Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS RELEASED

Dynamic Slate of Events through December 2017

 

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 experiences, 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 through the remainder of 2017. Events are free except where noted. All take place at the museum unless otherwise listed. Additional information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

MMoCA Opening                 Friday, September 22 • 6–9 pm                         EVENT

Exhibition: Chele Isaac: the understory

Join us for the MMoCA Opening of Chele Isaac: the understory. Isaac is a Madison-based artist who combines moving images and sound to create fully immersive, multimedia environments. At 6:30 pm, the artist will discuss her work in the lecture hall (seating capacity is limited). The evening will also offer live music by Blythe Gamble and the Rollin’ Dice, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar in MMoCA’s lobby. The evenings are always free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members. Seating is limited.

 

Artist Talk                             Friday, September 22 • 6:30–7 pm                   TALK

Exhibition: Chele Isaac: the understory

Chele Isaac: the understory re-imagines the enveloping experience of a 19th century cyclorama in contemporary terms by employing a seven-channel video projection. Isaac will discuss the visual and conceptual underpinnings of this new work on view in the State Street Gallery. This talk is part of an MMoCA Opening, which is free for members and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures          Sunday, September 24 • 1–2:30 pm                  KIDS

Exhibition: Chele Isaac: the understory

Step inside Chele Isaac’s immersive, floor-to-ceiling installation inspired by the cyclorama. Learn about the history of these early panoramic environments and enjoy the artist’s enchanting video projections, viewable in 360 degrees. In the workshop, create a miniature version of a cyclorama that spins to bring your drawings to life.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list.

 

Gallery Talk                          Thursday, September 28 • 1-1:30 pm                 TALK

Poetry and Politics: Making Silence Speak

What does it mean for poetry to be political? One answer is that it breaks historical silences, giving voice to stories and experiences that have yet to be heard. But what if poetry has already deemed your voice to be a silent one? Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Taking Sides, Professor Timothy Yu will discuss American poetry’s stereotypes of the “silence” associated with Asian cultures and the potential of techniques like parody and rewriting to respond to them. Timothy Yu is Professor of English and Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison.

 

Performance                        Friday, September 29 • 6:30-7 pm                     EVENT

Tangible Space

Choreographer Maria Gillespie will present the movement installation Tangible Space in response to Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere. Thomsen’s work will be activated by dance performances by Gillespie and Joelle Worm within the installation’s multiple levels, calling attention to the materiality of touch, the rootedness of presence, and the movement of light. Chicago artist Mike Rea created the platform sculptures on which the dancers will perform.  

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, October 4 • 7–9 pm                         FILM

The Unknown Girl (La Fille inconnue) (2016, Belgium/France, 106 min., Digital)

Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

 

Across a twenty-year streak of neorealist masterworks, the Dardenne brothers have so firmly cemented their stature among the greatest living filmmakers as to risk being taken for granted. Yet they continue to raise the bar with superb moral tales that no film lover can pass up. In the follow-up to their Oscar-nominated Two Days, One Night, the brothers introduce a new element of film noir intrigue to their unerring social consciousness. Rising world cinema star Adèle Haenel gives a spellbinding performance as a doctor who becomes fixated on solving a crime that occurs outside the door of her clinic. Her novice detective work leads her into Liege’s underworld, where she must reckon with class barriers. 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 6 • 5–9 pm                                   EVENT

The first Friday in October will be jam-packed with art-related events and experiences. In addition to Gallery Night (5–9 pm) at more than 70 venues around Madison and the After Party (9-11 pm) at MMoCA, a Harvest Event will take place celebrating Meg Mitchell’s rooftop installation Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange (TNHE): a hop garden for unyielding people from 6-9 pm. Installed in the MMoCA Rooftop Sculpture Garden, the Hops Exchange is a massive site-specific artwork that functions both as a trellis to support the growth and harvesting of hops, and as a platform for social engagement, educational programming, and artistic activity. The opening celebration will offer an artist-led participatory activity, music, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

Organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Night offers patrons an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of visual art offerings throughout the city. Galleries, artist studios, non-profit organizations, and other local businesses that showcase original artwork open their doors and host special exhibitions, demonstrations, and receptions during this semi-annual event.

