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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.

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

Drop-in Tour: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

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

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

Kids' Art Adventures: Art/Word/Image

Can a word be an image? How do words enhance pictures? Explore Art/Word/Image to see how artists have combined words and images to make works of art that celebrate the power of language. Afterward, make a mixed-media book that incorporates words in fun and visually interesting ways.

Mar. 22, 2018 - 1:45pm

Gallery Talk: BIGness

Curator of the permanent collection Mel Becker Solomon is joined by curator emeritus Richard H. Axsom for an explo­ration of scale in the visual arts and its effects on emotion, perception, and sensation. The talk will highlight a selection of works in BIG.  

Apr. 07, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Stephen Fleischman Lectureship Series: Sam Gilliam and William Weege

Sam Gilliam and William Weege will discuss their long-standing friendship and 45-year creative collaboration that, among other advances, generated pioneering approaches to printmaking. Sam Gilliam is internationally renowned for his innova­tions in color-field painting, which led the way toward a new vocabulary for abstract painting. William Weege is professor emeritus of the UW-Madison Art Department, and founding artistic director of Tandem Press, whose approach to print­making allowed the artists he worked with to break new ground. Weege is also celebrated as an artist in his own right for his work in a variety of print media and handmade paper.

The talk is held on the occasion of the third Stephen Fleischman Lectureship, which honors the 25th anniversary of Stephen Fleischman’s tenure as the director of MMoCA. Advance reservations are required and will open for museum members on February 23 and for the general public on March 13. Please visit this page at that time to make secure your seat.

Apr. 08, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

Examine the intricacies of light, language, and form in Jaume Plensa’s Talking Continents. The artist’s vision of human understanding and connection comes to life in his large illuminated sculptures, which combine the human form with characters from eight languages. In the workshop, create a unique lantern that allows your vision to shine. 

Apr. 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-in Tour: BIG

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

Apr. 27, 2018 - 8:00pm to Apr. 28, 2018 - 12:00am


Saturated with experience, vivid with color, Chroma is a new event taking place. On April 27, 2018, explore color throughout the museum’s iconic spaces. Party guests will enjoy artist- and designer-created color-rich environments, and hands-on group art projects on each level of the museum. Chroma celebrates color: how it feels, its intensity and beauty, and the way we use it in our lives. We choose hues and shades to decorate and express ourselves. Creative professionals work with color to create moods and responses. Artists access the spectrum to convey their vision. This vibrant event will be immersive and fun, unlike any other.

A fundraiser for MMoCA, Chroma admission includes an array of sweets and savories, DJs and dancing in different museum spaces, and a myriad of performances and art activities. Assemble your crew and get your tickets, on sale starting February 1. Plan an ensemble in your favorite spectral color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet) to be considered for a special prize. 

May. 04, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Gallery Night

Mark your calendar for May 4, as dozens of venues open their doors for spring’s biggest celebration of the arts. Tour Madison’s vibrant arts scene—popping up in neighbor­hoods throughout Madison from 5 to 9 pm. Gallery Night has been lighting up the night in Madison for 30 years, offering an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of visual art offerings throughout the city. Galleries, artist stu­dios, non-profit organizations, and other local businesses showcase original artwork and host special exhibitions, dem­onstrations, and receptions during this semi-annual event.

Be sure to share your Gallery Night photos and reviews on social media using #MADGalleryNight. 

May. 04, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Irene Grau

The first Friday in May will offer a wide array of art-related experiences at MMoCA, in addition to a multitude of Gallery Night festivities at more than 50 venues city-wide. Join us at MMoCA from 5–9 pm to celebrate the opening of Spanish artist Irene Grau’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. This MMoCA Opening includes a talk by the artist, who will discuss her aesthetic and conceptual approach to contemporary painting.

Along with live music and passed hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, the evening features the unveil­ing of MMoCA’s first official beer. Starting at 8 pm, museum guests will have the opportunity to celebrate the limited release of the specialty craft beer resulting from MMoCA’s collaboration with Octopi Brewing, Art & Sons, and artist Meg Mitchell, whose installation in the rooftop sculpture garden served as the inspiration for this unique partnership.

May. 04, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Artist Talk: Irene Grau

Irene Grau will discuss a new body of work she began during her five-week artist residency in Madison in the summer of 2017. Her plein air paintings draw attention to little-noticed aspects of the city’s environment and identify instances of monochromatic abstraction in everyday scenes. Grau describes her artistic interventions as “going out in search of painting with a camera and a pair of hiking boots on.”

This talk is part of an MMoCA Opening and is free for mem­bers and $10 for non-members. Seating in MMoCA’s lecture hall is limited.