Meet Amy Gilman: Director of the Chazen Museum of Art

Meet Amy Gilman: Director of the Chazen Museum of Art


((Music)) Hello my name is Amy Gilman. I’m the
director of the Chasen Museum of Art, here on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Welcome to the museum. The museums here are incredible buildings – are situated right at the entrance to the campus and we hope that you will join me
on a little journey into the galleries to discover your museum. One of the
things that drew me to the Chazen was its remarkable and strong collection. In fact,
what I find myself doing on any given day, is spending time in galleries that
are unfamiliar to me, because I am learning about the collection in the way
that I hope you will. So the other day I was walking in the galleries and I sort
of discovered this incredible still life painting behind me. Now when I had been
looking at the Chazen before, it hadn’t struck me in that way. But the
other day I was walking through the galleries and spent 10 minutes just
looking at the remarkable detail, at the incredible sort of verisimilitude of the
fruit and the fabric… And that’s all you really need and then you’re centered and
you go on with your day – and you’ve just had a Chazen moment, if you will. ((music)) You go from ancient pottery, to incredible glass, to modern works of sculpture and
decorative arts and all the while surrounded by remarkable architecture.
It’s one of the things that makes this building and this museum unique and it
is certainly one of the things that drew me here. Because the legacy here of
donations by remarkable collectors enhanced over time by very specific
acquisitions is really comparable to the best museums on the planet one of the
greatest university art museums in the country. When you come to the museum, I hope you will spend time in this incredible space, which is quite literally the bridge
between the original Elvehjem building and the new Chazen building. It’s not only a
remarkable gallery space and a functional bridge but it is the gateway
to the campus and one of the best views of the lake. One of the reasons why I
came to the Chazen Museum of Art, was the opportunity to redefine what it means to
be a university art museum in the 21st century. What does that mean? It no longer means that you are serving the academic constituency or you’re
serving the community. You actually have to find a way of marrying those two
things together, so that we can present really thoughtful examinations of
objects in a way that enhances our research from the university perspective
and appeals and enlivens the lives of the community. That is the challenge that
we face here and indeed that is the the thing that we’re going to be exploring, how we realize that going forward. Thank you for coming along and allowing
me to introduce myself to you briefly today. I hope that you will meet me at
the Chazen soon. ((music))

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