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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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MMoCA Nights Kicks off Summer on June 7

MMoCA Nights Kicks off Summer
Event Features New Exhibitions and Launches Rooftop Cinema

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art welcomes summer with three new exhibitions, the launch of MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema series, as well as numerous gallery talks and events. This season of activities will be kicked-off at MMoCA Nights on June 7; when every gallery and space will feature newly displayed exhibitions and art works.

MMoCA Nights · Friday, June 7

Rooftop Sculpture Garden · 6–9 pm
Opening Reception
I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III

State Street Gallery
I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III

Main Galleries
Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950

Henry Street Gallery
Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano

Rooftop Sculpture Garden · 9:30–11 pm
Rooftop Cinema
The Hellstrom Chronicle

MMoCA Nights will feature the exhibition opening of I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III. Excitement has been building for this first solo museum exhibition of Smith’s work—canvases activated with bold color, gestural brushstrokes and complex narratives. The opening reception for this exhibition will feature a gallery talk by the artist, appetizers from Fresco and music by Combustible Trio. This exhibition will be on view in the museum’s State Street Gallery through September 1, 2013.

Also opening on June 7, will be Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano (Masters of Mexican Modern Art), showcasing the artists who, more than any others, defined Mexican Modernism in the 1920s and 1930s: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Frida Kahlo, Leopoldo Méndez, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. The paintings, prints, and photographs that comprise the exhibition are drawn from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which is particularly strong in twentieth-century Mexican art. The exhibition will be on view in MMoCA’s Henry Street Gallery through June 2014.

The exhibition Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 also draws from the strengths of MMoCA’s permanent collection and will also be on view June 7. Just as a “focal point” in photography indicates an area of sharp focus, Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 concentrates on important thematic interests of American photographers over the last six decades—The American Road, City and Suburb, Fantasy, Nature, The Body, Rural America, and We the People. Together they begin to answer the question, “What is American about American photography?”

MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema will launch at dark the evening of June 7, with The Hellstrom Chronicle, directed by Walon Green and Ed Speiegel. Part sci-fi thriller, part-eco horror film, and winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1972, The Hellstrom Chronicle is narrated by a fictional entomologist who is so shaken by the savagery and ferocity of the predatory insect world that he sets out to warn mankind of its danger. Featuring stunning microphotography of a variety of insects and plants that includes ultra close-ups of wars between ant colonies and a gigantic praying mantis practicing cannibalism, New York Magazine called the film "a stunner”.

MMoCA Events and Activities – June through August, 2013

SALE
June 1–30
Museum Store Special
25% off the store's entire selection of Acme’s stock of business card holders, money clips, writing instruments and cuff links. No additional discounts may be applied.

EVENT
Friday, June 07 · 6–9 pm
MMoCA Nights
Gather at MMoCA on the first Friday in June to kick off the museum’s summer season. Enjoy an opening celebration for three new exhibitions: I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III; Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950; and Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano. Attend a gallery talk with Leslie Smith at 6:30 pm, receive a 10% discount* in the Museum Store throughout the evening, and take in the evening sun on MMoCA’s rooftop. Live music and refreshments from Fresco will be offered in the sculpture garden. After sunset, watch the season’s first Rooftop Cinema film. MMoCA Nights are free for museum members and $10 for non-members. (*Discount available 5–8 pm. May be combined with member discounts, but may not be combined with other discounts. Some exclusions apply.)

TALK
Friday, June 07 · 6:30–7 pm
A Gallery Talk with Leslie Smith III
As part of an MMoCA Nights celebration, Leslie Smith III will discuss his paintings on view in the museum’s State Street Gallery. Smith draws inspiration from the world around him, making allusions to contemporary cultural issues while also engaging the rich history of his medium. State Street Gallery.

FILM
Friday, June 07 · 9–11 pm
Rooftop Cinema: The Hellstrom Chronicle
Dirs. Walon Green and Ed Spiegel
1971, USA, 90 min.
Part sci-fi thriller, part-eco horror film, and winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1972, The Hellstrom Chronicle film is narrated by a fictional entomologist who is so shaken by the savagery and ferocity of the predatory insect world that he sets out to warn mankind of its danger. Featuring stunning microphotography of a variety of insects and plants that include ultra close-ups of wars between ant colonies and a gigantic praying mantis practicing cannibalism. "Documentary truths have been compiled with such mastery in The Hellstrom Chronicle that [it] is simply--and literally--a stunner" (New York Magazine).

TOUR
Saturday, June 08 · 1–1:30 pm
Drop-In Tour: Gil Hillman on Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950
Led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours provide visitors with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

TALK
Thursday, June 13 · 12:30–1:15 pm
Richard H. Axsom on What’s American about American Photography?
In this gallery talk, MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will discuss developments in recent American photography and speak to those qualities that distinguish it from other national traditions. To do this, he will address seven photographs that incorporate the themes on which the Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 exhibition is organized, which include The American Road, City and Suburb, Fantasy, Nature, The Body, Rural America, and We the People. Main galleries.

