Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 23, 2016
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 dynamic schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming for the fall of 2016. Events are free except where noted. All take place at the museum unless otherwise listed. Additional information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

MMoCA Nights                Friday, September 23 ·  6–9 pm                       EVENT

Opening Reception: Wisconsin Triennial

 Join us at MMoCA on Friday, September 23 for a special MMoCA Nights event dedicated to the open­ing of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial. Widely regarded as the state's most prestigious showcase of contem­porary art by Wisconsin-based artists, the Triennial captures the richness and variety of creative expression taking place within our own state. Join the artists and other art supporters at this celebration. Enjoy music from DJ Nick Nice, refreshments, and hors d'oeuvres in the MMoCA lobby.

 MMoCA Nights mark exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special programs. 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.

 

 Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, September 28 ·  7 pm               FILM

Dheepan
Director: Jacques Audiard

Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

 Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Dheepan is the gripping new thriller from Jacques Audiard, director of the Oscar-nominated A Prophet and Rust and Bone. Fleeing their country’s civil war, three Sri Lankan refugees are forced to pose as a family. All but strangers to one another, the trio is relocated to a crime-infested Parisian housing project, where they struggle to build a new life together. The setup for this timely and engrossing tale closely mirrors the biography of lead actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who came to France after growing up a child soldier in the Tamil Tigers, and here gives a riveting performance. “Absolutely terrific… Audiard’s most compassionate and humanistic film to date” (Indiewire). In Tamil and 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 Talk                     Thursday, September 29 ·  1–1:30 pm                             TALK

Emily Arthur on Indirect Take: Observing Habitat and Endangered Species through Printmaking

 Emily Arthur’s work in printmaking seeks to bring a forward-thinking perspective on how plant and animal species carry the story of human impact on the environment. She will discuss her work on view in the Wisconsin Triennial that addresses a controversy sur­rounding a threatened songbird population.

 

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

Professor David Drake on Wildlife Conservation: The Blending of Art and Science

 Aldo Leopold, father of modern day ecology, argued that artists are necessary to help the public understand the aesthetics of land, and thereby create a cultural shift for a true appreciation of healthy lands and wild­life conservation. Alternatively, artists can also bring attention to the perils of wildlife—habitat loss, pollu­tion, disease, among others. Focusing on works in the Wisconsin Triennial that portray endangered species, UW-Madison associate professor and wildlife spe­cialist David Drake will discuss the causes of species decline and endangered species management.

 

 Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, October 5 ·  7 pm                                        FILM
Sand Storm (Sufat Chol)

Director: Elite Zexer

Cast: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masrwa

 Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Elite Zexer’s exceptional debut feature is perched at the border of tradition and modernity. In a Bedouin village in southern Israel, a family is divided when the mother is put in the awkward spot of hosting her husband’s second wedding to a much younger wife. She finds an outlet for her emotions when she discovers that her teenage daughter is in a secret relationship with a boy from her university. “A lovely, deeply affecting film… one of the most admired at this year’s Sundance” (Bilge Ebiri, Vulture). “Rich and moving… as rooted in the details and power dynamics of daily life as a Cassavetes film” (Amy Taubin, Film Comment). In Arabic 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.

 

Museum Store Trunk Show          Friday, October 7 ·  4–9 pm                                  EVENT

Susan Richter-O’Connell has been making “scavenger” jewelry for more than 25 years.

Her work has been inspired by the desire to find new and interesting ways to capture and carry beach stones and other found objects. Her latest collection continues this exploration with the addition of colorful enamel elements in bold constructions.

 

Gallery Night                   Friday, October 7 ·  5–9 pm                                        EVENT

Organized by the MMoCA, Gallery Night is a citywide event that offers patrons an opportu­nity to enjoy a variety of visual art. Galleries, artist studios, non-profit organizations, and other local businesses that showcase original artwork open their doors and host special exhibitions, demonstrations, and receptions for this semi-annual event that is a Madison tradition.

Mark your calendar for October 7, and celebrate Gallery Night! Tour Madison’s vibrant arts scene from 5 to 9 pm and then join the after party in MMoCA’s lobby from 9 to 11 pm, for live music from DJ Phil Money, refreshments, and hands-on art activities.

At 6:30, Rachel Bruya, a former student of Frances Myers now teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will speak on Myers’s influential and far-reaching teaching legacy.

Share your Gallery Night experience on social media using #MADGalleryNight.

 

Gallery Night After Party      Friday, October 7 ·  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 Phil Money, 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.

 

 

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

Rachel Bruya on Compassionate Teaching: The Legacy of Frances Myers

Well-known as an innovative printmaker, Frances Myers was also an inspired educator who had a signifi­cant impact on generations of students. Rachel Bruya, a former student of Frances Myers now teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will speak on Myers’s influential and far-reaching teaching legacy.

 

Drop-in Tour                   Saturday, October 8 ·  1–1:30 pm                                        TOUR

Drop by MMoCA for a lively and informal discussion of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial. Led by MMoCA’s docents, 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.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures       Sunday, October 9 ·  1–2:30 pm                                        KIDS

Who inspires you? For this art adventure, bring a pic­ture of someone who is important to you. We'll look at Romano Johnson's vibrant, glitter-filled paintings and create colorful portraits honoring important people in our lives.

