Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming soon to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lois Ireland, The Homestead, c. 1944. Oil on canvas, 34¾ x 28½ inches. Collection of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland

In this exhibition, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents a selection of Lois Ireland’s Wisconsin landscape paintings. Ireland, born in Waunakee, Wisconsin and spending the majority of her life in the state, is known for her regionalist scenes of the 1940s and 50s. In 1942, at the age of fourteen, she caught the attention of John Steuart Curry, the first artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Curry encouraged her to study art and brought her into the newly-formed Wisconsin Regional Art Program.

Claes Oldenburg, Chicago Stuffed with Numbers, 1977. Lithograph 47 ½ x 31 5/8 inches. Gift of the artist.


Coordinates draws upon the museum’s permanent collection to examine the use of number in modern and contemporary art. The word “coordinates” refers to a set of numbers that locates a point on a plane or in space. Its function is determinative. Numbers are for counting, measuring, labeling, coding, and theorizing on reality.

Natasha Nicholson, Cabinet of Curiosities, 2000.

Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum

Throughout her career, Natasha Nicholson has intertwined her life with her art, transforming her home into an unconventional space where she constantly experiments with objects, form, and ideas. Like many artists, Nicholson is a consummate collector; she seeks out one-of-a-kind curiosities and artifacts, all of which provide insight into her inspirations, influences, and aesthetic and intellectual obsessions. Although accumulating items for research and study is a common practice among artists, for Nicholson collecting is her practice.