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The Chazen Museum of Art is a valued resource, presenting a significant permanent collection, compelling temporary exhibitions, and innovative programming. The museum, on the UW-Madison campus, offers something new and extraordinary every visit. In such cases, please obtain permission for reproduction directly from the artists or their representatives. All images published by the Chazen Museum of

Art are for noncommercial, educational, and/or personal use only. The museum loves to hear from you - here's a quick note on posting and commenting. This page is an open forum where anyone is welcome to contribute, but please be aware that offensive, defamatory, obscene or harassing comments or personal attacks are not tolerated. Posts unrelated to the collections and exhibitions of the museum, especially for any commercial purpose, may be deleted. Unsolicited contributions are not generally accepted via social media. Please visit our website to contact the appropriate staff person. The UW-Madison social media statement can be found here:
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04/18/2024

PODCAST NEWS: Jordan and Raichelle, our Two Awkwards in an Archive, found something a bit unsettling while digging around -- hop on over to Meet Me at the Chazen and see what it is! (and listen to the April episode while you're at it, wherever you get your podcasts or https://ow.ly/Q1WW50RgHnU)

You have until 5 p.m. today to make a gift to the Chazen and help us max out our $3,000 Day of the Badger match, generou...
04/17/2024

You have until 5 p.m. today to make a gift to the Chazen and help us max out our $3,000 Day of the Badger match, generously given by Michael Bernard and Nancy Doll. We serve 180,000 visitors a year, seven days a week—from gallery talks and tours to classes and Art Spin activities for families. Give today! https://dayofthebadger.org/campaign/chazen-museum/

Wisconsin Alumni

Day of the Badger is on! Gifts to the Chazen made between now and 5 p.m. Wednesday will be matched dollar for dollar, th...
04/16/2024

Day of the Badger is on! Gifts to the Chazen made between now and 5 p.m. Wednesday will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous gift from Michael Bernhard and Nancy Doll. Give at the link and help us max out the match!

https://dayofthebadger.org/campaign/chazen-museum/

Wisconsin Alumni

04/15/2024

My mother is a horse. An exhibition by Cat Birk. is open!

This time-lapse video captures many hours of painstaking work by Chazen prep staff and Birk installing the centerpiece work, destroy me, a full wall featuring more than 200 silicone casts of three 11-by-14-inch paintings.

My mother is a horse. presents paintings, silicone surfaces, prints and sculpture in an exploration of how images and objects serve as catalysts of identity formation. Birk emphasizes t4t (trans for trans), the vital network of transgender solidarity and mutual aid, in an examination of embodiment and relationships.

Birk, the 2024 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winner, will discuss their exhibition at an opening celebration at 5 p.m. April 25 in the Chazen's Mead Witter Lobby. Please join us!

We're immensely grateful to Michael Bernhard and Nancy Doll, who have generously offered a $3,000 dollar-for-dollar matc...
04/14/2024

We're immensely grateful to Michael Bernhard and Nancy Doll, who have generously offered a $3,000 dollar-for-dollar match to super-charge your giving on Day of the Badger!

And when is Day of the Badger, you ask?

It's actually a day-plus—1,848 minutes to be exact—from 10:12 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday, to honor the year of UW–Madison's founding. Any gift made during that time will support the Chazen, which is open seven days a week and provides free admission and programming to more than 180,000 visitors each year.

Can you help us max out the match? Watch this space Tuesday for the giving link!

04/13/2024

This season of the podcast is all about the Chazen archives! So we asked, "what is an archive?" AGAIN to our podcast team member Raichelle, who happens to be a professional archivist in training. Hear the full podcast at the link (or wherever you get your podcasts)! https://ow.ly/1kLH50RfgEA

Calling all tributes—come test your survival skills in an epic Hunger Games Trivia Night TONIGHT from 5–6:30 p.m. at the...
04/12/2024

Calling all tributes—come test your survival skills in an epic Hunger Games Trivia Night TONIGHT from 5–6:30 p.m. at the Chazen Café! All tributes will receive a Chazen Café gift certificate to honor your bravery in the arena of trivia.
Form a team of up to five friends and plot your victory as you navigate the twists and turns of The Hunger Games minutiae—and may the odds be ever in your favor! Sign up here: https://ow.ly/FYeb50R62ug

04/11/2024

Conversation panel with Jason Salavon, Claudia Hart, and moderator, Stephen Hilyard

We're celebrating the Message from Our Planet exhibition today (4/11)!At 5:30 p.m., UW–Madison's Stephen Hilyard, profes...
04/11/2024

We're celebrating the Message from Our Planet exhibition today (4/11)!

