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Lecture/presentation

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: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

DisOrientation

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: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

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: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

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, friends@library.wisc.edu

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, gspd@grad.wisc.edu

Director’s Conversation: Sifting & Reckoning

Chazen Director Amy Gilman, and Public History Project Director Kacie Lucchini Butcher, discuss the UW–Madison Public History Project and the work that went into creating Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance.

This project was “a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced and challenged exclusion on campus."

This conversation will occur in the Chazen Auditorium from 6–7 p.m. Live stream available. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art (Also offered online). 6-7 p.m. Cost: Free; registration required. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Wednesday Nite @ The Lab

WN@TL is now hybrid – both with Zoom and with in-person presentations. If you’ll be watching via Zoom for the first time, please register for the WN@TL Zoom at go.wisc.edu/240r59. Auditorium, Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building. 7-8:15 p.m. Information: 265-2420, zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu

Artist Chat with Kayla Bauer: “I Left My Heart…”

Join artist Kayla Bauer in the Garfield Galleries for an informal artist discussion of her exhibition, 'I Left My Heart...'
Feel free to bring questions, comments and your own memories of San Francisco.

About the Exhibition

I Left My Heart… is a love letter to San Francisco. In the exhibition, the relationship unfolds through dozens of photographs and collected objects. Chazen Museum of Art (Also offered online). 10-11 a.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Artist Chat with Kayla Bauer: “I Left My Heart…”

Join artist Kayla Bauer in the Garfield Galleries for an informal artist discussion of her exhibition, 'I Left My Heart...'
Feel free to bring questions, comments and your own memories of San Francisco.

About the Exhibition
I Left My Heart… is a love letter to San Francisco. In the exhibition, the relationship unfolds through dozens of photographs and collected objects.

Chazen Museum of Art (Also offered online). 10-11 a.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Curator’s Conversations: Pressing Innovation with James Wehn

Join James Wehn, Van Vleck Curator of Works on Paper, in conversation with the exhibition Pressing Innovation: Printing Fine Art in the Upper Midwest. Through close looking, James will share insights about contemporary prints and discuss selected works in detail.

About the Exhibition
Pressing Innovation explores the history and work of fine-art printing presses in the Upper Midwest, focusing on each press’s distinct mission and contribution to printmaking in the late 20th and 21st centuries. Chazen Museum of Art. 10-11 a.m. Information: 263-2246, jprey@chazen.wisc.edu