 

Harvest Event                      Friday, October 6 • 6:30-7:30 pm                       EVENT

This Harvest Event features an interactive experience choreographed by artist Meg Mitchell, initiating a new annual hops harvest event. With artist-made hops tokens and tally sticks, in addition to bushels of hand-picked hop cones, participants will explore 18th century tools and processes used for on-the-job accounting and payment of hop-pickers. Linking the Hops Exchange and its harvest to the history of hops-related labor and material exchange, Mitchell addresses food as commodity and explores the intersections of power and commerce.

 

Gallery Night After Party      Friday, October 6 • 9–11 pm                               EVENT

After exploring Madison’s vibrant art scene at more than 70 participating venues around Madison, art-lovers are encouraged to come to the MMoCA After Party from 9-11 pm in the MMoCA Lobby. With a dance party atmosphere created by DJ Boyfrrriend, art-making, artisanal pizza samples from The Roman Candle Pizzeria,  as well as other snacks and a cash bar, this once-a-year party is not to be missed. As a bonus, MMoCA’s galleries will be open late so that attendees can explore the museum’s newest exhibitions. The After Party is free for MMoCA members/$5 for general admission.

 

Drop-in Tour                         Saturday, October 7 • 1–1:30 pm                           TOUR

Exhibition: Taking Sides

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures          Sunday, October 8 • 1–2:30 pm                                KIDS

Exhibition: Taking Sides

If you could change anything about the world, what would it be? What wishes do you have for the future? See how different artists share their concerns for the world in Taking Sides. Try your hand at relief printmaking and create a work of art that expresses your dreams and ideas.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list.

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, October 11 • 7–9 pm                          FILM

Hermia & Helena (2016, Argentina/USA, 86 min., Digital)

Dir: Matias Piñeiro

This delightfully intelligent cross-continental romance orbits Camila, an Argentine writer on a fellowship in New York. Between dalliances, she is drafting a Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work whose clever musicality resonates in the melodic filmmaking of director Matias Piñeiro. “Giddily thrilling . . . Piñeiro keeps the action swinging freely between New York and Buenos Aires with bold subplots and puckish flashbacks, the shimmering mysteries of tenuous friendships and the breathless melodrama of family secrets. Filming cityscapes and intimate gestures with avid attention, adorning the dialogue with deep confessions and witty asides, Piñeiro conjures a cogently realistic yet gloriously imaginative vision of youthful ardor in love and art alike” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). In Spanish with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

Performance                        Friday, October 13 • 6:30-7 pm                              EVENT

Tangible Space

Maria Gillespie will present the movement installation Tangible Space in response to Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere. Thomsen’s work will be activated by dance performances by Gillespie and Joelle Worm within the installation’s multiple levels, calling attention to the materiality of touch, the rootedness of presence, and the movement of light. Chicago artist Mike Rea created the platform sculptures on which the dancers will perform. Generous funding for MMoCA Gallery Talks is provided by Bell Laboratories.

 

Artist Talk                             Friday, October 13 • 7–7:30 pm                              TALK

In her installation, in the space of elsewhere, Sonja Thomsen uses the architectural details and light-filled spaces of MMoCA’s lobby to engage viewers in noticing the interaction of light, space, time, and movement. Thomsen has explained that her artistic interests are in “creating spaces that highlight the inaccessible.” In this gallery talk, she will explain her methods and intentions for this site-responsive work. Thomsen and choreographer Maria Gillespie also will discuss their collaboration.

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, October 18 • 7–9 pm                          FILM

Endless Poetry (Poesía sin fin) (2016, Chile/France, 128 min., Digital)

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowky

 

Living legend Alejandro Jodorowsky virtually invented the midnight movie in the 1970s with the acid western El Topo and its psychedelic follow-up, The Holy Mountain. Now he returns to the Santiago of his twenties for an equally surreal depiction of his artistic coming of age. Fleeing his repressive parents, the aspiring young poet Alejandro falls in with a surrogate family of artists and misfits. Jodorowsky’s memories are filtered through his singular imagination, which is on full display in scene after scene of bizarre spectacle. Like a consummate magician, the director conjures his mind-bending strangeness without the aid of CGI (computer-generated imagery); his special effects are tactile and present in astonishingly designed sets, florid costumes, and, in one unforgettable instance, body paint. This one-of-a-kind autobiography is surprisingly moving, leading Variety to declare it “the most accessible movie Jodorowsky has ever made, and it may also be the best.” In Spanish with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

