Mixed Media: A gallery depicts Madison’s possible future

"Future Possible" on display until April 15
Mixed Media: A gallery depicts Madison’s possible future
Photo by Amanda Shilling

Distant Views
What could Madison look like 75 years from now? Find out at the James Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center for the Arts, which is exhibiting “Future Possible: Imagining Madison” until April 15. Artists, architects and designers share their big ideas for building projects and energy usage, present provocative artwork and illustrate their idealism as well as their concerns. Architects Lou Host-Jablonski, Ed Linville and Kate Stalker and artists Ashley Robertson, Anders Zanichkowsky and Jeremy Wineberg are among those who contributed to “Future Possible,” made possible by a grant from the Madison Community Foundation, now in its 75th year.

Print This
Art museums and corporate office buildings around the world display top-quality prints by nationally recognized artists. Making many of those prints is Tandem Press, a professional and self-supporting printing studio affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last fall. Now with the opening in January of a new exhibit space – the Tandem Press Apex Gallery at 1743 Commercial Ave. – Madison gets to revel in the artwork previously seen only in esteemed collections elsewhere. Through mid April, the gallery will showcase prints of Robert Cottingham’s urban American landscape paintings. Then the gallery will be dedicated to one of its own: Elizabeth Younce, a UW-Madison graduate student in printmaking and an assistant to Tandem Press master printers, who will show her master of fine arts thesis work there April 20-28. Aside from producing limited-edition fine art print, Tandem Press is a teaching facility for new and traditional printmaking techniques.

Cap Times turns 100
After the Wisconsin State Journal labeled U.S. Sen. Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette un-American for not wanting this country to enter World War I, WSJ business manager William T. Evjue quit the paper and started publishing the Capital Times on Dec. 13, 1917. Evjue made it his newspaper’s mission to fight militarism and advocate for civil rights and environmental conservation. A century later, editor emeritus Dave Zweifel and associate editor John Nichols have written their unapologetic history of the newspaper, “The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper’s Century-Long Fight for Justice and for Peace.” Now published online and as a weekly supplement in the WSJ, the editors proudly claim the Cap Times’ position is still “out on the left wing of the daily continuum that never went respectable.”

*Editor’s Note: Mixed Media is a monthly series featuring a variety of arts and culture happenings in the Madison area.