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Past Exhibitions

View the Exhibitions Archive for a list of exhibitions from 1979 to present.

oil painting of house with the silhouettes of two people's heads on the inside

Boxed In

March 26, 2022 – July 17, 2022

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man holding a pipe

Mel Chin: There’s Something Happening Here

March 12, 2022 – July 31, 2022

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Fundreds on view at Fundred Reserve

The Fundred Project: Initiated by Mel Chin

January 8, 2022 – March 20, 2022

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Watercolor and acrylic on canvas word illustration that says

Santiago Cucullu: You still make me tremble

November 20, 2021 – March 20, 2022

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2 channel installation of Kenneth Tam: Silent Spikes with a tunnel on one screen and seated cowboys on the other

Kenneth Tam: Silent Spikes

November 6, 2021 – February 27, 2022

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photograph showing an interior kitchen or dining space covered in printed photographs

Between

July 10, 2021 – February 13, 2022

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the windows with writing on the front of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, showing part of the AMENDs exhibition inside the building

AMENDS: Nick Cave and Bob Faust

June 19, 2021 – October 24, 2021

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Gouache and chalk pastel illustration featuring a girl from the chest up blended with a wolf

Natalie Frank: Unbound

June 5, 2021 – October 24, 2021

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Patricia Kirby, Mindfulness, 2021. Multimedia work on paper, 11 x 13 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Alone Together: Perspectives on Isolation

April 3, 2021 – June 6, 2021

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Amy Cutler, Viragos, 2003. Gouache on paper, 19 ½ x 30 inches. Private Collection, New York. Image © Amy Cutler, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

Amy Cutler: A Narrative Thread

March 12, 2021 – May 16, 2021

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Terrence Adeyanju, Running in the Dark, 2021. Giclée print on paper. Courtesy of the artist

Terrence Adeyanju: Running in the Dark

February 23, 2021 – March 28, 2021

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Patrick Martinez, Hold the Ice, 2020. Neon, 36 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Charlie James Gallery.

Patrick Martinez: Signs of the Times

January 23, 2021 – May 2, 2021

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Jacob Lawrence, Dining Out, 1937. Gouache, 11 1/2 x 9 in. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of the Estate of Janet Ela.

Full Circle: Acquisitions and Exhibitions 

November 14, 2020 – August 22, 2021

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Jojin van Winkle, The Destruction Project – Derby Dashes 1 – Summer/ Lodi WI, 2017. Digital print, 18 x 24 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Jojin Van Winkle: The Destruction Project

October 17, 2020 – April 11, 2021

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Jenny Holzer: YOUVOTE 2020

October 2, 2020 – November 4, 2020

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illustration of a woman surrounded by smaller scenes and people against a backdrop of shapes and trees

Gladys Nilsson: Out of This World

August 6, 2020 – June 6, 2021

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Santiago Cucullu's digital inkjet print with stoneware vessels called

Santiago Cucullu: The Wandering Rocks

August 6, 2020 – March 21, 2022

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Sebura&Gartelmann, Finger Sew (video still), 2019. Single-channel video with sound, 2:09 minutes. Courtesy of the Artists.

Sebura&Gartelmann: Bonded

June 6, 2020 – September 27, 2020

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James Cagle, Aurora, 2019. Archival pigment print, 6 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

James Cagle: A Final Meditation on Art

February 29, 2020 – January 31, 2021

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James Cagle, Excavation, 1974. 16mm color film (digitized), with sound, 5:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and the New York Filmmakers' Cooperative.

James Cagle: Excavation

February 9, 2020 – May 24, 2020

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Wisconsin Triennial: 2019

October 19, 2019 – February 16, 2020

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Ray Yoshida: The Spaces in Between

June 29, 2019 – June 14, 2020

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Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 × 24 × 11 in. Collection of Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson, courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

June 8, 2019 – September 15, 2019

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Tyanna Buie, The Front Porch, 2017. Screenprint, hand-applied ink, and Caran d'Ache monotype on paper, 96 x 84 inches. Image courtesy the Artist and The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee.

Tyanna Buie: After Image

May 4, 2019 – September 22, 2019

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Shimon Attie, The Crossing, 2017. Single-channel video with 4.1 audio, 7:59 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Shimon Attie: The Crossing

April 20, 2019 – September 29, 2019

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Tova K., Sea Creature, watercolor. Grade 11, James Madison Memorial High School, 2018. Art teacher Josh Newland.

