reference both textiles and wallpaper. Her recent work explores the narrative through works in which insects are anthropomorphized. This exhibition is a kind of over the top Victorian fancy, filled with bell jars, cases and dioramas that will cause the viewer to reconsider their relationship with both insects and nature.


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