Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Contact Info: 

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

MMoCA EVENT DETAILS RELEASED

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

SATURDAY, SEP 22, 6-9 PM
OPENING: JOEL SHAPIRO: THE BRONZES

Join us at MMoCA for an opening celebration for Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes. Organized by MMoCA, this exhibition will survey Shapiro’s bronze sculptures from 1983 to 2015. One of the most influential sculptors working today, this evening presents a special opportunity to hear the artist discuss his work at 7 pm (seating capacity is limited). MMoCA Openings are free for members and $10 for non-members. The evening will also offer jazz standards performed live by 2 Broads 1 Band, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar in the MMoCA Lobby.

 

SATURDAY, SEP 22, 7-8 PM
TALK: JOEL SHAPIRO IN CONVERSATION  

“I’m not interested in strict rules, I can’t abide by them.”

Joel Shapiro is renowned for sculptures that embody an impeccable sense of balance and implied movement. Since the early 1970s, he has explored abstract form and its relationship to space, scale, mass, and more recently, color, through large- and small-scale works. In a con­versation with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, Shapiro will discuss his decades-long career. As a part of the MMoCA Opening, the talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. Lecture hall seating is limited. A Lussier Family Lecture.

 

SUNDAY, SEP 23, 1-2:30 PM
FOR KIDS: KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes

Revel in the sheer size and refined beauty of the geo­metric sculptures in Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes. Then, put your inspiration to use while making a figurative sculpture out of geometric forms.

Families are invited to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom. First enjoy a lively discussion in the gal­leries, then experiment with what you have learned. Children aged six to ten with an adult are welcome. Kids’ Art Adventures are free and begin at 1 pm. Come 15 minutes early to sign up.

 

SEP 25-DEC 18, EXCEPT NOV 20
TUESDAYS, 1-3:30 PM                                                                           
OPPORTUNITY: DOCENT TRAINING COURSE

Enthusiastic about art and people? Organized? Open-minded and curious? Love to learn? Become an MMoCA docent and join a dynamic group of muse­um volunteers. Background in art and art history is not required. The application deadline is September 14. To apply, contact sheri@mmoca.org or visit mmoca.org and click support/docent-program.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 3, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

FRIDAY, OCT 5, 6:30-7 PM
TALK: AGAINST HOMEOSTASIS: MAKING SCULPTURE MODERN        

The complex sculpture of Joel Shapiro offers an extraordinary answer to a complex problem: how can sculpture, often bound to tradition, position itself as a contemporary medium? This talk considers how Shapiro suggested movement and even volatility in sculptures that were, nevertheless, magisterial, phys­ical, and still.

Michael Jay McClure is associate professor of art his­tory at UW-Madison where he teaches the history and theory of modern and contemporary art. Admission to this Gallery Night talk is free.

 

FRIDAY, OCT 5, 5-9 PM and AFTER PARTY, 9-11 PM
EVENT: GALLERY NIGHT 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Mark your calendar for October 5, as Madison celebrates 30 years of Gallery Night! From modest beginnings in 1988, to the exciting city-wide celebration of today, Gallery Night offers an opportunity to enjoy a variety of visual art offerings throughout the city. Organized semi-annually by MMoCA, this event allows a wide audience to engage with and enjoy the thriving local arts scene.

Assemble a group or venture out on a date, to experience Madison’s vibrant arts scene at dozens of diverse partic­ipating venues including fine art galleries, artist studios, community centers, and local businesses. Each venue will showcase original artwork and many will offer art­ist talks, demonstrations, live music, and refreshments.

As the Gallery Night venues begin to close for the night, the official Gallery Night After Party will be just getting started. Held in MMoCA’s lobby from 9-11 pm, this party takes over the iconic MMoCA lobby. Come enjoy music from DJ Millbot, complimentary snacks, Roman Candle pizza samples, hands-on art activities, and a cash bar from Fresco. MMoCA’s galleries will even be open late so guests can enjoy art after dark.

Share your Gallery Night photos and reviews on social media using #MADGalleryNight and see your snaps pro­jected at the After Party on our social media feed.

