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September 5 to November 30 | Rowland, Garfield and Mayer Galleries
September 5 through November 30, 2014
Clay often connotes function and utility — think crockery, teapots and bricks. The thirty-five artists showing over 100 artworks in The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, 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 humanity itself.
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Thursday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.: Watch “Theater of the Figure: Ceramics and the Art Collection of Stephen and Pamela Hootkin” recorded live from the Chazen Auditorium a presentation by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, specialists in modern and contemporary ceramic art.
Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.: Preview reception with live music, refreshments and a cash bar.
Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m.: The Human Condition Film Series presents: Dead Ringers, Canada, 1988, 35mm, 115 min., directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold, Stephen Lack. Irons plays identical twin gynecologists Beverly and Elliot Mantle. The aggressive Elliott and the shy Beverly find their lives and successful practice falling apart when they become sexually involved with one of their patients (Bujold). Cronenberg’s compelling and precise storytelling makes this decidedly unsettling downward spiral story feel like no other thriller you have ever seen before. A beautiful new 35mm print will be screened, courtesy TIFF’s Film Reference Library.
Thursday, October 9, 4:30 p.m.: Panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture. Panelists: Ann Agee, Beth Cavener, Judy Moonelis, and John Roloff, influential contemporary ceramic artists from across the United States, each with work in the exhibition. Moderator, Paul Sacaridiz, ceramic artist and professor and chair, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Auditorium. Watch the panel discussion archived here.
Saturday, October 18, 12–3 p.m. Chazen ART•SPIN Community Day Celebration Join us for a dazzling array of free activities, performances and experiences inspired by sculpture, clay and The Human Condition!
Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.: The Human Condition Film Series presents: Videodrome, Canada, 1983, 35mm, 90 min., directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits. Looking for new shows, slick and sleazy cable TV programmer Max Wren (Woods) discovers a torture-porn show called Videodrome broadcast on pirated signals. While he slowly loses his grip on reality, Max tries to track down the show’s creators, a hallucinatory odyssey that leads him to the discovery of “the new flesh.” One of the key films of the 1980s, director Cronenberg’s spellbinding riff on the mass medium of television is truly one-of-a-kind.
Thursday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.: "The Ceramic Art of Richard Notkin: Follies and Foibles of the Human Condition,” a presentation by Richard Notkin. Auditorium
Saturday, November 8, 12:30–3 p.m. Chazen ART•SPIN Community Day Celebration Join Ken Lonnquist and the UW Madison Puppet Club for a fun-filled afternoon at the Chazen.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.: Bridge Poetry Series VI, The Human Condition. Wisconsin poets are invited to visit the exhibition The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture and to read poems they have written in response to the art on view. Mead Witter Lobby
CANCELED: Thursday, November 20, 5:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk and Lecture: Artist Peter Gourfain will speak about his recent work in clay. Room L140, Elvehjem Building
Thursday, November 20, 7 p.m.: The Human Condition Film Series presents: eXistenZ, Canada, 1999, 35mm, 97 min., directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe. Cronenberg envisions a near future where video gamers can immerse themselves in virtual reality through pods that attach to the spine via umbilical cords. One game designer (Leigh) finds herself enmeshed in a sometimes deadly war between the “realist” movement and her own industry...or perhaps it’s all just a game. A mind-bending, visually stunning piece of horror and science-fiction, eXistenZ does for video games and the internet what Videodrome did for cable TV and the VCR.
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Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council, the Madison Arts Commission, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
IMAGE ABOVE: Lee Stoliar, Completer, 1988, waxed terra-cotta and wood, 9 1/4 x 21 x 6 in. Courtesy Stephen and Pamela Hootkin.
EXHIBITIONS PAGE THUMBNAIL: Kukuli Velarde, Vergüenza (Shame), from the series Isichapuitu, 1999, ceramic and stains,
20 1/2 x 16 x 14 in. Courtesy Stephen and Pamela Hootkin.