At 5:30 p.m., UW–Madison's Stephen Hilyard, professor of digital arts, will convene a panel with Claudia Hart and Jason Salavon exploring the topic "History, Presence, and Future of Computation in Art." Join us for light refreshments and continued conversation at 6:30 p.m. in Mead Witter Lobby, with the exhibition open in the Rowland gallery.

Message from Our Planet is presented by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

We hope to see you here!

Register for the panel discussion: https://ow.ly/C65V50R4oKR

An evening of learning, conversation, and refreshments.

Day of the Badger (April 16-17) is almost here and guess what—we have a match that will double the impact of your giving...
04/10/2024

Day of the Badger (April 16-17) is almost here and guess what—we have a match that will double the impact of your giving! More details on Sunday :-D

Wisconsin Alumni

American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield was born on this day in 1893. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic ...
04/09/2024

American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield was born on this day in 1893. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, Burchfield developed a unique style of watercolor painting that reflected distinctly American subjects and his profound respect for nature. (Source: Burchfield Penney Art Center)

https://ow.ly/O4uv50R5RS6
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Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893 - 1967), Migration of Butterflies by Moonlight, 1963, watercolor, 32 1/2 x 39 in., gift of Mr. and Mrs. Newman T. Halvorson, 1980.57.

BEHIND THE SCENES: We're busy installing My mother is a horse. An exhibition by Cat Birk. One of the biggest challenges:...
04/08/2024

BEHIND THE SCENES: We're busy installing My mother is a horse. An exhibition by Cat Birk.

One of the biggest challenges: installing 207 silicone casts, sized to fill an entire wall, on a precise grid (a grid of grids, if you will). We'll share more on this next Monday, when the show opens!

My mother is a horse., the 2024 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winner, presents paintings, silicone surfaces, prints and sculpture in an exploration of how images and objects serve as catalysts of identity formation. In it, Birk emphasizes t4t (trans for trans), the vital network of transgender solidarity and mutual aid, in an examination of embodiment and relationships.
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UW-Madison Arts on Campus

Italian Futurist artist Gino Severini was born on this day in 1883. Severini was one of the most progressive of all the ...
04/07/2024

Italian Futurist artist Gino Severini was born on this day in 1883. Severini was one of the most progressive of all the twentieth-century Italian artists. Severini produced unique works that, through their emphasis on urban Parisian scenes (rather than machines), broadened the thematic possibilities for the Futurist movement.

His modernist credentials were tested through his associations with the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini's "Third Rome" project (the dream of establishing a New Roman Empire), for which he provided murals and mosaics for architectural structures inspired by imperial Rome. In later years, however, Severini was "reborn" through his new commitment to the Catholic faith, which saw the artist produce religious mosaics so finely skilled they earned him the title: "Father of Modern Mosaics." (Adapted from theartstory.org)
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- Gino Severini (Italian, 1883–1966), Composition, 1955, color lithograph, 19 5/16 x 12 5/8 in., gift of Mark and Helen Hooper, 1978.209.
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Get a free tour of Chazen highlights, starting at noon tomorrow. Meet a the front desk and sign up here! https://ow.ly/o...
04/06/2024

Get a free tour of Chazen highlights, starting at noon tomorrow. Meet a the front desk and sign up here! https://ow.ly/on3K50R5bV0

We're delighted to have two amazing guests for the Message from Our Planet exhibition celebration on Thursday (4/11)!Cla...
04/05/2024

We're delighted to have two amazing guests for the Message from Our Planet exhibition celebration on Thursday (4/11)!

Claudia Hart (still from The Seasons, in exhibition) is a pioneering artist and scholar who has long been working at the intersection of art and digital technology. With a foundation in art history and architecture, her career evolved from criticism and intermedia to creating influential 3D digital art. Hart's work critiques gender norms and technology's impact on society, incorporating feminist perspectives into virtual landscapes and animated installations.

