Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, is pleased to present Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia, on view September 20, 2013 through January 6, 2014. This exhibition brings to the United States, for the first time, one of the most distinct collections of Afghan war rugs in the world. Purchased throughout Central Asia and in Europe, the over 40 rugs in this private collection were selected for theirquality, rarity and for the story they tell about the history of Afghanistan, and the advent of modernism. War rugs represent an encounter of timeless aesthetic tradition with the violent reality of contemporary Central Asia. The exhibition is co-curated by Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins, Ph.D. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 20 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. with a special members only preview from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. featuring a talk by the curators at 6:30 p.m.
About the Villa Terrace
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the home of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through to the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, a formal garden and changing exhibitions. The Museum is located at 2220 N. Terrace Ave. 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. More information available at (414) 271-3656 or visit us at www.villaterracemuseum.org.