Calendar of Events

Museum Hours
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.

Jun. 05, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Gallery Talk

Lois Ireland in Conversation
Friday, June 5 · 6:30–7 pm · Lecture Hall
Lois Ireland is best known for lyrical scenes of rural Wisconsin painted during the 1940s and 50s. MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman will engage Ireland in a conversation about her paintings on view in Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland. State Street Gallery. $10 MMoCA Nights admission.

Jun. 05, 2015 - 9:30pm to 11:00pm

Rooftop Cinema

Rooftop Cinema
Friday, June 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 21
Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season of films under the stars in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. To celebrate a decade of rooftop screenings, this season features highlights from the past nine years. Each evening showcases popular and noteworthy films like John Smith’s hilarious short, The Girl Chewing Gum; the extraordinary Rube-Goldberg-worthy chain reaction in The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge) by Peter Fischli and David Wiess; and Norman McLarens’ Academy Award-winning animation, Neighbours.

Visit the Rooftop Cinema film page for the full schedule. Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm in June and 8:00 pm in August. Camp chairs and blankets are welcome; limited seating is available. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 for non-members; admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Prior to the films, enjoy music by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ensembles. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted.

Rooftop Cinema is a program of MMoCA's education department and is curated by Tom Yoshikami, with technical support provided by Mike King. The film series is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC, with media sponsorship from Marcus Productions, LLC. 


Jun. 12, 2015 to Jun. 14, 2015

Mata Ortiz Trunk Show

Unrivaled, award-winning, contemporary art pottery from Mata Ortiz is coming to the Museum Store.

In the 1970’s, a movement to create pottery in the impoverished village of Mata Ortiz, Mexico began with one man, Juan Quezada, and his patron, Spencer MacCallum. Today, this fine craft is the primary livelihood of a majority of the households in the village.

Explore the art of Mata Ortiz. Join us for a trunk show of pottery and jewelry, collector's talk, film screening, and artist demonstrations. more »

Jun. 13, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Mata Ortiz Lecture

Collector Terry Haller joins Diana Acosta in discussing the ceramic revolution of Mata Ortiz. more »

Jun. 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Mata Ortiz Film Screening

See the film The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz, then meet visiting artist from the village. more »

Jun. 13, 2015 - 2:00pm

Mata Ortiz Artist Demonstration

Discover techniques of hand building and decorating pottery with renowned artists from Mata Ortiz. more »

Jun. 13, 2015 - 5:00pm

Mata Ortiz Artist Demonstration

Discover techniques of hand building and decorating pottery with renowned artists from Mata Ortiz. more »

Jun. 14, 2015 - 1:00pm

Mata Ortiz Artist Demonstration

Discover techniques of hand building and decorating pottery with renowned artists from Mata Ortiz. more »

Jun. 25, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Gallery Talk

David Griffeath on Mathematics and the Visual Arts
Thursday, June 25 · 12:30–1 pm · Main galleries
Whether mathematics, which has developed systematically over the past few thousand years, is an art or a science remains a subject of debate. However, there is no question that math has been a significant inspiration for both theory and practice in the visual arts. The exhibition Coordinates explores this impact on contemporary art in terms of geometry, pattern, and number. Drawing on selected works from the exhibition, David Griffeath will illustrate aspects of the history of mathematical influences on the visual arts, contrasting aesthetics of math and art, and the impact of recent directions in math and science on contemporary art.

David Griffeath is a retired mathematician who specialized in probability and complex spatial dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chairing the Department of Mathematics from 2002 to 2005. His research included the study of pattern formation in physical and social systems such as spontaneous spiral nucleation, snow crystal growth, and emergence of traffic jams.