at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
The museum is open daily during the expansion project and there is much to see and do. For 2019 and beyond, the staff is hard at work on developing and designing new exhibitions to fill the expanded and renovated gallery spaces. Currently, the exhibitions being planned for 2019 include Arming Virginia: Weapons for the Revolution generously funded by the Pritzker Military Foundation, To Build a Town: The Architecture of Williamsburg will feature selections from our vast collection of original architectural material, "O blessed rest:" Beds in Early America will showcase the variety of sleeping options available to our ancestors, and Furnishing a Town: Objects Made and Used in Williamsburg will explore the furniture, paintings, silver and more that reveal how the town's residents lived.
Come back to check for updates as the construction continues.
Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence
Opens May 26, 2018
When most people look at furniture, they admire the craftsmanship of the cabinetmaker. But the look and function of seating furniture often hinged on the talent of another trade â€“ that of the upholsterer. In Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence visitors will discover the secrets of the 18th-century upholstery trade. Beginning with a bare chair frame, the upholsterer layered webbing, linen, stuffing, and show fabric to create a fashionable piece. Unfortunately the 200-year-old fabrics rarely survive the passage of time and changing fashions.
Being able to read the evidence left behind to reconstruct the 18th-century appearance is the task of the modern-day curators and conservators. This exhibit explores the work of Colonial Williamsburg upholstery conservator Leroy Graves and the non-intrusive upholstery method he developed that is now used by museums worldwide. The goal of the Graves Approach is to restore a piece to its earliest appearance without marking or disturbing the frames or surviving upholstery.
The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of Don and Elaine Bogus and will be on view in the Wilkinson Gallery.