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Gallery Night Spring 2018

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A citywide browse for art enthusiasts, casual viewers, and boxed-wine enjoyers. Info

  Image from Irene Grau's "Construction Season." Courtesy of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Image from Irene Grau's "Construction Season." Courtesy of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's long-running biannual art crawl tradition is back. Participating galleries (and non-galleries) in Madison and the surrounding areas open to the public for a full night of showcasing promising amateur artists alongside well-known professionals, art students, and local creators in-between. There is a unique joy, walking and later possibly stumbling from gallery to gallery on a warm spring evening, partaking in apparently unlimited access to boxed wine and snacks while viewing a wide array of artistic pieces and craft objects.

Spaces like Hatch Art House and 702WI will feature local artists, while MMoCA will host the debut  of Irene Grau's Construction Season. Grau's practice is like the Gallery Night participant's in reverse. She spent her MMoCA residency exploring Madison, and documented construction markings around the city. Grau responds to these references to the cities' infrastructure with paintings of her own, and invites guests to bring in their own objects accidentally painted by city workers. Other fine-art highlights include a collection of prints by female artists at Edgewood College, including works by the likes of Judy Chicago, Kara Walker, Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois. There's even a local taxidermy art showcase called "Dan's Taxidermy, Exquisite Corpse and Bizarre Bazaar" which pretty much sums itself up. With almost 70 different locations, the sheer diversity of creative approaches on display means there should be something for art snobs and casual browsers alike. —Reid Kurkerewicz