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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.

Mar. 09, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

MMoCA Opening: On Exile

Enjoy the work of visual and video artist José Carlos Teixeira on the opening night of his Imprint Gallery exhibition, ON EXILE, on Friday, March 9. Teixeira’s work explores notions of belonging and exile. Beginning at 6 pm, guests may view ON EXILE; the BIG exhibition in the main galleries; Art/Word/Image in the Henry Street Gallery. At 6:30 pm artist José Teixeira will give a lecture about the evolution and intent of his work. Following the talk, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Fresco and live music from Mal-O-Dua in the lobby. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members.

Mar. 09, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Artist Talk: José Carlos Teixeira

Interdisciplinary artist José Carlos Teixeira will discuss his work, including ON EXILE: Elsewhere within here (2017), a recent experimental documentary film on view in the Imprint Gallery that explores identity, migration, and displacement through first-person interviews with Muslim refugees. In addition to his artistic practice, Teixeira is an assistant pro­fessor in the UW-Madison Art Department.

This talk is part of an MMoCA Opening and is free for mem­bers and $10 for non-members. Seating in MMoCA’s lecture hall is limited.

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

Drop-in Tour: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

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. Meet in the museum lobby

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

Kids' Art Adventures: Art/Word/Image

Can a word be an image? How do words enhance pictures? Explore Art/Word/Image to see how artists have combined words and images to make works of art that celebrate the power of language. Afterward, make a mixed-media book that incorporates words in fun and visually interesting ways.

Mar. 22, 2018 - 1:45pm

Gallery Talk: BIGness

Curator of the permanent collection Mel Becker Solomon will explore scale in the visual arts and its effects on emotion, perception, and sensation. The talk will highlight a selection of works in BIG.  

Apr. 07, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Stephen Fleischman Lectureship Series: William Weege on his collaboration with Sam Gilliam

William Weege will discuss his long-standing friendship and 45-year creative collaboration with Sam Gilliam that, among other advances, generated pioneering approaches to printmaking. Sam Gilliam is internationally renowned for his innova­tions in color-field painting, which led the way toward a new vocabulary for abstract painting. William Weege is professor emeritus of the UW-Madison Art Department, and founding artistic director of Tandem Press, whose approach to print­making allowed the artists he worked with to break new ground. Weege is also celebrated as an artist in his own right for his work in a variety of print media and handmade paper. A reception with cash bar will follow in the MMoCA Lobby.

The talk is held on the occasion of the third Stephen Fleischman Lectureship, which honors the 25th anniversary of Stephen Fleischman’s tenure as the director of MMoCA. 

Admission to this program is free, but to guarantee seating, reservations are required. All guests with reservations should be seated no later than 6:50pm, after which any open seats will be made available to guests on a first come, first served basis. The MMoCA Member Pre-Sale will open soon. Check back for further details. Membership status must be current at time of reservation. Reservations for general public seating will open on March 13. To become a member, visit

Apr. 08, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Kids' Art Adventures: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

Examine the intricacies of light, language, and form in Jaume Plensa’s Talking Continents. The artist’s vision of human understanding and connection comes to life in his large illuminated sculptures, which combine the human form with characters from eight languages. In the workshop, create a unique lantern that allows your vision to shine. 

Apr. 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Drop-in Tour: BIG

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. Meet in the museum lobby

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. 

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.