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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA Announces Fall Events

MMoCA Announces Fall Events

Events are organized in concert with

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art exhibitions

MADISON, WI—Each year, nearly 500,000 people engage with modern and contemporary art through Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) exhibitions and events. By offering lively, engaging, and meaningful events, often free-of-charge, MMoCA connects people with visual art and supports a dynamic arts culture in Madison. 

MMoCA announces a robust schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming for the fall of 2015. Events are free except where noted. All take place at the museum unless otherwise listed. Additional information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

Gallery Conversation                                                                                             TALK

Tuesdays, 1–2 pm and Fridays, 6–8 pm

September 8 through November 6, excluding October 2 and 23

Natasha Nicholson on The Artist in Her Museum

Natasha Nicholson will provide informal discussions on her work and collections on a drop-in basis on selected Tuesday afternoons and Friday evenings. State Street Gallery.

 

Art Talk                                Thursday, September 24 ·  1–1:45 pm              TALK

From There to Here: A Brief History of the Art of Natasha Nicholson

Linda R. James will trace the development of Natasha Nicholson’s artistic career from its beginnings in California in the 1960s to the present day. Audience members are welcome to join James and Nicholson in the State Street Gallery for informal conversation after the talk. 

Linda R. James is an artist, critic, and art historian. She is assistant professor emerita, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she was recognized for outstanding teaching and service in 2012. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions and her writing has been published internationally.

  

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, September 30 ·  7 pm                    FILM

Eden (2014, France, 131 min., Digital)

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve  Cast: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian

An enthralling and euphoric portrait of the ‘90s Parisian electronic dance-music scene, Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature follows best friends Paul and Stan, as they form the DJ duo Cheers and, along with their compatriots Daft Punk, plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. In French with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

  

Gallery Night                      Friday, October 2 ·  5–9 pm                                 EVENT

Showcasing the city's vibrant arts community, Gallery Night is a long-time Madison tradition. Organized each spring and fall by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, demonstrations, and refreshments at venues throughout the city. 

 

Gallery Conversation         Friday, October 2 ·  6:30–7:15 pm                      TALK
The Artist in Her Museum

Natasha Nicholson and Thomas H. Garver will discuss the extraordinary interconnection of the artist’s life and work.

Thomas H. Garver is an art historian and Natasha Nicholson’s husband. A former curator and art museum director, Garver has most recently served as the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, and has written books on the paintings of George Tooker and the photographs of O. Winston Link, among other publications.

  

Gallery Night After Party      Friday, October 2 ·  9–11 pm              EVENT

After touring Madison's vibrant arts scene, swing by the MMoCA Lobby for an After Party from 9-11 pm. With a full night of music from DJ VPS, complimentary snacks, a cash bar by Fresco, and hands-on art activities, this party is not to be missed. MMoCA galleries will be open late so that attendees can enjoy our latest exhibitions.

Gallery Night is a free event. The Gallery Night After Party is free for members, $5 for non-members.

 

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, October 7 ·  7 pm                           FILM

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015, Iran, 82 min., Digital)

Director: Jafar Panahi(uncredited)  Cast: Jafar Panahi(uncredited)

Under house arrest for creating anti-Islamic propaganda, banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) cleverly sets Taxi almost entirely within the confines of a taxicab, in which, posing as a cabbie, he drives around Tehran. Presented almost in real-time over the course of one afternoon, Panahi picks up a variety of passengers whose differing world views and relationships to each other and to himself present a humanizing yet provocative portrait of modern Iranian society. In Farsi with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Gallery Talk                         Thursday, October 8 ·  1–1:45 pm                      TALK

Richard H. Axsom on Taking Their Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context

Join MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom for a discussion of the highlights of works acquired for the museum’s permanent collection over the past decade.

Richard H. Axsom is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he taught courses on modern and contemporary art for twenty-eight years, and is a nationally recognized art writer who has published extensively in the area of the modern and contemporary print.

