The Art of Collecting

The Art of Collecting
June 16 - September 15, 2016


The Art of Collecting will highlight the history behind selected objects from the Charles Allis Art Collection, some of which you may recognize, some you may not, as the Allis Collection is larger than the house designed to display it. The exhibition will feature paintings, works on paper and sculpture, as well as documentary materials relevant to each work's provenance - written correspondence, contracts, etc. Many works of art from the collection have interesting back-stories and through this exhibition we share them with you. Charles and Sarah Allis spent a good part of their lives collecting art from around the world. The museum is a testament to their love of all things beautiful and wordly, but rarely do we get a chance to show the process behind such an exquisite art collection. Opening Reception Thursday, June 16, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Coninciding with the exhibition is the completion of a re-glazing project made possible by the support of the Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust. All of the collection's two-dimensional works currently on display in the mansion along with many in storage are getting new museum glass. The new glass will protect the artwork from ultraviolet light coming through the manion's windows. Advances in glazing technology have also produced a superior non-glare glass that enchances the viewing experience. When attending The Art of Collecting, you may think we removed the glass from the collection because it has become almost imperceptable. Bressler Eitel has been a gracious supporter of the project. They performed all of the re-glazing on site at the Allis mansion.



Movie Time

Milwaukee film historian Dale Kuntz presents selections from his rare collection of classic films from the 30s and 40's. Films are shown on 16mm, reel-to-reel film. Most of these cinematic treasures are not available on DVD so don't miss this opportunity to see these films in their original glory on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his knowledge of film history, giving the inside scoop on each film, including bizarre details about the stars and clues to help the audience spot little oddities that ended up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.

A Tribute to Tyrone Power

  • April 6 - Lloyds of London - 1936 - Tyrone Power, Madeline Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew
  • April 20 - In Old Chicago - 1937 -Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Brian Donlevy
  • May 4 - Second Honeymoon - 1937 - Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Claire Trevor, Stuart Erwin
  • May 25 - The Mark of Zorro - 1940 - Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergarrd
  • June 8 - Son of Fury - 1942 - Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer
  • June 22 - The Razor's Edge - 1946 - Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter