Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art from the Chazen Collection

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800 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Africa at Noon

Time: 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Venue: Chazen Museum of Art

Bio: Join us at the Chazen Museum of Art for this week’s Africa at Noon!

The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has unveiled more than 40 recent additions to its permanent holdings in Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art from the Chazen Collection. These works will be on view Sept. 5–Dec. 23, 2023. The works produced between 2011 and 2022 offer depictions of past and present life in Africa and invite visitors to reflect on their lives, relationships and the 21st-century world.

The exhibition features 24 artists that span the continent, from Tunisia and Egypt to Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa. Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania are also among the countries represented in the exhibition. The works came to the Chazen as part of the Contemporary African Art Initiative, a five-year project that built upon several contemporary African artworks the Chazen collected in the late 1990s. Many of the recent acquisitions were made possible by a generous gift from the Straus Family Foundation.

Katherine Alcauskas, chief curator, will be available to answer questions during the event.