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MMoCA recalls a master showman with 'Houdini: Art and Magic'

Nearly 90 years after his death, Harry Houdini still draws excited crowds, as proven by the throngs at last Friday's opening of "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Art. A talk by the show's curator was standing room only, and MMoCA's main galleries on the second floor were packed with adults and kids alike. >More
 Posthumous provocation for Bernard Gilardi

Mona Lisa smoking a cigarette. A bald woman with flowers growing out of her head. A running back with a hole in his head, carrying a man's head instead of a football. "My mother wouldn't allow him to put it on the wall in the house," laughs Madison resident Dee Kuech, daughter of late Milwaukee artist Bernard Gilardi. She's the first to admit her father's paintings are anything but conventional. "He kept them in the basement and rarely showed them to anybody." >More
 Chazen Museum of Art's enjoyable Compendium 2012 is a sprawling collection of faculty work

If you haven't gotten around to checking out the Chazen Museum of Art's new wing -- which opened last October -- Compendium 2012 is a great reason to visit. The UW art department's show of faculty work is an object lesson in what a great space can do for the art within it. >More
 Inside at Night looks back at the 2011 Wisconsin Capitol occupation

Looking at the photographs in "Inside at Night: Origins of an Uprising," I felt like the events captured happened ages ago, or just last week. Such is the funny sensation of revisiting recent history. The show, which opened Friday night at Tamarack Studio & Gallery, documents Wisconsin's 2011 Capitol protests, with a special focus on the building's occupation, through the eyes of nine photographers. >More
 Looking back at Ernie Pook's Comeek by Lynda Barry

Cartoonist Lynda Barry brought tremendous empathy and a finely tuned sense of interior life to Ernie Pook's Comeek, the alternative comic that ran in 70 papers nationwide, including Isthmus. View eight vintage copies of Ernie Pook's Comeek in the gallery. >More
 Lynda Barry brings her visionary talent to a UW residency

On a blustery afternoon at November's end -- when it's drearily dark at 4:30 -- a standing-room-only crowd jammed into a subterranean lecture hall at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art. Seating nearly 300, room L160 is typically a place where undergrads soldier through intro art history lectures on the Doryphoros or the Isenheim altarpiece. Yet, on this day, they were there to see cartoonist extraordinaire Lynda Barry, who quickly ensnared the audience with her kooky and sometimes profane wit. >More
 After a first look, abstract Sean Scully paintings at Chazen don't resonate

Abstract art is a funny thing: Sometimes it can be transcendent, and sometimes it leaves me cold. In the transcendent camp, I'd include the Chazen Museum of Art's Helen Frankenthaler painting Pistachio (1971). There's something about the delicate washes of green, golden yellow, blue and pinky-red that I find both comforting and engaging. >More
 Chazen Museum's Hanga Traditions explores divergent approaches in Japanese printmaking

Among its many cultural contributions, Japan is known for its highly refined printmaking traditions. Luckily for Madisonians, the UW's Chazen Museum of Art has a strong collection of Japanese prints, some of which are on display in "The Hanga Traditions: Twentieth-Century Japanese Woodcuts" through Jan. 15. >More
 Amid construction, UW-Madison protects 70-year-old works

Murals by celebrated regionalist John Steuart Curry are getting exceptional attention on campus, though the public can't tell so far. Collectively entitled The Social Benefits of Biochemical Research, the painter's 1941-43 works were encased in place, inside a special "jewel box," while the surrounding Biochemistry building, on Henry Mall, was gutted. >More
 Downtown Madison bike rings pleasing to the eye

They weren't intended as public art, but downtown Madison's new bike rings are both functional and eye-catching. They're officially "parking meter pole bicycle parking rings," and they feature the silhouette of a bike and the city's name. They're clamped onto meter posts on the isthmus, especially in areas where multi-pay stations are being placed. >More
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