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Date of Release: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

SPRING EVENT DETAILS RELEASED- UPDATED 4.5.18

MMoCA EVENT DETAILS RELEASED

Vibrant Slate of Events to May 2018

 

MADISON, WI—A leading art institution, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art engages nearly 500,000 people a year in dynamic art experiences. By offering lively, interactive, and meaningful events—often free-of-charge—MMoCA connects people with visual art and supports a robust arts culture in Madison.

MMoCA announces a vibrant schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids’ programming into May 2018. Events are free except where noted. All take place at the museum unless otherwise listed. Additional information may be found at mmoca.org.

 

EVENTS, LECTURES, TALKS, AND KIDS’ PROGRAMS

THURSDAY, FEB 1, 5-8 PM                                                EVENT
ART VELO

On Thursday evening, February 1, 2018, MMoCA’s soaring glass lobby will be transformed for the annual indoor cycling experience and fundraiser for MMoCA—Art Velo. Participants will shake off the winter cold and get spinning in cycling sessions led by Cyc Fitness. This high energy event features dramatic lighting, dance music favor­ites, and delicious fare. Individuals and businesses in the community sponsor each bike to support MMoCA’s free exhibitions and programming. Contact Annik Dupaty at annik@mmoca.org/608.257.0158 x229 for more informa­tion about riding or sponsoring a bike.

 

FRIDAY, FEB 2, 6:30-7 PM                                                   TALK
GALLERY TALK: ART/WORD/IMAGE  

The interplay of words and images has a long tradition in the history of art. Fred Stonehouse will discuss a selection of works in Art/Word/Image, including his painting, Kilroy-Coq-à-l’Âne, (1999), in which imagery and text each play a role in conveying meaning. Fred Stonehouse is an artist and professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where he teaches advanced drawing and painting.

 

FRIDAY, FEB 9, 6:30-7 PM                                                    TALK
GALLERY TALK: MATERIALITY AND DISEQUILIBRIUM

Highlighting works in BIG, Derrick Buisch will discuss how scale, form, material properties, and composition combine to create a sense of disequilibrium or instability in the viewer. Derrick Buisch is an artist and professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where he teaches painting and color theory.

 

SATURDAY, FEB 10, 1-1:30 PM                                              TOUR
DROP-IN TOUR: ART/WORD/IMAGE         

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

SUNDAY, FEB 11, 1-2:30 PM                                                 FOR KIDS
KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: BIG

Experience the sensation of scale—whether large or small—in BIG, an exhibition that focuses on the effects of scale on our per­ceptions. Then combine your imagination with your building skills to create a fanciful sculpture inspired by the Clayton Brothers’ Tim House and Roger Brown’s Skyscraper with Pyramid. Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list. 

 

FRIDAY, FEB 16, 6:30-7 PM                                                  TALK
GALLERY TALK: LANGUAGE, PERCEPTION, AND THE VISUAL ARTS

What is the role of language in making us human? Can lan­guage literally change what we see? Using Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents as a point of departure, professor Gary Lupyan will discuss language and its relevance to art and aesthetics, as well as how different languages may lead their speakers to view art in different ways. Gary Lupyan is associate professor in the UW-Madison Department of Psychology and director of the Lupyan Lab, which investigates topics related to language and its effects on human cognition.

 

FRIDAY, FEB 16, 7:15-8 PM                                                   POETRY
MONSTERS + MMoCA

Monsters of Poetry is a contemporary poetry and fiction reading series that began in 2009 to bring new literary voices to Madison. Monsters + MMoCA brings the group together at the museum for a reading of original works inspired by Jaume Plensa’s use of language as a pictorial and concep­tual device. Participating writers are Derrick Austin, Kara Candito, Matthew Guenette, Dantiel Moniz, Marcela Fuentes, and Nick Demske. Monsters + MMoCA is organized by the museum’s education department in partnership with Adam Fell. Fell teaches in the English Department at Edgewood College and is a found­ing member and co-curator of Monsters of Poetry.

 

THURSDAY, FEB 22, 1-1:30 PM                                               TALK
GALLERY TALK: FORM AND PROCESS IN TALKING CONTINENTS

Gail Simpson will discuss Jaume Plensa’s use of opacity and transparency, how he materializes language, and the influ­ence of technology on his artistic process. Gail Simpson is a sculptor and public artist who maintains an individual studio practice and works as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaboration with Aris Georgiades. Simpson is a professor in the UW-Madison Art Department where she teaches sculpture and foundations courses.

 

FRIDAY, MAR 9, 6-9 PM                                                          EVENT
MMoCA OPENING: JOSÉ CARLOS TEIXEIRA: ON EXILE

Enjoy the work of visual and video artist José Carlos Teixeira on the opening night of his Imprint Gallery exhibition, ON EXILE. Teixeira’s work explores notions of belonging and exile. Beginning at 6 pm, guests may view ON EXILE; BIG in the main galleries; Art/Word/Image in the Henry Street Gallery; and Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents in the State Street Gallery. At 6:30 pm, Teixeira will give a lecture about the evolution of his work. Following the talk, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and a blend of French swing and Hawaiian music from Mal-O-Dua in the lobby. The evenings are always free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members. Seating in MMoCA’s lecture hall is limited.

 

FRIDAY, MAR 9, 6:30-7:15 PM                                                 TALK
ARTIST TALK: JOSÉ CARLOS TEIXEIRA

Interdisciplinary artist José Carlos Teixeira will discuss his work, including ON EXILE: Elsewhere within here (2017), a recent experimental documentary film on view in the Imprint Gallery that explores identity, migration, and displacement through first-person interviews with Muslim refugees. In addition to his artistic practice, Teixeira is an assistant pro­fessor in the UW-Madison Art Department. This talk is part of an MMoCA Opening and is free for mem­bers and $10 for non-members. Seating in MMoCA’s lecture hall is limited.

