Chazen Museum of ArtEdit profile
The Chazen Museum of Art is an art museum located at the University of Wisconsin”“Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. It was known as the Elvehjem Museum of Art until 2005. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art and present related educational programs in support of the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university. The museum is named after Jerome Chazen, a University of Wisconsin”“Madison graduate and one of the founders of Liz Claiborne. In May 2005 he and his wife, Simona, donated $20 million towards an expansion of the museum, which is due to be finished in 2011. The museum is raising funds for the remaining $15 million required for the expansion. European artists represented at this art museum include Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, Barnaba da Modena, Andrea Vanni, Giorgio Vasari, Hubert Robert, Thomas Gainsborough, Benjamin Williams Leader, Eugène Boudin, and Maximilien Luce. The museum also has a large collection of American works, including contemporary works by the likes of Shusaku Arakawa. This museum has a fine collection of regionalist paintings by John Steuart Curry and Russian Social Realist paintings by Georgy Ionin and Klavdy Vasiliyevich Lebedev. Chamber concerts known as Sunday Afternoon from the Chazen (formerly Live at the Elvehjem) have been broadcast from the museum by Wisconsin Public Radio for decades.