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Programs are FREE except where noted. Exhibitions, lectures, tours, and special events at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact the museum at 608.257.0158 regarding special accommodations for persons with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Relay Service is available by dialing AT&T @ 711.

MMoCA is closed every year on the following holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve day, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Call the museum at 608.257.0158 to confirm dates and times.

Oct. 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema: Notes on an Appearance

When a young man disappears in the middle of New York City, his friends try to piece together the mystery using the scant clues left behind in his diary. Notes on an Appearance looks for meaning in the scraps and ephemera that evince our lives, while also poking deadpan fun at the rarified New York art world in which its characters—and the film itself—traffic. Directed with Bressonian cool by first-timer Ricky D’Ambrose, this downtown L’Avventura ranks among the most elegant and stylistically fresh American debuts in recent memory. “A feature debut that proceeds with forthright intelligence, moving in the exact thrilling and wonderfully bewildering manner that D’Ambrose wishes” (The Film Stage). Preceded by a short film.

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm at the front desk. Free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members.

Oct. 19, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

10 Ways To Experience The Work of William J. O'Brien

With its idiosyncratic imagery and range of media, William J. O’Brien’s work encourages exploration from a variety of perspectives. Michael Velliquette will lead viewers through William J. O'Brien: Reliquary using novel methods of interpretation and sensory investigation to expand awareness and appreciation of O’Brien’s practice.

Velliquette is an artist and faculty associate in the UW-Madison Art Department whose intricate paper sculptures combine exuberant abundance with inventive formalism.

Oct. 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema: Bisbee ‘17

No film has more to say about contemporary America than this documentary reckoning with a little-known atrocity that occurred 100 years ago. In a 1917 Arizona mining town, union busters brought an end to a strike by rounding up over 1,200 immigrant workers and “deporting” them into the desert, where they were left to die. A century later, local historians mount a reenactment with local residents, including the workers' descendants. Looking back to comment on the present, Bisbee ’17 shows that horrific events like this can happen here—in fact, they already have. “Clearsighted and gratifyingly complicated... every important thing about this movie is still alive” (The New York Times).

Katherine Benton-Cohen served as historical advisor for Bisbee’17 and played a crucial role in its development. She will lead a Q & A immediately following MMoCA's screening of the film.

Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She received her PhD from the Department of History at UW-Madison in 2002, where she wrote her dissertation on what became the book Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard, 2009). She is also the author of Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard, 2018). She also writes for popular press, including Lapham’s Quarterly, Huffington Post, and Politico

 

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm at the front desk. Free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members. 

Oct. 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Joel Shapiro: Form and Substance

Will Pergl will consider Joel Shapiro’s sensibilities as a sculptor, including his recurring motifs, use of scale, and playful juxtapositions of materiality in abstracted forms. Pergl is a multi-disciplinary artist and professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He also is currently an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry Program.

Nov. 07, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema: Too Late to Die Young

Chile, summer of 1990. As their country returns to democracy, a small group of bohemian families head to the foothills of the Andes to start a new rural community. As the group prepares for a massive New Year’s party, 16 year-old Sofia feels estranged from their makeshift utopia and yearns to escape, preferably in the arms of the slightly older Ignacio. Using an elliptical storytelling style, large familial cast, and vivid atmosphere that together recall Lucretia Martel’s La Cienaga, Dominga Sotomayor immerses us in the headspace of a young girl at a very particular time and place. Winner, Best Director, 2018 Locarno Film Festival. “Mezmerizing. A stunning tale of growing up in small moments” (Indiewire). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm at the front desk. Free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members.

Nov. 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-In Tour: Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes

Drop by MMoCA for lively and informal discussions of current exhibitions. Expertly led by MMoCA’s docents, these free, 30-minute guided tours consider artists’ creative decisions and provide insight into their methods, ideas, and influences.

