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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.

Jun. 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk: Taking Sides in Everyday Life

Katherine Cramer will discuss the difficulty and importance of ordinary citizens encountering opposing political viewpoints. The talk is presented in conjunction with Taking Sides: Social Critique in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Katherine Cramer is a professor of political science at the UW-Madison, director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

Jun. 23, 2017 - 9:30pm to 10:45pm

Rooftop Cinema

Born in Flames
Lizzie Borden, 1983, US, digital, 80 min.

Set in a post-capitalist dystopian New York—ten years after the Second American Revolution—Lizzie Borden’s comic fantasy made on a shoestring budget over several years in the early ‘80s has been hailed as a ”A radical feminist wonder” (Variety). When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women—across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference—emerges to blow the System apart. 

Jun. 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Reveal Event for Sonja Thomsen: in the space of elsewhere

Join us for the reveal and celebration of Sonja Thomsen's dynamic, site-responsive installation, in the space of elsewhere.

Commissioned by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for the museum’s Lobby and Icon, Thomsen's multistory artwork includes monumental photographs and architectural interventions that elicit the wondrous potential of light. 

At 4 pm the artist and a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the role of wonder in the creative process. In addition to being among the first to view the installation, guests to this event can also enjoy music by DJ Frozen Horse, cold beverages from Brenner Brewing, and an Edible Experience presented by VEA featuring Chef John Churan.

Jun. 30, 2017 - 9:30pm to 10:45pm

Rooftop Cinema

La Jetée
Chris Marker, 1962, France, digital, 29 min.
In French and German with English subtitles

One of the most influential and radical science-fiction films ever made, Chris Marker’s La Jetée is at once a post-apocalyptic tale of a survivor who is forced underground and becomes mixed up in a time-travel experiment, and a deeply romantic meditation on time and memory. Told entirely through hundreds of still images, La Jetée is a thrilling and unforgettable story of being trapped in memory and history. The film served as inspiration to Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (1995). 

Isamu Hirabayashi, 2011, Japan, digital, 8 min.

Cycles of animal life are timeless . . . until they are not. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other man-made catastrophes like it, how many countless untold stories pass by unheeded?

Jul. 08, 2017 - 9:00am to Jul. 09, 2017 - 5:00pm

59th Annual Art Fair on the Square

Come to the Capitol Square the second weekend in July to support MMoCA’s signature fundraiser, the nationally recognized Art Fair on the Square.

This year, the fair will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, offering art lovers the chance to browse, shop, and admire innumerable artworks while enjoying fresh air, tasty food, and live entertainment. The EMERGE block—dedicated to up-and-coming artists—will return in 2017, as well as 11 artists who were awarded Best of Show in 2016, and over 50 Invitational Award winners. Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to view and purchase works from this year’s featured artist, Michigan-based Jeff Condon, who creates rich, pastoral drawings. 

Art Fair on the Square is MMoCA’s largest annual fundraiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions, education programs, and the permanent collection.

Aug. 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Rashaad Newsome

This August, MMoCA’s Imprint Gallery will feature videos from acclaimed multimedia artist Rashaad Newsome. Guests are invited to view Newsome’s work, as well as hear the artist discuss his artistic practice. Newsome will touch on his performative videos, including those inspired by voguing, a dance form credited to the Black gay community in New York in the 1960s and 70s. Guests will also be treated to live music from Me eN YOU, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Seating capacity for the talk is limited. MMoCA Openings are free for members and $10 for non-members.

Aug. 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Artist Talk: Rashaad Newsome in Conversation

Multi-disciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome will discuss his artistic practice, including the performative videos inspired by ‘voguing’, a dance form developed in the 1960s and 70s by the Black gay community in New York City. Newsome will be joined in conversation by MMoCA curator of exhibitions Leah Kolb.

Rashaad Newsome’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Bienniale, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.


Aug. 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

ART+ Mass

MMoCA will present ART+ Mass on Monday, August 21 in conjunction with Forward Fest. This event will offer a dialogue on art as a lens and tool for exploring and documenting new discoveries in particle physics. The panel will feature:

  • Artist Sonja Thomsen, whose immersive lobby installation at MMoCA is meant to transform a viewer's encounters with light, space, time, and movement. Thomsen's interest lies in “creating spaces that highlight the inaccessible. There should always be a place for wonder; it is a direct line to new knowledge.”
  • Professor Wesley H. Smith. Bjorn Wiik Professor of Physics at UW-Madison, who has been deeply involved in work on the Large Hedron Collidor used to discover the Higgs Boson particle. The so-called “God particle” is believed to be responsible for giving matter mass and shaping the very early universe.

ART+ Mass is free for MMoCA members, employees of member businesses, and Forward Pass holders; $10 for the general public. Register now.

Oct. 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Artist Talk: Sonja Thomsen

Sonja Thomsen will discuss the conceptual framework and material process for in the space of elsewhere, her site-responsive installation on view in MMoCA’s Lobby.

Admission to this event is free.

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

Kids' Art Adventures

For this Art Adventure, artist Sonja Thomsen will discuss her interest in “wonder” and lead an art experience based on the forms and materials used in her installation.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s galleries. Space is limited to twenty-five children ages six to ten years old; children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free, however pre-registration is required and will open late summer on Organized in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.