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 at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children.

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, October 12 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can)

Director: Bi Gan

Cast: Chen Yongzhong, Zhao Daqing, Luo Feiyang, Xie Lixun, Zeng Shuai

One of the year’s most celebrated art films is this transcendental wonder from 26 year-old poet Bi Gan, a first-time filmmaker from rural China. Searching for his brother’s long-lost child, a doctor journeys to a mysterious town where people’s lives overlap, and past, present, and future converge. This beguiling, spectral odyssey introduces an exciting new voice in world cinema. “A tour de force. The most memorable new movie that I’ve seen in quite some time…. manages to evoke Resnais, Tarkovsky, and Hou Hsiao-hsien” (J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books). “Dazzling originality. It’s hard to emerge from this waking dream of a film without feeling the shock of the new” (Andrew Chan, Film Comment). 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 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.

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, October 19 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

Homo Sapiens

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

A staggering documentary vision of the distant future, Homo Sapiens gives us an all-too-real glimpse of the world after mankind. Travelling across the globe to sites like Fukushima and beyond, Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread) photographs modern-day ruins—everyday man-made spaces that have been reclaimed by nature, as though hastily abandoned during some unnamed apocalypse. Vegetation sprouts in decaying shopping malls; rivers course through shattered churches; birds nest in abandoned factories. The only thing missing from these ghostly tableaux is us, present only in the detritus we leave behind. Are office buildings, roller coasters, and parking lots destined to become our fossils? Behold the first post-human documentary, eerily breathtaking and vast to contemplate.

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 20 ·  1–1:30 pm                                        TALK

Gregory Vershbow on Art in a Liminal Space

Gregory Vershbow photographs art objects within environments and circumstances ordinarily beyond public view. In museum storage facilities and conser­vation laboratories, and at restoration sites, he pho­tographs objects removed from their usual context and in often near-dark conditions, offering a rare opportunity to view otherwise hidden details and consider these artifacts in unassuming and ironic juxtapositions.

 

Downtown Madison Family Halloween       Wed., October 26·  3–6 pm                                        EVENT

Visit MMoCA on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 26, 2016 for Halloween fun aimed at families with children 12 and under. Visitors will enjoy treats, superhero-themed art and craft projects, and more from 3:00-6:00 pm in the MMoCA Lobby. Free admission.

MMoCA is one of dozens of programming partners of the Downtown Madison Family Halloween event. For more information about the event and a complete list of participating businesses visit Madison's Central Business Improvement District website.

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, October 26 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

Little Sister

Director: Zach Clark

Cast: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson

October, 2008. Obama is getting in, Halloween is around the corner, and a young novitiate is returning to her childhood home to come to grips with her eccentric family. Confronted with her hippie burnout mother (a terrific Ally Sheedy) and a brother who was disfigured in the Iraq War, Colleen reverts to the goth persona of her youth. Donning her old black lipstick and studded necklace, she cranks up the metal and sets to work repairing her family. Zach Clark’s very funny seasonal comedy takes the pulse of America, and sides firmly with our country’s misfits. “The best new movie I’ve seen this year. Equal parts heartfelt and volatile” (Calum Marsh, Village Voice). “One of the great recent political films… nothing less than an up-to-date vision of the new, weird America. Clark boldly reclaims American Christianity for the left, depicting a demanding faith of radical humanism, without pious displays or moralistic dogma, in service to love” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker).

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.

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, November 2 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

London Road

Director: Rufus Norris

Cast: Olivia Colman, Paul Thornley, Nick Holder, Clare Burt, Michael Shaeffer, Tom Hardy

A true-crime film like no other, London Road recounts a series of murders that plagued the small British town of Ipswitch—entirely in song. Every lyric in this one-of-a-kind cine-opera is taken verbatim from real-life interviews with the townsfolk, transforming a community in crisis into a spellbinding choir. The bold combination of documentary reportage with musical artifice conjures a delightful frisson, while retaining the core emotional truth of the harrowing episode that binds these neighbors. Here is an exaltation of everyday language and community that you have to see—and hear—to believe. “Enthralling and haunting… an exciting, unsettling experience blessed with imagination and compassion. Five stars”(Time Out). “Utterly gripping and very moving… a unique triumph” (The Guardian).

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                     Friday, November 4 ·  6:30–7 pm                                        TALK

John Hitchcock on Beads, Birds, and Bombs

John Hitchcock frequently uses the medium of print­making to explore relationships of community, land, and culture, and ideas about safety, security, and protection. Through imagery influenced by beadwork, landforms, and his native culture, Hitchcock’s work speaks symbolically of historical trauma and interprets stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents.

