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Full Circle: Acquisitions and Exhibitions 

November 14, 2020 – August 22, 2021

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.
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.
overview

Full Circle traces MMoCA’s collecting and exhibition history over the past 30 years and reflects the culmination of the work and dedication of recently retired director emeritus Stephen Fleischman. Artworks were acquired that complemented and bolstered the strengths of the permanent collection in the areas of contemporary photography, Chicago Imagism, and works by Midwestern artists. Full Circle features familiar favorites alongside more recent acquisitions, including works by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, Deborah Butterfield, Sam Gilliam, Susan Rothenberg, Frank Stella, and John Wilde.

Full Circle includes a wide range of artistic sensibilities, media, and ideas at work. Like the many staff members who have taken inspiration from these works, MMoCA hopes that viewers will find objects that speak to them or perhaps bring back fond memories of days spent in the galleries. These works are embedded in MMoCA’s history and are part of Madison’s bright future where they will continue to inspire museumgoers for generations to come.

Erik Weisenburger, Ursa Memoriam , 1998. Oil on panel, 33¾ x 23 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund.
Erik Weisenburger, Ursa Memoriam , 1998. Oil on panel, 33¾ x 23 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund.
Exhibition Support

Presenting Sponsorship for Full Circle: Acquisitions and Exhibitions has been provided by Jan and Bill DeAtley; Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; and Ellen Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt. Major Sponsorship has been provided by JoAnne Robbins and David Falk; and Madison Print Club with additional support from Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith; Natalie and Dan Erdman; JH Findorff & Son Inc.; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Volunteers; Diane Seder and Bruce Rosen; Terry Family Foundation; Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale; Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; Jessica and Jim Yehle.

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Artwork

Serenade. Artist: Romare Bearden. Date: 1969. Medium: collage and paint on panel.

Serenade

1969

Romare Bearden

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Mask. Artist: Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt,  R & R Studios. Date: 2008. Medium: colored vinyl ribbons.

Mask

2008

Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, R & R Studios

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Tim House (In Green Pastures). Artist: Rob and Christian Clayton. Date: 2001. Medium: mixed media on wood panel with electrical and sound.

Tim House (In Green Pastures)

2001

Rob and Christian Clayton

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2090–At Random, Milwaukee. Artist: Carl Corey. Date: 2008. Medium: Archival pigment print.

2090–At Random, Milwaukee

2008

Carl Corey

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New York. Artist: Ted Croner. Date: ca. 1947-1952. Medium: vintage gelatin silver print.

New York

ca. 1947-1952

Ted Croner

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Harlem Merchant. Artist: Morris Engel. Date: 1938. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Harlem Merchant

1938

Morris Engel

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Eiler Blues. Artist: Sam Gilliam. Date: 1978. Medium: oil on stitched and unstretched awning canvas with grommets and objects.

Eiler Blues

1978

Sam Gilliam

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Irregular Plural II. Artist: Jane Hammond. Date: 1995. Medium: oil and paper collage on shaped canvas.

Irregular Plural II

1995

Jane Hammond

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Flags II. Artist: Jasper Johns. Date: 1973. Medium: screenprint.

Flags II

1973

Jasper Johns

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S. W. Wiskonsin. Artist: Brad Kahlhamer. Date: 2000. Medium: watercolor and ink.

S. W. Wiskonsin

2000

Brad Kahlhamer

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White Light Mystery in a White Light. Artist: Brad Kahlhamer. Date: 2000. Medium: watercolor and ink.

White Light Mystery in a White Light

2000

Brad Kahlhamer

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Black Hawk Unit Topography + Terrain. Artist: Brad Kahlhamer. Date: 2000. Medium: watercolor and ink.

Black Hawk Unit Topography + Terrain

2000

Brad Kahlhamer

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Points of Interest. Artist: Brad Kahlhamer. Date: 2000. Medium: watercolor and ink.

Points of Interest

2000

Brad Kahlhamer

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Blue Gray Green Red. Artist: Ellsworth Kelly. Date: 2008. Medium: color lithograph on paper.

Blue Gray Green Red

2008

Ellsworth Kelly

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Strata. Artist: Jin Soo Kim. Date: 1991. Medium: chenille bedspread, acrylic, steel, copper wire, medical plaster bandage, and found keyboard.

