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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.

Apr. 27, 2018 - 8:00pm to Apr. 28, 2018 - 12:00am


Saturated with experience, vivid with color, Chroma is a new event taking place. On April 27, 2018, explore color throughout the museum’s iconic spaces. Party guests will enjoy artist- and designer-created color-rich environments, and hands-on group art projects on each level of the museum. Chroma celebrates color: how it feels, its intensity and beauty, and the way we use it in our lives. We choose hues and shades to decorate and express ourselves. Creative professionals work with color to create moods and responses. Artists access the spectrum to convey their vision. This vibrant event will be immersive and fun, unlike any other.

A fundraiser for MMoCA, Chroma admission includes an array of sweets and savories, DJs and dancing in different museum spaces, and a myriad of performances and art activities. Assemble your crew and get your tickets, on sale starting February 1. Plan an ensemble in your favorite spectral color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet) to be considered for a special prize. 

Apr. 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

ON EXILE Screening and Community Conversation

Open Doors for Refugees and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art invite you to a special screening and discussion of ON EXILE, elsewhere within here, a video artwork by José Carlos Teixeira. The artist will give a short introduction before the film and will offer additional comments during the Q&A following the screening.

The film presents the first-hand narratives of Muslim refugees who—having fled Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan—are currently living in the Midwest. They have escaped from hardships such as civil wars, ISIS, and dictatorial governments that crack down on protesters appealing for basic human rights. Weaving together stories into a poignant collage of voices, Teixeira presents us with a film that reminds us to take time to listen and to care about what we hear.

May. 04, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Gallery Night

Mark your calendar for May 4, as dozens of venues open their doors for spring’s biggest celebration of the arts. Tour Madison’s vibrant arts scene—popping up in neighbor­hoods throughout Madison from 5 to 9 pm. Gallery Night has been lighting up the night in Madison for 30 years, offering an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of visual art offerings throughout the city. Galleries, artist stu­dios, non-profit organizations, and other local businesses showcase original artwork and host special exhibitions, dem­onstrations, and receptions during this semi-annual event.

Be sure to share your Gallery Night photos and reviews on social media using #MADGalleryNight. 

May. 04, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

MMoCA Opening: Irene Grau

The first Friday in May will offer a wide array of art-related experiences at MMoCA, in addition to a multitude of Gallery Night festivities at more than 50 venues city-wide. Join us at MMoCA from 5–9 pm to celebrate the opening of Spanish artist Irene Grau’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. This MMoCA Opening includes a talk by the artist, who will discuss her aesthetic and conceptual approach to contemporary painting. As a part of Gallery Night, admission to this event is free.

Along with live music and passed hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, the evening features the unveil­ing of MMoCA’s first official beer. Starting at 8 pm, museum guests will have the opportunity to celebrate the limited release of the specialty craft beer resulting from MMoCA’s collaboration with Octopi Brewing, Art & Sons, and artist Meg Mitchell, whose installation in the rooftop sculpture garden served as the inspiration for this unique partnership.

May. 04, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Artist Talk: Irene Grau

Irene Grau will discuss a new body of work she began during her five-week artist residency in Madison in the summer of 2017. Her plein air paintings draw attention to little-noticed aspects of the city’s environment and identify instances of monochromatic abstraction in everyday scenes. Grau describes her artistic interventions as “going out in search of painting with a camera and a pair of hiking boots on.”

May. 04, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Beer Launch with Octopi Brewing, Art & Sons, and Meg Mitchell

Come to MMoCA on Friday, May 4 at 8:00 pm and be the first to taste CES-001 Juicy Return IPA, the museum's first official beer. This limited release craft beer is the result of MMoCA’s collaboration with Octopi Brewing, Art & Sons, and artist Meg Mitchell, whose Hops Exchange installation on the museum's rooftop served as the inspiration for this unique partnership.  

In addition to the beer tasting festivities, guests are invited to enjoy live music from DJ Phil Money, passed hors d'oeuvres from Fresco, and an surprise artist-led activity with Meg Mitchell.