The Role of the Artists in Education and Research

Visiting artists come to Tandem because it is an experimental facility that gives them the freedom to create new and innovative work. Here they have the opportunity to explore and expand their creativity, and undertake projects without the restrictions of a commercial facility. For example, in 1990, under the auspices of Pace Editions, Chuck Close came to Tandem to carry out a reductive linoleum block print that was ultimately exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Art Spiegelman carried out a two-sided lithograph which now hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago; David Lynch, the internationally renowned film director and painter, created prints for the first time at Tandem; and Suzanne Caporael and Judy Pfaff created prints that have been reviewed in several publications, including the New York Times, and which now hang in collections throughout the US.

Work at Tandem, however, is not limited to outside artists. Since its inception, UW–Madison art faculty have worked at the Press in both formal and informal settings, and Tandem has provided exhibiting opportunities for them throughout the US.

 

Mickalene Thomas at work in the Tandem studio

Mickalene Thomas at work in the Tandem studio