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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events Fall 2012

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events 
Fall 2012

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

EVENT
Saturday, September 8 • 6:30-9 pm
MMoCA Nights
Celebrate the opening of MMoCA’s main galleries exhibition Leo Villareal. Preview the exhibition beginning at 6:30 pm, then head to the lecture hall to hear Animating Light, a presentation by curator JoAnne Northrup. Live music from Null Device and hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will round out the evening. Free for MMoCA members; non-members pay $10.

TALK
Saturday, September 8 • 7-8 pm
Animating Light: A Presentation by JoAnne Northrup
New York-based light sculptor Leo Villareal is the most prominent light artist of his generation. Leo Villareal exhibition curator JoAnne Northrup will describe the progression of the artist’s career and place his work within the context of art history. Free for museum members; non-members pay $10 (MMoCA Nights admission).

KIDS
Sunday, September 9 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
View the video installation and photo-collages in Cecelia Condit: Within a Stone’s Throw, then go outside to make texture rubbings that will form the background for a narrative image. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

TALK
Friday, September 14 • 6:30-7 pm
Substantiation: Leo Villareal--A Talk by Michael Jay McClure 
Join Michael Jay McClure as he discusses the work of Leo Villareal as the latest provocation in a long-standing conversation within the field of contemporary art. Central to this debate, says McClure, is the question: “What are we to do when a work of art becomes immaterial, distributed over a network, and subject to radical change?”

FILM
Thursday, September 20 • 7-9 pm
Spotlight Cinema Presents I Wish
A lighthearted and uplifting tale of childhood fantasy and longing, I Wish revolves around two young brothers who dream of reuniting their family. The latest feature film from acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (After Life, Nobody Knows) is “delicate and observant … A lovely and piquant examination of childhood” (The New York Times). Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

FILM
Thursday, October 4 • 7-9 pm
Spotlight Cinema Presents Take This Waltz
Director Sarah Polley’s second feature is an engaging and emotionally generous story of a young married couple (brilliantly played by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen) whose comfortable relationship starts to buckle under the looming threat of infidelity. Intelligent, witty, and heartbreaking, Take This Waltz is an honest portrayal of the joyful and devastating impermanence of love and infatuation. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

EVENT
Friday, October 5 • 5-9 pm
Gallery Night
Mark your calendar for an evening of special art events throughout Madison, including openings, talks, demonstrations, and intriguing new events and destinations. Details and a map of participating locations will be posted on mmoca.org and in the October 5 issue of Isthmus.

EVENT
Friday, October 5 • 5-9 pm
MMoCA Nights
This MMoCA Nights will celebrate the opening of The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter with a talk by the artist, live music from Clocks in Motion, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar—plus book signings by Sue Lawton and Robert Lostutter.

EVENT
Friday, October 5 • 5-9 pm
Sue Lawton Book Signing
At the Museum Store, Milwaukee artist and author Sue Lawton will be signing copies of her new book, The Circus and the Cyclone, which she describes as a “fantastical illustrated novel featuring a traveling circus, a devastating tornado and tragic love.”

TALK
Friday, October 5 • 6:30–7 pm
Robert Lostutter Discusses His Work
Robert Lostutter will offer a gallery talk on his work as part of the opening celebration for The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter. The artist has been a leading figure in Chicago’s visual art scene for more than thirty years, gaining special prominence for his finely rendered, visionary portraits of hybrid bird- and orchid-men.

EVENT
Friday, October 5 • 7–7:30 pm
Robert Lostutter Book Signing
Artist Robert Lostutter will be available in MMoCA’s lobby to sign copies of a richly illustrated, 60-page catalog of the exhibition The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter. The catalog includes an essay by MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom and a conversation with the artist.

TOUR
Saturday, October 13 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Marie Wunsch discusses The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter

KIDS
Sunday, October 14 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Create masks inspired by Robert Lostutter’s hybrid beings—just in time for Halloween. What will you become? This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

FILM
Thursday, October 18 • 7-9 pm
Spotlight Cinema Presents 17 Girls (17 Filles
Inspired by real events that took place in the U.S., directors Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative debut feature focuses on a group of disaffected teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact to become pregnant. 17 Girls is a chilling reflection on adolescence, body image, friendship, and the perplexing realities of growing up. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

TALK
Thursday, October 25 • 12:30–1 pm
Fred Stonehouse on the Art of Robert Lostutter
Fred Stonehouse will discuss works on view in The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter, focusing on the artist’s sumptuous use of color, flawless craftsmanship, and fantastic imagery. An assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department, Fred Stonehouse is nationally known for his finely crafted, highly symbolic paintings.

EVENT
Saturday, October 27 • 7 pm
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 1 • 7-9 pm
Spotlight Cinema Presents Holy Motors 
The sensation of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, former enfant terrible Leos Carax’s first feature in thirteen years is as mad and exhilarating as movies come. Starring a mind-bogglingly chameleonic Denis Lavant in 11 overlapping roles, Holy Motors unfolds as an epic limousine ride through, above, and beneath the streets of Paris. Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

TALK
Thursday, November 8 • 12:30–1:15 pm
Richard H. Axsom on the Hybrids of Robert Lostutter
MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will discuss the connection between mythological and religious “hybrid beings” and Robert Lostutter’s figures that combine human features with attributes of birds and orchids. Axsom will address the history and cultural significance of these creatures, and suggest connections between their meanings and Lostutter’s works.

TOUR
Saturday, November 10 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Gil Hillman discusses Leo Villareal.

KIDS
Sunday, November 11 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Explore the lights and colors of Leo Villareal’s dynamic installations before weaving colored cellophane into sun catchers. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

EVENT
Friday, November 16 • 2:30-8 pm
Saturday, November 17 • 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, November 18 • 10 am-3 pm
Holiday Art Fair
Treat yourself to a weekend of art, live entertainment, and delicious treats at the 42nd annual Holiday Art Fair. The beautiful spaces of MMoCA and OvertureCenter for the Arts will be the scene of good cheer, as fairgoers amble among more than 80 booths offering art, fine craft, and gourmet food gifts. Admission fee to be announced.

FILM
Thursday, November 29 • 7-9 pm
Spotlight Cinema Presents In the Family
Debut director Patrick Wang’s In the Family is a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-dad families, parental loss, interracial relations, and the human side of the law. A tour-de-force of truly independent filmmaking, Wang wrote, directed, produced, and co-starred in what Roger Ebert hailed as a courageous “indie masterpiece.” Free for museum members; non-members pay $7.

EVENT
Friday, December 7 • 6:30-9 pm
MMoCA Nights
This special MMoCA Nights will be presented in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute. The evening will feature a discussion with the institute’s artist-in-residence, Sally Gross. Gross’s students will perform site-responsive performances inspired by the museum’s main galleries exhibition, Leo Villareal. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

EVENT
Friday, December 7 • 7-8:15 pm
Sally Gross / Performance
Enjoy a discussion with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute’s artist-in-residence, Sally Gross. A New York-based choreographer and performer, Gross has been a dynamic presence in the dance world for over forty years. Gross’s students will perform site-responsive performances inspired by the museum’s main galleries exhibition, Leo Villareal, prior to the discussion.

TOUR
Saturday, December 8 • 1-1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour
Cindy Koschmann discusses The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter.

KIDS
Sunday, December 9 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventures
Make a holiday ornament inspired Alyson Shotz’s sculpture Cocoon, using beads, wire, and Fresnel lenses. This activity is planned for 6- to 10-year-olds.

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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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