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Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA Announces a Dynamic Slate of Events Spring – Summer 2016

MMoCA Announces a Dynamic Slate of Events
Spring – Summer 2016

 

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 2016. 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 Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows, Our Good Earth, Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers, andAll-Licensed Fool: Animations by Allison Schulnik and Wong Ping. Events are free except where noted. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

EVENTS, LECTURES, FILMS, AND KIDS’ PROGRAMS

Friday, June 3, 6–9 pm          Throughout MMoCA                             Event

MMoCA Nights

Come to MMoCA on the first Friday in June to enjoy the opening of four new exhibitions: Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows, Our Good Earth, Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers, andAll-Licensed Fool: Animations by Allison Schulnik and Wong Ping.

Claire Stigliani will discuss her work at 6:30 pm in the lecture hall. Stigliani is known for her mixed-media drawings and paintings that fuse together references to fairytales, autobiography, and pop culture to explore contemporary notions of femininity. For her solo show at MMoCA, the artist transforms her two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional, miniaturized puppet sets, which she then uses to create loosely narrative videos.

The evening will also feature live music from The Kissers—with a fresh, original Celtic sound—in the rooftop sculpture garden.

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 always 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.

 

Friday, June 3, 6:30–7:15 pm               Lecture Hall                  Artist Talk

Artist talk: Claire Stigliani

Claire Stigliani often explores the intersection of history and pop culture in her work, and frequently appears as a character in her pictorial narratives. Her subjects have ranged from Marie Antoinette, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and Anna Nicole Smith, to artists Kiki Smith and Sophie Calle. In this artist talk, Stigliani will discuss her most recent work on view in Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows.

Stigliani received a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2015, which recognizes artists making exceptional work in the visual arts and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 MMoCA Nights admission for non-members.

 

June 3, 9:30 pm                   Rooftop Sculpture Garden             Rooftop Cinema

Summer of Animation: The Early Films of Don Hertzfeldt

Bring a friend, grab a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of independent films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its eleventh season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden, with the Summer of Animation. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm in June and 8:30 pm in August.

Rooftop Cinema kicks-off the summer with four shorts by Don Hertzfeldt, one of the greatest animators working today. Before he wowed audiences with his feature It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) or his Academy Award-nominated short World of Tomorrow (2015), Don Hertzfeldt spent nearly two decades making hilariously absurdist minimalist works. All meticulously hand-drawn and uproariously funny, his films tackle everything from the awkwardness of a bad date to the story of human evolution.

Lily and Jim (Hertzfeldt, USA, 1997, digital, 13 min.)
An extremely awkward blind date goes off the rails in Hertzfeldt’s hilariously smart dialogue-heavy short. 

Billy’s Balloon (Hertzfeldt, USA, 1998, digital, 6 min.)
The simple yet bewildering story of a boy and his balloon. Made while Hertzfeldt was still a student, the film screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance that same year.

Rejected (Hertzfeldt, USA, 2000, digital, 10 min.)
A series of surreal vignettes structured around the premise that the segments are rejected commercials for the Family Learning Center, Rejected gave Hertzfeldt his first Oscar nomination.

The Meaning of Life (Hertzfeldt, USA, 2005, digital, 13 min.)
The product of nearly four years of work and thousands of animations, The Meaning of Life tells an epic story of the Earth’s evolution.

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Admission is in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm in June, 7:30 in August. On rainy evenings films are shown in the lecture hall.

 

June 10, 9:30 pm                  Rooftop Sculpture Garden              Rooftop Cinema

Summer of Animation: Naoyuki Tsuji's Magical World

Bring a friend, grab a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of independent films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its eleventh season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden, with the Summer of Animation. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm in June and 8:30 pm in August.

Using charcoal, pastels, and puppetry, Naoyuki Tsuji creates subtle yet gorgeously haunting animated works. This program features five of Tsuji’s transfixing shorts, which transport the viewer into the director’s dreamlike universe in which objects and people are constantly transforming and the past can never be fully erased. Tsuji’s films have been described as existing “somewhere between manga and the Brothers Grimm” and have screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Wake Up (Tsuji, Japan, 1992, digital, 4 min.)
One of Tsuji’s early films, Wake Up features both puppetry and charcoal drawing animation to create a nightmarish world.

For Almost Forgotten Stories (Tsuji, Japan, 1994, digital, 10 min.)
An ethereal and dark tale in which the protagonist looks to free himself of his worldly burdens.

Experiment (Tsuji, Japan, 1997, digital, 4 min.)
A short experiment with the medium of film.

A Feather Stares at the Dark (Tsuji, Japan, 2003, digital, 17 min.)
An epic tale between good and evil of the pre-world transformation the Earth as we know it.