Jason Salavon (Color Wheel, in exhibition) employs custom software to transform collective data, revealing patterns and offering fresh insights on human commonalities through art that includes photographic prints and video installations. His works, grounded in popular culture, have been globally exhibited and collected. Salavon, a former video game programmer, teaches at the University of Chicago.

At 5:30 p.m., UW–Madison's Stephen Hilyard, professor of digital arts, will convene a panel with Hart and Salavon exploring the topic "History, Presence, and Future of Computation in Art." Join us for light refreshments and continued conversation at 6:30 p.m. in Mead Witter Lobby, with the exhibition open in the Rowland gallery.

Message from Our Planet is presented by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

We hope to see you here!

Register for the panel discussion: https://ow.ly/C65V50R4oKR

04/04/2024

What do you think of when you hear the word "archive"? A pristine vault, or 70-odd boxes stashed in the basement? Meet Me at the Chazen Host Gianofer Fields launches season three of the podcast poking into some dusty, crusty corners to uncover the origins of the Chazen's archiving project. Listen at the link below or wherever you get your podcasts—and for more content on this season, follow us on Instagram at .chazen! https://ow.ly/3SiI50R7XC7

Calling all tributes—come test your survival skills in an epic Hunger Games Trivia Night from 5–6:30 p.m.on Friday, Apri...
04/03/2024

Calling all tributes—come test your survival skills in an epic Hunger Games Trivia Night from 5–6:30 p.m.on Friday, April 12 at the Chazen Café!

You'll need bow skills like Katniss and camo skills like Peeta to make it through this ultimate knowledge test of all things Panem. All tributes will receive a Chazen Café gift certificate to honor your bravery in the arena of trivia. The team that emerges as champion will claim a Hunger Games-themed grand prize that would make President Snow green with envy!

Whether you're flying solo like Katniss or bringing along your District allies, you're welcome to join in the fun. Form a team of up to 5 friends and plot your victory as you navigate the twists and turns of The Hunger Games minutae. Prepare for a battle of brains like no other—and may the odds be ever in your favor! Sign up here: https://ow.ly/FYeb50R62ug

We're excited to be hosting a thought-provoking film and discussion about the role of art critics this week as part of t...
04/02/2024

We're excited to be hosting a thought-provoking film and discussion about the role of art critics this week as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival!

In 2018, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel eliminated art critic Mary Louise Schumacher's job. Ironically, she'd been working on a documentary about the loss of art critics at U.S. newspapers. That film, Out of the Picture, screens at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Schumacher will join Isthmus Editor Judy Davidoff for a post-screening discussion.

For information and tickets, see https://ow.ly/blXb50R3HT4

This engaging and urgent new film takes an expansive look at art critics.

OPENING IN TWO WEEKS: My mother is a horse. An exhibition by Cat BirkCat Birk is the 2024 Russell and Paula Panczenko MF...
04/01/2024

OPENING IN TWO WEEKS: My mother is a horse. An exhibition by Cat Birk

Cat Birk is the 2024 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winner.

My mother is a horse. presents paintings, silicone surfaces, prints and sculpture in an exploration of how images and objects serve as catalysts of identity formation. Birk emphasizes t4t (trans for trans), the vital network of transgender solidarity and mutual aid, in an examination of embodiment and relationships. With references to organizing structures such as the grid, minimalist sculpture and q***r politics, Birk presents connections between material objects and intangible social networks.

Learn more here: https://ow.ly/TpVq50R4H2X

Do you love fantasy, romance, and adventure? Do you want to explore a world where humans and faeries are divided by a wa...
03/31/2024

Do you love fantasy, romance, and adventure? Do you want to explore a world where humans and faeries are divided by a wall of hatred and fear? Do you want to join Feyre, a brave huntress, as she faces danger, mystery, and passion in the land of Prythian?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are invited to join us for a lively discussion of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the bestselling series by Sarah J. Maas. This book is a thrilling retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a twist of Celtic mythology and faerie lore.

We will meet on Saturday, April 13, from 3–4 p.m. at the Chazen Museum of Art Café. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while we chat about this captivating story. Whether you are a fan of the series or a newcomer, you are welcome to join us and share your thoughts and opinions.

