MADISON, Wis. – A partially-clothed freedman kneels before an impeccably dressed Abraham Lincoln, who “heroically” breaks the chains of slavery with one outstretched hand while clasping the Emancipation Proclamation in the other. The scene is …
UW doctoral candidate Quanda Johnson explores Black beingness in new art exhibit
“Trauerspiel: Subject into Nonbeing” is Johnson’s new art exhibit at the School of Education Art Gallery, which interrogates three means of Black trauma: the white gaze, mob or vigilante violence, and violence within some “safe” Black spaces, such as the home.
Inspired by Ho-Chunk heritage, UW art professor Tom Jones uses artistry to focus on Indigenous imagery and identity
Tom Jones ’88, a UW professor and artist, moved around a lot as a child. He started out in North Carolina where his father, a photographer and painter, worked as a regional manager for Kodak. …
‘Uncut Attire’ exhibit showcases Indigenous textile fashions and techniques
Uncut highlights the ways in which these cultures create a system of fashion, not around the changes of silhouette and hemlines but rather through the subtle differences in woven designs.
New artist-in-residence series to spotlight academics, arts, activism
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program for the 2022–2023 academic year will engage a partnership with the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), presenting a series of short-term residencies …
Chazen exhibit by UW’s Quanda Johnson examines anti-Black violence and its consequences
The exhibit uses interdisciplinary creative making to explore three arenas of white-dominated violence against the Black body/psyche: the violence of ridicule, the violence of the mob/vigilante, and the hegemonically instigated violence that seeps into some “safe Black spaces.”
Rethinking Public Sculpture: Blu³eprint by UW’s Faisal Abdu’Allah communes with Abe Lincoln statue
In his sculpture Blu³eprint, UW art professor Faisal Abdu’Allah portrays himself seated in a barber chair. If you’re walking down State Street, you’ll encounter the limestone monument outside the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which …
Photos: Alumna Lilada Gee leads mural painting at South Madison Partnership building
“I’m hoping these portraits represent the need to remember the individual within the community,” Gee said. “While this is a community space, each of us has different needs and experiences and expression. So even as we think of community, I’d like us to remember that there are multiple experiences within those communities.”
Indigenous EcoWell Initiative seeks beadwork artists for October showcase
The Indigenous EcoWell Initiative in the School of Human Ecology is looking for five Indigenous beadwork artists to provide demonstrations during a beading event on Oct. 13.
First major retrospective of Ho-Chunk photographer Tom Jones to open at Museum of Wisconsin Art
The retrospective of work by UW–Madison professor Tom Jones will be on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend from July 23 – Oct. 9.
Mellon grant will support Chazen’s ‘re:mancipation’ collaboration
The Chazen Museum of Art has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to augment re:mancipation, a collaboration with artist Sanford Biggers addressing artwork that glorifies racism. The Mellon grant will support a documentary, symposium, website and curriculum materials. re:mancipationopens in February 2023.
Barber, printmaker, professor finds humanity beyond race
Faisal Abdu’Allah’s most recent work is a 7-foot limestone statue of himself that he designed and was created using a robotic tool and the skills of a master carver.
First Wave students and alums fuse dance, theater and music in Line Breaks Festival
Over the past semester, University of Wisconsin-Madison dance professor Chris Walker worked with freshmen and alumni of First Wave — a scholarship program for hip hop and urban arts — to bring Danez Smith’s poem …
UW–Madison to host screendance practitioner, body-percussionist and lecturer Omari ‘Motion’ Carter for International Visiting Artist Program
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Omari ‘Motion’ Carter to campus April 7–15, 2022 through the International Visiting Artist Program (IVAP). A collaboration between the Division of the Arts and the International …
UW partnership showcases women of color who were pioneers in STEM
“Legendary” is a collection of hand-illustrated cards featuring women of color who were also pioneers in the historically white-and male-dominated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Moonshine: Celebrating poetry and dance
UW–Madison dance students and others got a chance to learn from professional dancers and choreographers in a Moonshine Masterclass, held after the Dance Department’s live performance of Moonshine, a mix of music, theater, dance and poetry.
Black Arts Matter Festival
The 2022 Black Arts Matter Festival from March 23rd – 26th will celebrate contemporary Black art with a three-day national poetry slam, discussions, and performances in music, theater, dance, and more.
‘Indigenous Perspectives’ exhibition features art by UW alumni, students, faculty
An new exhibition at Memorial Union features a collection of artworks created by Indigenous UW–Madison alumni, students, and faculty from the School of Education’s Art Department. Titled “Madison Alumni: A Legacy of Indigenous Perspectives” and …
New ‘Artivism’ program provides financial support for student projects intersecting art and activism
The program was developed in response to students’ desires to use politically engaged art to bring about a more equitable world.