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MMoCA's Real/Surreal blurs the lines between two contrasting art movements

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art examines how surrealism and realism might not be total opposites in Real/Surreal, a traveling exhibition on loan from New York's Whitney Museum of American Art (through April 27). This is a terrific show that challenges us to see familiar artists -- and some lesser-known ones -- in a new light. >More
 Capturing Nature exhibition at the Chazen asks a menagerie of questions

The Chazen Museum is an excellent place to escape the elements this winter. The main exhibition spaces contain two wonderful shows at the moment, one of drawings and paintings by Japanese artists Ikeda Manabu and Tenmyouya Hisashi (through Feb. 16), and the other of kimono sculptures by Karen LaMonte (through Jan. 12). >More
 The Chazen offers a fascinating glimpse of contemporary Japanese art

One of the great things about art is how it can reflect not only an artist's own time and experiences, but also enter into a dialogue with the history of art itself. A single work can call to mind a whole web of images and allusions. >More
 Madison in Motion

How do people get around town? For the Isthmus photo contest "My Madison Ride," we asked you to send in pictures of your unique mode of transportation. We received a lot of creative images of bikes and boats, as we expected. But we have to admit, we didn't see the helicopter coming. >More
 Chazen Museum's Mithila Painting shows how adaptable a traditional Indian art form can be

It's been a strong year of exhibitions for the UW's Chazen Museum of Art, and there is a little time left to catch one of its most intriguing and unexpected offerings. Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form (through Dec. 1) features a style of painting that's unfamiliar to many. But even if it's new to you, you'll quickly be drawn in by intricate, stylized works with themes ranging from Hindu deities to contemporary social and political issues. >More
 Romare Bearden's collages flip the script of The Odyssey at the Chazen Museum

One of Romare Bearden's earliest journeys left an imprint on his artistic imagination. When he was a toddler, his family, like many other African American families, moved from the South to New York City's Harlem neighborhood. >More
 Wisconsin Triennial project Café Allongé turns coffee-shop tables into miniature stages

Local performance-art pair Spatula&Barcode are taking their Wisconsin Triennial contribution, Café Allongé, beyond the walls of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through Jan. 4. For this "tabletop theater" project, they recruited local artists to perform at independent coffee shops across the city. Designed for one to five people, each performance is personalized, with topics ranging from death to seduction to breastfeeding. >More
 Tandem Press reopens with a visit from Irish street artist Maser

With economic recessions come higher levels of depression, the effects of which can last for years. Interventions such as psychotherapy and medication can help, but what about public art? Irish art star Maser is optimistic that it can. >More
 Inhabited Landscapes turns James Watrous Gallery into a force of nature

Works by seven Wisconsin artists turn the walls at James Watrous Gallery into the very thing the space's latest exhibition is titled: Inhabited Landscapes. The group show's contributors include artists represented by Milwaukee's Tory Folliard Gallery, such as Wisconsin Triennial exhibitor Charles Munch and Madison-based painter Dennis Nechvatal. >More
 Exquisite Uterus Project fosters expressions of reproductive rights

Last spring Helen Klebesadel, a local artist and educator, encountered a problem when trying to plan a women's studies conference with UW-Green Bay professor Alison Gates. Neither woman could get down to business because both were incensed. Attacks on reproductive rights were happening left and right, including laws requiring women seeking abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds. >More
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