Midwest Magic: Chazen Museum of Art
As a former educator in a university art museum, I have always loved discovering the secret treasures that live on our campuses. From a one-room gallery to Michigan State’s new Broad Art Museum, universities have a long and rich history of collecting some of the most inspiring works of art - for preserving, interpreting, and most importantly, teaching.
During my recent trip to Madison, Wisconsin, I made a stop at the beautiful Chazen Museum of Art. Admittedly I didn’t know much about the museum or its collection so my expectations were pretty tempered. Everything changed the moment I walked into their collection galleries. I was surrounded by some of the best examples of 20th century modernist and contemporary sculpture - from Henry Moore’s beautiful abstracted figures to Tom Wesselmans stainless steel nude, the museum’s collection ranged from the classic to cult. What I thought was going to be a 30-minute stop over turned in an hour and half of delight and wonder. One of my favorite discoveries was Beth Stichter’s quirky and haunting hybrid animal sculpture (see rabbit image above). Hope you enjoy a few of the gems I’ll be remembering for a while! And don’t forget your local university/college museum for your next art fix - you never know what you might find.
Sheetal Prajapati, Associate Educator
(p.s. shout out to my little brother who lives in Madison- thanks for getting me there!)