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.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

January 26 to April 22, 2018

Since the 1960s, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists have spearheaded a renaissance in the world’s oldest continuous artistic tradition, innovating within the idioms of visual languages that have developed over the course of millennia.

What’s In A Jug? Art, Technology, Culture

February 9 to April 8, 2018

Curated by students in Introduction to Museum Studies: Theory & Methods, this exhibition examines historic ceramic vessels and their technologies, artistry, and meanings.

The Tile Club: Camaraderie and American Plein-Air Painting

February 23 to May 20, 2018

The Tile Club was one of many societies that formed across the United States during the late nineteenth century. Including such well-known artists as Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Edwin Austin Abbey, J. Alden Weir, and John H. Twachtman, the club was founded in 1877 riding a wave of interest in the decorative arts.

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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