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Date of Release: 
Friday, January 20, 2012
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events
Winter-Spring 2012

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

TALK
Friday, February 3 • 6:30–7 pm
Melanie Herzog on Prints for the People: Revolutionary Mexican Printmaking
In the decades following the Mexican Revolution, printmaking gave visual form to the emerging concept of mexicanidad. Melanie Herzog will highlight ways in which these “prints for the people” represented an historically grounded notion of Mexican identity and manifested the possibilities for social transformation envisioned in the aftermath of the revolution. 

EVENT
Friday, February 10 • 6–9 pm
MMoCA Nights
Join MMoCA for a magical MMoCA Nights opening celebration for the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic. The evening will include a talk by the exhibition’s curator, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, at 6:30 pm, followed by live music from Yid Vicious, roaming magicians, Fresco hors d’ouevres, and a cash bar. Free for MMoCA members; non-members pay $10.

LECTURE
Friday, February 10 • 6:30–7:30 pm 
Brooke Kamin Rapaport on Houdini: Art and Magic
A Lussier Family Lecture
Brooke Kamin Rapaport, who curated Houdini: Art and Magic, will discuss Houdini’s evolution from struggling performer, to world-famous marquee entertainer and Hollywood leading man, to muse for contemporary filmmakers, performance and installation artists, painters, and sculptors. Free for MMoCA members; non-members pay $10 (as part of MMoCA Nights; see above). 

FILM
February 11–May 13 • Continuous
Houdini (2000)
This documentary chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life and career. Produced by PBS for the American Experience series, Houdini will be screened continuously in MMoCA’s main galleries as part of the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic. 

TOUR
Saturday, February 11 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

KIDS
Sunday, February 12 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Magician Lou Lepore will delight children and adults alike with his unique blend of comedy and magic. Afterwards, participants in this Kids’ Art Adventure will create a mystery box inspired by Houdini’s Metamorphosis Trunk. What will be inside your box? 

TALK
Thursday, February 16 • 12:30–1 pm
Rick Axsom on the Taller de Gráfica Popular
Richard H. Axsom will speak on the history of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (Print Workshop of the People) and discuss prints from the workshop on view in ¡Tierra y Libertad! Established in 1937, TGP was a Mexican printmaking collective whose members believed in art’s capacity for effective social protest and advancement. 

TOUR
Saturday, February 18 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

FILM
Friday, February 24 • 7–8 pm 
Repeated Saturday, February 25 2–3 pm
Cremaster 5 (1997)
The Cremaster Cycle is Matthew Barney’s epic series of five non-linear films that combine autobiography with history, allegory, and fantasy. Cremaster 5 is set in romantic late-nineteenth-century Budapest--Harry Houdini’s birthplace. Operatic in tone and scope, and performed without dialogue, Cremaster 5 presents Ursula Andress as the Queen of the Chain, and Matthew Barney as Diva, Magician, and Giant. Free for MMoCA members; non-members pay $7.

TOUR
Saturday, February 25 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

TALK
Friday, March 2 • 6:30–7 pm
Lauren Kroiz on Harry Houdini’s American Escapes
Lauren Kroiz will locate Houdini’s magic within its turn-of-the-century Progressive-era context and examine the notion of miraculous self-liberation as a defining element of American identity for Houdini’s audiences then and contemporary artists now. 

TOUR
Saturday, March 3 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

LECTURE
Thursday, March 8 • 7–8 pm
The Friendship That Would Not Die: Lynda Barry on Matt Groenig
Lynda Barry will speak about her 35-year friendship with The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and his contribution to the history of “alt comics.” Free tickets are available at MMoCA’s lobby desk beginning at noon on Friday, March 2. Tickets are limited to two per person; no telephone or Internet reservations, please. 

TOUR
Saturday, March 10 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

KIDS
Sunday, March 11 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Kids and their families will explore works of art in ¡Tierra y Libertad! and create modeling clay stamps for making prints inspired by the stunning patterns and colors of traditional Mexican arts. 

