The icon is a distinctive form of holy image in Eastern Orthodox cultures, intended to evoke sacred presence by appealing to the senses. This exhibition presented about thirty works from the Chazen's permanent collection to explore the distinctive devotional functions, religious experiences, iconography, and changing styles of Russian icons from the sixteenth to early twentieth centuries. Examples include a mandylion (miraculous image of the face of Jesus), proskynetaria and iconostasis panels from Orthodox churches, and small devotional icons for private use. The exhibition was researched by UW-Madison students in Prof. Tom Dales's seminar. The exhibition was on view March 12-June 5, 2011.
This exhibition demonstrates the distinctive characteristics of watercolor -- delicacy, luminosity, visual opulence, and technical difficulty -- and presents a range of nineteenth-century subject matter, including landscape, still life, fairy painting, and classical themes. The exhibition was researched and curated by UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students in Prof. Nancy Rose Marshall's Victorian Watercolor seminar (Spring 2012).
Mount Athos is a remote and rugged peninsula in Northeastern Greece about 100 miles from the city of Thessaloniki. It is considered among the most sacred sites for the Eastern Orthodox Christianity, a place of particular devotion to the Virgin Mary. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to over 2000 Orthodox monks and twenty historic monasteries built during the Byzantine Empire as early as the 10th century. The exhibition includes about fifty digital prints made from a collection of over 20,000 slides and digital images to tell the story of Mount Athos in four distinctive sections: Monks and the Rituals of Daily Life; Sacred Landscape and Monastic Enclosure; Architecture and Sacred Space; and Icons. The last of these sections includes fourteen contemporary icons made by monks of Mount Athos, collected by Frank Horlbeck. This exhibition was researched organized by Prof. Thomas Dale and the students in his curatorial studies class. The exhibition is on view in the Chazen Museum's Mayer Gallery from January 27th to March 26th, 2017.