Young at Art 2019

March 16, 2019 – April 21, 2019

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Fred Stonehouse, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through Arts Midwest with matching funds from the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund.

Mirror Image

February 23, 2019 – May 19, 2019

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life

December 1, 2018 – March 3, 2019

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Frida Kahlo, Pitahayas, 1938. Oil on aluminum, 10 x 14 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Bequest of Rudolph and Louise Langer. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Frida Kahlo: Pitahayas

October 13, 2018 – February 3, 2019

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Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 1990-91. Bronze, 35 x 71 x 37 inches. ©2018 Joel Shapiro / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of the artist.

Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes

September 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019

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William J. O'Brien, Reliquary, 2017. Installation view, Shane Campbell Gallery (Dec. 17, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018). Courtesy of the Artist, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Photo: Evan Jenkins.

William J. O’Brien: Reliquary

August 18, 2018 – November 11, 2018

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Marko Spalatin, Marko to Kim, 1968. Color screenprint, 23 x 28 inches. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Birkhauser.

Far Out: Art from the 1960s

July 14, 2018 – September 2, 2018

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Irene Grau: construction season, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Irene Grau: construction season

May 5, 2018 – August 5, 2018

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close up of a hop garden installation

Civic Exchange Society

May 4, 2018 – December 31, 2018

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José Carlos Teixeira. ON EXILE, elsewhere within here (video still), 2017. Single-channel video with sound, 70 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

José Carlos Teixeira: On Exile

January 13, 2018 – May 20, 2018

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Jaume Plensa, Talking Continents, 2013. Stainless steel, 19 components, dimensions variable. © Jaume Plensa. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

Talking Continents

December 2, 2017 – April 15, 2018

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Jane Hammond, Irregular Plural II, 1995. Oil and paper collage on shaped canvas, 73 x 87 1/2 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of Lillian Heidenberg. © Jane Hammond, New York.

Art/Word/Image

December 2, 2017 – July 29, 2018

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oil on linen painting of an abstracted close-up of someone's face, their eyes partially covered with horizontal stripes

Big

November 4, 2017 – May 6, 2018

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Chele Isaac, the understory (video still), 2017. Seven-channel video with sound. Courtesy the artist.

Chele Isaac: the understory

September 2, 2017 – November 12, 2017

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Rashaad Newsome, Stop Playing in My Face! (video still), 2016. Single-channel video with sound, 04:02 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and De Buck Gallery, NY.

Rashaad Newsome: ICON

August 11, 2017 – December 3, 2017

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Sonja Thomsen, in the space of elsewhere (installation detail), 2017. Mixed-media, site-specific installation. Courtesy the artist.

Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere

June 17, 2017 – December 17, 2017

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Ed Paschke, Kontato, 1984. Color lithograph on paper, 34 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Anonymous gift.

Taking Sides

June 10, 2017 – October 15, 2017

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Cassils: Inextinguishable Fire (video still), 2007–2015. Single-channel video, 28:00 minutes. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

Digital Aura

May 20, 2017 – August 6, 2017

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Courtesy the artist.

Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time

May 6, 2017 – August 13, 2017

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Installation view, Do Ho Suh, MOCA Cleveland, 2015. ©Do Ho Suh, Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. © MOCA Cleveland.

Do Ho Suh

February 11, 2017 – May 14, 2017

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Pamodou Juldeh Barry, Ancha Gaye Barry, and Ramatoulie Kujabi Barry, grade 5, Shorewood Hills Elementary

Young at Art 2017

February 11, 2017 – April 23, 2017

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Lois Bielefeld, Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013, from the series Weeknight Dinners, 2013–present. Color photograph, 25 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Wisconsin Triennial 2016

September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

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Charles Munch, Fire Signs, 1989. Oil on canvas, 41 x 53 inches. Museum Purchase Fund.

Our Good Earth

June 4, 2016 – August 21, 2016

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Claire Stigliani, Drawing, 2015. Acrylic, colored pencil, gold leaf, 18 ⅞ x 24 ⅞ inches. Courtesy the artist.

Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick Of Shadows

May 28, 2016 – September 4, 2016

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Frances Myers, Borzoi Watching, 1971. Aquatint and stencil, 20 x 11 ¾ inches. Gift of Impressions, Inc.

Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers

May 14, 2016 – November 6, 2016

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Frank Stella, Extracts, from Moby Dick Deckle Edges, 1993. Lithograph, etching, aquatint, relief, and screenprint on white TGL, handmade paper, 34 ½ x 42 ¾ inches. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002. © 2016 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective

February 6, 2016 – May 22, 2016

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William Kentridge, Felix in Exile, 1994. Still from 35mm film transferred to video, 8 min, 43 sec loop. Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2001.23. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

William Kentridge: The Heart has Its Own Memory

January 22, 2016 – April 24, 2016

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Ellen Lanyon, Arabian Nights, 1998. Acrylic on canvas, 44 x 52 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift from the Estate of Ellen Lanyon.

Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon

December 5, 2015 – April 17, 2016

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Kim Schoen, The Second Oldest Amusement, 2011. Still from single-channel video, 2 min, 35 sec loop. Courtesy of the artist.

Kim Schoen: Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong?

September 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016

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Robert von Sternberg, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 13 x 19 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of the artist.

Taking Their Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context

September 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016

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Natasha Nicholson, Strata view. Photography © Eric Ferguson

Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum

August 22, 2015 – November 8, 2015

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Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Untitled, from the Corner Series, 1974. Watercolor, 15 x 14⅞ inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through funds from Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Renfert.

Coordinates

June 6, 2015 – August 23, 2015

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Tadaria Ross

Young at Art 2015

March 28, 2015 – May 10, 2015

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Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, PTG.0222 Slavery (Human Trafficking) / Stateless children in Chiang Mai, Thailand (detail), 2012–2015. Screenprint on silk and polished stainless steel, 80½ x 134½ inches. Courtesy of the artists.

Eric And Heather Chanschatz: 22nd Century

February 7, 2015 – May 17, 2015

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Narayan Mahon, Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh, 2006. Archival pigment print, 24 x 30 inches. © Narayan Mahon Photography.

Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo

December 6, 2014 – March 15, 2015

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Alec Soth, Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002. Chromogenic print, 50 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist.

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

September 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015

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Jason S. Yi, installation detail images from A Fragile Permanence. Photos © Claire Larkins.

Jason S. Yi: A Fragile Permanence

August 23, 2014 – November 9, 2014

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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art

August 16, 2014 – May 31, 2015

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Terry Husebye, Stella Jones, Harrisburg Flood Victim, 1973. Gelatin silver print, 11⅜ x 7⅝ inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Museum Purchase Fund. © Terry Husebye, 1973.

Turn Turn Turn

May 24, 2014 – August 24, 2014

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installation view of an exhibition with an arrangement of walls

Real/Surreal

January 25, 2014 – April 27, 2014

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The Mystery Beneath

January 25, 2014 – April 13, 2014

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Fred Stonehouse, Trying To Be A Problem, 2012. Acrylic on canvas banner, 55 x 67 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Triennial 2013

September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014

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I Dream Too Much: Leslie Smith III

June 8, 2013 – September 1, 2013

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Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano

June 7, 2013 – August 10, 2014

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Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950

May 18, 2013 – September 1, 2013

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installation view of the 2013 Young at Art exhibition featuring rows of artworks by children on display across a wall and a vitrine display case featuring smaller sculptures or ceramics

Young at Art 2013

April 12, 2013 – May 19, 2013

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installation view of an exhibition with a wall with title text that reads

Ellsworth Kelly Prints

January 19, 2013 – April 28, 2013

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installation view of an exhibition with framed artworks hung in a row and artworks on a wall

The Force of Color

January 19, 2013 – March 30, 2013

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Simon Payne: Color Field Videos

January 19, 2013 – April 28, 2013

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installation view of

The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter

October 5, 2012 – January 6, 2013

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installation view of

Leo Villareal

September 9, 2012 – December 30, 2012

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Structural Films

September 9, 2012 – December 30, 2012

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one must know the animals

June 2, 2012 – August 19, 2012

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installation view of Cecelia Condit: Within a Stone's Throw showing a dark room playing a video on three screens and a lit gallery with framed photographs on three walls

Cecelia Condit: Within a Stone’s Throw

May 26, 2012 – September 23, 2012

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Seen/Unseen

May 11, 2012 – May 26, 2013

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installation view of Houdini: Art and Magic featuring framed artworks hanging on walls and title wall text

