Quoted: Jonathan Gray, a media studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, described rewatch podcasts as a sort of virtual book club, where fans can move through a show as quickly or as slowly as they want. Podcasts also offer a “deep dive” that fans may not have gotten the first time a show aired.
“Water-cooler discussions are short,” Gray said. “You’re not meant to spend 45 minutes at the water cooler talking about last night’s episode of ‘Lost.’”
It’s always a surprise to see who the MacArthur Foundation selects to receive its annual fellowships — the six-figure awards known as Genius Grants — but one of this year’s picks was particularly exhilarating: comic artist Lynda Barry. For anyone who read alternative weeklies from the ’80s through the ’00s, she was the eternally wise and strange mind behind Ernie Pook’s Comeek.
It’s always a surprise to see who the MacArthur Foundation selects to receive its annual fellowships — the six-figure awards known as Genius Grants — but one of this year’s picks was particularly exhilarating: comic artist Lynda Barry.
As an associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Barry is pushing the envelope on understanding how the brain creates and responds to words and pictures — a scholarly envelope that, in her mind, should be positively covered with illuminating doodles.
Coon’s first TV role was in 2011, on The Playboy Club, which only ran for three episodes. Before that, she was kicking around the regional theater scene in the Midwest — she received an MFA in acting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later moved to Chicago. Mainstream success and becoming a familiar face seems to be something Coon never counted on, but has greeted as a pleasant surprise.
It’s bold, real and wildly uncomfortable — the basic ingredients of a play created to spark debate. The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, playing at UW-Madison’s Mitchell Theatre through Nov. 24, starts on a chipper note, with characters blithely debating origins of ice cream while dropping subtle hints of cultural ignorance. But it erupts into poisonous verbal sparring and screaming matches about racism, prejudice and fear. It’s a heavy performance to watch, let alone perform.
Noted: Wilde (pronounced WILL-dee) was born in Milwaukee in 1919 and spent most of his life in Wisconsin, both producing art and teaching it for 34 years at UW-Madison. His medium of choice was painting, supplemented by printmaking, drawing and silverpoint – the ancient practice of drawing with silver wire fashioned into a mechanical pencil of sorts.
Quoted: “I don’t understand the conceptual model for global competence that leaves language out,” said Dianna L. Murphy, director of the Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Gliding thick brushes covered in browns, pinks, blues and silver across white walls, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum gives off a Bob Ross-like aura as she tackles her newest mural project. It’s study time at the Discovery Building, and all is quiet, except for the sounds of dripping man-made waterfalls and the splashing of the artist cleaning her acrylic-caked brushes.
Noted: Look more closely at “Untitled,” a 1985 oil-on-canvas work by the late Harry Whitehorse, and you will see how the artist’s use of pointillism, the impressionist technique of painting with distinct color dots, brings the sun-soaked image to life. Viewers might become transfixed by the buck’s stare, which reads as if unwanted visitors have interrupted his respite.
In addition to Whitehorse, purportedly born in a wigwam near the Indian Mission in Black River Falls in 1927 and proprietor of Chief Auto Body in Monona for 40 years, the exhibit’s other superstar is the late Truman Lowe, a former fine arts professor at UW-Madison who also served as curator of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The other artists are relatively unknown, with several exhibiting publicly for the first time.
Listeners who follow classical music in Madison will have noticed Lawren Brianna Ware. In 2017, she was the Grand Prize winner in the Overture Center’s “Rising Stars” competition. Since then she has finished a Master’s in piano performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she is now studying composition with Prof. Laura Schwendinger. On Saturday, November 16th, Ms. Ware will play a concert with a number of collaborators as part of Grace Episcopal Church’s “Grace Presents” series.
Following some performances there will be talkbacks with the audience, including one led by Patrick Sims on Friday, Nov. 15. Sims, a longtime actor and former theater faculty member, is UW-Madison’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion.
For three years, senior Justine Spore spent her time in the trumpet section of the University of Wisconsin marching band, but this year she is trying her hand at something new.
In an effort to empower women, artists raised funds through the Artful Women exhibit. Their artwork is displayed at University of Wisconsin Health.
An exhibition that Mace co-curated, titled “Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas,” is on view through Dec. 6 at the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology building.