Trilogy About Clouds (Tsuji, Japan, 2005, digital, 13 min.)
Comprised of three shorter films, Breathing Clouds, Looking at a Cloud, and From the Cloud, Trilogy features Tsuji’s signature “additive” style of pencil and charcoal animation in which images morph and change yet never fully shed their past shape.

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Admission is in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm in June, 7:30 in August. On rainy evenings films are shown in the lecture hall.

 

Weekdays, June 16 – August 11                                               Art Cart

Saturdays, June 18 – August 6, excluding July 4 and 30                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 will bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects.

Art Cart begins touring Madison on June 16. Beginning Saturday, June 18, Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the area communities of Black Earth, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, Monona, McFarland, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. Both programs offer projects for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Families are invited to drop in with no pre-registration necessary; organized summer camps and other childcare programs must pre-register for Madison Art Cart sites at 608-204-3021. Download the full schedule at mmoca.org/learn/kids.

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

 

Thursday, June 16, 1–1:30 pm                              Henry Street Gallery           Gallery Talk

Gallery Talk: Master of Her Craft

MMoCA senior curator Richard H. Axsom will offer a curatorial overview of Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers with an emphasis on the experimental nature of her work, with its stylistic diversity and technical innovations.

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

 

June 17, 9:30 pm                           Rooftop Sculpture Garden              Rooftop Cinema

Summer of Animation: Karen Aqua

Bring a friend, grab a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of independent films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its eleventh season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden, with the Summer of Animation. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm in June and 8:30 pm in August.

Boston-based animator and educator Karen Aqua (1954–2011) made a dozen independent films and over twenty segments for Sesame Street in her too-brief career. Her films “celebrate a universal legibility. Nonverbal, elemental and animalistic, her work delves into a mystical realm of symbol, ritual and ceremony that is both earthly and otherworldly. [...] Drawing inspiration from many different cultures and places—including favorite sites like New Orleans and the petroglyphs of the American Southwest—Aqua allows her influences to meet, unite and continually transform into new hybrid beings or realities” (from a description by the Harvard Film Archive).

Penetralia (Aqua, USA, 1976, digital, 4 min.)
A person’s internal journey to the penetralia, the innermost place.

Vis-á-Vis (Aqua, USA, 1982, digital, 12 min.)
An autobiographical fantasy, depicting the duality of an individual torn by conflicting desires. A reflection of the reconciliation between work and the creative imagination.

Yours for the Taking (Aqua, USA, 1984, digital, 7 min.)
A three-legged cup embarks on a journey, filling itself with images and impressions of its surroundings.

Nine Lives (Aqua, USA, 1987, digital, 7 min.)
A fortune teller’s cards lead the viewer on a journey through time and collective memory, using the metaphor of a cat’s multiple lives.

Kakania (Aqua, USA, 1989, digital, 4 min.)
A striking blend of music and image, contrasting the tension and chaos of modern urban life with the ritualized order of tribal societies.

Perpetual Motion (Aqua, USA, 1992, digital, 5 min.)
A shrine to ritualized time. This film celebrates the cyclical nature of time, and the symbols and rites which have been created to mark and honor its passage.

Ground Zero/Sacred Ground (Aqua, USA, 1997, digital, 9 min.)
In south-central New Mexico, an ancient Native American rock art site lies 35 miles from the detonation site of the world’s first atomic bomb. The juxtaposition of these sites points to the striking contrast between the two worlds which created them: one which reveres and lives in harmony with the natural world, and one which, in striving to control the forces of nature, has created a means for its destruction.

Andaluz (Aqua, USA, 2004, digital, 6 min.)
A traveler’s love letter to Andalucía, this animated film is an homage to the culture, landscape, and architecture of southern Spain. The film explores details of the natural world in relation to the four elements, and suggests the close relationship between people and the land which they inhabit.

Sensorium (Aqua, USA, 2007, digital, 7 min.)
A hand-drawn experimental animation exploring the relationship between music and image. Inspired by dance gestures and movements found in nature such as water and tide pools, the film is a study of sound/motion synthesis. An alphabet of abstract animated and musical gestures combine in various configurations to create a lush visual rhythm.

Twist of Fate (Aqua, USA, 2009, digital, 9 min.)
This 35mm experimental animated film explores the transformative experience of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. This expressionistic piece captures impressions of such an experience: upheaval, uncertainty, a sense of physical intrusion, and loss of control. Exploring this emotional and physical landscape, the film visualizes an internal world inside the body, imagined on a cellular level.

Taxonomy (Aqua, USA, 2011, digital, 4 min.)
The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence.  Through the metaphor of transformation, this film explores the themes of malleability, instability, and interconnectedness.

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Admission is in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm in June, 7:30 in August. On rainy evenings films are shown in the lecture hall.

