PORTLAND — “Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art” will open April 3, at Victoria Mansion, a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark built 1858-1860. The exhibition will remain on view through May 21. The Mansion’s Art Advisory Committee, composed of distinguished artists and museum professionals, invited three artists and one collaborative team to create works of art inspired by Victoria Mansion’s incomparable interiors that are renowned for their original wall and ceiling paintings and furnishings from 1860. The participating artists are Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Andrew Mowbray, Justin Richel, and Amy Yoes.

As explained by committee member Denise Markonish, curator of MASSMoCA, “Victoria Mansion is a historical gem, which is why giving contemporary artists the opportunity to respond to its riches is a wholly unique opportunity. Given that the artists chosen all have deep connections to history and the decorative arts, it will be fascinating to see how they will intervene and reinterpret the objects and stories found within the Mansion. I have no doubt this exhibition will not only give visitors to Victoria Mansion the opportunity to see the space anew but will also provide these artists with much material for future works and ideas.”

The site-specific art works will be displayed throughout the mansion. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase. During the month of April, Victoria Mansion will be open Thursday through Sunday only, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From May 1 to May 21, the Mansion will be open daily for its regular season of guided tours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Sundays 1-4:45 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and AAA members, $5 for children 6-17, and free for children under 6. Admission is always free for Victoria Mansion members. For more information, visit www.victoriamansion.org.


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