TOUR
Saturday, March 17 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

TALK
Thursday, March 22 • 12:30–1 pm
Donald Thompson on Art and Revolutionary Ideals
Donald Thompson will discuss ways in which artists included in ¡Tierra y Libertad! sought to build a new Mexican identity. Professor Thompson will also provide information on the broader cultural setting in which the works were produced and the diffusion of revolutionary ideas. 

FILM
Friday, March 23 • 7–8:30 pm 
Repeated Saturday, March 24 • 2–3:30 pm
Cremaster 2 (1999)
Part of Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster CycleCremaster 2 is a visual re-telling of The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer’s story of convicted killer Gary Gilmore. Filmed in the style of a gothic Western, Cremaster 2 features Mailer as Harry Houdini and Barney as Gilmore. Free for MMoCA members; non-members pay $7.

TOUR
Saturday, March 24 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

TOUR
Saturday, March 31 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

TOUR
Saturday, April 14 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

KIDS
Sunday, April 15 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Ace Willie (William Litzler) will perform interactive magic routines for children, plus some of Houdini’s favorite magic tricks. Following the magic program, kids will discuss Joe Coleman’s The Man Who Walked Through Walls (Harry Houdini) and then create their own vivid portrait telling their story or the story of someone they admire. Portraits will be completed with a tooled metal frame. 

TOUR
April 21 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour

Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

EVENT 
Thursday, April 26–Sunday, May 6
Opening gala: Wednesday, April 25 • 6–9:30 pm
Design MMoCA
Design MMoCA 2012 will invite designers from a range of fields--including graphic, industrial, architectural, and interior design--to use an artwork from MMoCA’s permanent collection as the point of departure for a new professional project. Works on view will highlight a wide range of projects, and creations could include a full-scale interior setting, piece of furniture, kitchen appliance, website, or graphic design campaign. The gala opening ($65 for MMoCA members and $75 for non-members) raises funds to support MMoCA’s free-admission policy. Admission from April 26 to May 6 is free. 

TOUR
Saturday, April 28 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this 30-minute tour will consider Houdini’s craft and notoriety in relation to contemporary artworks in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic.

LECTURE
Thursday, May 3 • 7–8 pm
“Stay Awake,” A Lecture by Dan Chaon
Writer and teacher Dan Chaon reads from his short stories, and talks with Lynda Barry about ghosts and how they get around in the image world. Free tickets are limited to two per person; no telephone or Internet reservations, please. 

EVENT
Friday, May 4, 2012 • 5–9 pm
Gallery Night 
Organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Night is Madison’s semiannual celebration of the visual arts. Art lovers can look forward to free demonstrations, new works of art, and live performances at arts venues and galleries across the city. An interactive map showing participating galleries will be published on mmoca.org.

EVENT 
Friday, May 4 • 5–9 pm
MMoCA Nights
This MMoCA Night will celebrate Gallery Night, include a closing reception for Houdini: Art and Magic, and provide a chance to view Design MMoCA before it closes on May 6. Enjoy poetry and The Houdini Monlogues in the main galleries starting at 6 pm, plus live music from Classical Revolution, and Fresco hors d’oeuvres in the lobby from 7–9 pm. Free.

POETRY
Friday, May 4 • 6:30–7:30 pm
Magic and Metamorphosis: An Evening of Poetry
During this special evening of poetry, members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets will read original works that delve into themes expressed in Houdini: Art and Magic. The evening will include a performance by Karl Elder of his major work The Houdini Monologues.

KIDS
Sunday, May 6 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Make paper sculptures inspired by birds--living and illustrated--in Houdini: Art and Magic. Before exploring the exhibition and creating their sculptures, kids will meet and learn about the guest homing pigeons that live on the Madison Children’s Museum’s Rooftop Ramble. If weather permits, participants will watch the birds fly back to the Children’s Museum. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by emailing sheri@mmoca.org. Registration deadline is April 26.

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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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