Halloween at MMoCA   Wednesday, October 25 • 3-6 pm                               KIDS

 

MMoCA invites families with young children to enjoy treats and art-making activities at the museum as a part of the annual Downtown Madison Family Halloween event. Children will be able to make a frame-worthy work of art inspired by nature and the artwork on view. To help get creative ideas flowing, attendees will be able to view Chele Isaac: the understory, an eerie yet beautiful exhibition that combines moving images and sound. Visitors will also enjoy trick-or-treating, storytelling, button-making, and more from 3:00-6:00 pm. Admission is free. 

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, October 25 • 7–9 pm                       FILM

The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) (2016, France, 76 min., Digital)

Dir: Sébastien Laudenbach

Without a doubt the most visually rapturous film of 2016, this hand-drawn and hand-painted stunner will leave you rubbing your eyes in bewildered amazement. Based on a lesser-known story by the Brothers Grimm, this very adult fairy tale unfolds like a waking dream. Faced with poverty, a miller sells his only daughter to the devil; when she escapes, the devil takes her hands in revenge. Each exquisite frame is alive with movement and color, layering delicate line drawings with thick, rich brushstrokes to create a quivering world etched with ravishing minimalism. The film is animated entirely by director Sébastien Laudenbach, whose rich combination of calligraphic detail and sketch-like texture serves as a welcome, one-man rebuke to the monotonous computer-animation of the big studios. In French with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, November 1 • 7–9 pm                     FILM

Thirst Street (2017, USA, 83 min., Digital)

Dir: Nathan Silver

Alone and depressed after the suicide of her lover, American flight attendant Gina travels to Paris and hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome on her layover. But as Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, this harmless rendezvous quickly turns into unrequited amour fou. When Jerome’s ex-partner, Clemence, reenters the picture, Gina is sent on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism, and madness. Inspired by European erotic dramas from the '70s, and narrated by Anjelica Huston, Thirst Street burrows deep into the delirious extremes we go to for love.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

Gallery Talk                          Friday, November 3 • 6:30–7 pm                                    TALK

Finding Meaning in Color

Assistant Professor Karen Schloss will discuss human perceptions and experiences of color in response to the installation Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere. Typically, colors are understood in terms of their perceptual qualities, however, evidence suggests that people have myriad associations with colors that influence the way they interpret the world. Karen Schloss is an Assistant Professor at UW-Madison in the Department of Psychology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. She leads the Visual Perception and Cognition Lab, which studies color cognition, information visualization, and navigation in immersive virtual environments. The talk is presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

 

Kids’ Art Adventures          Sunday, November 5 • 1–2:30 pm                                    KIDS

Exhibition: Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere

Embrace your curiosity and wonder with artist Sonja Thomsen, who will lead this art adventure. Explore her immersive installation and make an iridescent sculpture that reflects and refracts light. Bring a camera to photograph your artwork in the lobby. Offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival; pre-registration is required for this Kids’ Art Adventure. Please contact education@mmoca.org to reserve a space in the workshop.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm.

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, November 8 • 7–9 pm                     FILM

The Square (2017, Sweden, 142 min., Digital)

Dir: Ruben Östlund

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) is unforgettable in this savagely funny satire of the contemporary art world from the director of Force Majeure. As the curator of Stockholm’s premier art museum, Christian is the cultural elite personified. His debonair facade unravels after he is pickpocketed while preparing an art exhibition dedicated to altruism. In one showstoppingly hilarious scene after another, director Ruben Östlund mounts a cogent, broad-ranging critique of the chasm between liberal society’s professed values and its actions. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

Drop-in Tour                         Saturday, November 11 • 1–1:30 pm                          TOUR

Exhibition: BIG

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

Arts Ball                                 Saturday, November 11 • 7–11:30 pm                          EVENT

Mark your calendar for the 47th anniversary of the Arts Ball. “Last Dance” will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Nakoma Golf Club. Gather for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dining, delectable music, and dancing. All proceeds directly support the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

A celebration of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Arts Ball is a festive occasion to contribute to the continued health and vitality of two of Madison’s most beloved cultural institutions

