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Date of Release: 
Friday, November 2, 2012
Contact Info: 

Elizabeth Tucker, Director of Development
608.257.0158 x 245 or elizabeth@mmoca.org

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

MMoCA Receives Grant for Mexican Modern Art Initiative

MMoCA Receives Grant for Mexican Modern Art Initiative

MADISON, WI--The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has received a $20,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation. The grant will be used to create and implement a Mexican Modern Art Initiative to exhibit and program around the museum’s significant collection of Mexican art from the early- to mid-twentieth century.

“MMoCA’s holdings in Mexican prints are among the finest and most extensive in the Midwest and this project will provide opportunities for audiences from DaneCounty and beyond to experience and learn about an important period of Mexican art and culture” said Stephen Fleischman, director of MMoCA.

The Mexican Modern Art Initiative will include an exhibition of Mexican masterworks in the museum’s Henry Street Gallery from June 2013 through June 2014. The exhibition, titled Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano, will be accompanied by an ambitious series of in-person and online education and outreach programs. Programming will include art workshops for youth (after-school) and families (during weekends), traditional Mexican performances, films, gallery talks, and other public events. On- and off-site visitors will have access to images and text about the exhibition through the museum’s website (www.mmoca.org). The project will provide opportunities for MMoCA to honor Mexican art and culture; attract diverse audiences both onsite and online; collaborate with DaneCounty community organizations; showcase MMoCA’s substantial Mexican art collection; and acknowledge Mexico as an important center for the arts in the twentieth century.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art. MMoCA serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and by offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.

Madison Community Foundation encourages, facilitates, and manages long-term philanthropy. It was established in 1942 as a tax-exempt community trust and is governed by a Board of Governors representing the broad interests of the community. Individuals and organizations interested in establishing an endowment with Madison Community Foundation or donating money to its general fund may get more details online at www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org.

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