 

SATURDAY, MAR 10, 1-1:30 PM                                                 TOUR
DROP-IN TOUR: JAUME PLENSA: TALKING CONTINENTS

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

SUNDAY, MAR 11, 1-2:30 PM                                                     FOR KIDS
KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: ART/WORD/IMAGE

Can a word be an image? How do words enhance pictures? Explore Art/Word/Image to see how artists have combined words and images to make works of art that celebrate the power of language. Afterward, make a mixed-media book that incorporates words in fun and visually interesting ways. Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list. 

 

THURSDAY, MAR 22, 1-1:45 PM                                                    TALK
GALLERY TALK: BIGNESS

Curator of the permanent collection Mel Becker Solomon is joined by curator emeritus Richard H. Axsom for an explo­ration of scale in the visual arts and its effects on emotion, perception, and sensation. The talk will highlight a selection of works in BIG. 

 

SATURDAY, APR 7, 7-8 PM                                                            LECTURE
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN LECTURESHIP SERIES: SAM GILLIAM AND WILLIAM WEEGE

Sam Gilliam and William Weege will discuss their long-standing friendship and 45-year creative collaboration that, among other advances, generated pioneering approaches to printmaking. Sam Gilliam is internationally renowned for his innova­tions in color-field painting, which led the way toward a new vocabulary for abstract painting. William Weege is professor emeritus of the UW-Madison Art Department, and founding artistic director of Tandem Press, whose approach to print­making allowed the artists he worked with to break new ground. Weege is also celebrated as an artist in his own right for his work in a variety of print media and handmade paper. The talk is held on the occasion of the third Stephen Fleischman Lectureship, which honors the 25th anniversary of Stephen Fleischman’s tenure as the director of MMoCA. Advance reservations are required; available at mmoca.org (Registration opens to MMoCA members on February 23 and to the general public on March 13).

 

SUNDAY APR 8, 1-2:30 PM                                                             FOR KIDS
KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: JAUME PLENSA: TALKING CONTINENTS

Examine the intricacies of light, language, and form in Jaume Plensa’s Talking Continents. The artist’s vision of human understanding and connection comes to life in his large illuminated sculptures, which combine the human form with characters from eight languages. In the workshop, create a unique lantern that allows your vision to shine. Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list. 

 

SATURDAY, APR 14, 1-1:30 PM                                                     TOUR
DROP-IN TOUR: BIG

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA's docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists' creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences. Meet in the museum lobby.

 

FRIDAY, APR 27, 8 PM-12 AM                                                        EVENT
CHROMA

Saturated with experiences, Chroma is an immersive celebration of color at MMoCA on April 27, 2018. Party guests will explore artist- and designer-created color-rich environments, along with hands-on art projects, throughout the museum’s iconic spaces. An event like none other in Madison, Chroma celebrates color: how it feels, its intensity and beauty, and the way we use it in our lives. Admission includes an array of sweets and savories, DJs and dancing in different museum spaces, and a myriad of performances and art activities. Assemble your crew and get your tickets, on sale starting February 1. Plan an ensemble in your favorite spectral color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet) to be considered for a special prize.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 5-9 PM                                                                  EVENT
GALLERY NIGHT

Mark your calendar for May 4, as dozens of venues open their doors for spring’s biggest celebration of the arts. Tour Madison’s vibrant arts scene—popping up in neighbor­hoods throughout Madison from 5 to 9 pm. Gallery Night has been lighting up the night in Madison for 30 years, offering an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of visual art offerings throughout the city. Galleries, artist stu­dios, non-profit organizations, and other local businesses showcase original artwork and host special exhibitions, dem­onstrations, and receptions during this semi-annual event. Be sure to share your Gallery Night photos and reviews on social media using #MADGalleryNight.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 5-10 PM                                                                    EVENT

GALLERY NIGHT at MMoCA

The first Friday in May will offer a wide array of art-related experiences at MMoCA, in addition to a multitude of Gallery Night festivities at more than 50 venues city-wide. For MMoCA’s Gallery Night events detailed below, admission is free.

5-8 PM                       MMoCA OPENING: IRENE GRAU: CONSTRUCTION SEASON

Join MMoCA from 5–9 pm for the opening of Spanish artist Irene Grau’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. This MMoCA Opening includes a talk by the artist, live music and passed hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, and the evening features the unveil­ing of MMoCA’s first official beer.

 6:30-7:15 PM             ARTIST TALK: IRENE GRAU

Irene Grau will discuss a new body of work she began during her five-week artist residency in Madison in the summer of 2017. Her plein air paintings draw attention to little-noticed aspects of the city’s environment and identify instances of monochromatic abstraction in everyday scenes. Grau describes her artistic interventions as “going out in search of painting with a camera and a pair of hiking boots on.” Seating in MMoCA’s lecture hall is limited.

8-10 PM                       BEER LAUNCH WITH OCTOPI BREWING

Celebrate the unveil­ing of MMoCA’s first official beer. Starting at 8 pm, museum guests will have the opportunity to sample the limited release of the specialty craft beer. This new project resulted from MMoCA’s collaboration with Octopi Brewing, Art & Sons, and artist Meg Mitchell, whose installation in the rooftop sculpture garden served as the inspiration for this unique partnership.

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Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.    

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