Talks and Performances

Tune in for dynamic and engaging discussions.

MMoCA offers new ways to explore and learn more about modern and contemporary art. Enjoy recorded Virtual Visits led by a diverse array of scholars and artists that offer a deeper understanding of and connection to works of art. These gallery talks, artist talks, and Q&A sessions allow MMoCA to continue serving as a forum for considering timely and timeless issues.

Tune in to Facebook Live this season for another round of livestreamed events presented in conjunction with current exhibitions. Videos of each Virtual Visit will be published below following the initial livestream date. View the event pages for more details on upcoming virtual activities.

Live Talks and Performances

Gouache and chalk pastel illustration featuring a girl from the chest up blended with a wolf
August 14, 2021
Artist Talk and Live Q&A: with Natalie Frank

Hear from Natalie Frank as she discusses her practice and works on view in Natalie Frank: Unbound. This free event will be held at the MMoCA Lecture Hall from 2-3pm on Saturday, August 14. While admission to the talk is free, reservations are highly suggested to guarantee admission, due to limited capacity. Masks are required for this event.

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Virtual Visits

April 30, 2021
Artist Talk and Live Q&A with Amy Cutler: A Narrative Thread

New York-based artist Amy Cutler describes her artistic research and creative process with Leah Kolb, Curator of Exhibitions at MMoCA, and responds to audience questions about her work.

April 23, 2021
Opening Celebration: Michelle Handelman

These Unruly and Ungovernable Selves was organized by students in Design Thinking for Exhibits, a UW–Madison Art History Department seminar led by Associate Professor Anna Campbell. Students in the class worked with MMoCA staff to develop the exhibition. For this virtual celebration, Assistant Curator Lisa Shoshany Anderson is joined by graduate students Maeve Hogan and Becca Owen for a conversation about Handelman’s work and the collaborative process behind the exhibition.

April 22, 2021
Artist Talk and Live Q&A: with Patrick Martinez

Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Martinez discusses the inspiration behind his work in neon, mixed media painting, and drawing in this artist talk and Q&A facilitated by Assistant Curator Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, on the occasion of his exhibition Signs of the Times at MMoCA.

April 8, 2021
The Stephen Fleischman Lectureship: with Martin Kersels

In this livestreamed talk, Kersels discusses his wide-ranging and interdisciplinary artistic practice—from early performance work with SHRIMPS to Cover Story, the artist’s recent solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash—before taking questions from the audience. The annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship was founded in 2015, and honors his tenure as Director of MMoCA.

March 19, 2021
Panel Discussion: Latinx Art And/As Activism in Wisconsin: Patrick Martinez

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Patrick Martinez: Signs of the Times, this panel discussion with Andrea-Teresa Arenas, Araceli Esparza, Eloisa Gomez, and Añamarie America Edwards addresses the past, present, and future of Latinx activism in Wisconsin. Moderated by Dana Maya.

November 13, 2020
Gallery Talk and Live Q&A with Mel Becker Solomon: Full Circle

Curator of the Collection Mel Becker Solomon gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Full Circle: Exhibitions and Acquisitions, which examines the last 30 years of collecting and exhibitions at MMoCA.

October 30, 2020
Gallery Talk with Richard H. Axsom: James Cagle

MMoCA curator emeritus Richard H. Axsom discusses James Cagle’s penetrating vision and the structural devices employed in James Cagle: A Final Meditation on Art.

October 23, 2020
Gallery Talk with Melanie Herzog: Gladys Nilsson

Melanie Herzog, Professor Emerita of Art History at Edgewood College, explores Nilsson’s representations of the female body in Out of This World, shaped by the artist’s keen observation of human behavior and fantastical imagination.

October 2, 2020
Gallery Talk and Live Q&A with Fred Stonehouse: Uncommon Accumulation

Stonehouse, a professor of painting and drawing at UW-Madison, discusses the impact of the Chicago Imagists and their continuing influence on contemporary figurative art, citing examples in Uncommon Accumulation: The Mark and Judy Bednar Collection of Chicago Imagism.

September 25, 2020
Studio Visit and Live Q&A: with Sebura&Gartelmann

Sebura&Gartelmann discuss themes key to their work, the process they have developed over their decade long collaboration, and how their practice has changed in response to the ongoing pandemic.