Open daily. Always free.


‘Message from our Planet’ Exhibition Celebration

5:30 – 6:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium
Conversation panel with Jason Salavon, Claudia Hart, and moderator, Stephen Hilyard

6:30 – 7:30 PM | Mead Witter Lobby
Light Refreshments and continued conversation with Jason Salavon, Claudia Hart, and Stephen Hilyard
View ‘Message from our Planet’ in the Rowland Gallery Chazen Museum of Art. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information:

‘my mother is a horse. an exhibition by cat birk.’ Opening Celebration

Join us to celebrate the opening of the 2024 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winning exhibition. Enjoy refreshments, music, and remarks by artist Cat Birk.

Cat Birk (b. 1994, they/them) is a painter and researcher based in Madison, WI. Their
interdisciplinary practice brings transgender studies, queer theory, and critical theory
into the expanded field of painting. Cat is a third-year MFA candidate in the art
department (expected 2024). Mead Witter Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Cost: free. Information:

‘Art of Enterprise’ Exhibition Celebration

5–6 p.m. Chazen Auditorium
Lecture, Walter S. Melion, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, Emory University

6–7 p.m. Mead Witter Lobby
Light refreshments and continued conversation with Walter Melion and Art of Enterprise curator James Wehn Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Cost: free. Information:

Jump N Funk

6:00 PM Public viewing of Lifting the Veil, a new sculpture by Sanford Biggers
7:00 - 11:00 PM Jump N Funk
Enjoy complimentary snacks and swag while you boogie down with artists such as Moon Medicin, DRUM POWER, Rich Medina, and more!
Cash bar. Chazen Museum of Art. 6-11 p.m. Information:

‘Premonitions: New Works by Monty Little’ Opening Reception

5:00 – 7:00 PM | Chazen Lobby
Join us as we celebrate the opening of 'Premonitions: New Works by Monty Little'. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and remarks by Monty Little beginning at 5:30 PM.
'Premonitions: New Works by Monty Little', is the Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize exhibition by 2023 MFA candidate Monty Little. The works on view in this exhibition forefront the erasure of Indigenous identities within the United States. Mead Witter Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Information:

re:mancipation Opening Celebration

Chazen Lobby | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Live music, complimentary appetizers, cash bar
re:mancipation is a collaborative project that has undertaken a two-year study of Thomas Ball's 'Emancipation Group' and its complex history, while cultivating a more nuanced understanding of our nation and ourselves. Join us as we welcome artist Sanford Biggers, and MASK Consortium to debut the results of this intense examination. Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Information:

re:orientation Reception

Artist Sanford Biggers, MASK Consortium, and Wildcat Ebony Brown of the Wide Awakes invite you to a reception to keep the conversation going.

"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. Mead Witter Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: Free. Information:

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,

Student Night at Sifting & Reckoning

Join us for an Student Night at the UW-Madison Public History Project’s exhibition Sifting & Reckoning: UW-Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance at the Chazen Museum of Art. Learn more about the history of UW-Madison and the impact that students, faculty, and staff have had on changing our campus community. Free food and musical performances from UW’s own First Wave! Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art. 5-7 p.m. Information:

Echoing Overseas: Curator in Conversation

Chi-Lynn Lin, PhD student and curator of Echoing Overseas, and Steffani Bennett, UW–Madison assistant professor and Joan B Mirviss Chair in Japanese Art will take a closer look at processes of artistic exchange in pre-modern and modern Asian art. Lin and Bennett will invite the audience to rethink issues of influence, originality, and agency.
Conversation: 6–7 p.m. (Chazen Auditorium)
Reception: 7–8 p.m. (Chazen Lobby) Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 6-8 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: