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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.

Apr. 02, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures

Look at a variety of animal imagery in Young at Art and create a sculptural creature inspired by the amazing animals that inhabit the earth.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. The program is appropriate for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. 

Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a space in the workshop. A sign-up sheet is available at the lobby welcome desk fifteen minutes before the workshop begins.

Apr. 08, 2017 -
1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-In Tour: Do Ho Suh

Drop by MMoCA for a lively and informal discussion of Do Ho Suh. Led by MMoCA’s docents, drop-in tours are free, 30-minute guided discussions that consider artists’ creative decisions, including subject, style, and materials, and the impact of these choices on expression and interpretation. Meet in the museum lobby.

Apr. 13, 2017 -
1:00pm to 1:30pm

Gallery Talk: Melanie Herzog on The Photographer is Present

The real, altered, and imagined spaces depicted in contemporary photography resonate with meanings that are variously social, historical, and sometimes deeply personal. The photographer may be visually present within the photograph, or the photographer’s presence may be implied as a spectator beyond the photograph’s frame. This gallery talk will explore ways in which contemporary photographers convey meaning in their photographs through the position they occupy – whether present within or absent from the photography – in relation to reconfigured realities they depict.

Melanie Herzog is a professor of art history at Edgewood College and a leading scholar on the work of Elizabeth Catlett. Herzog has also written extensively on the social documentary photographer, Milton Rogovin. 

Apr. 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Artist Talk: Deborah Butterfield

Internationally renowned artist Deborah Butterfield will provide an artist talk on April 22, giving the second occurrence of the annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship series. Butterfield is an important American sculptor who rose to prominence in the 1970s. For three decades, the single subject of Butterfield's art has been the horse. Over the years, she has created a deeply moving series of variations, in style and materials, on this motif. Initially realistic in style, her horses were created with plaster over a steel armature. By the mid-1970s she moved toward natural materials, particularly utilizing mud, clay, and sticks. In later work, Butterfield adopted junk metal and industrial materials such as barbed wire, pipes, and fencing. Most recently, since the late 1990s, she has cast her horses in bronze from models of wood and organic materials.

Butterfield’s talk is held in conjunction with the reinstallation of her locally-beloved sculptures, Dapple Gray 1980 and Untitled 1983, in the MMoCA lobby. The Stephen Fleischman Lectureship is held annually in April and features individuals who have made exceptional contributions to art and culture. Created in 2015 to mark Fleischman’s 25th anniversary as director of MMoCA, the lectures are free to all. For more information, visit mmoca.org.

Limited seating may be reserved at mmoca.org/butterfield beginning March 17 for MMoCA members and April 7 for general public.

Apr. 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

Hair Affair: The Art of Hair

MMoCA’s biennial event, Hair Affair: The Art of Hair, has become well known as the wildest runway show and outlandish fundraiser for the museum. This festive evening celebrates the intersection of art and hair design, showcasing extreme hair sculptures conceived and executed by local salons and stylists. Hair Affair will return the evening of Thursday, April 27, with designs based on “Myths and Monsters.” These amazing hair sculptures will impress attendees with height, width and creativity. During this one-night-only event, the hair sculptures will be presented on live models during a runway show. The event will also feature hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, cocktails, a live DJ, amusements, and a silent auction offering great packages. Both general admission and VIP options with exclusive seating will be available. Save the date now, invitations will be mailed in March.

For more information about participating in the event, please contact Annik Dupaty at annik@mmoca.org or 608.257.0158 x229.

May. 05, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Gallery Night

Showcasing the city's vibrant arts community, Gallery Night is a long-time Madison tradition. Organized each spring and fall by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, demonstrations, and refreshments at nearly 80 venues throughout the city.

Stop by MMoCA to enjoy a first look at Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time in the State Street Gallery and Digital Aura in the Imprint Gallery. Revisit Do Ho Suh and Reconfigured Reality. On Gallery Night, the MMoCA Museum Store is pleased to present the 2017 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly. Please call the museum store for availability and pricing. more>>

 

May. 07, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: Do Ho Suh

See how Do Ho Suh uses colorful thread and watercolor to create original works on paper that address themes of home, memory, and self-identity. Learn how to creatively embroider with basic stitches in a project inspired by Do Ho Suh’s threaded artworks.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. The program is appropriate for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult. 

Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a space in the workshop. A sign-up sheet is available at the lobby welcome desk fifteen minutes before the workshop begins.

May. 13, 2017 -
1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-In Tour: Do Ho Suh

Drop by MMoCA for a lively and informal discussion of Do Ho Suh. Led by MMoCA’s docents, drop-in tours are free, 30-minute guided discussions that consider artists’ creative decisions, including subject, style, and materials, and the impact of these choices on expression and interpretation. Meet in the museum lobby.