OPENING RECEPTION, Thursday, January 29th from 5:30-8:00 PM

THE WET ARCHIVE: History, Desire, and Photography's Liquid Intelligence

January 24-April 5, 2015

Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery,
Chazen Museum of Art
2nd Floor of the Elvehjem Building


OPENING RECEPTION, Thursday, January 29th from 5:30-8:00 PM

Get wet at the show’s opening reception. Bring your own fabulous props and original style to our Polaroid photo corner and Instagram selfie-station. Kick things off with an informal idea jam from 5:30 to 6:00 pm with Ann M. Fox, Professor of English at Davidson College, and Katherine Ott, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Stay for drinks and beats by DJ Chinola.

WETARCHIVE.WORDPRESS.COM for further information on the exhibition and events throughout the spring.

The curatorial team in Dr. Jill H. Casid’s new seminar in curatorial practice shaped and developed the exhibition’s content, design, and installation. The course is a key part of the Department of Art History’s initiative to provide first-hand curatorial training.The exhibition represents the work of The Wet Archive Curatorial Team: River Bullock, Jill H. Casid, Jessica Cooley, Xiaoqian Gu, Andi Heile, Natalie Kirk, Alexa Lichte, Lauren Miller, Kyungso Min, and Fernanda Villarroel—with the research and editorial assistance of Lex Lancaster and research assistance of Melanie Saeck.



In collaboration with the the Mellon Workshop on Disability Studies two day symposium, Disability Aesthetics: Reframing Disability in Artistic, Curatorial, Material, and Visual Practice, with generous support from Anonymous Fund, The Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund, and as a part of the A.W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Disability Aesthetics Symposium is this week!

Competition for the Chicago Art Institute Graduate Colloquium.

Please join us on Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 2:30 in room L170 for our annual

Competition for the Chicago Art Institute Graduate Colloquium.

Our speakers and paper titles will be:

Sophia Farmer: Allegory and Anarchism: Carlo Carrà’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1908

Carlo Carrà’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1908


Peter Bovenmyer: Corpses for a King: Guido da Vigevano and the Anatomy of Death

Gudio da Vigevano's Anathomia




New Digs and Discoveries at Sardis in Turkey


Nick Cahill, Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

and Director, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Harvard University.

Wreckage of a late Antique building at Sardis, built from spolia of an early Roman sanctuary of the Imperial Cult, with archaeologist Lauren Di Salvio, photographer Richard Taylor, and architects Brianna Bricker and Phi Nguyen.  Date: July 12, 2013. Photographer: Nick Cahill.

Research by the archaeological expedition at Sardis in western Turkey continues to produce exciting and unexpected surprises. This lecture will present the results of recent work including excavation at a sanctuary of the Roman imperial cult and its transformation in late antiquity into a possible location of Jewish worship; work in the area believed to be the palace of king Croesus, famous throughout history as the wealthiest man in the world; and the discovery of one of the largest triumphal arches in the Roman world.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2015 at 6:30pm                         

L160 CONRAD A. ELVEHJEM BLDG          Parking available in the Lake Street and

800 UNIVERSITY AVE                                  Frances Street Ramps, UW Lot 83 beneath

MADISON WI 53706                                       Fluno Center or UW Lot 7 beneath Grainger Hall
Reception to follow at the University Club