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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Artwork about Madison Revealed at MMoCA on Gallery Night

Artwork about Madison Revealed at MMoCA on Gallery Night

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art announces that a Madison-based artwork by Eric and Heather ChanSchatz will be revealed at the museum on Gallery Night, May 1, 2015.

The internationally-known, New York-based artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz have been in residence in Madison since the summer of 2014. During this time the artists have been exploring Madison’s layered identity and engaging the public in the development of Madison: A Cooperative Almanac. People across Madison have been invited to complete a questionnaire (selection sheet) on one of over 70 different subjects. Their responses will inform the resulting painting. The deadline for participating in this project is April 1. Selection sheets are available as a part of the artists’ exhibition at MMoCA, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century, and at Madison Public Library branches.

The artists will develop the artwork in a studio that will be created inside the main galleries at MMoCA, situated within the exhibition Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century. This arrangement will allow museum visitors to observe the creation of this new artwork.

Eric and Heather ChanSchatz at MMoCA

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is currently presenting a major survey of work by Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, who have garnered international recognition for their vibrant, abstract paintings created in conjunction with communities across the world. An in-depth and multifaceted exhibition, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century will be on view in the main galleries through May 17, 2015.

This exhibition presents large-scale paintings created in conjunction with international communities, including American soldiers in Iraq, coal miners in Pennsylvania, Cairo citizens in the Arab Spring, and stateless children in Thailand. Central to their work at MMoCA will be a new artwork undertaken in collaboration with a wide spectrum of the Madison community, further extending the scope and scale of the artists’ work.

The artists developed Madison: A Cooperative Almanac while working with MMoCA and exploring Madison’s layered identity during their extended residency. ChanSchatz invited individuals, organizations, and the public to complete questionnaires, explore ideas, and contribute their voices and opinions. The resulting painting will be an abstract testament to the role individual expression and collective authorship can have on artistic process. In addition to the resulting painting, a limited edition book, Madison: A Cooperative Almanac, will be produced. A bound archive of ChanSchatz’s interactions with residents, it preserves a record of each participant’s visual selections, narrative dialogues, and conceptual contributions—a relational network of information that captures a snapshot of Madison’s collective self-image.

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