Chazen Museum of Art

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Humanities Building and Elvehjem Art Center
Chazen Museum of Art - exterior.jpg
Chazen Museum of Art is located in Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
Location 750 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°4′26″N 89°23′59″W / 43.07389°N 89.39972°W / 43.07389; -89.39972Coordinates: 43°4′26″N 89°23′59″W / 43.07389°N 89.39972°W / 43.07389; -89.39972
Built 1969
Architect Elvehjem Building: Harry Weese, 1970
Chazen Building: Machado Silvetti 2011
Part of Bascom Hill Historic District (#74000065)
Designated CP September 12, 1974

The Chazen Museum of Art is an art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Until 2005 the Museum was known as the Elvehjem Museum of Art, in honor of Conrad Elvehjem, an internationally known biochemist in nutrition.

In May 2005 the Museum was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art after a $20 million donation from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen, the latter a founder of Liz Claiborne and a UW–Madison alumnus, towards an expansion of the museum. The building housing the museum retains the Elvehjem name.

The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art and present related educational programs in support of the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

European artists represented at this art museum include Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, Barnaba da Modena, Andrea Vanni, Giorgio Vasari, Hubert Robert, Thomas Gainsborough, Benjamin Williams Leader, Eugène Boudin, and Maximilien Luce. The museum also has a collection of American works, contemporary works by Shusaku Arakawa, a collection of regionalist paintings by John Steuart Curry, Russian Social Realist paintings by Georgy Ionin and Klavdy Vasiliyevich Lebedev, and a representation of Japanese woodblock prints.

Chamber concerts known as Sunday Afternoon from the Chazen (formerly Live at the Elvehjem) have been broadcast from the museum by Wisconsin Public Radio for decades.

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