Personae Gratae: Begin at Home

January 28, 2020 - March 22, 2020

"To us, our house… had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction."

— Mark Twain

John Rosenthal, painting titles "Le Pin, Loire River Valley, France" & "Rue de Douai-Paris"
Scott Prior, painting title "Window on the Lake" 

Highfield Hall & Gardens opens the year 2020 with the exhibition Personae Gratae: Begin at Home.

This exhibit celebrates the meaning and representation of home in context of architecture, art, and social history from the late nineteenth century to the present. The installation frames the historic house, Highfield Hall, as an important cultural resource and surviving document of the past while exploring the physical, spiritual, and symbolic concepts of home

Organized thematically, furniture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, literature, and poetry on display illustrate the evolution of taste and representation of home. Approximately twenty artists from the region are participating. Area collectors of art and antiques will be lending to the exhibition, such as selections from a Wallace Nutting furniture and photography collector.

Related programming will incorporate a Chamber Music series, textile and fashion talks, and a culinary series focused on healthy family cooking.