Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Details of Lively and Engaging Summer Events Released by MMoCA

Details of Lively and Engaging Summer Events Released by MMoCA

MADISON, WI--The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a dynamic schedule of talks, events, films, and kids’ programming for the spring and summer of 2017. With family events, art talks, and hands-on art experiences, the museum offers a wide range of programs to engage audiences of all types in modern and contemporary art. Activities complement the MMoCA exhibitions Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time, Taking Sides: Social Critique in Modern and Contemporary Art, Digital Aura, and special installations such as Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange by Meg Mitchell and In the Space of Elsewhere by Sonja Thomsen. Events are free except where noted. Additional event information may be found at mmoca.org.

EVENTS, LECTURES, FILMS, AND KIDS’ PROGRAMS

 

ROOFTOP CINEMA                Friday, June 9 • 9:30–10:45 pm                          FILM

Kamikaze 89

(Wolf Gremm, Germany, 1982, digital, 106 min.)

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chair, and prepare yourself for a magical evening of avant-garde and alternative films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns this June for its twelfth season with five programs of films, all set in various dystopian futures.

A madcap romp through the West Berlin cyber-punk scene, Kamikaze ‘89 imagines a totalitarian society ruled by a corporation called The Combine, which controls the media and suppresses all murmurs of dissent or unhappiness. Legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final acting role casts him as an alcoholic police lieutenant—clad in a leopard-skin suit, no less—who is tasked with foiling a bomb threat. Adapted by Wolf Gremm and Robert Katz from Per Wahlöö’s 1964 dystopian novel “Murder on the 31st Floor,” Kamikaze ‘89 features legendary spaghetti Western icon Franco Nero, and Fassbinder muse Brigitte Mira. “Kamikaze ’89 plays like the art-damaged, New German Cinema answer to Hollywood’s paranoid thrillers of the 70s” (BAMcinématek).

Our summer of dystopian futures continues every Friday night in June. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members; admission begins at the lobby reception desk at 8:30 pm. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted.

Rooftop Cinema is curated by Tom Yoshikami, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. Rooftop Cinema is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC.

 

Art Cart                          Weekdays, June 15–August 10                              KIDS

Art Cart EXTRA!              Saturdays, June 17 and 24; and July 8–29           KIDS

The museum’s free outdoor art programs are on the road again! Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches across Dane County this summer. As always, the programs bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects.

Art Cart beings its Madison rounds on Thursday, June 15. Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the area communities of Black Earth, Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, Monona, McFarland, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee beginning Saturday, June 17.

Both programs offer projects for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Families are invited to drop in with no pre-registration nec­essary; organized summer camps and other childcare programs must pre-register for Madison Art Cart sites at 608.204.3021. Download the full schedule at mmoca.org/learn/kids.

Art Cart is a partnership of MMoCA and Madison School & Community Recreation. Art Cart EXTRA! is a program of MMoCA. Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are generously funded by the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, The Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, TDS Telecom, Professor Emeritus Josh Chover, and TASC.

 

Gallery Talk: Richard H. Axsom   Thursday, June 15 • 1–1:45 pm                                                            TALK

MMoCA senior curator Richard H. Axsom will offer an overview of Taking Sides: Social Critique in Modern and Contemporary Art, which explores art as voice for social change and political action.

Richard H. Axsom is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Michigan and a nationally recognized art historian, curator, and art writer.

 

ROOFTOP CINEMA                 Friday, June 16 • 9:30–10:45 pm                                                   FILM

Peggy and Fred Times Three Series

(Leslie Thornton, United States, 1985–1989, digital, 55 min.)

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chair, and prepare yourself for a magical evening of avant-garde and alternative films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns this June for its twelfth season with five programs of films, all set in various dystopian futures.

Leslie Thornton's magnum opus, this ongoing and open-ended serial follows its two improvisatory protagonists, children “raised by technology,” through a surreal landscape where pop culture and history, science and science fiction blur.

“Highly idiosyncratic and deeply creepy, this series as a whole—which includes passages in both film and video, sometimes shown concurrently—represents the most exciting recent work in the American avant-garde, a saga that raises questions about everything while making everything seem very strange.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum.

 

Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue

Leslie Thornton, US, 1985, digital, 20 min.

Peggy and Fred in Hell is one of the strangest cinematic artifacts of the last 20 years, revealing the abuses of history and innocence in the face of catastrophe, as it chronicles two small children journeying through a post-apocalyptic landscape to create their own world. Breaking genre restrictions, Thornton uses improvisation, planted quotes, archival footage and formless timeframes to confront the viewer's preconceptions of cause and effect.

"At its most distinctive, as in the endless and eternal Peggy and Fred in Hell cycle, Thornton’s work wanders past the medium’s limits and finds the medium’s origins” (Wexner Center).

 

Peggy and Fred and Pete

Leslie Thornton, US, 1988, digital, 22 min.

Peggy and Fred meet up with Peter the Penguin, to once again make their way through the fragmentary remains of 20th Century American culture. They fashion a tumultuous, arbitrary world that teeters dangerously on the edge of nonsense and oblivion. The makings are familiar: technologies, accoutrements, and stories of our culture, leveled against an endless and disorderly horizon. As a commentary on the state of cultural messages and meaning, Thornton’s work outlines a “poetics of dystopia” that has all the ambient charm of a bomb shelter, preserving random cultural elements for future generations.