Houdini: Art and Magic

February 11, 2012 – May 13, 2012

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installation view of the exhibition Chicago School featuring a horse sculpture surrounded by artwork hanging on walls and two people looking at artworks

Chicago School: Imagists in Context

September 11, 2011 – January 9, 2012

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installation view of

The Industrial Modern

May 28, 2011 – September 4, 2011

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Picturing Technology: Land and Machine

May 21, 2011 – August 21, 2011

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installation view of Young at Art featuring title wall text, art on display on walls, and small sculptures or artworks in vitrine display cases

Young at Art 2011

March 20, 2011 – May 15, 2011

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installation view of Shinique Smith: Menagerie featuring a variety of abstract sculptures and paintings

Shinique Smith: Menagerie

January 22, 2011 – May 28, 2011

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installation view of Shirin Neshat's video titled Rapture, featuring long block benches in front of a black cloth where the video is being projected

Shirin Neshat: Rapture

December 11, 2010 – March 6, 2011

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gallery installation view of the exhibition Clayton Brothers: Inside Out featuring sculptures of houses and buildings and canvases hanging on walls

Clayton Brothers: Inside Out

September 12, 2010 – January 2, 2011

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Focus/Madison: Works from the Permanent Collection

August 28, 2010 – November 14, 2010

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installation view of the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial featuring a large sculpture and framed artworks

2010 Wisconsin Triennial

May 22, 2010 – August 15, 2010

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Then and Again: A Public Project by Nicolas Lampert

April 24, 2010 – September 26, 2010

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installation view of

Signs of the Times: Robert Rauschenberg’s America

September 13, 2009 – January 3, 2010

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Return to Function

May 2, 2009 – August 23, 2009

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gallery installation view of Young at Art 2009, featuring sculptures on low platforms and inside glass vitrines and artworks displayed on the walls

Young at Art 2009

March 15, 2009 – May 17, 2009

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installation view of

Something Wicked This Way Comes

January 24, 2009 – April 11, 2009

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Barbara Probst: Exposures

December 6, 2008 – March 8, 2009

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gallery installation view of George Segal: Street Scenes, featuring a variety of sculptures, including a sculpture of a person seated at a bar

George Segal: Street Scenes

September 13, 2008 – December 28, 2008

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gallery installation view of TL Solien: Myths & Monsters, featuring large oil paintings hung vertically across a wall

TL Solien: Myths & Monsters

May 17, 2008 – August 17, 2008

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Jasper Johns: The Prints

February 2, 2008 – April 13, 2008

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Stephen Hilyard: The Beautiful Lie

December 1, 2007 – February 17, 2008

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installation view of

Karl Wirsum: Winsome Works(some)

October 14, 2007 – January 6, 2008

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installation view of

Hairy Who (and some others)

October 14, 2007 – January 6, 2008

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Jess: To and From the Printed Page

August 4, 2007 – September 23, 2007

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California Context

August 4, 2007 – September 23, 2007

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installation view of the 2007 Wisconsin Triennial, featuring three reindeer sculptures with extremely tall antlers

2007 Wisconsin Triennial

May 5, 2007 – July 15, 2007

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a child and an adult looking closely at artworks made by children on walls

Young at Art 2007

March 3, 2007 – April 15, 2007

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abstract print

Alyson Shotz: Topologies

December 9, 2006 – February 11, 2007

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installation view of the Sol LeWitt exhibition showing an abstract sculpture similar to a mountain or melting glacier and framed artworks hung on walls

LeWitt x 2

November 5, 2006 – January 14, 2007

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installation view of the Chuck Close Prints exhibition, showing rows of framed artworks displayed on walls and a large artwork in a thick platform or frame on the round

Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration

July 30, 2006 – October 8, 2006

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At Home: Recent Acquisitions

April 23, 2006 – November 5, 2006

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Starry Transit: An Installation by Martha Glowacki

August 27, 2005 – November 6, 2005

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Macropolis

September 8, 2004 – July 20, 2008

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Concrete Abstraction: Aaron Siskind Photographs

September 7, 2003 – January 4, 2004

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Rodney Graham

March 9, 2003 – May 25, 2003

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New York: Capital of Photography

December 8, 2002 – February 16, 2003

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Young at Art 2002

December 8, 2002 – February 16, 2003

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Young at Art 2000

December 3, 2000 – February 11, 2001

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