 

June 24, 9:30 pm                           Rooftop Sculpture Garden              Rooftop Cinema

Summer of Animation: Piotr Kamler's Chronopolis

Bring a friend, grab a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of independent films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its eleventh season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden, with the Summer of Animation. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm in June and 8:30 pm in August.

June screenings conclude with Piotr Kamler’s 1982 science-fiction masterpiece, Chronopolis, in which Kamler imagines a celestial city peopled by immortals who create unusual objects to pass the time. Kamler uses a variety of animation techniques, from claymation, ink on paper, pinboard, and even crude CGI (computer-generated imagery). Kamler’s work can be seen as a precursor to the Brothers Quay and served as an inspiration for Amélie-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Chronopolis was shown in competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Admission is in the lobby beginning at 8:30 pm in June, 7:30 in August. On rainy evenings films are shown in the lecture hall.

 

Saturday, July 9, 9 am–6 pm                                          Art Fair on The Square

Sunday, July 10, 10 am–5 pm

200,000 people look forward to attending MMoCA’s Art Fair on the Square each summer. Reflecting its popularity, the fair was recently named by ArtFairCalendar.com as one of the top 10 fine art fairs in the country. This 2015 online survey reflected the nationwide voices of artists, art fair patrons, fine art collectors, and the public.

This year, the fair will return on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, offering art lovers the chance to browse, shop, and admire myriad artworks while enjoying fresh air, tasty foods, and live entertainment. The 2016 fair will offer the new ‘EMERGE’ block—dedicated to early career fair artists—as well as 13 artists who were awarded Best of Show in a variety of media in 2015, and over 50 Invitational Award winners. Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to view and purchase works from Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend, a collaborative team of North Carolina-based contemporary jewelry designers whom MMoCA named the 2016 Featured Artists. All of the fair's work can be previewed on mmoca.org beginning in June.

 

August 11, 6:30 pm                                                                          Event

Under the Influence

Experience MMoCA after-hours with Under the Influence. Begin the evening with a brief discussion of art featured in one of MMoCA’s current exhibitions. Then, move to the museum’s education workshop to enjoy food and beverage pairings from Fresco as you create your own masterpiece influenced by the works you’ve just seen.

August 11: Enjoy a summer night in MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture garden. Participants will explore Our Good Earth before moving up to MMoCA’s rooftop to enjoy pairings from Fresco while creating art inspired by nature.

Doors open at 6 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm. Supplies for Under the Influence are generously donated by Artist & Craftsman Supply. For more information and to reserve your place, please visit mmoca.org/undertheinfluence or contact Kaitlin at 608.257.0158 x224 or kaitlin@mmoca.org.

 

Friday, August 19, 6–9 pm                                                                 Event

MMoCA Nights

On the evening of Friday, August 19, guests will have a final opportunity to enjoy the exhibition Our Good Earth. This exhibition draws from the museum’s permanent collection, and features works in which artists explore the natural world. At 6:30 pm Professor Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, will lead a gallery talk about earth's rapid environmental changes. Fresh Hops will play live, high energy music in the rooftop sculpture garden, and Fresco will pass flavorful hors d’oeuvres.

 

Friday, August 19, 6:30–7 pm                     Main galleries                      Gallery Talk

Gallery Talk: Paul Robbins on Earth Futures

Is there really “no going back?” The Earth has entered a state of unprecedented change. The world’s landscapes are already responding to transformations in climate, biogeochemistry, land cover, ice, and water. Whether the future of the Earth needs to be one of tragedy and destruction or creative possibility or renewal, remains an open question. Professor Paul Robbins will lead an informed discussion on current debates concerning Earth Futures. Thinking about changing weather and geography allows us to get both a scientific and emotional grasp on a changing planet.

Professor Robbins is the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he guides the institute in serving as a world leader in addressing rapid global environmental change. He is the author of the foundational textbook Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction and numerous research articles in publications that address conservation science, social science, and the humanities. His award-winning book Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are is widely recognized as one of the most accessible books on the environmental politics of daily life.

As a part of an MMoCA Nights event, this talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 MMoCA Nights admission for non-members.

 

Friday, August 19, 8:30 pm                        Main galleries                      Rooftop Cinema

Summer of Animation: Look Around You

The final screening of the summer features selections from the hilarious British television series, Look Around You, with parodies of scientific educational programs from the 1970s and ‘80s. Look Around You combines absurdist humor with deadpan scientific experiments. Four of the nine episodes from its first season in 2002 will be screened.

Maths (Tim Kirkby, UK, 2002, digital, 10 min.)

Germs (Tim Kirkby, UK, 2002, digital, 10 min.)

Music (Tim Kirkby, UK, 2002, digital, 10 min.)

Brain (Tim Kirkby, UK, 2002, digital, 10 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Admission is in the lobby beginning at 7:30 in August. On rainy evenings films are shown in the lecture hall.

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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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