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Madison, WI
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Chazen Museum of Art
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
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Exhibitions

Southern Rites

Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Photography by Michael Kienitz

Warrington Colescott: Wisconsin Master


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Southern Rites
January 25 to May 12, 2019
Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

In 2002, Gillian Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. Mount Vernon seemed the archetype of pastoral, small-town American life. Yet this idyllic town still held segregated high school proms.

Laub photographed surrounding Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of growing—and eventually violent—resistance on the part of some community members. In 2009, Laub’s photographs of segregated proms were published in the New York Times Magazine. The story brought national attention to the town and the following year the proms were finally integrated.

In early 2011, Justin Patterson, a twenty-two-year-old unarmed African American man—whose segregated high school homecoming Laub had photographed—was shot and killed by a sixty-two-year-old white man. At first, the murder seemed to confirm every assumption about the legacy of inequality and prejudice that the community was struggling to shake. But the truth was more nuanced than a quick headline could telegraph.

Laub has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. Her work frequently addresses the experiences of adolescents and young adults in transition who struggle to understand their present moment and collective past.

Laub is a 1997 graduate of UW–Madison (BA, Comparative Literature) and studied photography at International Center of Photography in New York. Laub directed the 2015 HBO documentary Southern Rites. A catalogue also accompanies the exhibition.

Southern Rites is organized by the International Center of Photography, New York. Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Photography by Michael Kienitz
Through February 3, 2019
Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries

Madison photographer Michael Kienitz created these images during five years of work in the region of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. A visually stunning area of extremely varied features, the park encompasses—and is named for—Europe's largest glacier. Kienitz calls upon his deep photographic experience to capture this incredible but disappearing landscape of active volcanoes, ice caves, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, wetlands, black sands, and mountains, all created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.

This exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Warrington Colescott: Wisconsin Master
Through January 31, 2019
Object Study Room and 2nd floor hallway, Chazen building\

Prints by Warrington Colescott are on view at the Chazen Museum of Art on the second floor of the Chazen building. Colescott, a printmaker and professor emeritus at UW–Madison, died Sept. 10 at his home in Hollandale, Wis. He was 97.

Colescott came to Madison on a one-year appointment in 1949 and taught here for 37 years. He remained active after retiring from teaching and was known for his work's political and social satire.

Works on view are from the museum's permanent collection and span the years from 1973 through 2013.

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