Calendar of Events

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Tue-Thu • noon-5 pm; Fri • noon-8 pm; Sat • 10 am-8 pm; Sun • noon-5 pm; Closed Mondays

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Accessibility
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.

Aug. 14, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Under the Influence

Join us for a beautiful summer evening on MMoCA's Rooftop! Be a part of an interactive performance with artist collective Progress Gardens organized by Professor Meg Mitchell. Progress Gardens will teach you how to cross breed your own plant varieties, and educate you on intellectual property issues that apply to your newly created life. Fresco will provide selected food and beverage pairings as you create your very own garden, influenced by the performance, beauty, and metaphorical meaning of the act of gardening. 

$30 members / $40 non-members. Tickets are available here

Aug. 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Nights

Join us in August to celebrate the opening of a highly anticipated exhibition calling attention to the work of multidisciplinary artist Jason S. Yi. Guests can preview Yi’s sculptural installations in the State Street Gallery beginning at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm, the artist will share insights about his work and process in a gallery talk. The Jason Seed Stringtet will perform live, and hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will round out the evening. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.

Aug. 22, 2014 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

From Puppets to Pixels, Rooftop Cinema

Rooftop Cinema concludes in August with an additional selection of short films by the four artists featured in June.

Dimensions of Dialogue (Moznosti dialogu) (Svankmajer, 1983, Czechoslovakia, 11 min.)
Interview (Leaf, 1979, Canada, 13 min.)
I Met a Man (Leaf, 1991, Canada, 1 min.)
Narkoblues (Pojar, 1997, Canada, 8 min.)
Fantasies (Schwartz, 1976, US, 5 min.)
La Spiritata (Schwartz, 1976, US, 4 min.)
Newtonian II (Schwartz, 1978, US, 5.5 min.)

Sep. 13, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

A Conversation with Alec Soth

In conversation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, photographer Alec Soth will discuss his creative process, including his approach to photogrpahing his subjects on location using a large-format 8x10 camera.

A Lussier Family Lecture. Free for MMoCA members / $10 MMoCA Nights admission.

Sep. 14, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventure

Artists use images to tell stories without words. After viewing the art in StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art, make a series of drawings to tell the beginning, middle and end of your story in a comic strip or picture book.

Kid's Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA's classroom following guided discussions of works on view in the museum's galleries. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promply at 1 pm in MMoCA's lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids' Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sep. 26, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Somewhere to Disappear

Somewhere to Disappear chronicles photographer Alec Soth as he traveled nearly 20,000 miles across the United States for his project, Broken Manual. Developed over a period of several years, Broken Manual features images of individuals who have chosen to establish a life alone and live, as it were, "off the grid."

Somewhere to Disappear is co-sponsored by MMoCA and PhotoMidwest. Visit photomidwest.org for more information or to purchase tickets for this and other programs organized by PhotoMidwest. Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes before screen time.

Oct. 10, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

A Little Brown Mushroom Odyssey

Writer and frequent Alec Soth collaborator Brad Zellar talks about the experience of working and traveling with Soth. Soth and Zellar have worked together on such book projects as Conductors of the Moving World, House of Coates, and the seven-part LBM Dispatch, which documents the duo's travels around the United States.

Along with Alec Soth, Brad Zellar is the Fall 2014 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence at the UW-Madison Arts Institute, where they are co-teaching the course "Truth, Lies, Memory, and Imagination: The Photograph as Story." Zellar is an author and journalist whose book, Suburban World: The Norling Photos, served in part as inspiration for the Coen brothers' film, A Serious Man. Among other awards he has received, his book, Conductors of the Moving World, was featured in TIME Lightbox "Best of 2011: The Photobooks We Loved." Zellar also writes for his blog, Your Man for Fun in Rapidan., found at yourmanforfuninrapidan.blogspot.com.

Oct. 11, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-in Tour

Explore how artists construct visual narratives through a guided discussion of StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art with docent Carol Hay. Meet in the MMoCA lobby.

Oct. 12, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventure

Jason S. Yi makes mountains from everyday materials like wooden slats and duct tape. See what you can create with duct tape.

Kid's Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA's classroom following guided discussions of works on view in the museum's galleries. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promply at 1 pm in MMoCA's lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids' Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Richard H. Axsom on From Homer to the Graphic Novel: Storytelling in Contemporary Art

Telling stories with pictures in a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of art. Curator Richard H. Axsom will speak on the use of literature by contemporary artists, who have turned to both ancient and modern texts for inspiration. For examples, Axsom will highlight those artists in Storybook: Narrative in Contemporary Art who visualize pre-existing literary narratives. He will address works by Romare Bearden, Warrington Colescott, Elizabeth Frink, Peter Milton, and Georges Rouault, who respond, respectively, to stories told by Homer, Thomas Mann, Geoffrey Chaucer, Henry James, and St. Luke. Also drawn into the discussion is Art Spiegelman, one of the early pioneers of the graphic novel, who is represented in the exhibition with a text of his own that he visualizes as a comic strip.

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