Friday, August 21 · 6-9 pm
MMoCA Nights, Exhibition Opening
Come to MMoCA on the evening of Friday, August 21 for the opening of Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. This exhibition reveals Nicholson’s creative process while providing a glimpse into the interconnectedness between her personal and artistic lives. Her four studios, reconstructed here, include the Thinking Room, where all work begins; Strata, her sculpture studio and gallery; Studiolo, the Italian term for Cabinet of Curiosities; and the Bead Room, where the artist creates necklaces and exhibits her extensive collection of beads and ethnic jewelry.
Saturday, October 10 · 6–9 pm
MMoCA Nights, Exhibition Reception
Explore the exhibition Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum and enjoy a stimulating evening at MMoCA. A Lussier Family Lecture, Unforeseen Possibilities: The Art of Natasha Nicholson, will featureLinda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne in a conversation with Natasha Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman about Nicholson’s approach to finding and creating beauty in the unexpected.
Joseph R. Goldyne is an artist and art historian who has written extensively on artists from Adolph Menzel and J.M.W. Turner to Richard Diebenkorn. Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda R. James is an artist and assistant professor emerita in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each of these individuals have contributed essays to the exhibition catalog.
TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS
Tuesdays, 1–2 pm and Fridays, 6–8 pm, September 8 through November 6, excluding October 2 and 23
Natasha Nicholson on The Artist in Her Museum
Natasha Nicholson will provide informal discussions on her work and collections on a drop-in basis. State Street Gallery.
Thursday, September 24 · 1–1:45 pm · Lecture hall
From There to Here: A Brief History of the Art of Natasha Nicholson
Linda R. James will trace the development of Natasha Nicholson’s artistic career from its beginnings in California in the 1960s to the present day. Audience members are welcome to join James and Nicholson in the State Street Gallery for informal conversation after the talk.
Linda R. James is an artist, critic, and art historian. She is assistant professor emerita, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she was recognized for outstanding teaching and service in 2012. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions and her writing has been published internationally.
Friday, October 2 · 6:30–7:15 pm · State Street Gallery
Gallery Conversation: The Artist in Her Museum
Thomas Garver and Natasha Nicholson will talk about their lives as collectors and the influences their individual collections have had on each other
Thomas H. Garver is an art historian and Natasha Nicholson’s husband. A former curator and art museum director, Garver has most recently served as the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, and has written books on the paintings of George Tooker and the photographs of O. Winston Link, among other publications.
Saturday, October 10 · 6:30–7:30 pm · Lecture hall
Unforeseen Possibilities: The Art of Natasha Nicholson
A Lussier Family Lecture
Linda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne—all catalog essayists for The Artist in Her Museum—join Natasha Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman in a discussion of Nicholson’s passion in both her art and way of life.
Joseph R. Goldyne is an artist and art historian who has written extensively on artists from Adolph Menzel and J.M.W. Turner to Richard Diebenkorn. Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda R. James is an artist and assistant professor emerita in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Thursday, October 15 · 1–1:30 pm · State Street Gallery
Gallery Conversation: Memory and Recollection in the Art of Natasha Nicholson
Natasha Nicholson and Thomas E.A. Dale explore how the artist's work relates to the medieval European traditions of acquiring and displaying Christian relics.
Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published two books, Relics, Prayer and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Mural Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral and, with John Mitchell, Shaping Sacred Space and Institutional Identity in Romanesque Mural Painting. His research and teaching interests include early Christian, Medieval, and Byzantine art, religious experience and the senses in Romanesque art, and cultural appropriation and hybridity.
Friday, October 23 · 6:30–7 pm · State Street Gallery
Gallery Talk: Cabinets of Curiosities
Shira Brisman will discuss cabinets of curiosities—their history and early modern form—within the context of Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. The talk is presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.
Shira Brisman is assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches courses on the history of science and technology, the relationship of art history to language and literature, and Northern European art, among other subjects.
Saturday, October 10 · 1–1:30 pm
Drop by MMoCA for a lively and informal discussion of the creative process as expressed in Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum. Led by an MMoCA docent, this free, 30-minute guided tour provides you with the tools to consider the artist's creative decisions and construct meaningful interpretations of her work. Meet in the museum lobby