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
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.




John Rodgers: Art in Plaster
Sculture From the Collection Of The Milwaukee Public Library

July 11 - September 14

The Villa Terrace Museum of Decorative Arts is proud to announce a collaborative exhibition of John Rogers plaster sculpture, selected from the collection of the Milwaukee Public Library. Beginning in 1860, John Rogers spent three decades in New York executing a series of “groups,” large sculpted pieces that he advertised and shipped across the United States.  Taking advantage of rail and commercial networks, Rogers contributed to a mass market for common images.  As wedding gifts, as narrative documents, and as signals of Victorian respectability, Rogers became the most popular artist of his day.

Villa Terrace has selected a small representation of the work of John Rogers from the extensive collection at the Milwaukee Public Library.




Come celebrate the magic of the SUPER MOON as it rises slowly over Lake Michigan. Experience handwriting analysis or a tarot card reading, and meet special guest and world renowned astrologer and psychic, Carol Rushman, who will do readings for theree lucky raffle winners. Enjoy the music of the Elegant Gypsies, and peer through a powerful telescope at the mystries of the heavens.

This is an after five casual event from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bountiful hors'd oeuvres and tray service along with complimentary wine, beer and soda along with a cash bar. $75 / $70 Museum members. RSVP by September 1, 2014. Make checks payable to Friends of Villa Terrace, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue. Contact Eileen with questions at 262-242-6095 or



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.

Yoga Schedule

6/15/2014 8:30-9:45am Kate Werning
6/22/2014 8:30-9:45am Alyssa Konda
6/29/2014 8:30-9:45am Kayti Johnson
7/6/2014 8:30-9:45am Kayti Johnson
7/13/2014 8:30-9:45am Kayti Johnson
7/20/2014 8:30-9:45am Alyssa Konda
7/27/2014 8:30-9:45am Kayti Johnson
8/3/2014 8:30-9:45am Bridgette Wells
8/10/2014 8:30-9:45am Jo Gassner
8/17/2014 8:30-9:45am Alyssa Konda
8/24/2014 8:30-9:45am Jo Gassner
8/31/2014 8:30-9:45am Amelia Caffaro

Kate Werning - Kate's practice has a Hatha Flow feel, embracing movement while holding poses long enough to feel full expression. Having grown up every summer on Lake Michigan, she loves to practice yoga outside and embrace nature. This practice will emphasize full enjoyment of the gorgeous gardens and lake view, connecting you to the beauty of the environment and who you are. All levels of experience are warmly welcomed.

Kayti Johnson - My yoga class will be for all ages, body types, and levels. It will be fun and light- a good Sunday morning cleanse- so everyone can leave their doubts at home and just enjoy the practice.



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

Click here to RSVP



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