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The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

September 5­–November 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Madison, Wis., August 13, 2014—Clay often connotes function and utility — think crockery, teapots and bricks. In The Human Condition, artists use clay to build heroic figures, mimic riveted steel, and even riff on a classic tea set that’s anything but functional. The effects are as different as Judy Fox’s unnervingly lifelike figures and Edward Eberle’s tiny graphic porcelain vessels. Life and death, horror and humor, growth and decay, take forms as diverse as the 36 artists represented.

Note: this is a HUGE show and will take over the Rowland, Garfield and Mayer galleries!

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council, the Madison Arts Commission, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chazen Museum of Art Endowment Fund, and an anonymous private donor.

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Exhibit-related events. See the exhibition page for more detail.

Sept. 4, 5:30 p.m. “Theater of the Figure: Ceramics and the Art Collection of Stephen and Pamela Hootkin.” Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio
Sept. 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Opening Reception: The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramics with live music, refreshments and cash bar
Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion with artists Ann Agee, Beth Cavener, Judy Moonelis, and John Roloff. Moderator, Paul Sacaridiz
Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. "The Ceramic Art of Richard Notkin:  Follies and Foibles of the Human Condition." Richard Notkin
Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Bridge Poetry VI
Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. Lecture: Peter Gourfain on his recent work in clay

(Note: this is a HUGE show and will take over the Rowland, Garfield and Mayer galleries!)

Digital images for media use are available upon request. Contact: Kirstin Pires, Editor, 608-890-4469, kpires@chazen.wisc.edu

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