Strata

1991

Jin Soo Kim

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Hamburger 40¢, New York. Artist: William Klein. Date: 1955. Medium: vintage gelatin silver print.

Hamburger 40¢, New York

1955

William Klein

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Madison Fan. Artist: Ellen Lanyon. Date: 1975. Medium: linocut.

Madison Fan

1975

Ellen Lanyon

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Arabian Nights. Artist: Ellen Lanyon. Date: 1998. Medium: acrylic on canvas.

Arabian Nights

1998

Ellen Lanyon

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Dining Out. Artist: Jacob Lawrence. Date: 1937. Medium: gouache on paper.

Dining Out

1937

Jacob Lawrence

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Coney Island-Steeplechase. Artist: Arthur Leipzig. Date: 1952. Medium: vintage gelatin silver print.

Coney Island-Steeplechase

1952

Arthur Leipzig

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Texas Instruments. Artist: Donald Lipski. Date: 1992. Medium: mixed media.

Texas Instruments

1992

Donald Lipski

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Thunder Bay II. Artist: Truman Lowe. Date: 1997. Medium: wood.

Thunder Bay II

1997

Truman Lowe

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Feather Blanket. Artist: Truman Lowe. Date: 1997. Medium: pastel on paper.

Feather Blanket

1997

Truman Lowe

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Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. Artist: Narayan Mahon. Date: 2006. Medium: archival pigment print.

Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh

2006

Narayan Mahon

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Undertow. Artist: Nancy Mladenoff. Date: 2005. Medium: oil and spray paint on canvas.

Undertow

2005

Nancy Mladenoff

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Cracking Box. Artist: David Nash. Date: 1992. Medium: oak.

Cracking Box

1992

David Nash

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Cracking Box. Artist: David Nash. Date: 1992. Medium: pastel.

Cracking Box

1992

David Nash

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Wee Jim’s Black Eye. Artist: Jim Nutt. Date: 1986. Medium: acrylic on Masonite, in artist's painted frame.

Wee Jim’s Black Eye

1986

Jim Nutt

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Architect’s Handkerchief. Artist: Claes Oldenburg. Date: 1997. Medium: screenprint and chine collé.

Architect’s Handkerchief

1997

Claes Oldenburg

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Pachuco. Artist: Ed Paschke. Date: 1982. Medium: oil on canvas.

Pachuco

1982

Ed Paschke

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Bear Skin Rug. Artist: Susan Rothenberg. Date: 1995. Medium: synthetic latex.

Bear Skin Rug

1995

Susan Rothenberg

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Depression Bread Line. Artist: George Segal. Date: 1991. Medium: bronze.

Depression Bread Line

1991

George Segal

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Dassel City Council, Dassel, Minnesota (population 1,134), City Council, March 15, 1999 (L to R):  Nancy Nicholson, Ava Flachmeyer (Mayor), Jan Casey, Sherlyn Bjork (Deputy Clerk). Artist: Paul Shambroom. Date: 1999. Medium: archival pigmented inkjet on canvas with varnish.

Dassel City Council, Dassel, Minnesota (population 1,134), City Council, March 15, 1999 (L to R): Nancy Nicholson, Ava Flachmeyer (Mayor), Jan Casey, Sherlyn Bjork (Deputy Clerk)

1999

Paul Shambroom

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Prom Queen Picking Corn. Artist: J. Shimon and  J. Lindemann. Date: 2012. Medium: ambrotype.

Prom Queen Picking Corn

2012

J. Shimon and J. Lindemann

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J.S. Mounting Tractor. Artist: J. Shimon and  J. Lindemann. Date: 2012. Medium: ambrotype.

J.S. Mounting Tractor

2012

J. Shimon and J. Lindemann

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Mity Mite Quilted Twin. Artist: Karl Wirsum. Date: 1972. Medium: acrylic on wood with quilted fabric.

Mity Mite Quilted Twin

1972

Karl Wirsum

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First Quarter of Moon Dog. Artist: Karl Wirsum. Date: 1966. Medium: oil on canvas in blue artist's painted frame.

First Quarter of Moon Dog

1966

Karl Wirsum

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Uncalculated Crossing. Artist: Ray Yoshida. Date: 1984. Medium: acrylic on canvas.

Uncalculated Crossing

1984

Ray Yoshida

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