Gallery Night is sponsored by Design Concepts, with media support from Isthmus.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 10, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

THURSDAY, OCT 11, 5-8 PM
EVENT: LIBERATED PASSIONS CIDER RELEASE EVENT

Location: Art and Sons Studio, 408 East Wilson Street, #2

This October, Civic Exchange Society (CES) will release CES-002 Liberated Passions Cider, the second libation in its new line of beverages. Made from apples, plums, and passionfruit, it is a flavorfully fruity cider with a bite of tartness.

CES is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), artist Meg Mitchell, Octopi Brewing, and Art & Sons. This collective evolved as a way to call attention to acts of creative exchange—the ways individuals and organizations can combine talents, resources, and innovative thinking to encourage human connection through shared experiences. An outcome of this effort has been the development of a line of craft beverages: the first, CES-001 Juicy Exchange IPA, was released in May and quickly sold out.

CES-002 Liberated Passions Cider will be available to the public the first week in October and can be purchased at the following locations: Whole Foods Market, Woodman’s Market, Steve’s Wine Beer Spirits, and other stores in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley areas. It will also be available at Food Fight restaurants, including Fresco, Avenue Club, Bassett Street Brunch Club, Canteen, Cento, Craftsman Table & Tap, DLUX, Everly, Johnny Delmonico's, Luigi's Pizza, and Miko Poke.

Octopi Brewing generously donates a percentage of profits from CES sales to support MMoCA and its ongoing projects.

 

SATURDAY, OCT 13, 1-1:30 PM
EVENT: TOUR EYE DEAL: ABSTRACT BODIES OF THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS

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.

 

SUNDAY, OCT 14, 1-2:30 PM
FOR KIDS: KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: Eye Deal

Families are invited to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom. First enjoy a lively discussion in the gal­leries, then experiment with what you have learned. Children aged six to ten with an adult are welcome. Kids’ Art Adventures are free and begin at 1 pm. Come 15 minutes early to sign up.

Let your imagination fly as you consider the playful work on display in Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists. Afterward, create a multimedia col­lage based on Suellen Rocca’s painting, Game.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 17, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

FRIDAY, OCT 19, 6:30-7 PM
TALK: GALLERY TALK: 10 WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE WORK OF WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN

With its idiosyncratic imagery and range of media, William J. O’Brien’s work encourages exploration from a variety of perspectives. Michael Velliquette will lead viewers through Reliquary using novel methods of interpretation and sensory investigation to expand awareness and appreciation of O’Brien’s practice.

Velliquette is an artist and faculty associate in the UW-Madison Art Department whose intricate paper sculptures combine exuberant abundance with inven­tive formalism.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 24, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

FRIDAY, OCT 26, 6:30-7 PM
TALK: JOEL SHAPIRO: FORM AND SUBSTANCE

Will Pergl will consider Joel Shapiro’s sensibilities as a sculptor, including his recurring motifs, use of scale, and playful juxtapositions of materiality in abstracted forms. Pergl is a multi-disciplinary artist and profes­sor at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He is also currently an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry Program.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV 7, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

SATURDAY, NOV 10, 1-1:30 PM
TOUR: JOEL SHAPIRO: THE BRONZES

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.

 

SUNDAY, NOV 11, 1-2:30 PM
FOR KIDS: KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES: William J. O’Brien’s Reliquary

Families are invited to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom. First enjoy a lively discussion in the gal­leries, then experiment with what you have learned. Children aged six to ten with an adult are welcome. Kids’ Art Adventures are free and begin at 1 pm. Come 15 minutes early to sign up.

Enjoy the immersive experience of William J. O’Brien’s Reliquary, and let the mystical installation inspire you to create a painted fabric artwork.

 

WEDNESDAYS, NOV 14, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

SATURDAY, NOV 17, 10 AM-6 PM
EVENT: MMoCA ART & GIFT FAIR

Imagine shopping a juried art fair with artists exhibiting from around the country, with wine or a warm beverage in hand, enjoying live seasonal entertainment. This is  what you can expect—and more—at the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair. The fair takes place November 17 and 18, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Inside MMoCA and the Overture Center, you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend of relaxed shopping at nearly 100 booths filled with art, gourmet food, and specialty gifts; wine and tasty beverages at two cash bars, live music, dance performances, and other attractions for the whole family. To add to the festivities, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will once again kick off Shine on Madison, the annual six-week celebration of the holiday season downtown, which includes an outdoor market, light displays and more.

