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Humanities Building and Elvehjem Art Center
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Chazen Museum of Art is located in Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
Location in Wisconsin
Location 750 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin
Built 1969
Architect Elvehjem Building: Harry Weese, 1970
Chazen Building: Machado Silvetti 2011
Part of Bascom Hill Historic District (ID74000065)
Designated CP September 12, 1974

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


Until 2005 the Museum was known regularly as the Elvehjem Museum of Art, named after Conrad Elvehjem, the 13th president of the University and an internationally known biochemist in nutrition.

In May 2005 the museum was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art after a $20 million building-expansion donation from alumni Simona and Jerome A. Chazen, the latter a founder of Liz Claiborne. The original museum building, which opened in 1970, retains the Elvehjem name.

In 2015 the Chazens again made a substantial donation to the museum that included $5 million dedicated to the museum building, $3 million to endow chairs in art and art history at the University of Wisconsin, and 30 works of art valued at $20 million.

After three decades as the museum's director, Russell Panczenko stepped down in 2017 and was replaced by new director Amy Gilman.

In 2018, the Association of Art Museum Directors announced a pilot program that would provide paid internships to minority undergraduate students wanting to work in the arts, with the Chazen Museum of Art being one of the inaugural participants in the program.

In 2019, the museum hosted a photo exhibit entitled Southern Rites by photographer, filmmaker and University of Wisconsin alumnus Gillian Laub.

An exhibit featuring the sculpture of Petah Coyne will be on display at the museum in 2021.


European artists represented in the museum include Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dali, Barnaba da Modena, Barbara Hepworth, Jean Dufy, Andrea Vanni, Giorgio Vasari, René Magritte, Maurice Utrillo, Hubert Robert, Thomas Gainsborough, Albert Gleizes, Henry Moore, Benjamin Williams Leader, Eugène Boudin, and Maximilien Luce. The museum's collection of American artists includes Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Grandma Moses, many of Alexander Calder's works in several forms, and a copy of the Emancipation Memorial. Contemporary works by Shusaku Arakawa, David Klamen, Karen LaMonte, a collection of regionalist paintings by John Steuart Curry, Russian Social Realist paintings by Georgy Ionin and Klavdy Vasiliyevich Lebedev, glass art by René Lalique, and a representation of Japanese woodblock prints are also exhibited.

Chamber concerts known as Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen (formerly Live at the Elvehjem) were broadcast from the museum by Wisconsin Public Radio until 2015 when WPR discontinued the program. The concert series continues on a monthly schedule as a live show with a webcast.

The Chazen Museum of Art is the official repository of Tandem Press, Madison, Winsconsin, a fine arts publisher. It archives one print from every edition that is published.

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