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Forge (free)


  • Madison Brass Works 214 Waubesa Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
Interior shot of the Madison Brass Works building. Photo via forgeart.org.

Interior shot of the Madison Brass Works building. Photo via forgeart.org.

Madison has developed an affinity for big, collaborative, multi-media art events that briefly occupy an entire building with a host of ambitious installations, organized in part by the Madison Public Library's interactive Bubbler program. On the heels of Bookless, Stacked, and last year's Municipal comes the similarly conceived Forge, which will occupy the historic Madison Brass Works building on the east side as the nearby Goodman Community Center prepares to expand into that space. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Erika Monroe-Kane and local entrepreneur Ellen Carlson are organizing the event with support from the Bubbler program, and it'll involve work from about 15 artists. Whereas Stacked, Bookless, and Municipal were all about transforming familiar public buildings (the Central Library and Madison Municipal Building), the Brass Works is likely more of a question mark to most Madisonians, which should heighten the show's element of unpredictability. The viewing schedule for Forge is a bit irregular, so make sure to check the event's website before you go. —Scott Gordon

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