176,000 sqft, 23,000+ works of art, and centuries of history captured.
The Chazen Museum of Art is one of Madison’s most eclectic and celebrated collections, sharing how visual arts enrich the human experience. Let’spaint a picture of the museum’s historical ties, major influences, and how to visit the free galleries yourself.
The free campus art museum with thousands of rotating works + exhibits. | Photo by 608today team
The museum first opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center. That name ring any bells? Conrad Elvehjem was a Dairyland native most notably recognized for his international work in biochemistry. Around these parts, his claim to fame comes from ties to the university.
In 2005, UW alumni Simona and Jerome A. Chazen gifted a $20 million building expansion donation to the museum, leading to one final name change — Chazen Museum of Art. Six years later, the expansion opened to the public, doubling the overall size of the museum. Today, the two buildings are conjoined by a skybridge gallery above the East Campus Gallery walk.
The collection of books is officially back for browsing in Niche 11. | Photo by Kirstin Pires
While guided tours are currently on hold, you can check out hours, parking information + more right here. Pro tip: Visitors may sketch in the galleries, just be sure to review the guidelines before starting your very own masterpiece in the museum.
First Friday | Fri., July 1 | 3-8 p.m. | Monroe Street | Free+ | Later shopping hours from local stores, pop-up crafts + a movie night. 🛍️
Rod Ruffcurls & Bench Press | Fri., July 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Majestic Madison | $20+ | A unique cover band from Chicago that plays all the 90s + 00s hits.
Firecracker 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk | Sat., July 2 | 8:30 a.m. | Elvehjem Elementary School, 5106 Academy Dr. | $5 | The annual Fourth of July celebration followed by music, food, and activites.
Monona Community Festival | Sat., July 2-Mon., July 4 | Times vary | Winnequah Park, 1055 Nichols Rd., Monona | Free+ | One of the oldest Wisconsin Independence Day celebrations featuring a mix of bites, games, and community. 🎉
Arboretum Nature Hike | Sun., July 3 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Arboretum Visitors Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy. | Free | Guided walk through arboretum trails. 🥾
Pizza on the Farm | Sun., July 3 | 2:30-8 p.m. | Sprouting Acres Farm, 1746 Hwy 73, Cambridge | Free+ | Enjoy wood-fired pizza and music while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Madison Mallards vs. Fond du Lac Dock Spiders | Sun., July 3 | The Duck Pond, 2920 N. Sherman Ave. | Gates open at 4:05 p.m., game starts at 5:05 p.m. | $13+ | Madison’s largest Independence Day fireworks show will take place after the game, presented by Festival Foods Fireworks and Morgan Murphy Media. 🎆 *
Nim’s Island | Mon., July 4 | 9 p.m. | Memorial Union Terrace | Free | Break out the picnic blankets for movie night at the Terrace + grab a pitcher or ice cream. 🎥
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Operation Dry Water — a campaign to reduce boating under the influence — is in full effect this holiday weekend. It’s the busiest weekend of the summer on the water, so make sure you have a sober driver + floatation devices on board. (NBC15)
Ball is life. We’ve got details of Greg Gard’s contract extension to coach Wisconsin men’s basketball. Gard’s deal gives him a raise to $3.55 million, and increases $100,000 a year until it hits $3.95 million in 2026. This deal makes him one of the highest-paid Big Ten basketball coaches. 🏀 (Madison.com)
Saris Cycling Group — the Fitchburg-based parts and accessories manufacturer — is selling its business. The company filed an alternative to bankruptcy known as “voluntary assignment for the benefit of creditors” to consolidate debt and retain its 100+ employees. 🚲 (Madison.com)
A new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra building is coming to East Washington Avenue. The space will host three rehearsal halls, eight studios + administrative offices. Musically inclined Madisonians can expect to begin taking in performances in fall 2023. (WKOW)
MadLit is back on the 100 block of State Street. Starting Fri., July 1, catch bi-weekly live music performances at the top of State Street from 8-11 p.m. Kicking off the season are KIC, Alise Mosely, RSHN 6, and DJ Terrence J. Full artist lineup here. 🎶
Dane County Farmers’ Market is looking for volunteers to support the Sat., July 9 market taking place at Breese Stevens Field. Early birds are encouraged to send an email and sign up for the 5:30-7:15 a.m. shift. 🧺
Let’s get weird, Madison. “The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” is coming to Overture Center on Thurs., July 14. Hear from musical goofballs “Weird Al” Yankovic + Emo Phillips during a tour of unique performances, different in every city.
In a roundup of America’s Best Fried Chicken, Eater celebrated TomKen’s Bar & Grill in West Allis for its buckets of “friendly” fried chicken. Getting hungry all of a sudden? The eatery is ~90 minutes from the Isthmus… did someone say road trip? 🍗 (Eater)
The Little Free Art Gallery — a play off Little Free Libraries — is making a small but mighty impact on Madison’s east side. A 15-by-18 inch box located off Turner Avenue near La Follette High School exhibits tiny patrons perusing even tinier works of art. Know of any other tiny museums?Let us know. (Cap Times)
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Editor’s pick:The 608today team is feeling very inspired by the Little Free Art Gallery. Our question for you: Where would you create your first installation + what would the first exhibit be?Send us a note and we’ll feature the best little ideas in an upcoming newsletter.
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