Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA EVENT DETAILS RELEASED

Vibrant Slate of Events to June 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

 

OPENING
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 6-9 PM
MMoCA OPENING: FAR OUT: ART FROM THE 1960S

Far Out: Art from the 1960s opens on June 1. The exhibition explores art from a decade that introduced such movements as Pop, Op, Minimalism, Kinetic, Fluxus, and Conceptual Art. At 6:30 pm, Professor of Art History Melanie Herzog will give a talk addressing the artistic, social, cultural and political changes of the 1960s. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, music from Get Back Wisconsin, a local Beatles tribute band specializing in performing true-to-the-source live recreations of the complete recorded Beatles catalog. MMoCA Openings are free for members and $10 for non-members. Wear 1960s clothing and get buy one, get one free admission.

 

FOR KIDS
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 6-7:30 PM                                                                   
MMOCA ART ON TOUR OPENING CELEBRATION

MMoCA Art on Tour brings works of art from museum’s permanent collection to ten public elementary and middle schools over a three-year partnership. The program supports learning through visual art and provides students with unique opportunities to experience original, museum-quality art in their schools.

An exhibition of student work created in response to the program is installed in MMoCA’s Works on Paper Study Center; viewing hours are 12-4 pm, June 2-16, excluding Mondays. An opening reception on Friday, June 1 celebrates the students’ achievements and acknowledges the dedicated work and expertise of participating art teachers.

 

TALK
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 6:30-7:15 PM                                                                               
GALLERY TALK: MELANIE HERZOG ON FAR OUT: ART FROM THE 1960S

Artistically, socially, culturally, and politically, the 1960s was a decade of extraordinary change. Inspired by the rebellious ethos of the modernist avant-garde as well as the “question everything” spirit of the ‘60s, artists transformed aesthetics, styles and subjects, and assumptions about the primacy of the art object and art’s place in society. Many artists also responded to and participated in movements for social change – for Civil Rights, Black Power, and Women’s Liberation, for the rights of migrant farmworkers and the empowerment of students – and against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, that shook the foundations of society. Whether motivated primarily by a drive for radical artistic experimentation, revolutionary social and political convictions, or visions of justice and freedom, artists of the 1960s challenged the authority of established art traditions and the structures and conventions of the art world as never before.

Melanie Herzog is a professor at Edgewood College where she teaches a range of art history courses that reflect her interests in gender, race and ethnicity, and socially engaged art and artists, among other subjects. MMoCA Openings are free for members / $10 for non-members. Wear 1960s clothing and get buy one, get one free admission.

 

FILM
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 9:30 PM                                                                            
ROOFTOP CINEMA: NO MAPS ON MY TAPS

Rooftop Cinema returns to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden each Friday this June for its thirteenth season. This year Rooftop Cinema contemplates what a long, strange trip it has been in the fifty years since 1968, and also showcases recent experimental works and hybrid documentaries.

On June 1, enjoy filmmaker George T. Nierenberg’s recently restored portrait of three veteran tap dancers, Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims, helped revive interest in tap when released in 1979. In No Maps on My Taps, the three men reflect on their lives and careers as they prepare for a performance with jazz legend Lionel Hampton. Preceded by a short dance film made locally by Elizabeth Wadium and Aaron Granat, Elemental (2017).

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. Admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted. Visit mmoca.org/events/mmoca-cinema for the full schedule and film descriptions.

 

TALK
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1-1:30 PM                                                                            
CURATOR’S TALK: IRENE GRAU: CONSTRUCTION SEASON    

MMoCA curator Leah Kolb will offer an overview of Irene Grau’s installation, which incorporates the artist’s fascination with monochrome painting and the symbolic notations used in the construction industry.

 

FILM
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 9:30 PM                                                                             
ROOFTOP CINEMA: SHE COLLAGE AND OTHER SHORTS

Rooftop Cinema returns to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden each Friday this June for its thirteenth season. This year Rooftop Cinema contemplates what a long, strange trip it has been in the fifty years since 1968, and also showcases recent experimental works and hybrid documentaries.

On June 8, experience a shorts program that will showcase recently found footage, essays, and collage animations. Kate Laine's She Collage (2015) is a personal response to the work of collage artist Terry Braunstein, and a reflection on art-making. Hannah Piper Burns transforms the banality reality television into Outer Darkness (2015). Karen Yasinsky utilizes rotoscoping and other animation techniques to contemplate a scene from a cinema classic in Marie (2010). Caryn Cline's techniques in Notes from the Farm (2014) include "botanicollage,' in which organic matter is fused directly onto celluloid. Kelly Gallagher employs cut-out animation in More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters (2016), an experimental documentary about revolutionary Lucy Parsons. And Jesse McLean examines the mythologies found in fan culture by juxtaposing personal stories with mediated emotional memories in Magic for Beginners (2010).

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. Admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted. Visit mmoca.org/events/mmoca-cinema for the full schedule and film descriptions.

 

TALK
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1-1:30 PM                                                                                  
GALLERY TALK: PAMELA OLIVER ON MYTHS AND REALITIES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA

How do we remember the Civil Rights era? Using Andy Warhol’s Birmingham Race Riot and Calvin Burnett’s Freedom Fighter for Operation Exodus, professor Pamela Oliver will discuss the different stories we tell about the racial struggles of the past, the disconnects between popular myths about the era and the realities, and how these different stories shape our perceptions of Black movements and racial issues today.

Pamela Oliver is a professor of sociology at UW-Madison. Her research is on Black protest movements, the racial dynamics of social movements, and racial disparities in criminal justice.

