Saturday, January 18, 2020

Appreciating Creativity at Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin - Madison

Appreciating Creativity at Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin - Madison


Appreciating Creativity at Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin - Madison

A recent evening visit to Madison, Wisconsin found us wandering through a plethora of galleries at the Chazen Museum of Art on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus. The museum treated us to a lovely evening of creativity spanning the ages. I was pretty surprised by the range of art curated at the museum. Truly a spot to spend a nice spot of time wandering!


Isla by Aurora Robinson highlighting plastic products.
Isla by Aurora Robinson highlighting plastic products.
When you arrive at Chazen, I recommend visiting the front desk for orientation. The concierge provided us with tips for viewing the galleries and pointed out special exhibits. We also were able to pick up a few pamphlets to help us with the exhibits.

AkpalakpaII (Weave) by Ifeoma U. Anyaeji highlighting non biodegradable plastic bags woven into art
AkpalakpaII (Weave) by Ifeoma U. Anyaeji highlighting non biodegradable plastic bags.
One of the temporary exhibits focused on bringing awareness to plastic pollution. The exhibit included incredible pieces crafted from cast about plastic. The theme really brought attention to what we are doing to the environment. While the pieces were beautiful, they lend to pause about our impact. We are discarding so much that not only could be reused but do we really need in the first place! Above, check out the intricate plastic bag woven piece! Wow!



I was surprised that the collection at Chazen truly goes back through the ages and touches on art from throughout the world. I was expecting a more local vibe. So, I quickly became enthralled in the range of art stretching back to ancient times all the way through to today. One of my favorite galleries held large scale medieval religious sculptures. I loved how the gallery was set up and unfolded.



Another highlight for us was the collection of Russian iconograpy. We did not expect these treasures! This was a great little taste before exploring the Russian Museum of Art in Minneapolis!



Another highlight -- mosaics! We really did not expect this international flavor but were so delighted to savor!

Flying Fish by Theodore Roszak at Chazen Museum of Art
Flying Fish by Theodore Roszak
Of course, we admired some truly unique art and were captivated by Flying Fish by Theodore Roszak. I love the balance in this piece!



Glass art has always been a favorite of mine especially this time of year when everything is so grey. I love how it captures the light and really sings to you. I reveled in the wall of glass ornaments especially lit up with the evening background. Stunning! I need one for my house!

Chazen Museum of Art is open most days with closures on just a few holidays and a couple of occasions. Admission is free and there are are hours until 8PM. So, very easy to add to any Madison, Wisconsin itinerary! Really, there is so much art at Chazen including Midwest artists! Chazen is quite the treasure and really one to add to your list! We are certainly looking forward to returning.




Appreciating Creativity at Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin - Madison


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