Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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 2016

Details of Dynamic Event Schedule Released

Winter to Spring 2016

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

MMoCA invites the public to explore contemporary 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, Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective, Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon, Claire Stigliani, and William Kentridge.

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.

MMoCA Nights
Friday, February 5 • 6–9 pm
EVENT

Frank Stella has created a significant body of abstract art for over 50 years, and at this MMoCA Nights celebration guests will view the artist’s first major print retrospective since 1982. Beginning at 6 pm, guests may view Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective in the main galleries. At 6:30 pm, Frank Stella will be in conversation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, MMoCA senior curator Richard H. Axsom, and art collector Jordan Schnitzer. Guests will be treated to live music from Brandon Beebe and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Free for MMoCA members/ $10 for non-members. To reserve a seat in the lecture hall, please RSVP at mmoca.org/events/mmocanights. Seating is open first to MMoCA members. Overflow viewing of the Stella talk will be provided.

A Conversation with Frank Stella
Friday, February 5 • 6:30–7:30 pm
TALK

Throughout his career, Frank Stella’s drive to continuously experiment and innovate, opened up traditional print media to new possibilities. MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman will be joined by Stella, MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom, and print collector Jordan Schnitzer in a conversation about the artist’s prints. The talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 MMoCA Nights admission for non-members. Overflow viewing will be provided.

Under the Influence
Thursday,
February 11 • 6:30–9 pm
EVENT

Art can influence and inspire. Explore your creativity and experience MMoCA after hours at Under the Influence.

Begin the evening in MMoCA's Henry Street Gallery with a brief gallery talk by Jim Greco, costume studio supervisor for the UW Department of Theater and Drama, as he discusses elements of Venetian costuming featured in Death in Venice: Warrington Colescott and Thomas Mann. Then, move to the museum’s education workshop to enjoy selected food and wine pairings from Fresco as you create your very own Venetian Carnival mask, influenced by the works you’ve just seen.

$35 MMoCA members, $45 non-members. Participation is limited to guests 21+. Visit mmoca.org for tickets information. Please purchase your tickets in advance as these sessions sell out.    

Drop-In Tour
Saturday, February 13 • 12–12:30 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby.  Docent David Griffeath leads a tour of Frank Stella Prints.

Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, February 14 • 1–2:30 pm
KIDS

Help raise awareness of extinct animals by memorializing them in an abstract collage. We’ll take inspiration from Frank Stella’s Exotic Bird Series, in which the artist created colorful abstractions of endangered and extinct birds. In the workshop, choose your animal from a list of recently extinct species, and study their defining features. Then, make a Stella-inspired abstract collage to help keep that unique animal in our collective memory

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.

Cause and Effect: Frank Stella’s Prints
Thursday, March 3 • 1–1:45 pm
TALK

Frank Stella’s inventive explorations of the boundaries of printmaking will be examined by artist John Hitchcock. John Hitchcock is a professor in the UW-Madison art department where he teaches printmaking and installation art.

What You See Isn’t All You See
Thursday, March 10 • 1–2 pm
TALK

Richard H. Axsom, MMoCA's senior curator and organizer of the exhibition, will discuss Frank Stella's turn to narrative themes in the early 1980s. In his earlier abstract work, Stella disavowed any literary content and emphasized the expressive power of pure shape and color—famously declaring “What you see is what you see.” In later series, however, notably Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya, Italian Folktales, and The Moby Dick Prints series, he began to explore the potentials of “abstract narration.” Dr. Axsom will discuss what this means, how it is visualized in Stella's prints, and its great influence on contemporary art. 

Frank Stella’s The Moby Dick Prints
Friday, March 11 • 6:30–7 pm
TALK

TL Solien will discuss Frank Stella’s The Moby Dick Prints series, in which the artist continued his innovative experiments with form, imagery, and process, incorporating motifs from Hermann Melville’s epic novel. TL Solien is professor of art at the UW-Madison whose recent work has explored Melville’s Moby-Dick alongside Sena Jeter Naslund’s revisionist book, Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star Gazer.

Drop-In Tour
Saturday, March 12 • 12–12:30 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby.  Join docent Patricia Carlson for a tour of Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon

Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, March 13 • 1–2:30 pm
KIDS

Imagine a nighttime dreamscape and bring your surreal creation to life with watercolors and glow in the dark paint! Explore the magical flora and fauna in Ellen Lanyon’s painting, Arabian Nights, then create your own surrealist work inspired by her “curious worlds.”

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.

MMoCA Nights
Friday, April 8 • 6–11 pm
EVENT

MMoCA opened in its new home adjacent to the Overture Center for the Arts in April of 2006. As a part of its 10-year anniversary celebrations, MMoCA will host a special MMoCA Nights event this spring. The evening will culminate with a not-to-be-missed discussion with internationally recognized and celebrated architect Cesar Pelli, and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman. Guests can explore four exhibitions, and enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members. Look for details about priority reservations for members in MMoCA Notes emails.

