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Current Exhibitions

Glitchy still from Ava Wanbli's video game Setraline Dolls featuring a 3D rendering of a person floating over an ocean with a large hole in the middle. A pair of wings can be seen in the corner of the still. The main figure appears to be looking at another figure, but that figure appears to be fading away.

Ava Wanbli: Sertraline Dolls

April 1, 2023 – October 8, 2023

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Gouache on paper painting with various shapes, lines, and abstract forms

Floyd Newsum: Evolution of Sight

May 20, 2023 – October 8, 2023

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RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam

August 10, 2023 – March 3, 2024

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Panda bear sculpture made of bullet shells.

Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis

September 30, 2023 – May 26, 2024

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Artwork with wavy lines formed by dots.

imaginary i

November 11, 2023 – April 7, 2024

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The Permanent Collection

Explore the Collection

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has nearly 6,000 art objects representing roughly 1,400 artists in its permanent collection.

MMoCA exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art. Its collection of Chicago Imagists is among the largest in the world. MMoCA also has a significant collection of Mexican Modernist and a noteworthy collection of contemporary photography.

Study Centers

Chicago Imagists | Study Center

MMoCA has one of the premier institutional collections of Chicago Imagist works and has developed this digital Study Center for further research.

Works on view in MMoCA’s Galleries are highlighted. Other works in the collection are not on display to the public.

painting of pitahayas, a leaf, a small skeleton, and more

Mexican Modernists | Study Center

Visit the digital Study Center to explore MMoCA’s collection of Mexican Modern artworks—one of the finest and most extensive in the Midwest.

Works on view in MMoCA’s Galleries are highlighted. Other works in the collection are not on display to the public.

Past Exhibitions

Young at Art 2023

March 18, 2023 – August 6, 2023

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Collage featuring cut out images of television screens, a camera, various images of eyes, and more.


March 18, 2023 – August 6, 2023

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Acrylic painting resembling the torso of possibly a woman, rendered in geometric or abstract fashion. Her forearms are cut off and she has a single thigh. Vertical and horizontal strokes are visible. The figure has a broad chest and shoulder.

Christina Ramberg: Vertical Amnesia

March 3, 2023 – July 16, 2023

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collage of inspiration images, fashion sketches, a color palette, and textile samples

Fashion Focus | Home

December 17, 2022 – January 29, 2023

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Wearing traditional Native clothing, artist Wendy Red Star is seated on a set modeled after a forest, with a body of water, fall trees, and a mountain landscape in the background. She is surrounded by fake flowers and card board cut outs of a reindeer and a rabbit.

Wendy Red Star: Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird

November 12, 2022 – February 26, 2023

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screenshot from a unity game showing a glowing rose surrounded by fences, fog, and rose petals

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY: closeLISTENER­(reverse, react, “desire”)

September 22, 2022 – March 12, 2023

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triptych of jacquard tapestries, each showing a person standing

Faisal Abdu’Allah: DARK MATTER

September 17, 2022 – April 2, 2023

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older person wearing a floral print button-up shirt, resting their arm against a surface, in a leafy, vegetal, floral setting


July 30, 2022 – February 19, 2023

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illustration of two people's silhouettes facing each other in a field of flowers

2022 Wisconsin Triennial: Ain’t I A Woman?

April 23, 2022 – October 9, 2022

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oil painting of house with the silhouettes of two people's heads on the inside

Boxed In

March 26, 2022 – July 17, 2022

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man holding a pipe

Mel Chin: There’s Something Happening Here

March 12, 2022 – July 31, 2022

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Artist Faisal Abdu'Allah standing in front of his counter-monument modeled after him

Faisal Abdu’Allah: Blu³eprint

February 23, 2022 – April 2, 2023

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