 

FOR KIDS
THURSDAY, JUNE 14                                                                              
ART CART BEGINS

The museum’s free outdoor art programs will travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches across Dane County this summer. As always, Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects.

Art Cart begins its Madison rounds on Thursday, June 14. Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the area communities of Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, and Windsor beginning Saturday, June 16. Both programs offer projects children ages three and above. Families are invited to drop in with no preregistration necessary; organized summer camps and other childcare programs must pre-register for Madison Art Cart sites at 608-204-3021. Download the full schedule at mmoca.org/learn.

 

FILM
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 9:30 PM                                                                                     
ROOFTOP CINEMA: YIPPIE!/SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE

Rooftop Cinema returns to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden each Friday this June for its thirteenth season. This year Rooftop Cinema contemplates what a long, strange trip it has been in the fifty years since 1968, and also showcases recent experimental works and hybrid documentaries.

Concurrent with MMoCA’s Far Out: The Art of the 1960s exhibition and the Madison Reunion conference weekend, on June 15 enjoy two unique and vibrant documents from the summer of 1968. The short Yippie! is an “official statement” from the Youth International Party regarding protests and violence in Chicago. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One begins with director William Greaves filming a fictional argument in Central Park, but it soon transforms as the mutinous crew questions what Greaves aims to achieve with his project.

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. Admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted. Visit mmoca.org/events/mmoca-cinema for the full schedule and film descriptions.

 

FOR KIDS
SATURDAY, JUNE 16                                                                               
ART CART EXTRA! BEGINS  

The museum’s free outdoor art programs will travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches across Dane County this summer. As always, Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to portable art projects.

Art Cart begins its Madison rounds on Thursday, June 14. Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to the area communities of Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, and Windsor beginning Saturday, June 16. Both programs offer projects children ages three and above. Families are invited to drop in with no preregistration necessary; organized summer camps and other childcare programs must pre-register for Madison Art Cart sites at 608-204-3021. Download the full schedule at mmoca.org/learn.

 

FILM
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 9:30 PM                                                                             
ROOFTOP CINEMA: CANYON CINEMA 50 TOUR

Rooftop Cinema returns to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden each Friday this June for its thirteenth season. This year Rooftop Cinema contemplates what a long, strange trip it has been in the fifty years since 1968, and also showcases recent experimental works and hybrid documentaries.

On June 22, groundbreaking experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema, based in San Francisco, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017. Curator David Dinnell, visiting faculty at California Institute of the Arts, has assembled a program exploring the depth and breadth of the Canyon Cinema catalog. Featured filmmakers include Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, Scott Stark, and Janie Geiser. The Canyon Cinema 50 project is organized by the Canyon Cinema Foundation and supported in part by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. Admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted. Visit mmoca.org/events/mmoca-cinema for the full schedule and film descriptions.

 

FILM
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 9:30 PM                                                                          
ROOFTOP CINEMA: INAATE/SE/ (IT SHINES A CERTAIN WAY. TO A CERTAIN PLACE./IT FLIES. FALLS./)

Rooftop Cinema returns to the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden each Friday this June for its thirteenth season. This year Rooftop Cinema contemplates what a long, strange trip it has been in the fifty years since 1968, and also showcases recent experimental works and hybrid documentaries.

Filmmakers Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil re-imagine an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. On June 29, step into a kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations for the Ojibway community near Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Films begin at sundown, approximately 9:30 pm. Rooftop Cinema is free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. Admission begins at the lobby reception desk one hour before screen time. Screenings relocate to the lecture hall if rain is predicted. Visit mmoca.org/events/mmoca-cinema for the full schedule and film descriptions.

 

EVENT
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 9-6 PM and SUNDAY, JULY 15, 10-5 PM                       
ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Art Fair on the Square. Organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this longstanding Madison tradition and nationally recognized art fair, is also the museum’s largest fundraiser.

Taking place on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, Art Fair on the Square provides visitors the chance to browse, shop, and admire innumerable artworks while enjoying fresh air, delicious food, and live entertainment. The EMERGE block—dedicated to up-and-coming artists—will return in 2018, as well as 13 artists who were awarded Best of Show in 2017, and more than 50 Invitational Award winners. Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to view and purchase works from this year’s featured artist, printmaker Justin Marable. Each participating artist’s work can be previewed on mmoca.org begin­ning in mid-June.

As MMoCA’s largest annual fundraiser, Art Fair on the Square provides crucial support for exhibitions, education programs, and the permanent collection. To date, generous support for Art Fair on the Square has been provided by Old National Bank, American Transmission Company, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Wildwood Productions, Artful Home, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Pepsi Cola of Madison, Wisconsin Lottery, Dane County Regional Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Madison, Madison Magazine, Isthmus Publishing, WKOW TV, Magic 98, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, Whole Foods Market, and the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

OPENING
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 6-9 PM                                                                   
MMOCA OPENING: WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN: RELIQUARY  

Join us for the opening of William J. O’Brien: Reliquary, including a talk by the artist at 6:30 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, and live music. MMoCA Openings are free for members and $10 for non-members. Lecture Hall seating is limited.

 

TALK
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 6:30-7:15 PM                                                                
ARTIST TALK: WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN

William J. O’Brien employs an extraordinarily versatile approach to image-making. The artist will discuss his exuberant work and wide-ranging exploration of material. MMoCA Openings are free for members / $10 for non-members. Lecture Hall seating is limited.                                                    

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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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