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Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
608.257.0158 x 237 or katie@mmoca.org

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events May-August 2011


MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events
May-August 2011
 

MADISON, WI--Madison, WI--The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a robust schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming during the spring and summer of 2011. Events are free except where noted. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org. 
 
EVENT
Friday, June 3  •  5:30–10:30 pm
MMoCA Nights
Enjoy drinks on the rooftop (cash bar), live music, and complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres. View the museum’s new exhibitions and take in talks by Thomas H. Garver and curator Jane Simon, followed by Rooftop Cinema at 9:30 pm. MMoCA Nights are free for museum members, $7 for non-members.
 
TALK
Friday, June 3  •  5:30–6:30 pm
Thomas H. Garver on the Photographs of O. Winston Link
In a richly illustrated lecture, Thomas H. Garver will discuss O. Winston Link’s evocative photographs of the Norfolk & Western Railway taken during the mid-1950s. Garver is author ofThe Last Steam Railroad in America: Photographs by O. Winston Link and founding curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7 (MMoCA Nights admission).
 
TALK 
Friday, June 3  •  7–7:30 pm 
Jane Simon Discusses Picturing Technology
Jane Simon, MMoCA’s curator of exhibitions, will give a gallery tour of Picturing Technology: Land and Machine. Referencing recent and past history, Simon will discuss the changing attitude toward technology in the western world as evidenced in works by Thomas Arndt, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Alyson Shotz, and H.C. Westermann, among others. Main galleries. 
 
FILM
Friday, June 3   •  9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars as Rooftop Cinema presents short animated films by Yuri Norstein. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members (included in MMoCA Nights admission). Limited seating is available. The program relocates to the MMoCA lecture hall in case of rain.
 
FILM
Friday, June 10   •  9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars as Rooftop Cinema presents six short films by Norman McLaren. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members. Limited seating is available. The program relocates to the MMoCA lecture hall in case of rain.
 
TOUR
Saturday, June 11  •  11–11:30 am
Drop-in Tour
Docent Gil Hillman will discuss works on view in current exhibitions to demonstrate how technology is simultaneously of practical and aesthetic importance in American life.
 
TALK 
Thursday, June 16  •  12:30–1:30 pm
Melanie Herzog: Locating the Industrial Modern
From the mid-nineteenth century to contemporary times, artists’ responses to industrialization have been variously reflective, celebratory, and critical. This talk will highlight ways in which artists have depicted the industrialized landscape, the impact of industrialization on the people who work in and inhabit these geographic and social spaces, and the industrial as inherently modern. Melanie Herzog is a professor at Edgewood College and author of books about the artist Elizabeth Catlett and the social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin. 
 
FILM
Friday, June 17   •  9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars as Rooftop Cinema presents Travis Wilkerson’s labor documentary An Injury to One. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members. Limited seating is available. The program relocates to the MMoCA lecture hall in case of rain.
 
KIDS
June-August
Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA!
The museum’s popular, free outdoor art programs have had a serious facelift. A beautiful new Art Cart will travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison and Dane County this summer, bringing expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects. Watch for the van beginning June 16 at sites throughout the city of Madison. On Saturdays beginning June 18, Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the communities outside of Madison, including Black Earth, Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Mount Horeb, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. For a schedule, visit mmoca.org; click Programs and Events/Children’s Programs.
 
EVENT
Monday, June 20  •  5–7 pm
MMoCA Volunteers Celebration
Celebrate the official launch of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s new volunteer group: MMoCA Volunteers. All past, current, and future volunteers are invited to attend. RSVP by June 10 to volunteer@mmoca.org.
 
FILM
Friday, June 24   •  9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars as Rooftop Cinema presents a program of film abstractions (shapes, lots of shapes). Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members. Limited seating is available. The program relocates to the MMoCA lecture hall in case of rain.
 
EVENT
Saturday, July 9  •  8–9:15 am
Collectors’ Breakfast
MMoCA’s annual Collectors’ Breakfast is the perfect send-off for a day of savvy shopping at Art Fair on the Square. This year’s breakfast at Fresco features a presentation by Linda Brazill and Mark Golbach. Please call the museum at 608.257.0158 for cost information; the reservation deadline is July 8.
 
EVENT
Saturday, July 9  •  9 am–6 pm
Sunday, July 10  •  10 am–5 pm
Art Fair on the Square 
MMoCA’s Art Fair on the Square is not only the largest art fair in the Midwest, it is also rated among the top fine art shows in North America by publications such as Sunshine Artist, Art Fair Sourcebook, and AmericanStyle Magazine. Roughly 200,000 art enthusiasts are expected to spend part of the weekend at the fair, which also features a terrific array of food and beverages, a kid’s area with free activities, and free performances throughout the weekend. 
 
TOUR
Saturday, July 9  •  11–11:30 am
Drop-in Tour
Far from being dispassionate observers of the human condition, many artists are fully engaged social commentators. Docent Joan Huedepohl will highlight examples on view in E PlurisbusUnum: Artists Picture Society.
 
EVENT
Friday, August 19  •  6:30–10:30 pm
MMoCA Nights
Drink in summer on the MMoCA rooftop with live music, delicious Fresco hors d’oeuvres, and a mini-tour or two. Mini-tours will focus on MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture collection, and on the birds’-eye view of Madison’s downtown architecture afforded from the rooftop. At dusk, grab your space for the summer’s final Rooftop Cinema screening. MMoCA Nights are free for museum members, $7 for non-members.
 
FILM
Friday, August 19   •  9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars as Rooftop Cinema presents “Animating the Apocalypse,” a program of animated short films. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members (included in MMoCA Nights admission). Limited seating is available. The program relocates to the MMoCA lecture hall in case of rain.

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Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays. 
 
Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

 

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