  

Drop-in Tour                       Saturday, October 10 ·  1–1:30 pm                    TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for a lively and informal discussion of Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. Led by an MMoCA docent, this free, 30-minute guided tour provides you with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

  

MMoCA Nights                   Saturday, October 10 ·  6–9 pm                          EVENT

Gather your friends for this MMoCA Nights event and share an evening both lively and inspiring. Explore the exhibition, Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum, then at 6:30 pm hear the artist in discussion with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman and three scholars who contributed essays to the exhibition catalog. This unusual yet inviting installation will encourage museum attendees to consider the process of artistic creation, while providing a view into the artist’s life and career. The genre-blending sounds of Trap Saturn will fill the lobby as guests enjoy passed appetizers from Fresco.

MMoCA Nights are held in conjunction with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. The evenings feature live music, complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, and engaging visual art programs. The evenings are free

for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. MMoCA Nights are sponsored by Newcomb Construction Company and The Alexander Company with additional support from Fresco and media support from Isthmus.

  

Lussier Family Lecture      Saturday, October 10 ·  6:30–7:30 pm               TALK

Unforeseen Possibilities: The Art of Natasha Nicholson

Linda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne—all catalog essayists for The Artist in Her Museum—join Natasha Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman in a discussion of the artist’s approach to finding and creating beauty in the unexpected.

Joseph R. Goldyne is an artist and art historian who has written extensively on artists from Adolph Menzel and J.M.W. Turner to Richard Diebenkorn. Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda R. James is an artist and assistant professor emerita in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

$10 MMoCA Nights admission / Free for members.

 

Kids’ Art Adventure           Sunday, October 11 ·  1–2:30 pm                       KIDS   

Try your hand at print making. Explore the works of Wisconsin’s own master printmaker, Warrington Colescott. Then use intaglio and a la poupée (literally translated as “with a doll”) techniques to make a print or two. 

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of art on view in the museum’s exhibitions. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, October 14 ·  7 pm                         FILM

Peace Officer(2015, USA, 109 min., Digital)

Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber

Described by Indiewire as “half Thin Blue Line-style crime procedural, half political study about the militarization and overreach of police,” Peace Officer follows the work of Dub Lawrence, a former county sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team in the 1970s, only to witness that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Using his keen investigative skills that served him well as a cop, Lawrence takes on investigating several other officer-involved shootings in his community, and starts asking questions that he himself would have bristled at years before.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Gallery Conversation         Thursday, October 15 ·  1–1:30 pm                   TALK

Memory and Recollection in the Art of Natasha Nicholson

Natasha Nicholson and Thomas E.A. Dale explore how the artist's work relates to the medieval European traditions of acquiring and displaying Christian relics.

Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published two books, Relics, Prayer and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Mural Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral and, with John Mitchell, Shaping Sacred Space and Institutional Identity in Romanesque Mural Painting. His research and teaching interests include early Christian, Medieval, and Byzantine art, religious experience and the senses in Romanesque art, and cultural appropriation and hybridity.

  

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, October 21 ·  7 pm                         FILM

Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice)(2014, France, 97 min., Digital)

Directors: Lucie Borleteau  Cast: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie, Pascal Tagnati, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h

"Easily the most fascinating film to come along and challenge traditional gender roles in the past year" (Variety), Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey is the emotionally complex and provocative directorial debut of Lucie Borleteau. The film follows Alice, who, on the cusp of turning 30, leaves her fiancé ashore to join the crew of an old cargo ship as an engineer. Once on board, she discovers that she is replacing a man who has just died under mysterious circumstances and that her first great love happens to be the ship’s captain. Dramatic but not melodramatic and sexually graphic but not exploitive, Fidelio deftly captures the camaraderie and loneliness of life at sea. In French, English, Norwegian, Romanian, and Tagalog with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Art Talk                                Thursday, October 22 ·  1–2 pm                         TALK

Death in Venice

Professors James Dennis and David B. Dennis, father and son, will offer two distinct perspectives on Warrington Colescott’s portfolio, Death in Venice. As an art historian, James Dennis will discuss the relationship of Colescott’s series to contemporaneous interpretations of modern fiction by other artists of his generation. David B. Dennis, a scholar of German cultural and political history, will present an introductory overview of the great German writer, Thomas Mann, whose short story, Death in Venice, inspired Colescott’s imagery.