Sign up here: https://ow.ly/putw50R5c21

Just a few tickets left for tomorrow's free tour—sign up here! https://ow.ly/W1yx50R4GxX
03/30/2024

Just a few tickets left for tomorrow's free tour—sign up here!
https://ow.ly/W1yx50R4GxX

Meet us for a guided tour of Look What Harvey Did: Harvey K. Littleton’s Legacy in the Simona and Jerome Chazen Collection of Studio Glass!

Tributes are pouring in for Richard Serra, who died this week at his home on Long Island at age 85.  Mostly known for ma...
03/29/2024

Tributes are pouring in for Richard Serra, who died this week at his home on Long Island at age 85. Mostly known for massive, minimalist steel sculptures that redefined the medium, Serra also consistently produced drawings throughout his long career, often with black paintstick. He said: “The eye is like a muscle... The more you use it, the better you see. I see most things through drawing. For me it is a way of probing vision. Drawing is essential for me. It is at the core of what I do.”

More on Serra's drawing practice: https://ow.ly/aTGt50R4VyG


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Richard Serra (American, 1939–2024):
- Untitled, from New York Collection for Stockholm, 1973, lithograph, 9 x 9 1/4 in., gift of Robert Rauschenberg, 1976.153.25.
- Abu Ghraib, 2004, lithograph, 16 x 10 1/2 in., gift of Richard E. Brock, 2018.18.28.

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY: Join us for a special celebration of the Message from Our Planet exhibition from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Th...
03/28/2024

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY: Join us for a special celebration of the Message from Our Planet exhibition from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11!

- 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Panel discussion, Chazen Auditorium

- 6:30–7:30 p.m., refreshments and continued conversation with panelists, Mead Witter Lobby

- View Message from Our Planet in Rowland Gallery

Message from Our Planet is curated around the idea that media technologies―from vintage devices to cutting-edge digital algorithms―offer distinct ways for artists to communicate with future generations, encapsulating the artifacts and ambitions of contemporary society. Message from Our Planet artists Jason Salavon and Claudia Hart, along with UW–Madison's Stephen Hilyard, will explore this theory while discussing the history, presence, and future of computation in art through the lens of generativity and data.

Reserve a spot at the panel discussion here: https://ow.ly/C65V50R4oKR
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- Jason Salavon (b. 1970), Wheel, 2012, digital inkjet print

- Claudia Hart (b. 1955), still from The Seasons, 2009, digital video with sound, 11 minutes, 38 seconds

During Women's History Month, we're thinking about pioneering women artists who forged their own paths and broke new gro...
03/27/2024

During Women's History Month, we're thinking about pioneering women artists who forged their own paths and broke new ground in the studio glass movement, which at the time was heavily male-dominated. You can see works by Ginny Ruffner, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Mary Shaffer, and other women artists and learn about their contributions to the field in our exhibition Look What Harvey Did: Harvey K. Littleton’s Legacy in the Simona and Jerome Chazen Collection of Studio Glass.

This exhibition is guest-curated by Davira S. Taragin for the Chazen Museum of Art.
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Ginny Ruffner (American, b. 1952); Another Pretty Face; 1993; flameworked, sandblasted borosilicate glass, acrylic paint; 14 3/8 x 20 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches.

Ulrica Hydman-Vallien (Swedish, 1938-2018):
- Goddess ; 1990; solid glass, enamels; 20 1/2 x 16 x 18 inches.
- (Background of third image:) Cat Carpet, late 1990s, wool, 3/8 x 77 x 77 inches.
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Happy Birthday to Misch Kohn!Born on this day in 1916 in Kokomo, Indiana to poor Russian-Jewish immigrants Jacob and Ann...
03/26/2024

Happy Birthday to Misch Kohn!

Born on this day in 1916 in Kokomo, Indiana to poor Russian-Jewish immigrants Jacob and Anna Kohn, Misch Kohn began his professional life on the federally-funded Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). After a year in Mexico, where he met and worked with such local luminaries as José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, he moved to Chicago and went on to international acclaim as a result of the continuing technical breakthroughs he achieved with each printmaking medium he investigated.

