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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.

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. Thomsen created the site-specific installation currently on view in MMoCA's lobby, which transforms viewers' 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. Dr. Smith is the Bjorn Wiik Professor of Physics at UW-Madison, and 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.

Sep. 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Talk and Workshop: Artist Books

As part of the Arts + Literature Laboratory’s creative workshop series, Sonja Thomsen will discuss the role of bookmaking in her installation practice. She will also offer critiques to any participants who wish to share work with the group.

ALL’s workshops are low-cost and intended for individuals at all levels. See the ALL website for more information.

This event will take place at ALL, not at MMoCA.

Sep. 22, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Chele Isaac: the understory

Join us at MMoCA on Friday, September 22 for an MMoCA Opening celebration for the Chele Isaac: the understory exhibition. Isaac is a Madison-based artist who combines moving images and sound to create fully immersive, multimedia environments. At 6:30pm the artist will discuss her work in the lecture hall (seating capacity is limited). The evening will also offer live music, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar in the MMoCA Lobby. 

Sep. 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Performance: Tangible Space

Choreographer Maria Gillespie presents the movement installation, Tangible Space in response to the notions and materials of Sonja Thomsen’s installation in the space of elsewhere. Dancers inhabit and activate Thomsen’s work on multiple levels of the exhibit and call attention to the materiality of touch, the rootedness of presence, and the movement light. The dancers’ expansive, always vanishing gestures compose a kinesphere that is elusive and ephemeral, yet maintaining presence though the witnessing and reflected movements of other inhabitants in the space of elsewhere.

Performers include Milwaukee-based artists Maria Gillespie and Joelle Worm. Platform sculptures are by Chicago-based artist Mike Rea.

Oct. 06, 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 venues throughout the city.

Gallery Night is held from 5-9pm, though some participating venues set their own hours. 

Oct. 06, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange (TNHE)

The First Friday in October will be jam packed with art-related events and experiences. In addition to Gallery Night venue exploration around the city (5-9pm), and the Gallery Night After Party at MMoCA (9-11pm), MMoCA will also celebrate the opening of artist Meg Mitchell’s Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange (TNHE): a hop garden for unyielding people from 6-9pm in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. TNHE is a massive 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 live music, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. 

Oct. 06, 2017 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Gallery Night After Party

After touring the city from 5-9pm, stop by MMoCA for the official Gallery Night After Party. Featuring live music, hands on art activities, snacks, and a cash bar, this party is not to be missed. MMoCA's galleries will be open late so that guests can enjoy art after dark.

Oct. 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Performance: Tangible Space (2nd iteration) and Artist Talk: Sonja Thomsen

Choreographer Maria Gillespie presents the movement installation, Tangible Space in response to the notions and materials of Sonja Thomsen’s installation in the space of elsewhere. Following the performance 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.

Performers include Milwaukee-based artists Maria Gillespie and Joelle Worm. Platform sculptures are by Chicago-based artist Mike Rea.

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. 

Dec. 01, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Talking Continents

The New York Times calls Jaume Plensa “one of the world’s most celebrated public artists,” and on Friday December 1, MMoCA will have the pleasure of celebrating the opening the Talking Continents exhibition featuring his work. Beginning at 6pm, guests may view Talking Continents. At 6:30pm, 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.