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.

Oct. 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm

Spotlight Cinema presents Eastern Boys

Rare is the thriller that takes its audience in truly unexpected directions. But the latest film from Robin Campillo (writer and editor of The Class and Time Out) is an erotically charged and mesmerizing nail-biter that does just that. By turns a frightening home invasion drama, a profound love story, and a tense thriller, Eastern Boysalso deftly tackles European immigration. “Fascinating. Sleek, shape-shifting and intermittently stunning” (Variety). Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. more »

Nov. 01, 2014 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Arts Ball

A celebration of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Arts Ball is an occasion to build and renew friendships while contributing to the continued financial health of two of Madison's most beloved cultural institutions. Gather for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, dining, delectable music, and dancing. All proceeds directly support MMoCA and MSO. Held at the Nakoma Golf Club. more »

Nov. 04, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Mandy Martin: Vivitur Ex Rapto (Man Lives off Greed)

Mandy Martin is one among 25 international artists, anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, and scientists who will be presenting an object for The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities, a project of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in partnership with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory in Stockholm. Martin's object is a collaborative painting, Davies Creek Road, 2005, made with Wiradjuri artist, Trisha Carroll, that tells the story of their valley and the waves of Anthropogenic extinction that have occurred from the time of Carroll's ancestors, who practiced fire burning, and continued as second settlers brought cattle and mining to the region 200 years ago.   

Mandy Martin is represented in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Guggenheim, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others. Martin lives in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.

The lecture is co-sponsored by MMoCA’s education department and the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment. Lecture hall; free and open to the public. 

Nov. 05, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Spotlight Cinema presents The Strange Little Cat

Although the plot of Ramon Zürcher’s debut feature is incredibly simple - a middle-class extended family gather for dinner at their Berlin flat - the film is anything but. To watch The Strange Little Cat is to experience something of a puzzle: every sound, gesture, and movement seem to be somehow connected. But how? Zürcher describes his film as “a horror film without any horror,” but it’s also unequivocally an art film, one whose construction is rigid-bordering-on-formal, and yet incredibly playful, engrossing, and ultimately very funny. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. more »

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. more »

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. more »

Nov. 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema presents Force Majeure

Ensconced in a plush resort in the French Alps, a family’s ski trip is ruptured by an avalanche, the aftermath sending a seemingly perfect couple into a traumatized tailspin. Penetrating, provocative, and caustically funny, Force Majeure is a surefire conversation-starter. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. more »

Nov. 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Under the Influence

Experience MMoCA after-hours with Under the Influence. Begin the evening with a brief discussion of works in StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art in MMoCA’s Henry Street Gallery. Then, move to the museum’s Education Workshop to enjoy selected food and beverage pairings from Fresco as you create your very own masterpiece, influenced by the works you’ve just seen.

$30 members, $40 non-members. Participation is limited to guests 21+. Doors open at 6:00. Program begins at 6:30. Please reserve your seat in advance. more »

Nov. 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Spotlight Cinema presents Zero Motivation

Girls meets Catch-22, this absurdist war comedy won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Zero Motivation simultaneously satirizes office bureaucracy while celebrating the friendships that can only blossom from shared ennui and a common enemy: the boss. Presented as a special sneak preview prior to the film’s theatrical run. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. more »

Nov. 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Holiday Art Fair Luncheon and Preview

This year’s Holiday Art Fair will kick off with a preview luncheon featuring a spirited runway show. Guests attending this opening event will enjoy delectable foods and will have the entire Holiday Art Fair to themselves for an interlude of crowd-free shopping. more »