A Conversation with Cesar Pelli
Friday, April 8 • 6:30–7:30 pm
TALK

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the iconic MMoCA building, its architect returns to Madison. Join us for a rare opportunity to hear internationally recognized and celebrated architect Cesar Pelli in dialogue with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman. The talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 MMoCA Nights admission for non-members. Reserve seating will open first to members. Overflow viewing will be provided.

Italian Folktales
Saturday, April 9 • 1–1:30 pm
TALK

Join Professor Ernesto Livorni in a lively discussion of the literary references in Frank Stella’s Italian Folktales series, which was inspired by and named after Italo Calvino’s collection of Italian folk stories. Ernesto Livorni teaches in the UW-Madison department of French and Italian as well as Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. His research includes modern and contemporary Italian literature, avant-garde literature and the visual arts, literary theory and criticism, and cultural studies.

Drop-In Tour
Saturday, April 9 • 12–12:45 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby. Enjoy MMoCA Behind-the-Scenes: An Architectural Tour with Ralph Jackson, Flad & Associates.

Drop-In Tour
Saturday, April 9 • 3–3:30 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby.  Join docent Gil Hillman for a tour of Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective.

Drop-In Tour
Sunday, April 10 • 12–12:30 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby.  Join docent Beckie Artos for a tour of Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon

Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, April 10 • 1–2:30 pm
KIDS

Check out the expressive and colorful compositions in Frank Stella’s Imaginary Places series, and learn how the artist used many different creative processes to create a single artwork. Then, dream up your own imaginary place and create a three-dimensional collagraph print inspired by Stella’s visual language.

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.

Drop-In Tour
Sunday, April 10 • 3–3:30 pm
TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions about the museum’s exhibitions and Cesar Pelli-designed building. The tours are free and depart from the museum’s lobby.  Join docent Bob Leschke for a tour of Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective

Frank Stella and the Had Gadya
Thursday, April 21 • 1–1:30 pm
TALK

What is the history of the Passover Seder? Was this the last meal that Jesus ate? What is the meaning of the Passover song Had Gadya? Why is modern matzah often square? Come hungry to learn the answers to these, and other, questions! Jordan Rosenblum is associate professor the UW-Madison Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies where he teaches courses on Rabbinic Judaism, Biblical Interpretation, and Food and Religion, among other subjects.

Design MMoCA Preview Gala
Friday, April 29 • 7–10 pm
EVENT

Design MMoCA 2016 kicks off with a sophisticated Preview Gala on Friday, April 29. Guests will get a first look at the design installations, mix and mingle with the participating designers, enjoy a walking dinner of interactive food stations with wine pairings, and experience inspired entertainment. Tickets are available online at mmoca.org.

Design MMoCA
on view Saturday, April 30-Sunday, May 8
EVENT

The museum will host the fifth biennial Design MMoCA from April 30– May 8, 2016. This event gives designers from a variety of disciplines the power to break free from routine and produce one-of-a-kind design installations inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection. See how these creative professionals use the museum’s art to influence their thinking and push themselves to Break the Pattern. Installations created by Design MMoCA participants will be exhibited in the museum’s galleries and lobby for 9 days, open free to the public. During the event, the museum will also host a variety of related activities, including a public meet-and-greet with the designers, gallery talks, and more.

Past participants have created a wide variety of installations including rich interior spaces, interactive digital design projects, and products—real and imagined—from industrial design firms. The 2016 Design MMoCA participants represent the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior, graphic, industrial, fashion, and textile design. Participants include Ayres Associates; Chapa Design + TheoryThree Interactive; Credo; Cricket Design Works; Design Concepts, Inc.; Jordan D. Gehman; Karina Cutler-Lake; Mali Mrozinski; OPN Architects; Strang, Inc.; Wei Dong; Yeonhee Cheong; and Yifei Zha + Kyle Neuser.

Bus Trip to Chicago
Saturday, April 30 • 7:30 am–8 pm
EVENT

Take a trip to Chicago with MMoCA. Join us for a day in the Windy City as we travel to the Art Institute of Chicago for a private guided tour of Kerry James Marshall: Mastry. Next visit the Art Institute of Chicago to view exhibitions including Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimesions and the newly re-curated contemporary collection.

For more information, visit mmoca.org or call Kaitlin Kropp at MMoCA (608.257.0158 x 224) by April 4 for reservations.

Under the Influence
Thursday,
May 12 • 6:30–9 pm
EVENT

Art can influence and inspire. Explore your creativity and experience MMoCA after hours at Under the Influence.

Begin the evening in MMoCA's main galleries with a brief gallery talk led by an artist. Then, move to the museum’s education workshop to enjoy selected food and wine pairings from Fresco as you create your very own artwork, influenced by the works you’ve just seen.

$35 MMoCA members, $45 non-members. Participation is limited to guests 21+. Visit mmoca.org for tickets information. Please purchase your tickets in advance as these sessions sell out.

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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.

Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building on State Street, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The three galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view.

Programs like MMoCA Nights, Kids Art Adventures, and Rooftop Cinema, as well as its acclaimed exhibitions, have made MMoCA a favorite downtown destination. The award-winning Museum Store offers contemporary American craft and fine jewelry, while Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant, features local, seasonal ingredients, and fine American cuisine.

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