New this year during the fair, Fresco Rooftop Restaurant will offer a curated selection of wines and other tasty offerings in the MMoCA Lobby; and Catering a Fresco will offer a range of wines and more at a bar on the second floor of the Overture Center, in the Promenade Lounge. Gather your friends to appreciate art with a drink and lively entertainment. 

The Fair weekend begins with a breakfast fundraiser for MMoCA at Fresco Rooftop Restaurant on Saturday, November 17 from 9-10:30 am. Tickets to the breakfast will include fresh, seasonal offerings and contemporary twists on the classics. 

To date, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair is being generously sponsored by Custer Plumb Financial Services, Neckerman Insurance Services, Isthmus Publishing, Magic 98, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

  

SUNDAY, NOV 18, 10 AM-4 PM
EVENT: MMoCA ART & GIFT FAIR

Step into a warm, lively space to shop a juried art fair - filled with work by artists from around the country. Stroll with wine or a warm beverage in hand, enjoying live seasonal entertainment. That's what you can expect—and more—at the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair, taking place November 17 and 18, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Inside MMoCA and the Overture Center, you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend of relaxed shopping at nearly 100 booths filled with art, gourmet food, and specialty gifts; wine and tasty beverages at two cash bars, live music, dance performances, and other attractions for the whole family. To add to the festivities, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will once again kick off Shine on Madison, the annual six-week celebration of the holiday season downtown, which includes an outdoor market, light displays and more.  

New this year during the fair, Fresco Rooftop Restaurant will offer a curated selection of wines and other tasty offerings in the MMoCA Lobby; and Catering a Fresco will offer a range of wines and more at a bar on the second floor of the Overture Center, in the Promenade Lounge. Gather your friends to appreciate art with a drink and lively entertainment.  

The Fair weekend begins with a breakfast fundraiser for MMoCA at Fresco Rooftop Restaurant on Saturday, November 17 from 9-10:30am. Tickets to the breakfast will include fresh, seasonal offerings and contemporary twists on the classics.

To date, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair is being generously sponsored by Custer Plumb Financial Services, Neckerman Insurance Services, Isthmus Publishing, Magic 98, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

 

FRIDAY, NOV 23, 8 AM-12 PM
EVENT: MUSEUM STORE BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Black Friday Sales at the Museum Store are not to be missed! Come early and choose one non-consignment item for a 25% discount, and add your membership discount on top of this yearly event. Members receive a 35-45% discount on one non-consignment item!

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV 28, 7-9 PM
FILM: SPOTLIGHT CINEMA

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. This year’s series includes Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross’s visionary documentary of five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described by The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott as “…pure cinematic poetry…” that “…poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.” Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is held on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall; visit mmoca.org for the full schedule and program details.

Admission is free for MMoCA members/$7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

 

FRIDAY, NOV 30, 6-9 PM
OPENING: MMoCA OPENING: NATHANIEL MARY QUINN

In a recent Forbes article, the paintings of Nathaniel Mary Quinn were referred to as, “Quite simply, some of the most innovative and emotionally profound work being done in contemporary painting.” Join us on Friday, November 30, as MMoCA celebrates the opening of a solo exhibition of Quinn’s work. Beginning at 6 pm, guests may view works in the State Street Gallery. At 6:30 pm, Quinn will give a talk in the lecture hall (seating capacity is limited). Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar. Music for this event will be provided by DJ M. White, CEO, Intuition Productions. MMoCA Openings are free for members / $10 for non-members.

 

FRIDAY, NOV 30, 6:30-7:15 PM
TALK: ARTIST TALK: NATHANIEL MARY QUINN

“I’m trying to explore the complexity of humanity. Not just portraits. The entire fabric of experience that makes this person who they are.”

Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s deftly crafted paintings bring together disparate imagery, in the manner of collage, to portray the multiple, often complex experiences that define a human life. The artist will discuss his working methods as well as the sources of and inspirations for his work. As part of the MMoCA Opening, the talk is free for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. Lecture hall seating is limited. A Lussier Family Lecture.

Generous funding for MMoCA gallery talks is provided by Bell Laboratories.

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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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