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Tue-Thu • noon-5 pm; Fri • noon-8 pm; Sat • 10 am-8 pm; Sun • noon-5 pm; Closed Mondays

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Programs are FREE except where noted. Exhibitions, lectures, tours, and special events at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact the museum at 608.257.0158 regarding special accommodations for persons with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Relay Service is available by dialing AT&T @ 711.

MMoCA is closed every year on the following holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve day, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Call the museum at 608.257.0158 to confirm dates and times.

Oct. 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky

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.

Oct. 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Sébastien Laudenbach
Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach

Without a doubt the most visually rapturous film of the year, 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.

Nov. 01, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Nathan Silver
Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Damien Bonnard, Esther Garrel, Anjelica Huston

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. 

Nov. 03, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk: Finding Meaning in Color

Assistant Professor Karen Schloss will discuss human perceptions and experiences of color in response to the installation Sonja Thomen: in the space of elsewhere. Typically, colors are understood in terms of their perceptual qualities. Evidence suggests that people have a myriad of associations between colors and entities that influence the way they evaluate and interpret the world. 

Karen Schloss is an Assistant Professor at the 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.

Nov. 05, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: 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. Please contact to reserve a space in the workshop.

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.

Nov. 08, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Ruben Östlund
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Dominic West

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.

Nov. 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-In Tour: BIG

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of MMoCA’s 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. 

Nov. 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:30pm

Arts Ball

Arts Ball is a celebration of two of Madison's most beloved cultural institutions, 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 vibrancy of the community's beloved art museum and symphony. We'll gather for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, dining, music, and dancing. All proceeds directly support MMoCA and MSO.

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. The evening begins at 7 pm.

For more information or to buy tickets by phone, please call Valerie Kazamias at 608.257.0158 x238.

You may also purchase tickets online:
Individual Tickets: $150
Tables of Eight: $1,200

Nov. 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Deepak Rauniyar
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya

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.

Nov. 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema

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

Dir: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo

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.