Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA Announces a Dynamic Slate of Events for Spring – Summer 2015

MADISON, WI--The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a robust schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming for the spring and summer of 2015. With family events, 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 MMoCA exhibitions Coordinates, Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland, and Death in Venice: Warrington Colescott and Thomas Mann.

Events are free except where noted. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

EVENTS, LECTURES, FILMS, AND KIDS’ PROGRAMS

Monday, May 18 ·  5–6:30 pm ·  Lobby and Main Galleries   Artwork Unveiling

Be the first to see the just-completed painting about Madison by Eric and Heather ChanSchatz. Take advantage of this special opportunity to see this new work of art as well as the seven monumental works in the exhibition, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century, which will be taken down the following day. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which is typically closed on Mondays will open just for this special event and opportunity. All are invited to attend.

The internationally known, New York-based artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz have been in residence in Madison since the summer of 2014. During this time the artists have been exploring Madison’s layered identity and engaging the public in the development of Madison: A Cooperative Almanac. People across Madison were invited to complete a questionnaire (selection sheet) on one of 70 different subjects. Their responses have informed the large-scale acrylic on linen painting, PTG.0312 Civilization (Cities) / Citizens and communities of Madison, WI. The artists are currently painting this work in a studio situated within the main galleries at MMoCA, amidst the exhibition, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century. This arrangement allows museum visitors to observe the creation of this new artwork.

 

Friday, June 5 ·  6–9 pm ·  Main Galleries and Rooftop                MMoCA Nights

Come to MMoCA on the first Friday in June to enjoy the openings of three summer exhibitions: Coordinates, Warrington Colescott’s portfolio, Death in Venice, and regionalist works in Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland. View the works in the exhibitions throughout the evening, and hear a compelling gallery talk on Lois Ireland’s early works at 6:30 pm with MMoCA’s curator, Richard H. Axsom. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform live music in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden, and Fresco will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres. Members free/$10 MMoCA Nights admission.

 

Friday, June 5 ·  6:30–7:00 pm ·  State Street Gallery                       Gallery Talk

Richard H. Axsom on Wisconsin Pastorale

Lois Ireland is best known for lyrical scenes of rural Wisconsin painted during the 1940s and 50s. MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will offer a curatorial overview of her work on view in Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland. Members free/$10 MMoCA Nights admission.

 

Friday, June 5 ·  Sundown (9:30 pm approx.)           Rooftop Cinema

W.O.R.D. G.A.M.E.S.

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

“W.O.R.D. G.A.M.E.S” is a hilarious collection of shorts, all of which hinge on creative uses of language and invite audience participation.

Word Movie (Fluxfilm 29) (Paul Sharits, USA, 1966, 16mm, 4 min.)

Associations (John Smith, UK, 1975, 16mm, 7 min.)

Test (Kerry Laitala, USA, 1998, 16mm, 3 min.)

Bleu Shut (Robert Nelson, USA, 1970, 16mm, 30 min.)

Gargantuan (John Smith, UK, 1992, 16mm, 1 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is included in the MMoCA Nights admission fee.

 

Friday, June 12 ·  Sundown (9:30 pm approx.)            Rooftop Cinema

Powers of Light and Space

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

 “The Powers of Light and Space” features four shorts, at turns funny and poignant, that explore everything from the abstract light and shadow play on a bowl of blueberries in Larry Gottheim’s Blues, to the depths of outer space and the human body in Charles and Ray Eames’s classic Powers of Ten.

Pas de Deux (Norman McLaren, Canada, 1968, digital, 13 min.)

Blues (Larry Gottheim, USA, 1970, 16mm, 8 min.)

The Black Tower (John Smith, UK, 1987, 16mm, 24 min.)

Powers of Ten (New Version) (Charles and Ray Eames, USA, 1977, 16mm, 8 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is included in the MMoCA Nights admission fee.

 

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14                      Mata Ortiz Trunk Show  
                                                                     Lecture and Film

The Mata Ortiz Ceramics Phenomenon

Unrivaled, award-winning, contemporary art pottery and jewelry from Mata Ortiz is coming to Madison. MMoCA is hosting a Mara Ortiz trunk show featuring this exquisite pottery and jewelry made from pot shards. Visitors can see over 100 pieces of art, enjoy artist demonstrations, hear a lecture, and watch a film on the Mata Ortiz phenomenon.

ARTIST DEMOS

Sat, June 13, at 2 pm and 5 pm

Sun, June 14, 1 pm

LECTURE· Sat, June 13, 11 am

Madison collector Terry Haller and Mexican culture expert Diana Acosta will discuss the amazing history and stunning ceramics of Mata Ortiz. This movement was started in 1975 by a farmer named Juan Quezada and today the majority of the community are potters.

FILM· Sat, June 13, 12 pm

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

In the 1970s, a movement to create pottery in the impoverished Mexican village of Mata Ortiz, began with one man, Juan Quezada, and his patron, Spencer MacCallum. Today, this fine craft is the primary livelihood of a majority of households in the village.

 

Weekdays, June 18 – August 13                                      Art Cart

Saturdays, June 20 – August 1, excluding July 4                 Art Cart EXTRA!

These free outdoor art programs are on the road again! Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches across Dane County this summer. As always, the programs bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to art projects.