Pushing the limits of each technique to make it conform to his conceptual explorations, over the years he moved from black-and-white interpretations of social and political issues to "all-media" celebrations of color, form, and light.

– excerpted from mischkohn.com and Misch Kohn: Beyond the Tradition by Jo Farb Hernández (Monterey Museum of Art and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997)



Misch Kohn (American, 1916–2003):
- The Last General, 1962, intaglio, 16 x 10 3/4 in., gift of James Watrous, 69.34.1.
- Prometheus; 1959; etching, chine collé; 17 1/2 x 32 3/4 in.; gift of the Estate of Maurice and Esther Leah Ritz, 2005.48.21.
- Florentine Figure, 1957, wood engraving, 15 1/4 x 8 1/2 in., Humanistic Foundation Fund, 60.3.6.

Thanks, Daily Cardinal!
03/24/2024

Thanks, Daily Cardinal!

The Chazen’s ‘Message from Our Planet’ transports analog messages to our digital age.

As the Art of Enterprise nears its end, we want to thank all of the lending institutions that made this exhibition on Is...
03/23/2024

As the Art of Enterprise nears its end, we want to thank all of the lending institutions that made this exhibition on Israhel van Meckenem so powerful and inspiring:

- The ALBERTINA Museum
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Clark Art Institute
- The Cleveland Museum of Art
- The Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- National Gallery of Art
- Newberry Library

Art of Enterprise closes Sunday!
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Israhel van Meckenem (German, 1440/1445–1503):
- Ornament with Flower and Eight Wild Folk, lent by The Cleveland Museum of Art, Dudley P. Allen Fund.
- Children Playing Several Games; lent by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis.
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Clarkart National Gallery of Art The Cleveland Museum of Art The Art Institute of Chicago Minneapolis Institute of Art Albertina Museum

Looking for free, out-of-this-world fun this weekend? Come tour Messages from Our Planet, a new media exhibition inspire...
03/22/2024

Looking for free, out-of-this-world fun this weekend?

Come tour Messages from Our Planet, a new media exhibition inspired by the Voyager spacecraft. Then watch Joe Dante's Explorers at 2 p.m. in the auditorium (with Ethan Hawke in his first movie role). Cinematheque presents Explorers as part of its "Cinematic Messages from Our Planet" series.

We're open 11–5 on Sundays—love to see you here!

On  , we offer up the visual poems of Maki Haku—and this work by poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis, responding to an Alexander...
03/21/2024

On , we offer up the visual poems of Maki Haku—and this work by poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis, responding to an Alexander Calder sculpture. Enjoy! https://ow.ly/noSs50QZ6wn

Maki Haku (Japanese, 1924–2000), gifts of Ruth a. Ruege:
- Poem 72-43, 1972, color concrete relief print with stencil, 11 13/16 x 11 7/8 in., 2007.8.2.
- Poem-Wind, 1970, color concrete relief print with stencil, 32 7/8 x 32 7/8 in., 2007.8.1.
- Poem 70-53, 1970, color concrete relief print with stencil, 7 x 4 11/16 in., 2006.29.6.

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The Chazen Museum of Art is a valued resource, presenting a significant permanent collection, compelling temporary exhibitions, and innovative programming. The museum, on the UW-Madison campus, offers something new and extraordinary every visit. The Chazen is now open every day of the week until 8 p.m. Copyright for some images is maintained by artists or their estates. In such cases, please obtain permission for reproduction directly from the artists or their representatives. All images published by the Chazen Museum of Art are for noncommercial, educational, and/or personal use only. This page is an open forum where anyone is welcome to contribute. Offensive, defamatory, obscene, or harassing comments or personal attacks of any kind will be removed. Spam, repeat submissions of the same (or very similar) contributions, or content that is off-topic may also be removed. Posts unrelated to the collections and exhibitions of the museum, especially for any commercial purpose, may be deleted. Unsolicited contributions are not accepted via social media. Please visit our website to contact the appropriate staff person. The UW-Madison social media statement can be found here: https://www.wisc.edu/social-media-statement/?fbclid=IwAR2ljzxvRB7Js_SiRqjjGgOAGaObI-pooAKfrQfGzaIfVdZQM71wNmrfuxM

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