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.

“I knew him.” Jim Dine Skulls, 1982–2000

May 16 to August 17, 2014

Jim Dine is one of the most recognizable and prolific of American artists. His work is characterized by the invention, repetition, and reinvention of now-familiar themes: hearts, a bathrobe, tools, and the human skull among them. Dine has always worked in various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, collage, ceramics, photography, performance, books and mixed media.

A Passion for Photography: The John W. and Carol L.H. Green Collection

May 30 to August 17, 2014

These black-and-white images, most from the first half of the twentieth century, are remarkable in that they document and record the cultural milieu of the time, and are themselves artworks, of and by artists, created at a point when a dialogue about photography’s place in the world of art had just begun.

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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