Celebrating 50 Years of Art and Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition
August 16 - January 3, 2016
The Muscatine community is invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Muscatine Art Center/Laura Musser Museum. On Sunday, August 16, the Art Center will open special exhibitions throughout the facility. Rooms throughout the Musser Mansion will have displays of elegant gowns, handsome suits, domestic servants’ uniforms, colorful day dresses, and intricate accessories. Laura Musser’s wedding dress will be on view in the master bedroom, and display cases will feature Musser/McColm personal items, belongings of Laura’s mother and father, and other family memorabilia.
“The gowns are especially stunning. Some of the fabrics are quite fragile, limiting the number of times that the Art Center can place the pieces on view. The detail is impressive,” states Director Melanie Alexander. “For example, Laura Musser McColm had a gown designed specifically to wear to Madame Butterfly. The gown has a wing-like effect with sheer black fabric attaching to the fingers.”
In addition to the clothing displays, historic photographs and other archival materials have been placed throughout the Musser Mansion. Visitors will be able to view the spaces as they are today and compare with the historic photographs.
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