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September 13, 2015 — January 3, 2016
 

George Raab

Portrait of John Michael Kohler

(1866–1943)
c. late 19th century oil on canvas
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection

Installation view of Close to Home at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2015.

Installation view of Close to Home at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2015.

Installation view of Close to Home at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2015.

Installation view of Close to Home at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2015.

 

Presented in the Arts Center’s House Galleries, which once served as public spaces for the family of Kohler Co. founder John Michael Kohler, this exhibition tells the history of the house’s original residents through decorative objects, personal artifacts, and vintage photographs. Built in 1882–83, the stately residence was the home of the Kohler family up to the mid-1960s, when it was gifted to the Sheboygan Arts Foundation, the formative organization of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Among the works of art on view are a pressed-glass vase by René Lalique; cast-iron candelabras by Austrian architect Kaspar Albrecht, who also created the house’s stained and leaded glass windows; and clothing from the Victorian era and 1920s that belonged to members of the family.