Warrington Colescott is a leading American printmaker and satirist who is widely known for his innovative use of intaglio techniques. He is professor emeritus in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department. James Dennis is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art History, where he taught for 36 years, until his retirement in 2000, and where he served as chair from 1980 to 1984. David B. Dennis is professor of history at Loyola University, Chicago, where he teaches courses on modern German history and the history of Western humanities, among other subjects.

 

Gallery Talk                         Friday, October 23 ·  6:30–7 pm                         TALK

Cabinets of Curiosities

Shira Brisman will discuss cabinets of curiosities—their history and early modern form—within the context of Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. The talk is presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival. 

Shira Brisman is assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches courses on the history of science and technology, the relationship of art history to language and literature, and Northern European art, among other subjects.

 

Kids’ Art Adventure           Sunday, October 25 ·  1–2:30 pm                       KIDS

Join Natasha Nicholson as she talks with seven-year-old Francesco Dale about his collection, which he keeps in a cabinet of curiosities made for him by the artist because of his early fascination with her work. Afterward, make a small cabinet of curiosities to start your own collection that includes objects brought in by the artist.             

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of art on view in the museum’s exhibitions. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children; pre-registration is required for this Kids’ Art Adventure, which is organized in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

  

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, October 28 ·  7 pm                        FILM

The Assassin (Nie Yinniang)(2015, Taiwan, 105 min., Digital)

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien  Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Juan Ching-tian 

Set during the decline of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin tells the story of Nie Yinniang, a 10-year-old daughter of an Army general, who is abducted by a nun and trained in marital arts to be an expert assassin of corrupt local politicians. After failing to complete a mission, she’s sent as punishment back to her hometown with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised, a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on selected Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, November 4 ·  7 pm                       FILM

(T)ERROR(2014, USA, 93 min., Digital)

Directors: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe 

At turns an edge-of-your-seat political thriller and a humanizing portrait of two men swept up in the FBI’s domestic counterterrorism efforts, first-time filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s (T)ERROR is a mesmerizing and powerful documentary on the modern surveillance state. 

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Kids’ Art Adventure           Sunday, November 8 ·  1–2:30 pm                      KIDS

Dream up a funky figure that can move to a groove. Check out the wild characters brought to life by the Chicago Imagists. Then, head to the education workshop to build an articulated character and make it dance.

 Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of art on view in the museum’s exhibitions. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, November 11 ·  7 pm                     FILM

The Wonders (Le meraviglie)(2014, Italy/Switzerland/Germany, 110 min., Digital)

Director: Alice Rohrwacher  Cast:Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani 

The Wonders revolves around the efforts of a father and his eldest daughter to confront the struggles of their family beekeeping operation: the former by taking on a troubled teenage boy as a farmhand, and the latter by entering the family into a reality-TV competition showcasing ancient Etruscan culture. But both the farmhand and the TV show (featuring a fantastically dressed-up Monica Bellucci) threaten to disrupt the already tenuous family dynamic. In Italian and German with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

 

Under the Influence          Thursday, November 12 ·  6–9 pm                     EVENT

Experience MMoCA after-hours. Begin the evening with a brief discussion of works in Taking Their Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context in the main galleries. Then, move to the museum’s education workshop to enjoy selected food and beverage pairings from Fresco as you create your very own masterpiece, influenced by the works you’ve just seen.                  

Supplies for Under the Influence are generously donated by Artist & Craftsman Supply. Tickets are $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. For more information and tickets, please visit mmoca.org/undertheinfluence or contact Kaitlin Kropp at 608.257.0158 x224 or kaitlin@mmoca.org.

 

Drop-in Tour                       Saturday, November 14 ·  1–1:30 pm                TOUR

Discuss the key role played by women artists such as Gladys Nilsson in the emergence of the distinctive style known as Chicago Imagism. Led an MMoCA docent, this free, 30-minute guided tour provides you with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

Arts Ball                                Saturday, November 14 ·  6 pm                          EVENT

Mark your calendar for the 45th anniversary of the Arts Ball. The “Sapphire Ball” will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Nakoma Golf Club. Gather for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, delectable dining, music, and dancing. All proceeds directly support MMoCA and Madison Symphony Orchestra.