 

Peggy and Fred in Kansas

Leslie Thornton, US, 1989, digital, 11 min.

Peggy and Fred, sole inhabitants of post-apocalyptic Earth, weather a prairie twister and scavenge for sense and sustenance amid the ruined devices of a ghosted culture. The improvised and playful dialogue of the children provides a key to understanding the tape; their distracted sense of make-believe floats between realities, between acting their parts and doing what they want—patching together identities that, like fidgeting children, refuse to stand still.

Rooftop Cinema takes place every Friday night in June. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members; admission begins at the lobby reception desk at 8:30 pm. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted.

Rooftop Cinema is curated by Tom Yoshikami, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. Rooftop Cinema is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC.

 

Gallery Talk: Katherine Cramer           Friday, June 23 • 6:30–7 pm           TALK

Taking Sides in Everyday Life

Katherine Cramer will discuss the difficulty and importance of ordinary citizens encountering opposing political viewpoints. The talk is presented in conjunction with Taking Sides: Social Critique in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Cramer is a professor of political science at the UW-Madison, director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

 

ROOFTOP CINEMA                 Friday, June 23 • 9:30–10:45 pm                                                   FILM

Born in Flames
(Lizzie Borden, 1983, US, digital, 80 min.)

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chair, and prepare yourself for a magical evening of avant-garde and alternative films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns this June for its twelfth season with five programs of films, all set in various dystopian futures.

Set in a post-capitalist dystopian New York - ten years after the Second American Revolution—Lizzie Borden’s comic fantasy made on a shoestring budget over several years early ‘80s has been hailed as a ”A radical feminist wonder” (Variety). When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women—across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart.

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members; admission begins at the lobby reception desk at 8:30 pm. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted.

Rooftop Cinema is curated by Tom Yoshikami, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. Rooftop Cinema is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC.

 

ROOFTOP CINEMA                 Friday, June 30 • 9:30–10:45 pm                                                   FILM

La Jetée
(Chris Marker, 1962, France, digital, 29 min.)

Additional programming to be announced.

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chair, and prepare yourself for a magical evening of avant-garde and alternative films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns this June for its twelfth season with five programs of films, all set in various dystopian futures.

Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. June screenings conclude with Marker’s La Jetée, one of the most influential, radical science fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members and $7 for non-members; admission begins at the lobby reception desk at 8:30 pm. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted.

Rooftop Cinema is curated by Tom Yoshikami, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. Rooftop Cinema is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC.

 

59th Annual Art Fair on the Square     Saturday, July 8 9–6 pm                                                   EVENT

                                                            Sunday, July 9 • 10–5 pm

Come to the Capitol Square the second weekend in July to support MMoCA’s signature fundraiser, the nationally recognized Art Fair on the Square.

This year, the fair will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, offering art lovers the chance to browse, shop, and admire innumerable artworks while enjoying fresh air, tasty food, and live entertainment. The EMERGE block—dedicated to up-and-coming artists—will return in 2017, as well as 11 artists who were awarded Best of Show in 2016, and over 50 Invitational Award winners. Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to view and purchase works from this year’s featured artist, Michigan-based Jeff Condon, who creates rich, pastoral drawings. Each exhibiting artist’s work can be previewed on mmoca.org begin­ning in mid-June.

Art Fair on the Square is MMoCA’s largest annual fundraiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions, education programs, and the permanent collection. To date, generous support for Art Fair on the Square has been provided by MINI of Madison, American Transmission Company, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, Pepsi Cola of Madison, Wildwood Productions, Artful Home, Associated Bank, Dane County Regional Airport, Ganser Company, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Lundberg Family Farms, Waunakee Remodeling, Wisconsin Lottery, Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, DoubleTree by Hilton Madison; Madison Magazine, Isthmus, Magic 98, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, and WKOW TV.

 

MMoCA Opening                      Friday, August 11 6-9 pm                                                          EVENT

Rashaad Newsome

This August, MMoCA’s Imprint Gallery will feature videos from acclaimed multimedia artist Rashaad Newsome. Guests are invited to view Newsome’s work, as well as hear the artist discuss his artistic practice. Newsome will touch on his performative videos, including those inspired by voguing, a dance form credited to the Black gay community in New York in the 1960s and 70s. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and live music from Me eN YOU, a collective based out of Madison, WI combines Indie, Jazz, Funk, Punk, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and more to create a sound and a performance that is theatrical and electric.

Seating capacity for the talk is limited. Free for members and $10 for non-members.

MMoCA Openings are sponsored by Newcomb Construction Company and The Alexander Company with additional support from Fresco and media support from Isthmus.

 

Artist Talk: Rashaad Newsome           Friday, August 11 6:30–7 pm       TALK

Rashaad Newsome in Conversation

Multi-disciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome will discuss his artistic practice, including the performative videos inspired by ‘voguing’, a dance form developed in the 1960s and 70s in the Black gay community in New York City. Newsome will be joined in conversation by MMoCA curator of exhibitions Leah Kolb.

Rashaad Newsome’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Bienniale, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

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Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays. 

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building on State Street, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offers exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The award-winning Museum Store offers contemporary American craft and fine jewelry, while Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant, features local, seasonal ingredients in fine American cuisine.

 

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