August 23, 2011

You are cordially invited… II

Previously we shared in invitation to a talk related to a past exhibit. This month’s invitation offers an evening of scenic design, vaudeville, a light supper and dancing in celebration of a past exhibit…


In the mid-80s, the University acquired the “Twin City Scenic Collection,” which consisted of over a thousand renderings, sketches and models from the Twin City Scenic company of Minneapolis. As indicated by a U of M press release from 1985 (Digital Conservancy) former Twin City Scenic Studio president, W.R. Brown, brought the collection to the University. The studio was established in 1896 and was located in the Bijou Theatre. From vaudeville to the circus, this theatre contributed greatly to the Twin Cities theatre scene. The exhibit, and related programming, conducted in 1987, brought to light this local highlight.

Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.

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