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, November 9 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

After the Storm (Umi yori mada fukaku)

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yoko Maki, Taiyo Yoshizawa, Kirin Kiki

The new film from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (whose I Wish screened at Spotlight in 2012) is a characteristically warm and affecting portrait of an estranged family reconnecting during a typhoon. Once a renowned author, Ryota has coasted on his glory a little too long, and now finds himself a divorced deadbeat dad, making ends meet as a private detective (and a lousy one at that). The death of his own father inspires Ryota to reconcile with his own family, if they’ll take him back. Filmed in a housing complex where Kore-eda lived as a child, After the Storm is rendered with the intimacy of a cherished memory. In Japanese 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 10 ·  6:30–9 pm                                        EVENT

Experience MMoCA after-hours at Under the Influence on Thursday, November 10. Begin the evening with a brief discussion of works in the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial. 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.

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.

 

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

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial. Led by MMoCA’s docents, 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.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures       Sunday, November 13 ·  1–2:30 pm                                        KIDS

Observe the silhouettes of endangered birds and fragile habitats in Emily Arthur's large-scale prints. The artist depicts plant and animal species living along the coast of California, a fragile ecosystem threatened by human development. In the workshop, learn about Wisconsin's endangered and threatened species, such as the gray wolf, sheepnose mussel, and whooping crane. Create a work of art that raises awareness and shows your concern for one of these species.

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 at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children.

 

 

Spotlight Cinema             Wednesday, November 16 ·  7 pm                                        FILM

Don’t Call Me Son (Mae So Ha Uma)

Director: Anna Muylaert

Cast: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefussi, Matheus Nachtergaele, Lias Dias

A queer teenager’s life is upended when it is revealed that his working class mom stole him from a wealthy family at birth. Thrust into a well-meaning but very conservative home, Pierre dons a zebra-print mini dress and pushes back. As in her excellent 2015 film The Second Mother, writer/director Anna Muylaert punctures the entitlement and hypocrisy of the Brazilian bourgeoisie, while still retaining a central compassion for her individual characters. Among Don’t Call Me Son’s greatest pleasures is Dani Nefussi’s bravura dual performance as both of Pierre’s mothers, each portrayal completely distinct and believable. Winner of the Teddy Award for best LGBT film at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. In Portuguese 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 18–20                                        EVENT

Art Fair Hours                    Friday, November 18 ·  2:30–7 pm

                                       Saturday, November 19 ·  10 am–5 pm

Sunday, November 20 ·  10 am–3 pm

This November 18-20, MMoCA will present the 46th annual Holiday Art Fair, an important fund­raiser for the museum. Come and you will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of shopping artist booths, live music and dance performances, gourmet treats, and styled vignettes to help you envision placing new works of art in your home.

During the fair, many spaces throughout MMoCA and the Overture Center for the Arts trans­form into an amazing marketplace filled with some 100 booths of art, fine craft, and specialty treats. The fair takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, making it well timed for thoughtful holiday gift-giving.

New this year, MMoCA will be taking reservations beginning in October for an exclusive Holiday Art Fair pre­view tasting and shopping event. Guests attending this opening event will sample and sip delectable treats, and 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 exhibitors, and those looking for objects with a bit of history will enjoy the Rediscovered Treasures & Art Sale.

 

 

Arts Ball                          Saturday, November 19                                        EVENT

Mark your calendar for the 46th anniversary of the Arts Ball. “Autumn Leaves” will be held on Saturday, November 19 at Nakoma Golf Club. Gather for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, delectable dining, music, and dancing.

A celebration of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Arts Ball is an occasion to build and renew friendships while contributing to the continued financial health of two of Madison's most beloved cultural institutions. Tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased online at mmoca.org or by calling 608.257.0158.

 

Gallery Talk                     Thursday, December 1 ·  1–1:30 pm                                        TALK

Helen Lee on A World is a Thing in Motion

Helen Lee will talk about her investigation through glass of the morphological nature of language. The talk will focus on Lee’s work in the Wisconsin Triennial that explores language as a bodily experi­ence and how cultural identity is inscribed through literal mistranslations, slippery interpretations, and other unintentional consequences of bilingualism.

 

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

Explore Reconfigured Reality

On Friday December 9, come to MMoCA to explore Reconfigured Reality: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition presents an overview of developments since 1970 that have helped define recent photography. At 6:30 pm MMoCA senior curator Richard H. Axsom will discuss dis­tinguishing features of contemporary photography. Guests will enjoy live music from Clocks in Motion Percussion and hors d’oeuvres from Fresco. Cock­tails will be available at a cash bar.

MMoCA Nights mark exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special programs. 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.

 

Gallery Talk                     Friday, December 9 ·  1–1:30 pm                                        TALK

Richard H. Axsom on Not Just Your Black-and-White Photo

Drawing upon works in Reconfigured Reality: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection, MMoCA senior curator Richard H. Axsom will discuss the hallmark features of contemporary photography. Seen as having its origins in the early 1970s, contemporary photography is yet another chap­ter in the history of a medium that has undergone continuous technical and conceptual change since its commercial inception in 1839.

 

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

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial. Led by MMoCA’s docents, 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.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures       Sunday, December 11 ·  1–2:30 pm                                        KIDS

Search for Derrick Buisch's paintings situated throughout the museum in unexpected places. Notice how the artist designed each piece for a special place in the building. For this activity, children are invited to create a site-specific work of art for display in MMoCA's workshop! Each artist will be given a unique location in the room to trans­form with a work of art.

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 at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children.

 

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