Chazen Museum of Art


Gallery talk by Lisa Gralnick

April 7, 6:00 PM to 6:40 PM | Gallery IV (4)

Professor Lisa Gralnick (Art, School of Education) presents a gallery talk on her piece Scene of the Crime in Gallery 4. 

Scene of the Crime / 2018–2019
Inspired by old murder mystery novels and Renaissance paintings of royalty, Gralnick uses jewelry, historically the ultimate symbol of wealth and status, as a symbol of the darkness lurking behind the polished facade of gentility. Spilling out of the enormous oversized jewelry box is a pearl necklace, the icon of conservative good taste and respectability and the accessory of choice amongst contemporary women politicians and political wives. But here Gralnick shows the necklace broken, and the jewelry box, oversized, but now in relation to historic works from the museum’s collection, inspiring questions about the nature of power, and the presentation of wealth and power.
Lisa Gralnick has been on faculty for eighteen years. Previously, she was head of the metals program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has received two NEA grants, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, four artist’s fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Kellett Mid-Career Award, a Vilas Associates Award, and fourteen faculty research grants from UW–Madison. Recent solo exhibitions include The Gold Standard at the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington, and Lisa Gralnick: Scene of the Crime, a 35-year retrospective at the Metal Museum in Memphis.

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