Chazen Museum of Art

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Exhibitions

Every year, the Chazen organizes and presents between ten and twelve temporary exhibitions. These may be drawn from significant areas of the museum's own collection, designed to showcase the work of a notable living regional or national artist, or loaned to the museum from institutions around the world. Faculty and graduate students from UW–Madison or another institution may organize an exhibition in their area of expertise if it pertains to the museum collections or the campus academic programs.

There are three galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions: the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries on the first floor, the Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery on the second floor, and the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery in the Elvehjem building. The balance of exhibit space is dedicated to the Chazen’s permanent collection.

To enrich visitors' experience, the museum offers complementary educational programming including lectures, artist talks, films, receptions, docent tours, family activities, and other special events. Go to the individual exhibition page or the events calendar for more on our current programs.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast

February 7 to April 27, 2014

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 presents works by Native artists in regions east of the Mississippi and recasts these works through the lens of contemporary art and design from around the globe.

Marginalia in cARTography

February 28 to May 18, 2014

Marginalia in cARTography explores the marginalia on maps dating from the thirteenth century through the 1960s. The exhibit includes nearly fifty maps drawn from thirteen libraries across the country, including UW–Madison’s Department of Special Collections and the Robinson Map Library.

Collections

When the Chazen Museum of Art opened in the fall of 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center, the collection of 1,600 paintings and works on paper had been acquired by the UW–Madison since 1885. Today, there are over 20,000 works of art in the museum's collections. These holdings represent the entire spectrum of art history across culture, period, media, and genre. For more information about our collection visit the main Collections page. You can also search the collection or browse the categories below.

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