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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events / Spring-Summer 2012

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events 
Spring-Summer 2012

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

EVENT
Friday, June 1 • 6-9 pm
MMoCA Nights
Celebrate the openings of Cecelia Condit: Within a Stone’s Throw, one must know the animals, and Seen/Unseen, three exhibitions that shine a light on the natural world in very different ways. Enjoy a gallery talk with Cecelia Condit at 6:30 pm, a 10% discount at the Museum Store, a cash bar, and live music from West Wind. Stay for the first Rooftop Cinema of the summer season at 9:30 pm. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for non-members.

TALK
Friday, June 1 • 6:30-7 pm 
Cecelia Condit on Within a Stone’s Throw
Cecelia Condit will discuss videos and photographs in the exhibition Within a Stone’s Throw. Her recent work explores views of Irelands Burren coastline and Lake Michigan. Condit has been acclaimed for more than thirty years for her ground-breaking video work. 

FILM
Friday, June 1 • 9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Rooftop Cinemas seventh season of Friday night rooftop screenings kicks off with Girl Walk // All Day by director Jacob Krupnick. This feature-length dance music video and tale of urban exploration follows three dancers traveling across New York City, as a story of rebellion, love, and discovery unfolds. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for the general public (included in MMoCA Nights admission).

TALK
Saturday, June 2 • 10:30-11 am
Animals, Image, and Text in a Technological World
Poet James Crews and visual artist Heather Swan will discuss one must know the animals from the perspectives of their creative disciplines. Together, they will explore the ways in which poetry and visual art depict the relationships of people and animals in a highly technological world, and how image and text can inform and transform each other.

TOUR
Saturday, June 2 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this free, informal tour provides visitors with the tools to consider artists creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of works on view inSeen/Unseen.

FILM
Friday, June 8 • 9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars at Rooftop Cinema’s seventh season of Friday night screenings. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm, in the museums rooftop sculpture garden, with ticket sales beginning at 8 pm. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for non-members. 

TOUR
Saturdays, June 9 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
This free, informal tour, led by a MMoCA docent, provides visitors with the tools to consider artists creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of works on view in one must know the animals.

TALK
Thursday, June 14 • 12:30-1 pm
Richard H. Axsom on one must know the animals
MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will provide an overview of one must know the animals. Axsom will highlight some of the many ways that animals have captivated artists' imaginations and examine key works in the exhibition that illuminate our relationship to the animal world.

FILM
Friday, June 15 • 9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars at Rooftop Cinema’s Friday night screenings. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm, in the museums rooftop sculpture garden, with ticket sales beginning at 8 pm. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for non-members. 

EVENT
Art Cart EXTRA! (Begins Saturday, June 16)
Art Cart (Begins Monday, June 18)
The museums popular, free outdoor art programs are on the road again! Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison and Dane County this summer. As always, the programs will bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects. See mmoca.org for a full summer schedule. 

TOUR
Saturday, June 16 • 11:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this free, informal tour provides visitors with the tools to consider artists creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of works on view inSeen/Unseen.

TALK
Thursday, June 21 • 12:30-1:15 pm
McConnell and Axsom on Animals, People, and Art
Patricia McConnell and curator Richard H. Axsom discuss the complicated and often contradictory relationship between people and animals. The conversation will integrate Dr. McConnell’s expertise in zoology and comparative psychology and Dr. Axsom's knowledge of art history.

FILM
Friday, June 22 • 9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars at Rooftop Cinema’s Friday night screenings. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm, in the museums rooftop sculpture garden, with ticket sales beginning at 8 pm. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for non-members. 

TOUR
Saturday, June 23 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this free, informal tour provides visitors with the tools to consider artists creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of works on view in one must know the animals.

FILM
Friday, June 29 • 9:30 pm
Rooftop Cinema
Bring a blanket or camp chair and enjoy an evening of avant-garde films under the stars at Rooftop Cinema’s last screening of the summer. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm, in the museums rooftop sculpture garden, with ticket sales beginning at 8 pm. Free for MMoCA members, $7 for non-members. 

TOUR
Saturday, June 30 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Led by a MMoCA docent, this free, informal tour provides visitors with the tools to consider artists creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of works on view in one must know the animals.

EVENT
Saturday, July 14 • 9 am-6 pm 
Sunday, July 15 • 10 am-5 pm
Art Fair on the Square 
With more than 450 exhibiting artists, including over 100 who are participating for the first time, Art Fair on the Square is once again the perfect place to buy fine art and craft. This summer's fair also features a new digital-art category for signed, limited-edition works created with the use of a computer, and printed on archival materials. Eleven Best of Show artists from the 2011 will also be exhibiting. The fair is rounded out by three entertainment stages, delicious foods from world cuisines, and games and art activities for kids.

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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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