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Angélica Contreras speaking into a microphone during her artist talk
Photo by Carol Casimir.

Talks and Performances

A lively series of lectures are held throughout the year in the Museum’s lecture hall and exhibition galleries. Talks by artists, curators, and other experts from a variety of scholarly fields shed light on contemporary art and its related context in conjunction with MMoCA’s exhibitions. Poetry, dance, and other performances occur periodically, in concert with exhibitions and installations.

Gallery talks at MMoCA are generously funded by Bell Laboratories.

Film and Video

MMoCA organizes two film series each year that offer audiences unique opportunities to experience this important aspect of visual culture.

Rooftop Cinema presents experimental and independent film and video each Friday evening in June in the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden. Spotlight Cinema showcases the Madison premieres of critically-acclaimed and award-winning narrative features and documentaries from around the world. This eight-week series is held in the Museum’s lecture hall on Wednesday nights throughout the fall.

MMoCA’s film series are generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

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Photo by Carol Casimir.

Drop-in Tours

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. Drop-in tours are held at 1 PM on the second Saturday of the month, September through May, and focus on a specific exhibition. Check the Events listing for details.

Private guided tours of MMoCA’s exhibitions are available to groups of 6 or more adults with four weeks advance notice. Private tours are arranged by contacting

Photo courtesy of Sharon Vanorny

Arts Memory Café

People living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias have an opportunity to connect with the power of visual art. MMoCA is partnering with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW) on the Arts Memory Café, which takes place at the museum.