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Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
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MMoCA’s Fall Programs

Films, Talks, Events, and Kids’ Workshops 
Highlight MMoCA’s Fall Programs

MADISON, WI—The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a rich schedule of fall events, including screenings of highly acclaimed independent films; talks by noted filmmakers and photographers; a city-wide Gallery Night showcasing 65 arts venues; creative art-making activities for kids; and much more. Events are free except where noted.

Descriptions follow. Additional event information may be found at 

Spotlight Cinema
 -- Thu, Sep 16 • 7 pm 
Damien Chazelle’s critically acclaimed film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, is a playful yet melancholy musical about the often uneasy but always beautiful relationship between music and love. Free for MMoCA members; $7 general admission.

Dr. Richard H. Axsom Discusses True Self -- Thu, Sep 30 • 12:30-1 pm
MMoCA's curator of collections will provide an overview of the ways in which contemporary artists have represented the “self” in works on view in True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Gallery Night -- Fri, Oct 1 • 5-9 pm
Enjoy an evening packed with free art demonstrations, exhibition openings, and live performances as 65 arts venues and galleries across the city open their doors to the public. View an interactive map of participating venues at

Gary Knowles Discusses His Madison Photo Series -- Fri, Oct 1 • 6:30-7 pm
Photographer Gary Knowles will discuss the manipulated SX-70 Polaroid photographs through which he captured quintessential aspects of Madison in the late 1970s, on view inFocus/Madison: Works from the Permanent Collection.

Standard Operating Procedure (Dir: Errol Morris, 2008, 35mm, 116 min.) -- Fri, Oct 1 • 7 pm
Standard Operating Procedure explores photographs taken at Abu Ghraib prison and questions how American values became so compromised that the incidents at Abu Ghraib--and the subsequent cover-up--could happen. The film is preceded by selections from Morris’s MoveOn commercials for John Kerry’s 2004 political campaign. Presented with the UW-Madison Arts Institute as part of the “Elusive Truths: The Cinema of Errol Morris” retrospective. 

Trunk Show -- Fri, Oct 1 • 5-9 pm and Sat, Oct 2 • 10 am-2 pm
MMoCA’s Museum Store will present a trunk show showcasing jewelers Debra Dembowski and Leda Rawlins, as well as woven scarves and garments by Joy Boatwright.

Art Talk with Photographer Sam Abell -- Mon, Oct 4 • 7-8 pm
Noted National Geographic photographer Sam Abell will lecture in conjunction with PhotoMidwest in Madison. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Photography at Madison and is funded through the Canon Explorers of Light program. Abell has been the subject of an exhibition organized by the International Center for Photography and has published several works, includingAmazoniaThe Life of a PhotographSeeing Gardens, and The Photographic Life, as well as collaborations with author Stephen Ambrose on Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery and Mississippi: River of History

Drop-in Tour -- Sat, Oct 9 • 11-11:30 am 
MMoCA docent Gil Hillman will discuss artists’ intentional distortions of the literal image to reveal the character of their subjects. The discussion will focus on works in True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art and Clayton Brothers: Inside Out.

Kids’ Art Adventures -- Sun, Oct 10 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids will create fanciful hats inspired by Sonya Y.S. Clark’s The Wig Series, on view in True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art.

The Fog of War (Dir: Errol Morris, 2003, 35mm, 107 min.) -- Fri, Oct 15 • 7 pm
The Fog of War tells the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara, who takes us on an insider’s view of the seminal events of the twentieth century. From the firebombing of 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo in 1945 to the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis to the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, The Fog of War examines the psychology and reasoning of the government decision-makers who send men and women to war. Presented with the UW-Madison Arts Institute as part of the “Elusive Truths: The Cinema of Errol Morris” retrospective. 

Errol Morris Discusses Photography and Truth -- Fri, Oct 22 • 4-5 pm
Noted filmmaker Errol Morris will speak in MMoCA’s lecture hall on “Photography and Truth,” a subject on which he has written extensively. The lecture caps “Elusive Truths: The Cinema of Errol Morris,” a month-long program of film screenings, talks, and discussions, and a symposium planned in tribute to Morris, a 1969 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Fred Stonehouse on the Clayton Brothers -- Thu, Oct 28 • 12:30-1 pm
Acclaimed artists and UW-Madison assistant professor Fred Stonehouse will discuss works on view in Clayton Brothers: Inside Out. Stonehouse will focus on the artists’ references to popular culture, stylistic and painterly choices, and creative process. 

Spotlight Cinema -- Thu, Oct 28 • 7 pm
Winnebago Man follows Jack Rebney, an RV salesman whose hilarious, foul-mouthed outbursts circulated underground on VHS tapes in the 1990s before turning into a full-blown Internet phenomenon. Free for MMoCA members; $7 general admission.

Arts Ball -- Sat, Nov 6 • 7 pm
Join the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra for an enjoyable evening in support of the arts. Tickets include dinner, drinks, and dancing with the bandpublic i of Chicago and Las Vegas. 

Spotlight Cinema -- Thu, Nov 11 • 7 pm
Pedro Gonzàlez-Rubio’s sumptuously photographed second feature, Alamar, tells the story of Natan, a five-year-old boy who travels with his father to the pristine Banco Chinchorro--the richest coral reef in Mexico--where he learns to dive for lobster and fish for barracuda. Free for MMoCA members; $7 general admission.

Drop-in Tour -- Sat, Nov 13 • 11-11:30 am
MMoCA docent Carol Hay will investigate the diverse messages and means by which artists have conveyed the essence of “self” in a variety of works on view as part of True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Kids' Art Adventures -- Sun, Nov 14 • 1-2:30 pm
Based on works in Focus/Madison: Works from the Permanent Collection, kids will transform images of the city through embellishment with colorful paint, sequins, and glitter.

Holiday Art Fair 
Fri, Nov 19 • 4–8 pm 
Fri, Nov 19 • 5–7 pm Patron Preview Party
Sat, Nov 20 • 10 am–5 pm
Sun, Nov 21 • 10 am–3 pm
The 40th annual Holiday Art Fair will showcase contemporary fine art and craft during the gift-giving season. General admission tickets are $5; Patron Preview tickets cost $25.

Spotlight Cinema -- Thu, Dec 2 • 7 pm
Inspiringly enigmatic, fantastically sublime, and gently comic, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is acclaimed director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s sixth feature and the winner of the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or. Free for MMoCA members; $7 general admission.

MMoCA Nights
 -- Fri, Dec 10 • 6:30-9 pm
Celebrate the opening of Shirin Neshat: Rapture, an installation by the renowned Iranian-American artist, opening in the museum’s State Street Gallery. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy Fresco refreshments and live music in the lobby. Free for MMoCA members; $5 general admission.

Michael Jay McClure Discusses Shirin Neshat: Rapture -- Fri, Dec 10 • 6:30-7 pm 
In his gallery talk “Being in Common: Shirin Neshat and the Dimensions of Film," Michael Jay McClure considers the sculptural heft of Shirin Neshat: Rapture, a two-channel film installation opening in the State Street Gallery on December 10.

Spotlight Cinema -- Fri, Dec 10 • 7 pm
Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship in Women Without Men, a film directed by Shirin Neshat. Free for MMoCA members; $7 general admission.

Kids’ Art Adventures -- Sun, Dec 12 • 1-2:30 pm
Kids will create tiny bowls of food and other miniature objects made of modeling clay to celebrate--in reverse--the oversized Jumbo Fruit imagery on view in Clayton Brothers: Inside Out.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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