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Upcoming Events Winter-Spring 2013
MMoCA Announces Upcoming Events
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 2013. Events are free except where noted. All events take place at the museum. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org.
Friday, January 18 • 5:30–9 pm
Celebrate the opening of Ellsworth Kelly Prints with this special MMoCA Night. Preview the exhibition beginning at 5:30 pm, then head to the lecture hall at 6 pm for a conversation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, the museum’s curator Richard H. Axsom, and Jordan D. Schnitzer; works in the exhibition are drawn from the collection of Mr. Schnitzer and his family foundation. Live jazz featuring Lynette Margulies and Jane Reynolds, with guest artist Nick Moran, and hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will round out the evening. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.
Friday, January 18 • 6–7 pm
Collecting Ellsworth Kelly: A Conversation with Stephen Fleischman, Richard H. Axsom, and Jordan D. Schnitzer
A Lussier Family Lecture
Artworks on view in Ellsworth Kelly Prints are from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation. In a conversation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman and curator Richard H. Axsom, Schnitzer will discuss his passion for art and explain what drew him to develop one of the largest private holdings of contemporary prints and multiples in the nation.
January 19–April 28 • Continuous
Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments
Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments traces the artist’s career, beginning with his early experiences in Paris that set the stage for the distilled and elegant paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints for which he has become internationally celebrated. Produced in 2007 by Checkerboard Film Foundation, Inc., this documentary film is 65 minutes in length and plays continuously in the main galleries Learning Center.
Saturday, February 9 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: Carol Hay on The Force of Color
Led by an MMoCA docent, this free guided tour provides tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work.
Sunday, February 10 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventure
Discover Ellsworth Kelly’s expert use of line and shape drawn from nature. Then, get your arms moving while using what you have learned to make large-scale drawings and abstract collages of fruits and vegetables. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby.
Thursday, February 21 • 12:30–1 pm
Richard H. Axsom on the Rivers Series
In this gallery talk, MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will discuss the genesis and technical development of Ellsworth Kelly’s Rivers series (2002–2005); works from the series are on view in Ellsworth Kelly Prints.
Friday, March 1 • 6–9 pm
This MMoCA Nights gathering will pay tribute to Ellsworth Kelly with a lecture by museum curator Richard H. Axsom at 6 pm, a reading of original poems inspired by Ellsworth Kelly Prints at 7 pm, plus hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. In addition, artist Michael Velliquette will present a new sculpture, created as a finale to his 2012 artist residency in Kassel, Germany. With the artist’s assistance, guests will add design elements to the sculpture. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.
Friday, March 1 • 6–6:45 pm
Richard H. Axsom Discusses the Prints of Ellsworth Kelly
MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will present an illustrated overview of Ellsworth Kelly’s prolific accomplishments in print media. Kelly’s prints stand alongside his paintings, sculptures, and drawings as singular acts of perception. Like his works in other mediums, Kelly’s prints draw on forms distilled from chance observations of nature.
Friday, March 1 • 7–8 pm
Distilled from Nature: Poetry and the Works of Ellsworth Kelly
In this special evening of poetry, members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFoP) will read original works that delve into themes expressed in Ellsworth Kelly Prints. A portfolio of poems performed during the event will be available in the exhibition’s Learning Center. Distilled from Nature: Poetry and the Works of Ellsworth Kelly is organized by MMoCA’s education department with assistance from Gillian Nevers, MMoCA docent emeritus, WFoP membership coordinator, and award-winning poet.
Saturday, March 9 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: Susan Hoffman on Ellsworth Kelly Prints
Led by an MMoCA docent, this free guided tour provides tools to consider Ellsworth Kelly’s creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of his work.
Sunday, March 10 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventure
Pull a screenprint and layer it with other images to create colorful compositions inspired by art in The Force of Color. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby.
Friday, March 15 • 6:30–7:15 pm
Andrew Rubin on Ellsworth Kelly Prints
Andrew Rubin worked with Ellsworth Kelly while at Gemini G.E.L. in the late 1980s. Among the prints he assisted with are Green Curve and Red Curve (State I), both from 1988 and on view in Ellsworth Kelly Prints. Rubin will discuss these and other Kelly prints from the perspective of a master printer, illuminating the technical feats required to produce them. Rubin is an artist and a master printer for Tandem Press at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where, for the past twenty-four years, he has helped internationally recognized artists achieve their visions in print media.
Thursday, April 4 • 12:30–1 pm
Abstract Intimacies: Ellsworth Kelly
A Talk by Michael Jay McClure
The abstractions of Ellsworth Kelly can seem achingly austere. While not discounting their formal acuity, this talk will argue that the work diagrams spaces of profound visual intimacy. In particular, McClure will consider the way that point of view becomes manifest and proximate, while also explaining how Kelly’s geometric severity nevertheless suggests a “living” relationship between supposedly discrete parts. Michael Jay McClure is assistant professor at the UW-Madison, where he teaches the history and theory of modern and contemporary art.
Friday, April 12
Visit Chicago with MMoCA
Join MMoCA for an all-day trip to Chicago. Participants will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago by luxury coach to see Picasso and Chicago, the first major Picasso show organized by the Art Institute in almost 30 years.
Saturday, April 13 • 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: Donna Rae Clasen on Ellsworth Kelly Prints
Led by a MMoCA docent, this free guided tour provides tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work.
Sunday, April 14 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventure
How do you paint a feeling? Make your own expressive painting inspired by the art in Seen/Unseen. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby.
Sunday, April 14 • 3–4:30 pm
Opening Celebration: Young at Art
Celebrate the opening of Young at Art, the biennial exhibition of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Young at Art calls attention to children’s creative potential and to the scope and variety of individual expression. It also highlights the high caliber of studio art instruction, as well as the integration of art history, science, and cultural studies in Madison’s public school art curriculum.
Thursday, April 25
Hair Affair: The Art of Hair
MMoCA will host its third biennial Hair Affair: The Art of Hair. This festive evening celebrates the fantastical art of hair design, showcasing extreme hair sculptures created by premier salons and stylists from the Madison area. This year’s styles, designed within the theme of Time Travel, are sure to thrill attendees. The event will feature seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, cocktails, a live DJ, and a silent auction with spa, salon, and other indulgent delights. The event will include 20 or more salon participants, and a VIP ticket option, with exclusive seating for the show.
Friday, May 3 • 5–9 pm
Organized by MMoCA each spring and fall, Gallery Night is Madison’s citywide 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.
Sunday, May 5 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids’ Art Adventure
Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussions of works on view in the museum’s galleries. Embrace your creative potential with a sculptural project inspired by the diverse works in Young at Art.
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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