Beginning Thursday, June 18, Art Cart will start touring Madison. On Saturday, June 20, Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the area communities of Black Earth, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. Download the full schedule at mmoca.org.

Art Cart is a joint project of MMoCA and Madison School & Community Recreation. Art Cart EXTRA! is a program of MMoCA.

 

Friday, June 19 ·  Sundown (9:30 pm approx.)                    Rooftop Cinema

Cause and Effect

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

“Cause and Effect” is anchored by one of Rooftop’s most popular films – gauged by the number of patrons dining in Fresco that 2008 evening who abandoned their dinner to stare out at the screen – Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s incredible, Rube Goldberg-like chain reaction in The Way Things Go.

Frank Film (Frank and Caroline Mouris, USA, 1952, 16mm, 9 min.)

Glas (Bert Haanstra, Holland, 1958, 16mm, 12 min.)

The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge) (Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Switzerland, 1987, 30 min., 16mm.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is included in the MMoCA Nights admission fee.

 

Thursday, June 25 ·  12:30–1:00 pm ·  Main Galleries                   Gallery Talk

David Griffeath on Mathematics and the Visual Arts

Drawing on selected works from Coordinates, David Griffeath will illustrate aspects of the history of mathematical influences on the visual arts, contrasting aesthetics of math and art, and the impact of recent directions in math and science on contemporary art.

David Griffeath is a retired mathematician who specialized in probability and complex spatial dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chairing the Department of Mathematics from 2002-2005. His research included the study of pattern formation in physical and social systems such as spontaneous spiral nucleation, snow crystal growth, and emergence of traffic jams.

 

Friday, June 26 ·  Sundown (9:30 pm approx.)                      Rooftop Cinema

Slow Movement

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

“Slow Movement”, a collection of four favorites screened on June 26, includes John Smith’s hilarious Girl Chewing Gum, and JJ Murphy’s mesmerizing Sky Blue Water Light Sign.

Breakaway (Bruce Conner, US, 1966, 16mm, 5 min.)

The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith, UK, 1976, 16mm, 12 min.)

Sky Blue Water Light Sign (JJ Murphy, USA, 1972, 16mm, 9 min.)

Turning Over (Morgan Fisher, 1973, USA, digital, 15 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is included in the MMoCA Nights admission fee.

 

Saturday, July 11, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm                  Art Fair on the Square

Sunday, July 12 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Many have relished MMoCA’s Art Fair on the Square over the last 56 years, and nearly 200,000 art enthusiasts will enjoy the 2015 fair. Art Fair on the Square offers visitors the opportunity to see and purchase a wide range of fine artwork from hundreds of active artists from around the country, hear live music, and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s fair has drawn exciting new artists, along with the returning 13 artists who received 2014 Best of Show Awards and the over 50 Invitational Award artists. Additionally, fair visitors will be delighted by the works of Angie Pickman, the 2015 Featured Artist. Her two-dimensional pieces involve a precise method of cutting heavy weight drawing papers and colored tissue papers. Summer Song, the featured artwork, will be on display in the popular silent auction tent over the weekend of the fair.

Art Fair on the Square continues to be one of the largest art fairs in the Midwest, and is rated among the very best art shows in the United States by artists across the country, and by several arts and trade publications. The Art Fair is MMoCA’s most important annual fund raiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions, education programs, and the preservation of its permanent collection. Preview each artist’s works at mmoca.org beginning June 1.

 

Thursday, August 13·  6:30 – 9:00 pm                                Under the Influence

Experience MMoCA after-hours with the museum’s newest series, Under the Influence, on Thursday, August 13. Enjoy an evening in MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture garden as you participate in an interactive art experience while enjoying food and beverage pairings from Fresco.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30. Media sponsorship is provided by Yelp; supplies for Under the Influence are generously donated by Artist & Craftsman Supply. For more information, please visit mmoca.org/undertheinfluence or contact Kaitlin at 608.257.0158 x224 or kaitlin@mmoca.org.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 13, to finish the 2015 Under the Influence series.

 

Friday, August 21 ·  6:00–9:00 pm                               MMoCA Nights/Opening

Join us in August to celebrate the opening of Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. Guests will be able to engage with the forms and ideas that have shaped and continue to inform her work. Milwaukee-based Painted Caves will play Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelic music in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden, and Fresco will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres. Members free/$10 MMoCA Nights admission.

 

Friday, August 21 ·  Sundown (8 pm approx.)Rooftop Cinema

Our Animated Worlds

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

Rooftop Cinema concludes in August with “Our Animated Worlds,” a collection of six of the most creative and beloved animated shorts shown over the years.

Spiral (Emily Breer, USA, 1987, 16mm, 12 min.)

Trikfilm 3 (George Griffin, USA, 1973, 16mm, 4 min.)

Ryan (Chris Landreth, Canada, 2004, digital, 14 min.)

Neighbours (Norman McLaren, Canada, 1952, digital, 9 min.)

Tunnel of Love (Helen Hill, USA, 1996, digital, 5 min.)

The Lost Thing (Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan, Australia, 2010, digital, 15 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 7:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is included in the MMoCA Nights admission fee.

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The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) provides free exhibitions and education programs; creating transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community. As an independent, non-profit museum, MMoCA plays an important role, providing direct experiences with works of art to a wide audience, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas, and offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.

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