The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Art Committee together with campus partners and the friends and family of University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus Leon Varjian invite the Madison community to celebrate an exhibition honoring Varjian’s legacy as the “Clown Prince of Madison” at the Fredric March Play Circle Theater May 6.
The exhibition opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., and the exhibition unveiling and reception will occur at 5 p.m.
The celebration will mark the beginning of a month-long exhibition curated by WUD Art student leaders Yusi Liu and Zack McDowell in collaboration with David Null of UW-Madison Archives and Varjian’s longtime friend Scott Mindock.
The exhibition was named “Dizzyland: Leon Varjian and the Antics of the Pail & Shovel Party”, in homage to writer and editor Jay Kennedy's comic rendering of the infamous Pail and Shovel Party at UW-Madison and the Party’s vision of transforming campus into an amusement park. The now defunct student-led political party imagined escalators on Bascom Hill and a flooded Camp Randall in which boating races would occur.
The exhibition will include personal documents, posters and other memorabilia from Varjian’s memorable time at UW-Madison, courtesy of his sister Doris Cross and Mindock.
The event schedule is as follows:
Those interested in attending the exhibition events are encouraged to RSVP at uwalumni.com/event/leon-varjian-celebration. The exhibition runs May 6 through June 5, daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.