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Re-Storying the Landscape: A Conversation about Ecological Transformation through the Arts

Chazen Auditorium | 5:00 PM

— Michael Bell, Musician, composer, and Philip David Lowe Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology UW-Madison
— Robert Cleary and Lisa Thurrell, Artistic Directors, Kanopy Dance Company
— Donna Neuwirth and Jay Salinas, Co-Founders and Directors, Wormfarm Institute

This evening of dialogue about their decade of collaborations is inspired by the Resource & Ruin: Wisconsin's Enduring Landscape exhibition at the Chazen. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 5 p.m. Information: 265-3073,

Forward Theater Play Reading at the Chazen

Museum guests are welcome to stop by Gallery 3 for a Forward Theater Play Reading of 'Arsenic & Old Lace'! Stay for 5 minutes, or for the entire play. No tickets are required.

Cast: Casem AbuLughod, Jim Buske, Dave Chaimson, Jono DeLeon, Jennifer Gray, Michael Herold, Marcella Kearns, Celia Klehr, Samara Safarik, Susan Sweeney, Julie Swenson, Ted Waskowski, Sam White Chazen Museum of Art. 1-2:30 p.m. Information:

Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Sifting & Reckoning Tour & Talk

The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries invite you to meet us at the Chazen at 3 P.M. on December 1 to go through the Sifting & Reckoning exhibition together. This self-guided group tour will provide the foundation for the discussion to follow. Did you visit earlier this fall? Simply join us for the discussion which follows at 4 P.M. at Memorial Library, Room 126. Led by staff intimately involved with this project, you will have the opportunity to process what you learned and ask questions. Sifting & Reckoning Exhibition, Chazen Museum of Art. 3-3:45 p.m. Information: 265-2505,

Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Sifting & Reckoning Tour & Talk

The Friends invite you to join us for the panel-led discussion of the Sifting & Reckoning exhibition. Because much of the content used in the exhibition was discovered within the archives, these panelists are uniquely qualified to describe what it takes to support a project of this scope. Panelists include

Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the Public History Project
Lisa Carter, Vice Provost for Libraries
Katie Nash, Head of UW Archives
Troy Reeves, Head of Oral History 126 Memorial Library. 4-4:45 p.m. Information: 265-2505,

Chazen Careers Panel

Come for an informal panel of folks who work for the Chazen Museum of Art on campus across the departments of curation, archival work, communications, writing/editing, visitor and event services, digital content creation, and more. This event is primarily intended to help undergraduates, especially those in the English department and other humanities program, learn about the diverse array of career types affiliated with museums and archives. Anyone is welcome to join! 6191 Helen C. White Hall. 12-1 p.m. Information: 704-819-5934,

Monuments Reimagined: Contemporary Artists as Changemakers

How can we re-memorialize our shared past? Chazen Storyteller-in-Residence Gianofer Fields hosts the conversation about the role of contemporary artists in disrupting the public-art narrative and forging new paths.

Naima Murphy Salcido, Director of Partnerships at Monument Lab
Marilu Knode, Director, Sculpture Milwaukee
Prof. Faisal Abdu’Allah, Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art, UW–Madison
Sanford Biggers, Artist Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: Free tickets. Information:


Artist Sanford Biggers, MASK Consortium, and Wildcat Ebony Brown of the Wide Awakes dive into the "re:mancipation" project. Learn how the project originated, where it’s going, and how you can participate.

"re:mancipation" encompasses the reimagining of the Chazen’s problematic Thomas Ball sculpture "Emancipation Group," the repositioning of additional objects in the museum’s collection, creation of a new artwork by Biggers, as well as new research, archival, and educational material. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: Free tickets. Information:

Echoing Overseas: Papermaking Workshop with Tea Gathering

For centuries, tea gathering has been an occasion for appreciating artworks and giving birth to new arts in Asia. In this spirit, Echoing Overseas Curator, Chi-Lynn Lin, has invited guest paper artist, Veronica Pham to join her in conversation and collaboration. At this event, guests will be able to taste an assortment of Asian tea while learning about the history and technique of papermaking in Vietnam. Participants can help make a sheet of paper using traditional techniques. Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Cost: Free; registration required. Information:

Inventing the Alphabet: The Origins of Letters from Antiquity to the Present

The alphabet is our common writing system, but few pause to consider its origin or history. Remarkably, this set of signs that developed four thousand years ago now undergirds the Internet and global systems of communication. Tracking the alphabet provides a study in transmission of knowledge. This talk addresses the ways the understanding of the alphabet has changed over time.
Reception & book signing to follow lecture: 5:30-6:30 P.M. in the Chazen lobby. The event is free; the public welcome. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Information: 265-2505,

Building Community, Connecting with Our Past: A Reception for Graduate Students

The UW-Madison Public History Project is a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced and challenged exclusion on campus. We invite you to join us for a reception where you can connect with others in the graduate student community and learn about our collective past. Meet Public History Project director Kacie Lucchini Butcher, who will share insights on how the project and new exhibit at the Chazen Museum, “Sifting & Reckoning" was developed. Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. 4-6 p.m. Information: 262-2433,