Meet old and new friends at these festive events in one of Madison's most iconic buildings. MMoCA Nights offer something for everyone, including unique opportunities to mingle in the galleries and the Rooftop Sculpture Garden, enjoy spirited entertainment, and take in engaging visual art programs.
Photo: © Robert Stebler.
Save the date for two upcoming MMoCA Nights celebrations. MMoCA Nights are held in conjunction with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. The evenings feature live music, complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, and engaging visual art programs. The evenings are always free for MMoCA members.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 • 6–9 pm
The three exhibitions that will open at this MMoCA Nights have very different themes, but each will have works that explore the idea of place – from locations on a map or in space, to landscapes and warm familiar places, to declining buildings and monuments. Beginning at 6pm, guests may view the Coordinates exhibition in the Main galleries; works from Death in Venice: Warrington Colescott and Thomas Mann in the Henry Street Gallery; or regionalist works in Wisconsin Pastorale: The Early Paintings of Lois Ireland in the State Street Gallery. At 6:30pm, MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman will talk with Lois Ireland about her work. Following the talk, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and live music from an ensemble of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 • 6–9 pm
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.”