Chazen Museum of Art


Chazen Museum of Art South Entrance Closed for Plaza Reconstruction

Preparing for Expansion, Chazen Temporarily Closes Some Galleries and Rooms


Madison, Wisconsin, October 21, 2010—The south entrance to the Chazen Museum of Art (from University Avenue) is now closed for construction and landscaping of the plaza. The north entrance remains open and the museum continues to operate regular public hours. The north entrance may be reached from Park Street via the Humanities courtyard, or from State Street, Lake Street, and Library Mall via the open section of the East Campus Mall. Wheelchair access is available at the north entrance via Park Street and the Humanities Building courtyard, or from Library Mall. The bus stop on University Avenue is still in service (visit for routes and maps). Visitors disembarking at this stop will need to walk to Park Street and go through the Humanities courtyard to reach the north entrance.

The south entrance is expected to remain closed until June 2011 as Findorff reconstructs and landscapes the area in front of both the Elvehjem Building and the new building. Richard Artschwager’s Generations sculpture installation will remain in its current location and be protected during the plaza work.

In addition to the south entrance, there are several gallery and room closures inside the museum:

  • The Asian gallery (Brittingham Gallery VIII) will be deinstalled starting October 25 for bridge-related construction. These Asian works will be displayed in a new Asian gallery when the expansion opens in October 2011. Brittingham Galleries VII and VIII, in the current building, will be installed with twentieth-century works and reopen in spring 2011.
  • The African art niche next to the Asian gallery will also close October 25 for bridge-related construction. African art will be displayed in a new permanent collection African gallery when the new building opens.
  • The third-floor mezzanine of the current building will be deinstalled starting the week of November 1. This mezzanine currently displays some early American furniture from the Caxambas Foundation, as well as twentieth-century American sculpture and painting. A new and more comprehensive display of eighteenth-century American furniture and paintings from the Caxambas Foundation is being developed for the entire mezzanine, which will be open in spring 2011. The twentieth-century works removed from the mezzanine will be incorporated into collection galleries in the new building.
  • The Print Study Room, which is available by appointment to university students and staff, as well as the general public for examination of the works on paper collection, will be closed for one year beginning in January, 2011. Although it is inconvenient, this closure allows the opportunity to photograph and move the entire 11,000+ works in the collection. The new building will include a new Print and Drawing Study Room, which will be open by appointment starting in January 2012.

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Contact: Susan Day, Editor, (608) 263-2068,

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The Chazen Museum of Art is open Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to galleries and educational events is free. Museum Shop hours are 11 to 4 Tuesday–Sunday. The museum is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Parking is available at the City of Madison State Street Campus Ramp (entrances on Frances and Lake streets) and under University Square. Metered parking is available in the UW lot 46 lower level. Evening and weekend parking is also available in UW lot 83 under Fluno Center, entrance on Frances Street, and in UW lot 7 under Grainger Hall, entrance on Brooks Street. The Chazen will provide sign language interpreters for associated programs by three-week advance request to Anne Lambert, Curator of Education, weekdays, (608) 263-4421 (voice). Information is also available by visiting our Web site at


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