For many years, Barry has served as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison art department and at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, using her method to teach both adults and children to get in touch with a creative impulse that is simultaneously deep, mysterious and irrational and trainable, biddable and reliable (with practice).
Graduate students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Fine Arts program showcased their work Saturday at the fifth annual Open Studio Day. More than 50 students opened their studio doors for the public.
Quoted: “The Taliesin influence is strong here,” notes Anna Andrzejewski, a professor of art history at UW-Madison. Andrzejewski sees Madison’s mid-century building boom as a unique laboratory for a regionally specific form of modernism under Frank Lloyd Wright’s long shadow. She calls this process “Wrightification.”
Exhibit features artworks of both domestic, international artists.
Years ago as an undergraduate student, Tomiko Jones learned from a Navajo potter that there was no word for “art” in his native language, suggesting instead that “art is how you walk into the room. It is how you move through the world.”
Now an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Jones plans to actualize that idea. She learned in June of the approval of a $75,000 grant from the UW–Madison School of Education to have a high-tech and environmentally sustainable mobile research and photography studio built by students in the College of Engineering’s Makerspace fabrication facility. While the grant won’t cover the cost of a vehicle to transport the studio, Jones says she will procure one and expects to be touring national parks with the studio in three to four years.
When the Overture Center for the Arts opened in 2005, Madison obtained a crown jewel of a performance venue that remains the envy of many a larger city. Meanwhile, the students, faculty and guest artists who are part of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison remained trapped in Mills Music Hall, and the other inadequate facilities in the outdated Humanities building.
UW-Madison’s new Hamel Music Center has been in the works for well over a decade and the project kicked into gear in 2009, when the university announced plans to knock down a college bar called Brothers and build much-needed practice and performance spaces for music students and faculty. The result, at the corner of University Avenue and Lake Street, comprises a 660-seat concert hall, a smaller 300-seat recital hall, and a rehearsal space specifically designed for large ensembles. It’s a big, glitzy undertaking completed entirely with private funds, but something had to give—performance spaces in the Humanities Building, like Morphy Hall and Mills Concert Hall, are well past their prime in terms of acoustics and creature comforts. That said, music students have criticized UW for not including more rehearsal space in the new building, The Badger Herald reported in September.
Corey Pompey stood at the top of a red ladder as hundreds of University of Wisconsin band members, their hats turned backward to signify a victory, twirled, cavorted, danced, hopped and acted crazy.
If you’ve been to a Badger football game this fall, you’ve seen the new man behind the podium directing the Badger band.
A UW-Madison assistant professor got to twerk with Lizzo after her #TwerkWithLizzo tweet went viral, according to WISC-TV.
Dr. Sami Schalk, an assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was invited on stage during the Lizzo concert at Sylvee Thursday night.
“If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine.”
For one magical night last week, she shared that moment with Madison. And in that moment, we all got to shine — but perhaps no one more than Sami Schalk, an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Sami Schalk, who teaches gender and women’s studies, first started tweeting #twerkwithlizzo Oct. 1 when she asked her followers what outfit would give her the best chance at an invitation onstage to dance with the No. 1 artist.
Lack of classrooms, practice rooms in Hamel Center is frustrating students.
Milwaukee-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is renowned for his immortal hits: “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra” and others.
He’s also well-known for being outspoken. The day the Rock Hall announced Miller as one of the inductees in its Class of 2016, Miller in a Journal Sentinel interview called the hall “an exclusive private men’s club” and called on them “work more on music education programs and to make its museum something more than a place where they sell postcards, posters and T-shirts” — and he was critical of the Rock Hall, and the music industry at large, at the induction itself.
Steve Miller should have nothing to complain about. But on a recent afternoon, sitting in the elegant patron’s room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the singer and guitarist fires away when asked about his new set, “Welcome to the Vault.” The box, out Oct. 11, is a fascinating dip into his archives, 52 tracks that stretch over 65 years, from a 1951 performance by blues legend T-Bone Walker in his childhood living room to a 2016 jazz band reinvention of Miller’s “Take the Money and Run.”
