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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Contact Info: 

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

Upcoming Events September 2011-April 2012

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events
September 2011-April 2012

Images available upon request.

MADISON, WI —The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a robust schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming during the fall and winter of 2011-2012. Events are free except where noted. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org. 

EVENT
Saturday, September 10 • 6:30-9:30 pm
MMoCA Nights
Celebrate the openings of MMoCA’s fall exhibitions: Chicago Imagists at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Chicago School: Imagists in Context. Take in a talk by Imagist artists Art Green and Gladys Nilsson, and enjoy live music from noted jazz saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor and complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Free for museum members; non-members pay $10.

TALK
Saturday, September 10 • 7-8 pm 
A Conversation with Art Green and Gladys Nilsson 
Art Green and Gladys Nilsson were central figures in the group of dynamic young artists who came to be known as the Chicago Imagists. In conversation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, Green and Nilsson will reflect upon the circumstances that fostered the coalescence of the group. Free for museum members; non-members pay $10 (MMoCA Nights admission).

FILM
September 11, 2011-January 15, 2012 • Continuous 
Imagist Documentaries 
Two documentaries, Artists in America: Roger Brown (1983) and Pigmentata (1990), a documentary about Ed Paschke, will screen continuously in the museum’s New Media Gallery during the exhibition Chicago Imagists at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

KIDS
Sunday, September 11 • 1-2:30 pm 
Kids’ Art Adventures
Kids will create colorful screenprints of popular Wisconsin symbols inspired by the prints of Andy Warhol. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

FILM
Thursday, September 22 • 7-8 pm 
Spotlight Cinema
This fall’s series kicks off on September 22 with The Interrupters, a riveting documentary about a group of reformed gang members struggling to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams), the film explores the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities, and the heroic efforts undertaken by citizens to transcend it. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

EVENT
Friday, October 14 · 5-9 pm
Saturday, October 15 · 10 am-2 pm
Urban Accessories Trunk Show 
The Museum Store will present a wearable-art trunk show beginning Friday, October 14 (Gallery Night) and continuing Saturday, October 15. Shoppers will enjoy an exceptional range of works, including hats for royal occasions by Madison artist Renee Roeder Earley; one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk scarves by Cleveland artist Susan Skove; and unique urban-chic purses by Milwaukee artist Linda Marcus. 

TALK
Friday, September 23 • 6:30-7 pm
Bill McClain on Collecting the Imagists            
Join Bill McClain in the main galleries as he traces the steps involved in building a visual art collection using his extensive experience as a collector of works by the Chicago Imagists.

FILM
Thursday, October 27, 2011 • 7-8 pm
Spotlight Cinema
Spotlight Cinema continues with We Need to Talk About Kevin, a suspenseful psychological thriller that combines masterful storytelling and provocative moral ambiguity. Based on Lionel Shriver’s best selling novel, the film showcases Tilda Swinton in a tour-de-force performance. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

TOUR
Saturday, October 8 • 11-11:30 am
Drop-in Tour
Teresa Getty will discuss ways in which counter-culture ideas shaped the visual vocabulary of the Chicago Imagists.

TALK
Thursday, October 13 • 12:30–1 pm
Richard H. Axsom on the Chicago School 
Richard H. Axsom will take visitors through the State Street Gallery exhibition Chicago School: Imagists in Context and discuss the advent and development of a Chicago School in the visual arts.

KIDS
Sunday, October 16 • 1-2:30 pm 
Kids’ Art Adventures
Just in time for Halloween, make a masquerade mask inspired by the paintings of Robert Lostutter. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

TALK
Thursday, October 27 • 12:30-1 pm
Fred Stonehouse on the Chicago Imagists
Fred Stonehouse will discuss works on view in Chicago Imagists at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, focusing on the artists’ references to popular culture and their appreciation for surrealism and art outside of the mainstream. An assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department, Fred Stonehouse is nationally known for his distinctive, finely crafted, and highly symbolic paintings.

EVENT
Saturday, October 29 
Arts Ball
Each fall, art lovers gather to dance and dine in support of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Guests will gather for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, dining, delectable music, and dancing. All proceeds directly support MMoCA and MSO.

FILM
Thursday, November 10 • 7-8 pm
Spotlight Cinema
MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of five of the past year's most exciting and original films on selected Thursday evenings during the fall. Program for November 10 to be announced. Films are screened at 7 pm in MMoCA’s lecture hall. Free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.

KIDS
Sunday, November 13 • 1-2:30 pm 
Kids’ Art Adventures
Kids will create nighttime cityscapes based on the art of Roger Brown and then make them come alive with movable silhouettes. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

TOUR
Saturday, November 12 • 11-11:30 am
Drop-in Tour
Marie Wunsch will discuss the contributions to American culture of the Chicago Imagists.

EVENT
Holiday Art Fair
Friday, November • 2 pm–8 pm
Saturday, November 19 • 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, November 20 • 10 am–3 pm
MMoCA and the Overture Center for the Arts will once again serve as the backdrop for the festive Holiday Art Fair. Now in its 41st year, the fair takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, making it perfectly timed to give shoppers thoughtful and inspired options for gift giving. The event features nearly 100 art and fine craft booths, gourmet food vendors, and lively entertainment. Also returning are the Silent Auction, the Holiday Art Fair Cafe and the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale. A Patron Reception will take place on Friday, November 18, allowing guests to shop early and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from Fresco.

FILM
Thursday, December 8, 2011 • 7-8 pm
Spotlight Cinema
MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of five of the past year’s most exciting and original films on selected Thursday evenings during the fall. Program for December 8 to be announced. Films are screened at 7 pm in MMoCA’s lecture hall. Free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.

TOUR
Saturday, December 10 • 11-11:30 am 
Drop-in Tour
Docent Gil Hillman will discuss the widely differing ways in which artists address social issues that interest them, using exposition, satire, and fantasy.

KIDS
Sunday, December 11 • 1-2:30 pm 
Kids’ Art Adventures
Kids will make sculptures with style inspired by the art of Karl Wirsum. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

EVENT
Friday, January 13 • 6:30-9 pm
MMoCA Nights
¡Tierra y Libertad! Revolution and the Mexican Print will preview on Friday, January 13 in the museum’s State Street Gallery. Warm up on a winter’s evening as MMoCA Nights celebrates the exhibition with complimentary Latin-themed appetizers from Fresco, a cash bar, and live music. Free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members.

EVENT
April 26-May 6, 2012
Opening Gala April 25
Design MMoCA
MMoCA will invite designers from a range of fields--including graphic, fashion, industrial, landscape, and interior design--to use an artwork from the museum’s permanent collection as the point of departure for a new professional project. It will present audiences with a stunning display of works while raising funds to support MMoCA’s free-admission policy.

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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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