Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art from the Chazen Collection

750 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
  • Presented By: Chazen Museum of Art
  • Dates: September 5, 2023 - December 23, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Chazen Museum of Art
  • Time: Mon-Wed, 8:30am - 4:30am, Thu-Fri, 8:30am-7pm, Sat-Sun, 11am-4:30pm
  • Price: Free

Insistent Presence: Contemporary African Art from the Chazen Collection presents forty-five works of sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and photography by twenty-four contemporary artists living and working on the African continent and in the diaspora. The work comprises new acquisitions made possible by a significant five-year gift from the Straus Family Foundation. Insistent Presence examines how artists have reimagined the human figure as a lens to pose questions about social and political histories, contested identities, and the possible future of how we relate to one another. The exhibition title was inspired by renowned African art scholars and curators Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu. These scholars point to the enduring usefulness of depicting the human figure for artists keen on affirming the humanity of Africans and those critical of postcolonial governments. In this exhibition, artists provocatively explore the human body through juxtapositions of those political concerns with emotions and passions of everyday lived experiences.