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MMoCA gets down on all fours in one must know the animals

Love Me, Love My Dog reads the title of a print in a new show on view through Aug. 19 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. I feel the same way. My best friend is geriatric, weighs 18 pounds and licks his own butt. Adopting him is, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I've ever made. >More
 Gallery Night spring 2012: UW interior design students create livable cardboard home

A little house made almost entirely out of corrugated cardboard sheets and tubing is currently on display in the lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as a part of the its bi-annual Design MMoCA showcase, in which artists of various fields are asked to use a piece in the museum's permanent collection as inspiration for an original work of art. >More
 Photographer Tom Jones shoots portraits of sincere white folks dressed in native garb

Ever held up a mirror to a mirror, getting that sort of infinity effect -- reflected images spanning through time? There's a little of that going on in "Encountering Cultures," the photographic series by Tom Jones, now at Overture Center's James Watrous Gallery. Except here the mirrors are cameras, and what's in the lens -- contemporary whites dressed up as Native Americans -- is meant to reflect what both groups see in each other and in themselves. >More
 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
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