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

Exhibitions
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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. 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 mmoca.org/undertheinfluence or contact Kaitlin at 608.257.0158 x224 or kaitlin@mmoca.org.

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.

Sep. 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

From There to Here: A Brief History of the Art of Natasha Nicholson

Linda R. James will trace the development of Natasha Nicholson’s artistic career from its beginnings in California in the 1960s to the present day. Audience members are welcome to join James and Nicholson in the State Street Gallery for informal conversation after the talk.

Linda R. James is an artist, critic, and art historian. She is assistant professor emerita, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she was recognized for outstanding teaching and service in 2012. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions and her writing has been published internationally.

 Location: Lecture Hall

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Sep. 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Artist Talks

Natasha Nicholson on The Artist in Her Museum

Natasha Nicholsonwill provide informal discussions on her work and collections on a drop-in basis on selected Tuesday afternoons and Friday evenings in the State Street Gallery.

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Oct. 02, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Gallery Conversation

The Artist in Her Museum

Thomas Garver and Natasha Nicholson will talk about their lives as collectors and the influences their individual collections have had on each other

Thomas H. Garver is an art historian and Natasha Nicholson’s husband. A former curator and art museum director, Garver has most recently served as the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, and has written books on the paintings of George Tooker and the photographs of O. Winston Link, among other publications.

Location: State Street Gallery

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Oct. 06, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Artist Talks

Natasha Nicholson on The Artist in Her Museum

Natasha Nicholson will provide informal discussions on her work and collections on a drop-in basis on selected Tuesday afternoons and Friday evenings in the State Street Gallery.

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Oct. 09, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Artist Talks

Natasha Nicholson on The Artist in Her Museum

Natasha Nicholson will provide informal discussions on her work and collections on a drop-in basis on selected Tuesday afternoons and Friday evenings in the State Street Gallery.

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Oct. 10, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Nights

Explore the exhibition Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum and enjoy a stimulating evening at MMoCA. A Lussier Family Lecture, Unforeseen Possibilities: The Art of Natasha Nicholson, will feature Linda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne in a conversation with Natasha Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman about Nicholson’s approach to finding and creating beauty in the unexpected.

Joseph R. Goldyne is an artist and art historian who has written extensively on artists from Adolph Menzel and J.M.W. Turner to Richard Diebenkorn. Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda R. James is an artist and assistant professor emerita in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each of these individuals have contributed essays to the exhibition catalog.

Oct. 10, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

A Lussier Family Lecture

Unforeseen Possibilities: The Art of Natasha Nicholson

Linda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne—all catalog essayists for The Artist in Her Museum—join Natasha Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman in a discussion of Nicholson’s passion in both her art and way of life.

Joseph R. Goldyne is an artist and art historian who has written extensively on artists from Adolph Menzel and J.M.W. Turner to Richard Diebenkorn. Thomas E.A. Dale is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda R. James is an artist and assistant professor emerita in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Location: Lecture Hall

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