A native of Boston, Wisel earned her master of fine arts from Columbia College-Chicago and was a creative writing fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Noted: “It’s incredible,” Jeff’s dad, Howard Erlanger, an emeritus University of Wisconsin–Madison professor, said last week. We spoke by phone and he sent me a link to the Vanity Fair piece.
Chase Devens and David Smith are two University of Wisconsin seniors who befriended one another while studying abroad in Paris this past spring. Devens is a young filmmaker, and Smith is an aspiring electronic music artist.
Allee Willis, the songwriter behind hits like Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and the “Friends” theme song, joins Mark and Charlotte to talk about her career.
Rev. Carmen Porco, the subject of this new book, and the author UW-Madison Professor Dr. Chuck Taylor both sit down with Neil Heinen to share a preview of the remarkable life and journey of the man recognized as one of the leading experts on fair housing in the world.
Graphic novelist, cartoonist and creativity educator Lynda Barry of Madison is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship, commonly known as a “genius” grant.
After expanding its daily hours, the Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison campus is now the most “open” art museum in the country. We talk with the Chazen’s director about why the change was made and what’s in store for visitors.
It’s not too late to save the planet, according to a visually stunning documentary to be screened by UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in advance of a pivotal United Nations climate summit.
For the first time, the Union Theater hosted an open piano day Sunday and invited community members to play the same instrument that the highest-level pianists have played.
I want my students to feel like they’re in a space that acknowledges that they are musicians and artists and they deserve to have spaces that sound good to them and are pleasing for their audiences,” Susan Cook, Director of the Mead Witter School of Music at UW-Madison, said.
The Madison public book launch is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday night at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, where the Memorial students featured will read their stories and meet with audience members.
In 1985, of the estimated 2,500 children’s books published in the United States, only 18 were by black authors or illustrators, according to research by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Imagine students rehearsing without having music from another room flowing into their own, concert-goers buying tickets from a regular box office instead of a card table, and performers standing on a stage large enough to accommodate everyone.
In a dimly lit gallery in the School of Human Ecology on the UW-Madison campus sit three cases draped with linen. Beneath the coverings are funerary objects taken from Indigenous resting places — swatches of handmade cloth and bags that were meant to be used by the dead in the next world.
It’s not often that the men’s magazine Maxim makes its way into arts and culture criticism, but that noted periodical told its discerning readers that Evil Dead: The Musical is “one musical you’ll actually want to see.”
The brand new Hamel Music Center offered a first-look tour to the media of the state-of-the-art facilities on Sept.16. Located on the bustling intersection on University and N. Lake St., the structure houses a beautiful recital hall, rehearsal hall and concert hall all stemming from a grand, spacious lobby.
She has advocated for the normalization of LGBTQIA characters on television, including on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” in which the bisexual actress plays the role of Rosa Diaz, a no-nonsense, brave, smart, bisexual detective with a heart of gold.
She’s been inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, won the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and others, and been listed as one of 12 women cartoonists deserving lifetime achievement recognition by the Comics Alliance. Barry is currently assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
She’s been inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, won the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and others, and been listed as one of 12 women cartoonists deserving lifetime achievement recognition by the Comics Alliance. Barry is currently assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
A special partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison ?Jail Library Group, the Dane County Library Service and the Dane County Jail gives inmates a unique chance to share quality time with their kids through special audio book recordings.
Making Comics is Barry’s latest collage of comics and instruction, drawn from the course that she teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison art department, where she’s an associate professor.
At the time, Henry Jenkins was a twenty-eight-year-old doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He had grown up reading Famous Monsters of Filmland and bonded with his wife, Cynthia, over “Star Trek.” (He explained to me that the preferred term is Trekkers, not Trekkies.)
Pompey has an extensive background working with marching bands around the country. He said he first heard of UW Madison’s marching band several years ago when he was in Dallas. It was then he learned of Mike Leckrone, as well.
When asked about “replacing” a legend (Mike Leckrone): “The honest answer is you don’t! There is only one Mike Leckrone, and I’d be doing the band a disservice and myself a disservice, if I tried to emulate him.
“For our first show, you can expect a little bit of Beyonce, The Killers, Jonas Brothers and Adele,” Pompey said. “All four of those tunes will be done in three and a half minutes, but we will touch each one of those things. The second show, we are planning to do a funk show.”