A complete list of exhibitions from 1979-2011 is available here
The notion of the “self,” the essential quality that makes a person distinct from all others, is a core theme in modern and contemporary art. Its primary formats are the portrait and self-portrait, which focus on the identity and psychology of the model. For the artist, the true self is fluid, not fixed; layered, not clearly evident. The true self is both innate and determined by experience and culture. Never consistent, it is often self-contradictory.
The 2010 Wisconsin Triennial, on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through August 15, 2010, is the museum’s twelfth survey of artists living and working in the state. Forty-two individuals and two pairs of artists working in collaboration participate in the exhibition, which is installed in the museum’s lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, second floor landing, and main galleries.
Drawing on the city’s long tradition of politically charged graphic design in public settings, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents Then and Again: A Public Project by Nicolas Lampert. The exhibition, comprised of six signs created by Lampert, will be on view in outdoor locations in Madison’s downtown this spring and summer.
Since the first decades of European settlement, American identity has revolved around a handful of promises, among them: the awesome nature of the American landscape, the bounty of the American West, and the opportunity of the American city or settlement. Opening January 23, 2010, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana in MMoCA's Permanent Collection features more than 80 paintings, photographs, prints, and objects that address American identity through imagery ranging from big cars and hamburger joints to cowboys and fields of corn.
Cage and Cunningham: Chance, Time, and Concept in the Visual Arts pays homage to the visual legacy inspired by the life and work of composer, poet, and artist John Cage (1912-1992) and dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The exhibition pays tribute to Cage and Cunningham’s fifty-year collaboration through works from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as seminal works from collections in the region. The exhibition will be on view in MMoCA ’s State Street Gallery from October 24, 2009, through May 9, 2010.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), who came to the fore in the 1950s, was one of the great artists of our age. He was also a prominent chronicler of American culture in the second half of the twentieth century, as evidenced in a new exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
From Nature: Realist Works in MMoCA’s Permanent Collection is the last in a three-part series of exhibitions that examines the major styles of modernism. The exhibition is curated by the museum’s curator of collections, Rick Axsom.
Curators’ Choice: New Works from MMoCA’s Collection presents selected works that have entered the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the last three years. The exhibition, on view in the museum’s State Street Gallery through October 8, 2009, features drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, and mixed-media works by sixteen artists. The works were selected for the exhibition by MMoCA curator of collections Rick Axsom, director Stephen Fleischman, and curator of exhibitions Jane Simon.
Return to Function brings together contemporary artists who make functional objects based on theoretical principles. Featuring a dune buggy, a camper, a soccer ball with right angles, a cellular telephone that doubles as an exercise device, and a mobile studio—as well as garments and a do-it-yourself coffin, among other works—Return to Function examines the role of objects in our lives as perceived by 21 contemporary artists who employ the expansive nature of art to illuminate unexplored aspects of the familiar.
Young at Art, presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade 12. Organized biennially, the exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between MMoCA and the school district’s Fine Arts Department.
An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 15, from 3–4:30 pm. Teachers, student artists, and families are invited to celebrate the works on view in the exhibition. A marimba band composed of students from Chavez Elementary School will perform in the museum’s lobby from 3–4 pm.
A major new exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art explores the various ways that artists have represented evil in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Something Wicked This Way Comes is on view in the museum’s main galleries from January 24 to April 11, 2009. The exhibition features 96 paintings, prints, photographs, mixed-media works, and sculptures by 65 artists, and was organized by the museum’s curator of collections, Rick Axsom.
Barbara Probst: Exposures will be on view in the State Street Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from December 6, 2008, to March 8, 2009. The exhibition is comprised of groupings of two to six large-format photographs from the Exposures series, which the artist began in 2000 and continues to expand. By showing a single action in photographs taken simultaneously from different points of view, Probst illustrates the myriad ways in which a moment can be depicted, and by extension, experienced.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) presents an exhibition of sculpture by the late American artist George Segal from in the museum’s main galleries. The exhibition, organized by MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman and curator of exhibitions Jane Simon, features sixteen sculptural works from the 1960s to the late 1990s focusing on the urban environment.
Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt: The Absent City examines scale, transparency, and language while drawing attention to the function of the museum and its relationship to the community.
An Art of Inner Necessity examines the expressionist tradition in modern and contemporary art through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. It is the second in a series of exhibitions that focus on the three major styles of twentieth-century modernism in the visual arts: abstraction, expressionism, and realism.
Girls and Company examines the legacy of feminism in art through paintings, photographs, and prints from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Through thoughtful and ground-breaking works, the exhibition examines female bodies, icons, and language, as well as the underlying system of sexism that has affected so many artists. Girls and Company uncovers issues that continue to confront artists, while also posing the question: what does it mean to be a feminist artist today?
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) presents a survey of the work of Madison-based artist TL Solien from May 17 to August 17, 2008, in the museum’s main galleries. Featuring 43 paintings, prints, and unique works on paper, TL Solien: Myths & Monsters examines works from the beginning of the artist’s career in the 1980s to the present day, focusing on Solien’s repeated iconography and sustained personal exploration.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of sculpture from its permanent collection from March 1 through May 18, 2008. Altered Geometry: Contemporary Sculpture from MMoCA’s Collection investigates the use of geometric forms in contemporary sculpture. The exhibition is on view in MMoCA’s State Street Gallery.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will present a retrospective exhibition of prints by Jasper Johns in the museum’s main galleries. Bill Goldston, director of Universal Limited Art Editions, which has published many of the prints on view in Jasper Johns: The Prints, will speak in the MMoCA lecture hall at 7 pm as part of the opening preview on February 1.
Stephen Hilyard: The Beautiful Lie uses videos and photographic works to explore the power and reliability of the image in contemporary culture. Works in the exhibition include a recent series of compositions entitled King Wave in which Hilyard uses dramatic and doctored photographs to probe the truthfulness and iconic stature of the image. Compositions in this series show monstrous green waves coupled with diminutive images of curb architecture in Los Angeles cemeteries.
Madison newcomer Ida Wyman, whose career as a photojournalist began in the 1940s, is the subject of a one-person show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Twenty-five of Wyman's black-and-white photographs are on display in the museum's Works-on-Paper Study Center.
A former resident of Bronx, New York, Wyman moved to Madison in 2006. Individual Experience: The Photographs of Ida Wyman, is her first one-person exhibition in a museum.