Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Details of Dynamic Event Schedule Released: Winter to Spring 2015

MADISON, WI—The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) reveals details of a dynamic and diverse slate of programing and events. To create wide access to visual art and to help people experience the transformative power of creative expression, MMoCA provides free access to exhibitions and education programs, and hosts fantastic, low-cost events.

MMoCA invites the public to deepen their experience of art, through family programs, art talks, and hands-on art experiences. The museum offers a wide range of activities to engage audiences of all types in modern and contemporary art. Activities complement the current MMoCA exhibitions, Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo, StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art, and Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century.

Events are free except where noted. All events take place at the museum unless otherwise listed. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org.

EVENT
MMoCA Nights
Friday, March 6 · 6–9 pm
This MMoCA Night will highlight Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century, on view from February 7 through May 17, 2015 in MMoCA’s main galleries. The exhibition—the artists’ first major museum survey—includes large-scale paintings created in conjunction with various groups of people, including millennials, educators, and American soldiers serving in Iraq. At 6:30 pm, Melanie Herzog will lead a gallery talk entitled Art as a Force for Social Change. From 7:30 to 8:15 pm, members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the poets laureate of Wisconsin and Madison, and other writers will read original poems crafted in response to the exhibition. Enjoy live music from The Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band, hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.

TOUR
Drop-In Tour
Saturday, March 7 · 1–1:30 pm
Join a thought-provoking exploration of Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century focused on the artists’ work with international communities including American soldiers in Iraq, coal miners in Pennsylvania, Cairo citizens in the Arab Spring, and stateless children in Thailand. This free, drop-in tour is led by docent Susan Hoffman and meets in the MMoCA lobby.

KIDS
Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, March 8 · 1–2:30 pm
Imagine what it would be like to form your own country. Explore the photographs in Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo, then make a playset featuring a country of your creation.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. This event is great for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. Families should meet at 1 pm in MMoCA's lobby. Space is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Kids’ Art Adventures is generously funded by American Family Insurance.

TOUR
Drop-In Tour
Saturday, April 11 · 1–1:30 pm
Consider the ideas expressed in Eric and Heather ChanSchatz’s project, Madison: A Cooperative Almanac, commissioned by MMoCA on the occasion of their exhibition. This free, drop-in tour is led by docent Ann Kohl-Re and meets in the MMoCA lobby.

KIDS
Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, April 12 · 1–2:30 pm
Explore the third dimension! Take a look at the sculpture on view at MMoCA. Then make your own 3-dimensional artwork using newspaper, plastic bandages, and paint. Be sure to dress for a mess at this Kids’ Art Adventure.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. This event is great for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. Families should meet at 1 pm in MMoCA's lobby. Space is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Kids’ Art Adventures is generously funded by American Family Insurance.

EVENT
Young at Art Opening Reception
Sunday, April 12 · 3–4:30 pm
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.

EVENT
Hair Affair: The Art of Hair
Thursday, April 23 · 7–10:30 pm
MMoCA will host its fourth biennial Hair Affair: The Art of Hair. This festive evening celebrates the fantastical art of hair design. High-flying hair sculptures, designed by premier Madison-area salons, will take center-stage as models descend the museum’s stunning glass staircase and mingle with guests in the MMoCA lobby. Hair designs will reflect the theme for 2015: Cirque des Cheveux (Circus of the Hair). The evening will also feature DJ Nick Nice, seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, cocktails, and a silent auction filled with amazing and amusing items. Exclusive runway seating is available to those selecting the VIP ticket option.

EVENT
Gallery Night
Friday, May 1 · 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.

EVENT
MMoCA Nights
Friday, June 5 • 6–9 pm
Celebrate the opening of Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland at this much anticipated spring MMoCA Nights event. Preview the exhibition beginning at 6 pm. Hear more about the artist and her work at a gallery talk at 6:30 pm. Following this, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and live music in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.

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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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