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Date of Release: 
Monday, September 8, 2008
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Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information 
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Discussions, Film, and Kids' Programs Accompany George Segal: Street Scenes

Discussions, Film, and Kids' Programs Accompany
George Segal: Street Scenes

Exhibition Opens September 13, 2008 at MMoCA

MADISON, WI--The education department of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has organized a series of programs for children and adults related to its new exhibition, George Segal: Street Scenes. Programs are open to the public, and are free except where noted.
  
Friday, September 12 
Opening Reception • 6:30-9 pm
Art Talk with Stephen Fleischman, Martin Friedman, and Jane Simon • 7-8 pm
Martin Friedman, author and director emeritus of the Walker Art Center, will join MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman and MMoCA curator of exhibitions Jane Simon in a conversation on the life and work of George Segal. Free for MMoCA members; $15 admission for nonmembers. A Lussier Family Lecture.
  
Sunday, September 14 • 1-2:30 pm 
Kids' Art Adventures 
Kids will explore George Segal: Street Scenes and make miniature sculptures portraying people frozen in everyday moments. Like Segal, kids may color their sculptures, filling in details and creating mood. Activities are planned for 6- to 10-year-olds, but younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.
  
Friday, October 3 • 6:30-7 pm 
Gallery Talk: Rob Neilson
Rob Neilson, assistant professor, Lawrence University Department of Art and Art History, will discuss George Segal's ability to transform the banal, the everyday, and the commonplace in terms of both subject matter and materiality. 
  
Friday, October 3 • 7-8 pm
FILM: George Segal: American Still Life
George Segal: American Still Life chronicles the life and work of this internationally acclaimed sculptor. Scenes of Segal at work casting a model in his studio are featured alongside interviews with the artist, commentary from friends, family, art historians, and critics, and rare archival footage of the 1960s Pop art scene. The program was produced and directed by Amber Edwards for New Jersey Public Television. 
  
Friday, November 7 • 6:30-7 pm
Gallery Talk: Tony Michels
Tony Michels, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History, will discuss George Segal: Street Scenes. Michels specializes in American Jewish history and the history of the working class. He will discuss how Segal's upbringing in a socialist Jewish household influenced his art and his ongoing concern for the disenfranchised.
  
Thursday, November 13 • noon-12:30 pm
Up Close: Sara Guyer
Sara Guyer, associate professor of English and interim director, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss George Segal's sculpture The Homeless in the context of contemporary theories of exclusion and displacement. The Up Close lunch-time series emphasizes a conversation among participants.
  
Thursday, December 4 • noon-12:30 pm 
Up Close: Nancy Rose Marshall
Nancy Rose Marshall, associate professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art History, will discuss George Segal's representation of the urban environment, consider the process by which his sculptures were made, and examine how the sculptures position the viewer to respond and interact. The Up Close lunch-time series emphasizes a conversation among participants.
  
Exhibition Sponsors
 
Generous funding for George Segal: Street Scenes has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius; Bill and Jan DeAtley; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; Daniel Erdman; Associated Bank; the Steinhauer Charitable Trust; J.H. Findorff & Son; CUNA Mutual Group; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation; Gina and Michael Carter; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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