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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.

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. Tickets are $10 general admission/free for members of MMoCA and PhotoMidwest.

Sep. 27, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

IN NO GREAT HURRY: 13 LESSONS IN LIFE WITH SAUL LEITER

Saul Leiter gained early notice for his pioneering color photographs, which were selected in 1953 by Edward Steichen for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Leiter, however, turned his back on his emerging celebrity and quietly pursued his work for the next fifty years. In No Great Hurry follows the artist, now in his 80s, as he muses on his life, work, and new-found fame. 2012, UK/USA. 75 minutes.

In No Great Hurry 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. Tickets are $10 general admission/free for members of MMoCA and PhotoMidwest.

 

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

StoryBook: Warrington Colescott's Venice

Richard H. Axsom, MMoCA curator, will engage artist Warrington Colescott in a conversation about his creation of Death in Venice (1971), a portfolio of ten etchings inspired by Thomas Mann’s novella. To begin the project, Colescott traveled to Venice to make sketches of pivotal locations and to trace the protagonist’s steps through a city that attracted the artist for its richness, evil, and mystery—key elements in Mann’s story. Colescott will talk about his stay in Venice and how he wished to re-imagine Death in Venice according to his own personal read of it. A selection of prints from Colescott's Death in Venice portfolio is on view in StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art.

Richard H. Axsom is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he taught courses on modern and contemporary art for twenty-eight years, and a nationally recognized art writer who has published extensively in the area of the modern and contemporary print, including definitive texts on such artists as Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg, Terry Winters, and most recently, Ellsworth Kelly.

Warrington Colescott is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a printmaker with an international reputation for his innovative techniques and complex visual narratives. Colescott’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, and Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others. He lives and works in Hollandale, Wisconsin.

Nov. 08, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-in Tour

Discover what Alec Soth's careful compositions say about the lives and places shown in his photographs. Docent Gill Hillman will lead this lively and informal discussion of From Here to There: Alec Soth's America. Meet in the MMoCA lobby.

Nov. 09, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventure

How can you capture a specific time and place? What can a portrait tell about a person? Find out by examining the people and places in From Here to There: Alec Soth's America, and making a drawing of someone or somewhere important to you.

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.

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