FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books

Opens March 1, 2018, Runs through June 3, 2018


FOLD highlights a selection of accordion-fold books from the extensive collection of artists’ publications owned by Stephen Perkins (Madison, WI). The exhibition features renowned artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Ginger Burrell, Christo, Robert Indiana, Niki de Saint Phalle, Kiki Smith, Buzz Spector, and Dennis Oppenheim, and explores the art of accordion books, also known as concertina, screenfold, leporello, oriental-fold, and zig-zag fold, as panoramic spaces for images and text as well as three-dimensional sculptural objects. Encompassing the 1970s up to the present moment, FOLD offers a survey of accordion books that explore the creative possibilities offered by this unique publishing medium. Curated by Annemarie Sawkins, PhD (Milwaukee, WI).


Exhibition Walk-Throughs:

Join one of our drop-in tours to learn more about FOLD. Free with general admission. Led by one of our Curatorial staff members.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM


Exhibition Programming:


Talk/Walk: Expression Through Accordion Books with Max Yela

March 22nd, 2018 | 7:00 PM


UWM Special Collections librarian Max Yela will offer a presentation on the expressive qualities of the accordion-fold book through a hands-on demonstration of artists books from UWM's renowned book-arts collections, followed by a walk-though of selected works in the exhibition FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books.


Max Yela has been Head of the Special Collections Department at the UWM Libraries since 1994. Prior to this, he was the public services librarian for Special Collections at the University of Delaware, 1985-1994. He has also taught book arts concepts and practice, and the history of books and printing at UWM for the past fifteen years. Max's primary research uses media theory to investigate how artists use books as art media. In 2017 Max was honored for his many contributions to Wisconsin's visual arts community with a Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Award.


Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm at Villa Terrace. Free with museum admission.


Accordion Book Workshop with Karen Hanmer

April 7th, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Join experienced bookmaker Karen Hanmer for a hands-on bookmaking workshop at Villa Terrace in conjunction with our exhibition FOLD. Hanmer will teach several book forms including: accordion with wrapped covers, accordion with simple pop-ups, and accordion with pamphlets sewn in. 


Hanmer’s studio practice ranges from small editions of artists’ books to bookbinding instructional materials and one-of-a-kind design bindings. Her work is included in collections such as The Getty Museum, The Library of Congress, Yale University, and Graceland. She is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition and is one of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program. Hanmer is a leader in the book arts community, having served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. 


The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 7, 1:00-4:00pm at Villa Terrace. Please sign up here to reserve your spot! Fees are $45 general/$25 students and include basic materials. Students should bring along scissors, a pencil, and an eraser.






Friends of Villa Terrace

Spring Garden Lecture Series
7:00 p.m.


March 21 - Nancy Lawson - The Humane Garden:
Cultivating Compassion for All Creatures

April 11 - Shelly Culea: The Kingdom of the Monarch

May 2 - Melinda Myers: Plants For Difficult Situations

Click here for more information and tickets





Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble

April 20, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.


Admission: $20 general, $10 students


The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, a musical group of Wisconsin musicians

playing on period instruments, will be presenting a program of vocal and

instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century.

Mimmi Fulmer, Soprano

Brett Lipshutz, Traverso

Eric Miller, Viola da Gamba

Sigrun Paust, Recorder

Charlie Rassmussen, Baroque Cello

Consuelo Sanudo, Mezzo Soprano

Monica Steger, Traverso and Harpsichord

Anton TenWolde, Baroque Cello

Max Yount, Harpsichord



Musical Spring! | Free Concert
MacDowell Club

Sunday May 6, 2018 | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Please join us at Villa Terrace for a night of classical music by the MacDowell Group. Their mission is to further classical musical interests in Milwaukee, provide performing opportunities for professional and amateur musicians, and acquaint the general public with the number and excellence of local artists.

This 2017-2018 Season is their 108th! They are a non-profit organization, formed in 1909. There is no charge for their concerts, but they do accept donations at the door for their Scholarship Program.

Cash Bar | One Intermission





Alek Wasserman Piano Concert
Places: An Exploration of the Cannon

June 1, 2018 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Admission: $10


Pianist Alek Wasserman returns home to Milwaukee for his professional recital debut with an enticing program. Expect audience engagement in addition to traditional performance in order to contextualize the music.

Wasserman holds the Master of Music Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano under Michael Mizrahi and Ieva Jokubaviciute.

Cash Bar | One Intermission





So Milwaukee

Friday May 25, 2018 | 6:00 to 10:30 p.m.


Join us as we celebrate all things Milwaukee! Come and experience local music, food, beer tastings, and an artists and makers pop-up shop. Make sure to buy plenty of tickets for our raffle featuring prizes and experiences from the Milwaukee area.

Now in it's fourth year, So Milwaukee is a fundraiser for museum exhibitions and programming.  It began as an event for our Public Places / Private Authority exhibition with the City of Milwaukee. The show featured architectural salvage from the City's collection and stories of it's reuse.

Admission: $15 / $10 Members 





Opera On Tap - Liederabend

June 12, 2018 | 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.


Admission: $10 Suggested Donation


Join us at Villa Terrace for the return of Opera on Tap’s Liederabend, a night of all German music.

Opera on Tap is a not- for-profit national group that promotes opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape. It is their pleasure to give opera a place to thrive.

Cash Bar | One Intermission