A complete list of exhibitions from 1979-2011 is available here
The artist Jess (1923-2004) emerged in the 1950s from within the literary context of Beat culture in San Francisco. The life partner of poet Robert Duncan, Jess collaborated extensively with poets and other writers, and worked with small presses and limited-edition publications throughout his career. Something of a cult artist, Jess is less widely known than some of his contemporaries, but his art is deeply revered by many.
On view in MMoCA’s main galleries, California Context brings together selected works by California artists in the museum’s permanent collection and provides an idea of the artistic energy that surrounded Jess’s life and work on view in Jess: To and From the Printed Page.
The 2007 Wisconsin Triennial is the eleventh statewide survey and exhibition undertaken by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art since 1978. It’s also the museum’s first Triennial in its new, and greatly enlarged, Overture Center facility. Forty-three artists and three collaborative teams will display works in the main galleries, State Street Gallery, and New Media Gallery, as well as the museum’s lobby, second floor landing, rooftop sculpture garden, and a public hallway.
Organized biennially,Young at Art presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through Grade 12. The exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between MMoCA and the school district’s Fine Arts Department. Each of Madison’s public school art teachers is invited to submit up to three works of art for the exhibition. This process yields a full range of technique,subject matter, and media, including drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, and computer-generated art.
In Depth: A Closer Look at MMoCA’s Permanent Collection explores seven areas of strength within the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection. The exhibition features more than one hundred paintings, prints, photographs, mixed-media works, and sculptures. These works, which together constitute the largest exhibition ever of works from the collection, will be on view in the museum’s main galleries.
A veteran of the New York art world, Alyson Shotz is known internationally for works of art that address space, light, and perception. Her interest in environmental issues and topology—a branch of mathematics concerned with the properties of geometric forms that remain constant despite transformation—is also evident in her artworks.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art debuted LeWitt x 2 on November 5, 2006, in its main galleries. Curated by Dean Swanson, the exhibition includes two discrete but related sections. Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line features the work of this esteemed American artist over the course of his long and prolific career. Selections from The LeWitt Collection showcases works by an exciting array of national and international artists represented in the extensive collection that LeWitt amassed with his wife Carol Androccio LeWitt.
Trans, like the fluid medium of video, promises movement. The trans in transculturation — that complex ongoing process of cultural mixture, exchange, alteration, and invention — moves within, between, and also beyond the intricate border zones of geopolitical place, identity, body, and consciousness
For more than 30 years, Chuck Close has explored the art of printmaking in his investigation into the principles of perception. Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration explores the artist’s involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking. Featuring more than 100 works dating from 1972–2002, Chuck Close Prints illustrates the artist’s range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut.
Artworks acquired for the museum’s permanent collection since 2001 will be presented in At Home: Recent Acquisitions. This inaugural exhibition in the museum’s highly visible State Street Gallery includes significant works in a variety of media.
Featuring works by William Wegman, Chris Marker, Jillian McDonald, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and Nina Katchadourian, Animal Series explores the myriad ways that humans understand their relationship to animals. While studies of animal behavior have evolved beyond anthropomorphism to include scientific accounts of animal personalities, these works of art reveal the persisting lure of sentimentality. McDonald’s film Chester and Poncho shows two chihuahuas backed by idyllic fields of sheep.
The opening of the museum’s new facility in April 2006 coincides with the sesquicentennial of Madison’s municipal charter. The intersection of these two events is the inspiration for the museum’s major opening exhibition. Between the Lakes: Artists Respond to Madison invites seven artists to explore the layers of history, memory, and culture that have shaped the city of Madison and Dane County.
This sculptural installation created by Martha Glowacki for the historic Washburn Observatory will explore the ability of night-flying birds to navigate by the stars. A project of MMoCA and the UW-Madison Department of Astronomy.
Art on Site brings a series of six site-specific art installations to Olbrich Botanical Gardens beginning in June 2004 and continuing through spring 2005. Installations range from a 45-foot circular "flower painting" to a 12-foot mixed-media charm bracelet to a construction of willow branches in Olbrich's Rock Garden pond. In addition, students from Malcolm Shabazz City High School will work with participating artists to create a summer-long series of mowed designs in Olbrich's Great Lawn.
The search for national identity provides the historic backdrop for La vida en marcha: Mexican Prints from the Permanent Collection. In the wake of the Mexican revolution (1910-1920), the country experienced an artistic revival that literally changed the face of its leading institutions. Moved by the plight of their countrymen and inspired by the European avant-garde, Mexican artists became actively engaged in modernization. As they transformed public buildings into national treasures with colorful murals, they turned to the graphic arts for their accessibility.
Concrete Abstraction: Aaron Siskind Photographs celebrates one of the giants of American photography. The exhibition spans the artist's career, from his first major series documenting Harlem in the 1930s to subsequent works in which urban graffiti is transformed into visual poetry. As the artist told an interviewer late in life, "There are things in motion, there are things in conflict—but I am trying to make a picture out of it."