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James Watrous was known for his art, his dedication as a professor, and a champion of art stewardship on campus. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first art museum on the UW-Madison campus, the Elvehjem Museum of Art.

UWDC is migrating the backend of its collections into Fedora, an open-source repository software. This migration will be happening during 2018 and details of the process are outlined here.

Featured Collection

Alias Jimmy Valentine, memory sequence

Alias Jimmy Valentine, memory sequence. Directed by Maurice Tourneur, 1915.

Theatre to Cinema

The centerpiece of this collection is a reprint of Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film, by Ben Brewster and Lea Jacobs first published by Oxford University Press in 1997. While previous accounts of the relationship between cinema and theatre have tended to assume that early filmmakers had to break away from the stage in order to establish a specific aesthetic for the new medium, Theatre to Cinema argues that the cinema turned to the pictorial, spectacular tradition of the theatre in the 1910s to establish a model for feature filmmaking.

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  • In January, the International Creativity Month, we would like to celebrate with our Woodland Indian Traditional Artist Project Collection. This 1995 photograph shows how Elena Greendeer painstakingly strings and finger-weaves beads to fashion a pah-keh hair ornament, replicating one made by her grandmother, Nellie Wallace Blackdeer. 
For more, visit the Arts Collections through link in bio. 
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  • #MarbledMonday is back with the remaining parts of a marbled bowl. This fragmentary bowl could be dated back to the late 18th Century, its interior was coated with a white engobe and decorated with green and reddish-brown slip. Swipe for more details. For more, visit the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture through link in bio. ID: DLDecArts.nce0154.bib
  • Now that Lake Mendota is officially iced over…
Winter scuba diving @uwmadison, ca. 1984. @uwmadarchives ID: UW.uwar06173.bib
  • #MarbledMonday: “A book of glyphs,” from the Artists’ Books Collection. Swipe to view its colorful content beyond the marbled cover. ⠀
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  • #Caturday! Meet "Maverick," a cougar (the largest of small cats), also the assistant of Dr. Calvin DeWitt in a 1996 campaign meeting urging strong protection of endangered species. DeWitt