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Our Kind of Happy Hour

Every other Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Chazen hosts Our Kind of Happy Hour on Facebook Live. Guests include local artists and community members involved in the arts, and presentations are conducting in real-time, with viewers asking questions. Never fear if you miss a presentation—not only do they remain on our Facebook page, they’re all right here for your viewing pleasure, starting with the most recent.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Behind the Canvas

The story of how What was then, will never be again, by artist Jim Dine, came to occupy the ceiling in Gallery 1.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Tandem Press

Printmakers Joe Freye and Jason Ruhl of Tandem Press host Our Kind of Happy Hour for a behind-the-scenes tour of Tandem Press, as well a discussion of their role in producing prints for our new exhibit, Suzanne Caporael: The Nature of Things.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Danse Élance

There’s something new in the Mead Witter Lobby—Danse Élance by artist Jean Dubuffet. Tune in to Our Kind of Happy Hour with Chief Curator Katherine Alcauskas and registrar Andrea Selbig to learn about the piece—and what it took to install.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Philip Salamone

Our Kind of Happy Hour features Atwood Atelier founder Philip Salamone, who will take us behind the scenes of teaching his classical, traditional drawing and painting lessons…virtually. Salamone also teaches the Chazen’s Drawing in the Galleries series, which is on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: James Gill

Tune in on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m. for Our Kind of Happy Hour! Photographer James Gill will discuss his portrait project, “Back in the World: Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans,” as well as the backstory behind his portrait of Will Williams, currently on display on the Chazen’s third floor.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Community Altar Project

The Community Altar Project was designed to build bridges between life and death, sorrow and celebration. Join Professor Carolyn Kallenborn and her community for Happy Hour on October 28th at 6 p.m. as they discuss Mexico’s altar making traditions for Day of the Dead, and the importance of celebrating the life of those you honor.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Director’s Conversation

Join Chazen director Amy Gilman and James Cohan, gallerist, director and founder of James Cohan galleries, on Facebook Live as they discuss Bill Viola’s moving video work, The Raft, which just opened at the Chazen.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Anwar Floyd-Pruitt

This year’s Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winner, Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, discusses his show, SUPERNOVA: Charlotte and Gene’s Radical Imagination Station.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Lance & Briana from ArtWorking

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Chazen Ambassadors

Our Kind of Happy Hour checks in with Chazen Ambassadors Anjika Verma, Navjot Singh and Rebecca Michael as they discuss how they became involved with the program and what the year ahead might look like as a UW student ambassador.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Derrick Buisch

Derrick Buisch (Professor, School of Education: Art) discusses his work.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Anthony Cerulli

Our Kind of Happy Hour features Anthony Cerulli, who discusses his work, Manuscriptistan, a photo-ethnography project that explores palm-leaf and paper manuscript collections and archives in India.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Jason Ruhl

Artist Jason Ruhl discusses his work.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Lisa Gralnick

Artist and professor Lisa Gralnick discusses her work in the Faculty Exhibition 2020, The Scene of the Crime.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Fred Stonehouse

Artist Fred Stonehouse discusses his work on this week’s Happy Hour.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Sarah FitzSimons and Renate Aller

Our Kind of Happy Hour features Sarah FitzSimons (Assistant Professor, School of Education: Art), who will discuss her work in the Faculty Exhibition 2020, Water Biography (Selected Volumes), and bring artist Renate Aller into the conversation to discuss how their pieces are in dialogue.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Marianne Fairbanks

Artist Marianne Fairbanks discusses her piece in the Faculty Exhibition 2020Radiant Indeterminacy.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Jean Laurenz

Join us for a conversation with artist Jean Laurenz.

Our Kind of Happy Hour: Michael Velliquette

Our first Happy Hour features artist Michael Velliquette.