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MMoCA's Focal Points photography show examines American life from many angles

American faces and places are the heart of the newest Madison Museum of Contemporary Art show, Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 (through Sept. 1). On display are more than 100 works from the museum's permanent collection. Taken collectively, they're an intriguing record of our country over the last half-century or so. >More
 UW Libraries' Text Support calls for a closer look at the history of paper

Since just about anything can be read on a computer screen nowadays, the printed book is beginning to feel like an endangered species. If books become extinct, what happens to paper? The UW Libraries' exhibit Text Support: A Library Exhibition About Paper examines the history and production of this material and its role as the silent sidekick in the history of printing. Curated by Tracy Honn and Lyn Korenic, the exhibition runs through June 28. >More
 UW's Tandem Press to relocate twice

After spending over 25 years putting down roots in a state-owned building on South Dickinson Street, the UW's Tandem Press received word that its digs were being sold. This was a few months ago, which meant moving approximately 8,000 prints in a very short time period. >More
 MMoCA's Seen/Unseen examines the link between observing and believing

The relationship between senses and beliefs is fertile territory for thinkers in the arts and sciences. Must something be seen to be believed? When does sight fail to reflect reality? And if something is out of sight and out of mind, does it truly "exist"? These are just a few questions considered in the Seen/Unseen exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (through June 16 at the Henry Street Gallery). >More
 James Watrous Gallery's Vital Skills honors the talents and traditions of Wisconsin artisans

At first glance, Vital Skills seems tailor-made for a history museum. So what is this study of traditional handicrafts doing in an art space, the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery (through May 5)? Some answers emerge upon closer examination. >More
 Notes from the underground: RAW captures the energy and ambition of young Madison artists (slideshow)

Though RAW:Natural Born Artists landed in Madison just last year, it has quickly built a community of upstart artists and other creative types, from hairstylists to musicians to hip-hop dancers. Now in 66 cities throughout the country, the organization strives to give artists in the first 10 years of their career the tools and exposure they need to thrive. >More
 MMoCA shows how Ellsworth Kelly set the art world on fire

Color is king right now at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. While the outside world is shrouded in white, MMoCA boasts a riot of color -- and not just in its main galleries, where Ellsworth Kelly Prints runs through April 28. >More
 Edgewood College Gallery's Art Lesson is a brave yet sensitive reflection on impermanence and desire

Don't let the name of Edgewood College Gallery's latest exhibition fool you. Art Lesson: The Boston School Considered (through Feb. 24) isn't really about Boston. Some would say these photos are about New York during the birth of punk and the emergence of AIDS, but that's not the whole story either. >More
 Trent Miller's Spindrift and Tether examines mystery's power to heal

"There's another new world at the top of the world for whoever can break through the ice," sings Josh Ritter in his 2010 song "Another New World." These words drifted through Trent Miller's mind as he created Spindrift and Tether, his new solo exhibition at the Wisconsin Academy's Watrous Gallery. It's displayed alongside Hidden States, an intriguing collection of video art by fellow Wisconsin artist Toby Kaufmann-Buhler. >More
 Chazen Museum's German and Austrian Prints examines European modernism

Print lovers owe themselves a visit to the UW's Chazen Museum of Art this winter. Two current shows, one showcasing work made at Tandem Press and the other highlighting a collection of prints donated by a UW alum, are essential viewing. >More
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