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.

March 17, 2022
Stephen Fleischman Lectureship with Mel Chin: There's Something Happening Here

The annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship featured Mel Chin discussing the works in There’s Something Happening Here, which span 43 years of the artist’s career.

January 20, 2022
Artist Talks and Live Q&A with Guanyu Xu and Paul Baker Prindle: Between

Guanyu Xu and Paul Baker Prindle, artists featured in the Between exhibition, were invited to discuss their practices.

January 13, 2022
Artist Talk and Live Q&A with Kenneth Tam: Silent Spikes

Kenneth Tam explores the historical context behind Silent Spikes, the visual references he was borrowing from, and how the video fits in with his larger body of work.

December 11, 2021
Artist Talk with Santiago Cucullu: You Still Make Me Tremble

Santiago Cucullu discusses his exhibition, his work and practice, and imagery during the exhibition celebration for You Still Make Me Tremble.

November 18, 2021
Virtual Lecture with Professor Armando Ibarra: Labor Migration from Mexico to the Heartland

UW-Madison Professor Armando Ibarra’s research and fields of specialization are working communities of Latin American descent in the U.S. and beyond, social movements, community development, international labor migration, and community-based participatory applied and action research.

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.