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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.

Dec. 15, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Performance: in the space of elsewhere

Students in UW-Madison professor Li Chiao-Ping’s Dance 255: Movement Composition for the Visual and Performing Arts offer an evening of original choreography in response to Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere. The dance will be performed on multiple levels of the installation and extend into the museum's main galleries.

Li is a professor in the UW-Madison Dance Department and has directed Li Chiao-Ping Dance since 1990. Renowned for her solo work, she is also acclaimed for her multimedia and intergenerational productions.

Feb. 01, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Art Velo

On Thursday evening, February 1, 2018 MMoCA’s glass-encased lobby fronting State Street will be transformed for an indoor cycling experience called Art Velo, which is held in partnership with CYC Fitness. Attendees will shake off the winter doldrums and get spinning, with a high-energy party-on-a-bike, set to dramatic nightime lighting, and a playlist of Throwback Thursday dance music favorites. Each sponsored bike supports MMoCA, a free museum—accessible to all—that contributes to the cultural vibrancy of our community.

Contact Annik Dupaty at or 608.257.0158 x229, or Amy Lambright Murphy at or 608.257.0158 x230 for more information or to sponsor a bike.

Feb. 02, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk: Art/Word/Image

The interplay of words and images has a long tradition in the history of art. Fred Stonehouse will discuss a selection of works in Art/Word/Image, including his painting, Kilroy-Coq-à-l’Âne, (1999), in which imagery and text each play a role in conveying meaning.

Fred Stonehouse is an artist and professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where he teaches advanced drawing and painting.

Feb. 09, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk: Materiality and Disequilibrium

Highlighting works in BIG, Derrick Buisch will discuss how scale, form, material properties, and composition combine to create a sense of disequilibrium or instability in the viewer.

Derrick Buisch is an artist and professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where he teaches painting and color theory.

Feb. 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-in Tour: Art/Word/Image

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.

Feb. 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: BIG

Experience the sensation of scale—whether large or small—in BIG, an exhibition that focuses on the effects of scale on our per­ceptions. Then combine your imagination with your building skills to create a fanciful sculpture inspired by the Clayton Brothers’ Tim House and Roger Brown’s Skyscraper with Pyramid.

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. 

Feb. 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk: Language, Perception, and the Visual Arts

What is the role of language in making us human? Can lan­guage literally change what we see? Using Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents as a point of departure, professor Gary Lupyan will discuss language and its relevance to art and aesthetics, as well as how different languages may lead their speakers to view art in different ways.

Gary Lupyan is associate professor in the UW-Madison Department of Psychology and director of the Lupyan Lab, which investigates topics related to language and its effects on human cognition.

Feb. 16, 2018 - 7:15pm to 8:00pm


Monsters of Poetry is a contemporary poetry and fiction reading series that began in 2009 to bring new literary voices to Madison. Monsters + MMoCA brings the group together at the museum for a reading of original works inspired by Jaume Plensa’s use of language as a pictorial and concep­tual device.

Participating writers are Derrick Austin, Kara Candito, Adam Fell, Matthew Guenette, Dantiel Moniz, Marcela Fuentes, and Nick Demske. Monsters + MMoCA is organized by the museum’s education department in partnership with Adam Fell. Fell teaches in the English Department at Edgewood College and is a found­ing member and co-curator of Monsters of Poetry.

Feb. 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Gallery Talk: Form and Process in Talking Continents

Gail Simpson will discuss Jaume Plensa’s use of opacity and transparency, how he materializes language, and the influ­ence of technology on his artistic process. Gail Simpson is a sculptor and public artist who maintains an individual studio practice and works as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaboration with Aris Georgiades.

Simpson is a professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where she teaches sculpture and foundations courses.

Mar. 09, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: On Exile

Enjoy the work of visual and video artist José Carlos Teixeira on the opening night of his Imprint Gallery exhibition, ON EXILE, on Friday, March 9. Teixeira’s work explores notions of belonging and exile. Beginning at 6pm, guests may view ON EXILE; the BIG exhibition in the Main galleries; Art/Word/Image in the State Street Gallery; and Reconfigured Reality: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection in the Henry Street Gallery. At 6:30pm artist José Teixeira will give a lecture about the evolution and intent of his work. Following the talk, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and live music from Mal-O-Dua in the lobby. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.