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RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam

August 10, 2023 – March 3, 2024

Sam Gilliam, Phelps’ #8, 2016. Monotype, with hand-coloring and collage, on handmade paper on canvas, 46 1/4 x 74 1/8 inches. Gift of Sue Steinmann. © Artists Rights Society (ARS)


RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam is an opportunity to not only reflect on the innovative production of an internationally recognized artist, but also to consider his impact on the development of Madison, Wisconsin’s creative culture. Starting in 1972, Sam Gilliam (b. 1933, Tupelo, Mississippi–d. 2022, Washington, D.C.) traveled between his home in Washington, D.C. and Madison every summer for over forty years. Each trip was marked by a whirlwind of artistic activity as well as friendship, mentorship, and transformation. Rather than a traditional survey of an artist’s work, RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam invites visitors to celebrate the connections found in his art and through his art. Guided by stories shared by those who knew Gilliam, the exhibition is a meditation on individual and extremely personal ties to the artist and his works.

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Programming & Event

Sam Gilliam: A Generosity of Time
Saturday, December 2, 2023 2 PM

MMoCA Cinema: Midwest Matrix
Thursday, January 25, 2024 6 PM

Sam Gilliam: Abstraction and Innovation Beyond the Color Field and the Color Line
Saturday, February 10, 2024 2 PM


Press Release

RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam Press Release


MMoCA’s “Recollect: Sam Gillam” explores the artist’s impact on Madison’s creative culture
Madison 365

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Exhibitions in the Henry Street Gallery are generously funded through an endowment established by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.