Calendar of Events

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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.

Apr. 24, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm


Join this fun and fabulous preview event, brimming with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, elegance, and entertainment.  Be among the first to experience Design MMoCA, a no-inhibitions exhibition – which challenges designers from all disciplines to use works from MMoCA’s permanent collection as inspiration for one-of-a-kind designs. This event supports MMoCA’s free exhibitions and education programs. more »

 Reservations can be made online at or by contacting Sarah at 608.257.0158 x230 or at

Apr. 26, 2014 - 11:00am

Lighting as Art

Lynn Tarrence, The Egg Design Group

Without light what do we really have? The way light plays off surfaces and architectural details is magical. Yet, how you integrate a special light fixture into a space--the materiality, height, location, and level of illumination--transforms light from a source of power into a powerful focal point—a work of art. State Street Gallery.

Apr. 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Designers on their Design

Madison College Interior Design Program Faculty; Sarah Mullins, A La Crate Vintage Rentals; Ed Linville, Linville Architects

Focus on three of the Design MMoCA installations with their creators. The Madison College Interior Design Program Faculty, Sarah Mullins, and Ed Linville will reveal why they were drawn to their selected artwork and how the art inspired their Design MMoCA projects. Tour will start in State Street Gallery.

Apr. 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Design Bomb

Interior Designers from the WI Chapters of ASID and IIDA 

Speed Dating an Interior Designer - Do you have an Interior Design question for your residential or commercial project? This is your opportunity to ask the experts. Twenty minute private consultation available with an Interior Design professional customized to you! Only 24 time slots available. Lobby.

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Apr. 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Designer Meet & Greet

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all the Design MMoCA participating designers and learn about their design processes and inspirations. Lobby, State Street Gallery, Henry Street Gallery.

May. 01, 2014 - 12:30pm

Gallery Talk: On the Art

Richard H. Axsom, MMoCA Curator

The Design MMoCA installations were inspired by unique works of art.  But what inspired the artists?  Join MMoCA Curator Richard Axsom to learn about the artists and artworks included in the show. Tour will start in the Lobby.

May. 01, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Patricia Locke Trunk Show

Chicago based jewelry designers Patricia Locke and Deborah Rethemeyer will make a personal appearance at the Museum Store for a trunk show.

Patricia Locke jewelry speaks a distinctive visual language. Her collections are inspired by wide cultural and historic influences—including architecture, archeology, astronomy, and global travel.

May. 01, 2014 - 5:30pm

MVP Series Event - The Design Process

Joy Dohr, Professor Emeritus, Interior Design UW Madison

Explore several installations with local design expert, Joy Dohr.  As a Design MMoCA 2014 Juror, Joy had the opportunity to watch these designers submit applications, present design proposals, and unveil the finished projects.  Learn how these designers’ ideas evolved over time and what non-designers can learn from the Design Process. Tour will start in the Lobby.

May. 02, 2014 - 5:30pm

Sustainable Design: Resources and Relationships

Jeff Mullins, Co-owner of A La Crate Vintage Rentals

After writing about and teaching university courses in sustainable design, speaker Jeff Mullins was able to put knowledge to practice through a new small business venture: A LA CRATE Vintage Rentals. And in practice, he found that sustainable design can be far simpler and more personal than his academic version presented. Henry Street Gallery.

May. 02, 2014 - 6:30pm

Elements of Design

Bill Beaudreau, CRB Interiors, Past-President of ASID-Wisconsin Chapter

Bill Beaudreau, ASID, will lead a guided tour of Design MMoCA, focusing on various elements and principles of design, such as shape, size, color, balance, contrast and harmony. Learn how designers use these components to create a cohesive look. State Street Gallery.