James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum
Located in the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center in room 1108, the James
and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum houses rotating exhibits drawn from the Madison Art Collection.
The Lisanby is open during the fall and spring semesters Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm.
This exhibit features the woodblock prints of Jack B. Yeats, brother to the poet, William Butler Yeats. First established as a magazine illustrator and later as a painter, Jack became known as "The Painter of Ireland" because of his sympathetic treatment of the Irish "common man." Life in the west of Ireland was his central focus from 1899 through 1924, the time frame in which the wood block prints in this exhibit were produced.
Curated by Outreach & Engagement's Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week, this exhibit examines the life and work of our university's namesake and Father of the United States Constitution. The exhibit will include items on loan from James Madison's Montpelier as well as artifacts from the university's own collection.
We've all seen the movies 300 and Gladiator, but is Greek and Roman society relevant to the modern world? Learn how we've adopted their ideas of religion, politics, and even medical practices into today's culture.
Malaika Favorite is a Georgia-based artist who has received national attention for her painting and sculpture. Her use of mixed media and combination of visual and textual elements are informed by African-American poetics and history. This exhibition is in cooperation with the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference; it includes Favorite's work from the past decade, notably her monumental panel painting of 24 African diaspora poets, commissioned in 2004 by Dr. Joanne Gabbin.
Charles Lisanby is predominantly known as an Emmy Award-winning set designer for American television and theater, pioneering techniques and structures of scenic design still used to this day. However, Lisanby was just as skilled in other areas of expertise, especially the sphere of fine arts. His finest works focused on the Spanish matador, specifically illustrating the matadors role as the ultimate definition of masculinity. Charles Lisanby’s paintings of Spanish matadors depict the vigor and grace of the matador, illustrating his own idyllic vision of masculinity during the 20th century. His interest and research on Spanish matadors further served his career as a set designer, influencing his costume design for Spanish flamenco dancers.
Did Rembrandt belong to the Mennonite Community? This exhibit explores his connections to Amsterdam's diverse Protestant, Jewish, and Mennonite groups. Artworks and early books are on loan from private collections, the National Gallery of Art, and Eastern Mennonite University.
This exhibit showcases Charles Lisanby's first professional commission for the Frairs Club of New York. It was this mural that prompted Ralph Levy to hire Charles Lisanby to design teh set for the first non-news broadcast Billy the Kid, which aired on American television in 1948.
This exhibit focuses on the role of iterative processes, such as storytelling, in Shenandoah Valley folklife in connection to the works of John L. Heatwole, a Valley native and artist. Heatwole carved pieces and shared stories that reflected Valley folk culture. Each of his works hark back to a particular 19th century tradition, role in society, or superstition. Even in his staining technique, Heatwole utilized the methods of period artisans. As a result, he became the Valley's contemporary minstrel through sharing his own portrayals of folk culture and lore.
Dates: 1/23/2012 - 3/2/2012
Dates: 11/15/2011 - 12/16/2011