Chazen Museum of Art


Muralist Richard Haas to Lecture at the Chazen

Richard Haas: The Madison Projects features presentation drawings and paintings for Haas's two Madison murals: The Olin Terrace Mural, and a ceiling mural for a private residence. Mr. Haas will lecture on his work Nov. 12 at 5:30 in the Chazen Auditorium, and a celebratory reception and preview will follow.

In 1985, Madison officials commissioned Richard Haas to create an outdoor mural for the city. Haas chose the Olin Terrace as the site for his work because it was the sight of the three-time rejected proposal for the controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-designed convention center, which he (and many others) believed would never be built. In the mural, Haas shows the reflection of Wright's unbuilt convention center in the painted windows. A version of the Wright design, Monona Terrace Convention Center, was finally built in 1995 and now obscures the mural.

A Wisconsin-themed ceiling mural painted in 1986 for the entrance of a Madison residence was moved to the Madison Children’s Museum in 2012. The presentation drawings for this mural illustrate Wisconsin scenes such as Taliesin, Wisconsin Dells, University of Wisconsin’s “Red Gym,” and a Wisconsin farm.

Spring Green, Wisconsin, native Haas first made his name in the 1970s in New York. His murals covered blank urban walls with appealing trompe l’oeil painting that created the illusion of three-dimensional architecture. Hundreds of buildings throughout the United States are the beneficiaries of his imagined architectural world. The Chazen exhibition features original presentation drawings from two Madison commissions: the Olin Terrace mural and a private residence ceiling mural (the mural itself was removed to, and is now on view at, the Madison Children’s Museum), which comprise a gift from Haas to the Chazen.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.


Richard Haas: The Madison Projects, Nov. 13, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016

Preview Nov. 12
• Lecture 5:30 p.m.
• Reception 6:30–8 p.m.
Art•Spin: Nov. 14 12–3 p.m.

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Media contact: Kirstin Pires

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