In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA's Permanent Collection
February 2, 2007 to April 15, 2007

In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA’s Permanent Collection explores seven areas of strength within the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection. The exhibition features more than one hundred paintings, prints, photographs, mixed-media works, and sculptures. These works, which together constitute the largest exhibition ever of works from the collection, will be on view in the museum’s main galleries.

In Depth is organized by guest curator Richard H. Axsom, PhD, a nationally recognized print scholar, award-winning author, and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Michigan. The exhibition opens at 5:30 pm on February 2, as part of the First Fridays at MMoCAcelebration, and continues through Sunday, April 15. A series of gallery talks and other educational events for adults and children accompanies the exhibition.

THE COLLECTION

The museum’s permanent collection traces its origins to a major gift from Rudolph and Louise Langer in 1968. The Langers became active supporters of MMoCA’s predecessor, the Madison Art Association, in 1927, when they moved to Madison from the East Coast. Their gift to the museum four decades later included a large collection of works on paper, including an exceptional group of modern Mexican prints. Through donations and museum purchases, the collection has grown to become an important community resource. Works span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and represent many esteemed artists.

Generous support for In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA’s Permanent Collection has been provided by James and Sylvia Vaccaro; Jan Marshall Fox and Don Bednarek; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation and the Overture Foundation; the Exhibition Initiative Fund; the Madison Trust of the Brittingham Fund, Inc.; the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. The First Fridays opening of the exhibition has been generously supported by Newcomb Construction Company, Inc.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Gallery Talk
Friday, February 2 · 6:30 pm
Guest curator Richard H. Axsom, PhD, highlights American Pop art, featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg. Main galleries.

Family Workshop
Friday, March 2 · 6–8 pm 
Adults and kids can get in touch with their inner artist in this family workshop led by artist and educator Anette Hansen. Activities are planned for ages 8 and up, but younger siblings are welcome. Participants may drop in any time during the two-hour program; all supplies are provided. Classroom.

Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art
Thursdays, February 15, 22, and March 1 · 6:30–8 pm

Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art is a three-part seminar held in conjunction with In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA’s Permanent Collection. With a collection of 5,000 objects, MMoCA is one of the state’s premier repositories for modern and contemporary art. The exhibition brings together key strengths of the collection to provide viewers with an opportunity to examine particular artistic trends more comprehensively. Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art elaborates on these trends and introduces adult audiences to the fundamental connection between art and culture through examination of works of art in the exhibition.

Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art is led by Dr. Richard H. Axsom, a noted scholar who serves as guest curator for the exhibition. The seminar will identify key concepts underlying contemporary art in relation to earlier time periods; define recurring themes in modern and contemporary art and examine why they resurface repeatedly; explain why particular forms of visual art are inevitable in relation to their cultural context; and illustrate how self-reflection is fostered by engaging with visual art.

Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art is offered in three 90-minute sessions. Each session begins with an illustrated lecture in the museum’s auditorium providing a foundation for the topic at hand through examples from a broad range of modern and contemporary art. The program continues in the museum’s main galleries, where participants engage with Dr. Axsom in thematically related discussions centered on works of art on view in In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA’s Permanent Collection.
Lecture hall and galleries.

Free for MMoCA members; $10 each seminar for the general public; $25 for the series Pre-registration is encouraged but not required; contact the education department at 257.0158 x 227 or sheri@mmoca.orgPurchase tickets »

Face, Place, and Space in Modern and Contemporary Art was made possible through the generous support of Valerie and Andreas Kazamias.

Gallery Talk
Friday, March 2 · 6:30 pm
Eduardo de Jesús Douglas, assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Art History, on Mexican modernism, including photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo and selections from the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP or People’s Graphic Workshop). Main galleries.

Gallery Talk
Friday, March 23 · 6:30 pm
Linde Brady, PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art History, discusses distinctive qualities of modern and contemporary photography. Main galleries.

Gallery Talk
Friday, March 30 ·6:30 pm 
Michael J. McClure, assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art, on the work of Ed Ruscha and his contemporaries. Main galleries.