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Chazen Museum's Changing Hands displays modern takes on Native American traditions

The latest exhibition by the Chazen Museum is a mammoth one, with an equally mammoth title: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. The traveling show organized by New York's Museum of Arts and Design runs through April 27. That long, dry title is ultimately a little misleading; there are several artists from the Upper Midwest, including two Madisonians -- but that's no matter. >More
 Yellow Rose Gallery to take root at the top of State Street

The 100 block of State Street has been teeming with activity over the past two years. First came the Fountain in late 2011, which quickly added concerts, poetry readings and sing-alongs to its menu. Then came 100State, a place for entrepreneurs and creative types to brainstorm and collaborate. Now a visual-art venture -- Yellow Rose Gallery -- is preparing to join this mini-community. Its doors will open in late March, according to founder Miles Kristan. >More
 Victor Castro raids recycling bins to create 'social sculpture' in Madison

Victor Castro is proud to create art with "leftovers." Castro, who is known for his public art projects in Mexico and Peru, received a $10,000 grant from the Madison Arts Commission last year to create a site-specific mural at the new Meadowridge Library. >More
 MMoCA's Real/Surreal blurs the lines between two contrasting art movements

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art examines how surrealism and realism might not be total opposites in Real/Surreal, a traveling exhibition on loan from New York's Whitney Museum of American Art (through April 27). This is a terrific show that challenges us to see familiar artists -- and some lesser-known ones -- in a new light. >More
 Capturing Nature exhibition at the Chazen asks a menagerie of questions

The Chazen Museum is an excellent place to escape the elements this winter. The main exhibition spaces contain two wonderful shows at the moment, one of drawings and paintings by Japanese artists Ikeda Manabu and Tenmyouya Hisashi (through Feb. 16), and the other of kimono sculptures by Karen LaMonte (through Jan. 12). >More
 The Chazen offers a fascinating glimpse of contemporary Japanese art

One of the great things about art is how it can reflect not only an artist's own time and experiences, but also enter into a dialogue with the history of art itself. A single work can call to mind a whole web of images and allusions. >More
 Madison in Motion

How do people get around town? For the Isthmus photo contest "My Madison Ride," we asked you to send in pictures of your unique mode of transportation. We received a lot of creative images of bikes and boats, as we expected. But we have to admit, we didn't see the helicopter coming. >More
 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
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