From the Chair

My garden is full of sunflowers right now. None of them were planted by me, yet, there they are; a kind of crazy incursion of self-propagated second generation immigrant flowers set into motion by a crop planted and harvested last year. I did plant sunflowers again...

From the Chair

Bearing the bandages, water and sponge, Straight and swift to my wounded I go… -Walt Whitman, from The Wound-Dresser I’ve been thinking a lot lately about about the metaphorical and often quite real presence of the wound in contemporary art. Ideas about the wound...

From the Chair

On Friday, April 12, more than 300 Wisconsin high school artists traveled to UW-Madison and the Art Department for the 2019 Visual Arts Classic (VAC), a state-wide art competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association and the UW-Madison Art Department....

From the Chair

Lothar Baumgarten, a German artist living in New York, dwelled for eighteen months with indigenous people in the forests of Venezuela and Brazil in the late 1970’s, with only cameras, film, art supplies, and whatever else fit into a single backpack accompanying...

From the Chair

This week I am in New York directing the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, a meeting place for artists working with Jewish content, wrestling with theory and practice and, through public talks and dialog, attempting to create a sense of place for their own...

From the Chair

All memory is individual, unreproducible – it dies with each person. What is called collective memory is not a remembering but a stipulating: that this is important, and this is the story about how it happened, with the pictures that lock the story in our minds....