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

See information about MMoCA exhibitions.

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.

Jul. 11, 2015 to Jul. 12, 2015

Art Fair on the Square

Many have relished MMoCA’s Art Fair on the Square over the last 56 years, and nearly 200,000 art enthusiasts will enjoy the 2015 fair. Art Fair on the Square offers visitors the opportunity to see and purchase a wide range of fine artwork from hundreds of active artists from around the country, hear live music, and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s fair has drawn exciting new artists, along with the returning 13 artists who received 2014 Best of Show Awards and the over 50 Invitational Award artists. Additionally, fair visitors will be delighted by the works of Angie Pickman, the 2015 Featured Artist. Her two-dimensional pieces involve a precise method of cutting heavy weight drawing papers and colored tissue papers. Summer Song, the featured artwork, will be on display in the popular silent auction tent over the weekend of the fair.

Art Fair on the Square continues to be one of the largest art fairs in the Midwest, and is rated among the very best art shows in the United States by artists across the country, and by several arts and trade publications. The Art Fair is MMoCA’s most important annual fund raiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions, education programs, and the preservation of its permanent collection. Preview each artist’s works at

Aug. 13, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Under the Influence

Art can influence and inspire. Explore your creativity and experience MMoCA after hours at Under the Influence. Begin the evening with a brief gallery talk by artists Tom Loeser and Bird Ross as they discuss Coordinates. Then, move to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden to enjoy selected wine and food pairings and create your very own masterpiece, influenced by the works you’ve just seen.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30. Media sponsorship is provided by Yelp; supplies for Under the Influence are generously donated by Artist & Craftsman Supply. For more information, please visit or contact Kaitlin at 608.257.0158 x224 or

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 13, to finish the 2015 Under the Influence series.

Aug. 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Nights

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 artistic process, while providing a glimpse into the interconnectedness between her personal and artistic lives. Her four studios, as they will be reinstalled in the museum, include the Thinking Room, where all work begins; Strata, her sculpture studio and gallery; the Studiolo, the Italian word for Natasha’s Cabinet of Curiosities; and the Bead Room, where the artist creates necklaces and exhibits her extensive collection of beads and ethnic jewelry.

Milwaukee-based Painted Caves of Amarrass Records will play Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelic grooves in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden, and Fresco will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres. Stay for the last of Rooftop Cinema of the season at sunset, which will explore the theme “Our Animated Worlds.”


Aug. 21, 2015 - 9:30pm to 11:00pm

Rooftop Cinema

Our Animated Worlds

Bring a friend, bring a blanket or camp chairs, and prepare yourself for an evening of avant-garde films and videos under the stars. Rooftop Cinema returns for its tenth season to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden and will feature some of the best films from the past nine years of this popular film series. Films begin at sundown.

Rooftop Cinema concludes in August with “Our Animated Worlds,” a collection of six of the most creative and beloved animated shorts shown over the years.

Spiral (Emily Breer, USA, 1987, 16mm, 12 min.)

Trikfilm 3 (George Griffin, USA, 1973, 16mm, 4 min.)

Ryan (Chris Landreth, Canada, 2004, digital, 14 min.)

Neighbours (Norman McLaren, Canada, 1952, digital, 9 min.)

Tunnel of Love (Helen Hill, USA, 1996, digital, 5 min.)

The Lost Thing (Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan, Australia, 2010, digital, 15 min.)

Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public; admission in the lobby beginning at 7:30 pm.