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, November 15 • 7–9 pm                   FILM

White Sun (Seto Surya)(2016, Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 87 min., Digital)

Dir: Deepak Rauniyar

Amid the lush Himalayan mountain ranges of Nepal, a former Maoist rebel makes an unwelcome return to his traditional rural village. Chandra hasn’t been home in a decade, and now must come face-to-face with his brother, who fought on the opposing side of Nepal’s decades-long civil war. As he endures the disapproving glares of the still-royalist locals, his ex-wife presses him to take custody of her daughter and help them escape their rigid caste. Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar captures the schism between tradition and modernity that coexists in remote areas of the country. This beautifully perceptive film won prizes at the Venice, Singapore, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. “Outstanding . . . skillfully blends intimate human drama with sharp political observations” (Variety). In Nepali with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

MMoCA Art & Gift Fair        Saturday, November 18 • 10 am–8 pm                      EVENT

                                            Sunday, November 19 • 10 am–4 pm

Announcing the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair, formerly known as the Holiday Art Fair. This refreshed and revitalized event will kick-off the new “Shine on Madison” downtown celebration. Inside the museum November 18 and 19, visitors will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of shopping over 70 artist booths, live music and dance performances, gourmet food vendor booths, and attractions for the whole family. Outside of the museum on Saturday, November 18, the downtown festival will offer dining options and carolers, an outdoor market, trolley rides, a window display contest, a special lighting ceremony at 6:08 pm, and many more wonderful winter-time experiences.

The MMoCA Art & Gift Fair is the weekend before Thanksgiving, well-timed for thoughtful holiday shopping. The Silent Auction will offer a delightful downtown package and a variety of artworks from the fair’s exhibitors. Those looking for objects with a bit of history will enjoy the Rediscovered Treasures & Art Sale. Watch for an invitation to the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair with details about the November 18 lighting ceremony and a special evening reception.

 

Spotlight Cinema                 Wednesday, November 29 • 7–9 pm                  FILM

On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)(2017, South Korea, 101 min., Digital)

Dir: Hong Sang-soo

For the past couple of years, the South Korean entertainment industry has been consumed by a scandal: the extramarital affair between the captivating Kim Min-hee, star of the international hit The Handmaiden and one of the nation’s most in-demand young actresses, and Hong Sang-soo, one of the country’s most celebrated directors. This funny, wistful feature film serves as their joint statement on their public ordeal. In this fictional story, Kim plays an actress hanging out with friends in Hamburg and Seoul who, over many bottles of soju, puzzles over her feelings for her new paramour. A true cinematic explorer, Hong probes not only the relationships between men and women, but the formal qualities of film itself. In Korean with English subtitles.

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 is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

MMoCA Opening                 Friday, December 1 • 6–9 pm                                            EVENT

Exhibition: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

The New York Times calls Jaume Plensa “one of the world’s most celebrated public artists.” On Friday December 1, join the celebration of the opening of Talking Continents, an exhibition featuring Plensa’s work. Beginning at 6 pm, guests may view Talking Continents. At 6:30 pm Plensa will give a talk in the lecture hall (seating capacity is limited). Patchouli & Terra Guitarra will perform live, offering listeners an international blend of acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies. Hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will be passed and cocktails will be available at a cash bar. The evenings are always free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members. Seating is limited.

 

Artist Talk                             Friday, December 1 • 6:30–7:30 pm                               TALK

Exhibition: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

Internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa will discuss his immersive installation, Talking Continents, on view in MMoCA’s State Street Gallery. Plensa’s rich body of work explores universal aspects of human experience using a broad range of materials and approaches. For Talking Continents, he created stainless steel sculptures formed of die-cut letters from nine international alphabets. Among his celebrated outdoor public projects is the monumental Crown Fountain (2004) in Chicago’s Millennium Park. This talk is part of an MMoCA Opening, which is free for members and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited.

 

Drop-in Tour                         Saturday, December 9 • 1–1:30 pm                      TOUR

Exhibition: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

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

Exhibition: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

Look at, peer through, and walk around Jaume Plensa’s large, suspended sculptures composed of human forms and letters from nine languages. The artist created Talking Continents to share his vision of people coming together. For this workshop, we’ll create our own hanging sculptures that show our support for a peaceful and united world.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list.

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Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.    

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