A celebration of two of Madison's most beloved cultural institutions, the Arts Ball is an occasion to build and renew friendships while contributing to the continued vibrancy of local arts culture.

 

Spotlight Cinema                Wednesday, November 18 ·  7 pm                     FILM

Cemetery of Splendor (Rak ti Khon Kaen)(2015, Thailand, 122 min., Digital)

Director: Apichatpong WeerasethakulCast:Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, Jarinpattra Rueangram

One of the most exciting and imaginative directors working today, Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to Spotlight with Cemetery of Splendor, a beguiling and poetic meditation on historical memory and the battles we fight during sleep. The enigmatic plot ostensibly centers on a hospital full of soldiers who have contracted a mysterious sleeping sickness and are said suffer from troubling dreams, in which they fight battles of their country’s past, and the treatment they receive from a kindly volunteer and a clairvoyant, who uses her psychic powers to communicate with the dreaming men. In Thai with English subtitles.

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features Madison premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall. Visit mmoca.org for the complete schedule and program information. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.

  

Holiday Art Fair                   November 20–22                                                    EVENT

Luncheon & Preview              Friday, November 20 ·  12–2:30 pm

Open to the Public                 Friday, November 20 ·  2:30–7 pm

Saturday, November 21 ·  10 am–5 pm

Sunday, November 22 ·  10 am–3 pm

This November 20–22 MMoCA will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Holiday Art Fair. This annual event offers visitors a fun-filled weekend of artist booths, live music and dance performances, gourmet treats, and an opportunity to gather with family and friends.            

During the fair MMoCA and the Overture Center for the Arts become a shopping wonderland. Visitors will have the chance to explore over 75 booths offering art, fine craft, and specialty food favors. The fair takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, making it well timed for thoughtful gift-giving options.            

Those searching for special access and a delicious lunch will enjoy the Holiday Art Fair preview luncheon, which features a live runway show with incredible accessories and exquisite fiber works. Guests attending this opening event will have the entire Holiday Art Fair to themselves for an interlude of crowd-free shopping. The fair’s Silent Auction will offer a variety of works from the fair’s exhibiting artists and more throughout the weekend. Collectors and others looking for objects with a bit of history will enjoy the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale.

  

MMoCA Nights                   Friday, December 4 ·  6–9 pm                             EVENT

On the first Friday in December come to MMoCA to explore an exhibition of prints and paintings by magical realist artist Ellen Lanyon. A number of these works are recent additions to MMoCA's permanent collection. The Charles Walker Band will perform live, offering listeners a fusion of funk, R&B and Motown music. Hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will be passed and cocktails will be available at a cash bar. MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will offer a gallery talk on Lanyon’s work at 6:30 pm.                       

MMoCA Nights are held in conjunction with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. The evenings feature live music, complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, and engaging visual art programs. The evenings are free for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. MMoCA Nights are sponsored by Newcomb Construction Company and The Alexander Company with additional support from Fresco and media support from Isthmus.

  

Gallery Talk                         Friday, December 4 ·  6:30–7 pm                        TALK

Richard H. Axsom on Ellen Lanyon at MMoCA

Join MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom for a discussion of Lanyon’s visionary work that blends realism with surrealistic elements.

Richard H. Axsom is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he taught courses on modern and contemporary art for twenty-eight years, and is a nationally recognized art writer who has published extensively in the area of the modern and contemporary print.

$10 MMoCA Nights admission / Free for members.

 

Drop-in Tour                       Saturday, December 12 ·  1–1:30 pm                TOUR

Journey along with Warrington Colescott into the dark world of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and discover how the artist and writer illuminate art and the human condition. 

Drop-in tours offer lively and informal discussions ofcurrent exhibitions. Led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours provide you with the tools to consider artists’ creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of their work. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

Kids’ Art Adventure           Sunday, December 13 ·  1–2:30 pm                   KIDS

In Jennifer Steinkamp’s large scale animation Rapunzel 9, long strands of rampion flowers wave and flow like the tresses of the Grimm brothers’ beloved fairytale character. Recreate this movement in a lightweight mobile, dance stick, or crown and see its elements stir at the slightest breeze.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of art on view in the museum’s exhibitions. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

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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