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The Permanent Collection


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

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.

Mexican Modernists

Explore MMoCa’s collection of Mexican Modern artworks—one of the finest and most extensive in the Midwest, it includes over 200 works of art by 60 artists.

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Frida Kahlo, Pitahayas, 1938. Oil on aluminum, 10 x 14 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Bequest of Rudolph and Louise Langer. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Current Exhibitions

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

Faisal Abdu’Allah: Blu³eprint

February 22 – April 2, 2023

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

Boxed In

March 26 – July 17

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

Ain’t I A Woman?

April 23 – October 9

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

2 channel installation of Kenneth Tam: Silent Spikes with a tunnel on one screen and seated cowboys on the other

Kenneth Tam: Silent Spikes

November 6, 2021 – February 27

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the windows with writing on the front of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, showing part of the AMENDs exhibition inside the building

AMENDS: Nick Cave and Bob Faust

June 19, 2021 – October 24, 2021

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Gouache and chalk pastel illustration featuring a girl from the chest up blended with a wolf

Natalie Frank: Unbound

June 5, 2021 – October 24, 2021

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Patricia Kirby, Mindfulness, 2021. Multimedia work on paper, 11 x 13 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Alone Together: Perspectives on Isolation

April 3, 2021 – June 6, 2021

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Amy Cutler, Viragos, 2003. Gouache on paper, 19 ½ x 30 inches. Private Collection, New York. Image © Amy Cutler, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

Amy Cutler: A Narrative Thread

March 12, 2021 – May 16, 2021

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Terrence Adeyanju, Running in the Dark, 2021. Giclée print on paper. Courtesy of the artist

Terrence Adeyanju: Running in the Dark

February 23, 2021 – March 28, 2021

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Patrick Martinez, Hold the Ice, 2020. Neon, 36 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Charlie James Gallery.

Patrick Martinez: Signs of the Times

January 23, 2021 – May 2, 2021

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Jacob Lawrence, Dining Out, 1937. Gouache, 11 1/2 x 9 in. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of the Estate of Janet Ela.

Full Circle: Acquisitions and Exhibitions 

November 14, 2020 – August 22, 2021

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