Nov. 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: William J. O'Brien: Reliquary

Enjoy the immersive experience of William J. O’Brien: Reliquary and let the mystical installation inspire you to create a painted fabric artwork

Families are invited to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom. First enjoy a lively discussion in the galleries, then roll up your sleeves with your favorite young art explorers to experiment with what you have learned. Children aged six to ten with an adult are welcome. Kids’ Art Adventures are free and begin at 1 pm. Come 15 minutes early to sign up.

Nov. 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spotlight Cinema: John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

A sport film like no other, this radical essay on tennis legend John McEnroe announces its ambition with an epigraph from Jean-Luc Godard—“cinema lies, sport doesn’t”—quickly followed by its subject slicing through a serve in super-slow motion to the sound of a roaring Sonic Youth track. Comprised of a bounty of rich 16mm footage filmed at the 1984 French Open, In the Realm of Perfection’s obsessive study of McEnroe—at the time the world’s top-ranked player—spirals into a expansive reverie on the possibilities and limits of the human body, temperament, and filmmaking itself. “The best tennis film ever made... among the very best films on any sport. Part of its exuberance, its surprise, and its delight rest in confounding whatever expectations you may have of it” (Vogue).

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm at the front desk. Free for MMoCA members / $7 for non-members.

Nov. 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

MMoCA Art & Gift Fair

Imagine shopping a juried art fair with artists exhibiting from around the country, with wine or a warm beverage in hand, and live seasonal entertainment... That’s what you can expect at the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair this November 17 and 18, the weekend before thanksgiving. Inside MMoCA and the Overture Center, you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend of relaxed shopping at nearly 100 booths filled with art, gourmet food, and specialty gifts; wine and tasty beverages at two cash bars, live music, dance performances, and other attractions for the whole family. To add to the festivities, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will once again kick off Shine on Madison, the annual six-week celebration of the holiday season downtown, which includes an outdoor market, light displays, and more.

New this year during the fair, Fresco Rooftop Restaurant will offer a curated selection of wines and other offerings in the MMoCA Lobby; and Catering A Fresco will offer a range of beverages at a bar on the second floor of the Overture Center, in the Promenade Lounge. Gather your friends to appreciate art with a drink and lively entertainment.

The fair weekend begins with a breakfast fundraiser for MMoCA at Fresco Rooftop Restaurant on Saturday, November 17 from 9-10:30 am. Tickets to the breakfast will include fresh, seasonal offerings and contemporary twists on the classics. Watch for invitations to both the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair and the breakfast this October.

To date, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair is being generously sponsored by Custer Plumb Financial Services, Neckerman Insurance Services, Isthmus Publishing, Magic 98, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Nov. 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

MMoCA Art & Gift Fair

Imagine shopping a juried art fair with artists exhibiting from around the country, with wine or a warm beverage in hand, and live seasonal entertainment... That’s what you can expect at the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair this November 17 and 18, the weekend before thanksgiving. Inside MMoCA and the Overture Center, you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend of relaxed shopping at nearly 100 booths filled with art, gourmet food, and specialty gifts; wine and tasty beverages at two cash bars, live music, dance performances, and other attractions for the whole family. To add to the festivities, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will once again kick off Shine on Madison, the annual six-week celebration of the holiday season downtown, which includes an outdoor market, light displays, and more.

New this year during the fair, Fresco Rooftop Restaurant will offer a curated selection of wines and other offerings in the MMoCA Lobby; and Catering A Fresco will offer a range of beverages at a bar on the second floor of the Overture Center, in the Promenade Lounge. Gather your friends to appreciate art with a drink and lively entertainment.

The fair weekend begins with a breakfast fundraiser for MMoCA at Fresco Rooftop Restaurant on Saturday, November 17 from 9-10:30 am. Tickets to the breakfast will include fresh, seasonal offerings and contemporary twists on the classics. Watch for invitations to both the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair and the breakfast this October.

To date, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair is being generously sponsored by Custer Plumb Financial Services, Neckerman Insurance Services, Isthmus Publishing, Magic 98, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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