Preview: Mithila Painting-The Evolution of an Art Form

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by Bronte Jagodzinski, Contributing Writer

Photo Courtesy Chazen Museum of Art website
Photo Courtesy Chazen Museum of Art website

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is extremely fortunate to have the second largest art collection in Wisconsin, the Chazen Art Museum, housed right in the center of our campus. Already home to over 20,000 works, this semester the Chazen welcomes the Mithila Painters Exhibit to the Leslie and Johanna Gerfield Gallery. This gallery is currently open and will remain on campus until December 1.

If you’re new to the art scene and would like to learn more about the history of this work, consider attending the film screening of Mithila Painters: Five Village Artists from Madhubani, India and hear a lecture from UW-Madison Professor of Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Sociology, Joseph Elder. For even more history and knowledge of this work, check out the reception and lecture on October 17 for a guided tour and lecture from David Szanton, an anthropologist dedicated to supporting Mithila paintings, and stay for refreshments and live music afterwards.

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