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Spotlight Cinema: The Velvet Underground

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema returns in person this fall, and features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is $7 per screening, or free for MMoCA members and anyone age 18 and younger. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum lobby.

OCTOBER 20, 7:00PM  THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (2021, USA, 110 min | Todd Haynes)

three musicians holding guitars and one sitting in the distance

Film still from THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (2021) directed by Todd Haynes. Image courtesy of Apple TV+.

The most timeless and influential band in American rock (and still the uncontested paragons of downtown NYC cool), The Velvet Underground receive a worthy and overdue tribute from Todd Haynes (Carol, Safe). Loaded with incredible vintage footage—much of it culled from Andy Warhol’s films—the documentary’s borders extend beyond the band to resurrect the 1960s New York art scene they emerged from. Borrowing Warhol’s contemporaneous mind-bending, multi-screen “exploded cinema” techniques, Haynes creates a kaleidoscopic viewing experience that must be experienced loud and on the big screen.

A program of MMoCA’s education department, Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King and generously funded by an anonymous donor, maihaus, and Venture Investors, LLC.


October 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States