FILM
Friday, June 14 · 9–11 pm
Rooftop Cinema: The Short Videos of Miranda July
Before making her acclaimed features Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) and The Future (2011), Miranda July was a successful performance artist, musician, and creator of short videos, which combined all of her artistic endeavors. Her shorts have screened widely at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. This program features five of July’s short videos made from 1996-2003.

Atlanta (1996, USA, Digital, 10 min.)
The Amateurist (1998, USA, Digital, 14 min.)
Nest of Tens (1999, USA, Digital, 29 min.)
Getting Stronger Every Day (2001, USA, Digital, 7 min.)
Haysha Royko (2003, USA, Digital, 4 min.)

EVENT
Monday, June 17 · 5–7 pm
MMoCA Volunteers: Annual Meeting and Rooftop Cookout
Current volunteers and anyone considering donating time, are invited to the annual MMoCA Volunteers Meeting & Cookout. This is a great time to talk with other volunteers, MMoCA Volunteers board members, and museum staff, and to hear about upcoming activities. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner grilled up by MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, as a thank you to everyone for their dedication. Email eventsasst@mmoca.org for more information or to RSVP.

TALK
Thursday, June 20 · 12:30–1 pm
Leah Kolb on the Paintings of Leslie Smith III
Leah Kolb, MMoCA associate curator, will examine the paintings of Leslie Smith III, highlighting the artist’s joining of abstraction with representation and the meanings that underlie his works. Smith creates boldly colored paintings using an expressionist style to convey ideas about the self and society. State Street Gallery.

FILM
Friday, June 21 · 9–11 pm
Rooftop Cinema: Animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada has been producing animated short films for over 70 years. Among them dozens have been nominated for Oscars and 12 have won. The seven films in this program highlight some of the more abstract and creative animated shorts and span from 1955 through 2013.

Blinkity Blank (Norman McLaren, 1955, Canada, Digital, 5 min.)
Angel (Derek May, 1966, Canada, Digital, 7 min.)
Spheres (René Jodoin & Norman McLaren, 1969, Digital, 7 min.)
Mindscape (Jacques Drouin, 1976, Canada, Digital, 8 min.)
Quilt (Gayle Thomas, 1996, Canada, Digital, 7 min.)
The Clockmakers (Renaud Hallée, 2013, Canada, Digital, 4 min.)

TOUR
Saturday, June 22 · 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: Don Thompson on Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano
Led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours provide visitors with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

FILM
Friday, June 28 · 9–11:00 pm
Rooftop Cinema: Experiments with Space and Time
This series of rarely screened short films explore the humorous side of experimental film. Fisher’s Turning Over (1973), about a car odometer turning over from 99,999 to 100,000 miles is one of the overlooked masterpieces of the genre. Additional films will announced. (Total runtime is estimated to be 45 minutes.)

Water Work (Tony Hill, 1987, UK, 11 min.)
Turning Over (Morgan Fisher, 1973, USA, Digital, 15 min.)
Other films to be announced.

SALE
July 1–12
Museum Store Special
25% off the store’s entire selection of books for adults and children.

EVENT
Saturday, July 13 · 9–6 pm
Sunday, July 14 · 10–5 pm
Art Fair on the Square
One of the Midwest's most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts will return to the Capitol Square in July as MMoCA presents the 55th annual Art Fair on the Square. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as more than 450 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison's Capitol Square each year.

TOUR
Saturday, July 13 · 1–1:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: Jane Scharer on I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III
Led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours provide visitors with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

EVENT
Friday, August 23 · 6–9 pm
MMoCA Nights
Delve into the culture of Mexico. Join MMoCA and others for a festive celebration for Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano, the museum’s year-long celebration of Mexican Modernist prints and paintings. At 6:30 pm, a gallery talk by Jim Escalante will focus on photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo on view in the exhibition. Linger in the sculpture garden for live music, a film screening, complimentary Latin-themed hors d’ouevres from Fresco, a cash bar, and a 10% discount at the Museum Store. MMoCA Nights are free for museum members and $10 for non-members.

TALK
Friday, August 23 · 6:30–7 pm
Jim Escalante on Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s photographic achievement extends nearly throughout the twentieth century. Artist and educator Jim Escalante will offer a discussion of Álvarez Bravo photographs on view in Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano. Henry Street Gallery.

EXHIBITION SPONSORSHIP

Generous support for I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III has been provided by Dan and Natalie Erdman; Quarles & Brady LLP; the Exhibition Initiative Fund; Dane Arts with additional funds from The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.

Generous support for Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 has been provided by The DeAtley Family Foundation, Perkins Coie LLP, MillerCoors, a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and MMoCA Volunteers.

Generous support for Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano, and all exhibitions in the Henry Street Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, has been provided by an endowment established by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Related education programming is made possible through a major grant from the Madison Community Foundation.

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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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