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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
 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
 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
 Installation art is a highlight of the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

Every three years, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art starts to resemble a menu item at the Old Fashioned: the Wisconsin tasting plate. The transformation happens during the Wisconsin Triennial, which is a great way to sample art being made around the state. >More
 James Watrous Gallery's Systems for Abstraction asks thorny questions about perception

The familiar shapes of people, buildings and plants help viewers form an instant connection with many figurative works of art. Abstract pieces often engage observers more slowly, helping them examine perceptions that lie beyond the realm of sight. Featuring works by Wisconsin artists Jill Olm, Beth Racette and Leslie Vansen, the Systems for Abstraction exhibit at James Watrous Gallery (through Aug. 25) dares visitors to ponder things they can't quite see or quantify, from physical experiences to ever-changing relationships. >More
 Upstart art: Several new groups want to strengthen Madison's creative economy

From the Capitol to North 6th Street, East Washington Avenue is transforming. There's a fresh crop of apartments, buzz about a new business incubator, and an onslaught of road construction. The most exciting addition, however, isn't a fresh layer of pavement. An art movement seems to be brewing, yet it's so far underground that many locals can't see it. >More
 Small spaces, big ideas: Little Galleries arrives on Monroe Street

Last Friday a new art gallery opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monroe Street. The building's sleek black lines and glass windows blend in with the surrounding architecture, and its first exhibit is attracting plenty of foot traffic. Pretty good for a gallery with less than three square feet of space. >More
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