Humanities Building and Elvehjem Art Center
|Location||750 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin|
|Architect||Elvehjem Building: Harry Weese, 1970|
Chazen Building: Machado Silvetti 2011
|Part of||Bascom Hill Historic District (ID74000065)|
|Designated CP||September 12, 1974|
Until 2005, the Museum was known regularly as the Elvehjem Museum of Art, named after Conrad Elvehjem, the 13th president of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an internationally known biochemist in nutrition. In May 2005, the museum was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art after a $20 million building-expansion donation from alumni Simona and Jerome A. Chazen, the latter being a founder of Liz Claiborne. The original museum building, which opened in 1970, retains the Elvehjem name.
In 2015, the Chazens again made a substantial donation to the museum that included $5 million dedicated to the museum building, $3 million to endow chairs in art and art history at the University of Wisconsin, and 30 works of art valued at $20 million.
In 2018, the Association of Art Museum Directors announced a pilot program that would provide paid internships to minority undergraduate students wanting to work in the arts, with the Chazen Museum of Art being one of the inaugural participants in the program.
European artists represented in the museum include Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, Barnaba da Modena, Barbara Hepworth, Jean Dufy, Andrea Vanni, Giorgio Vasari, René Magritte, Maurice Utrillo, Hubert Robert, Thomas Gainsborough, Albert Gleizes, Henry Moore, Benjamin Williams Leader, Eugène Boudin, and Maximilien Luce. The museum's collection of American artists includes Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Grandma Moses, many of Alexander Calder's works in several forms, and a copy of the Emancipation Memorial. Contemporary works by Shusaku Arakawa, David Klamen, Karen LaMonte, a collection of regionalist paintings by John Steuart Curry, Russian Social Realist paintings by Georgy Ionin and Klavdy Vasiliyevich Lebedev, glass art by René Lalique, and a representation of Japanese woodblock prints are also exhibited. The Van Vleck collection of Japanese woodblock prints remains a large portion of the museum's collection of works on paper.
Chamber concerts known as Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen (formerly Live at the Elvehjem) were broadcast from the museum by Wisconsin Public Radio until 2015 when WPR discontinued the program. The concert series continues on a monthly schedule as a live show with a webcast.
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- "Warrington Colescott, Who Etched With a Satirical Edge, Dies at 97". New York Times. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Gayle Worland (26 September 2015). "Chazens pledge another $28 million for art on UW-Madison campus". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Aidan McClain (12 September 2017). "Chazen Museum of Art welcomes new director". Badger Herald. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Gayle Worland (21 July 2017). "Chazen Museum of Art names Amy Gilman as new director". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Gabriella Angeleti (31 October 2018). "US museums are too white, and this paid internship programme hopes to change that". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Samara Kalk Derby (13 January 2019). "UW graduate's Chazen show documents race realities through her camera lens". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Linda Christians (27 March 2019). "Best Driving Vacations: Madison, the Cultural Capital". Columbus Monthly. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
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- "Alcauskas Named Chief Curator". 30 September 2019.
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