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Date of Release: 
Monday, April 11, 2016
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Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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MMoCA Announces Upcoming Exhibitions Spring through Fall 2016

MMoCA Announces Upcoming Exhibitions
Spring through Fall 2016

MADISON, WI – The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) announces a schedule of thoughtful exhibitions, both intimate and expansive, that feature artwork by emerging artists building international reputations, as well as work by established, internationally renowned artists.

The museum has developed an abundant schedule of talks, events, films, workshops, and kids programming to complement the exhibitions. These are typically free of charge, as is admission to MMoCA. 

Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows

State Street Gallery: May 28, 2016September 4, 2016

From May 28 through September 4, MMoCA will present Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows, an exhibition featuring a new body of work by Brooklyn-based artist Claire Stigliani. Stigliani is known for her mixed-media drawings that fuse together references to fairytales, autobiography, and pop culture to interrogate contemporary notions of femininity. For her solo show at MMoCA, the artist is moving beyond the two dimensional surface of her luminous drawings by rendering them as three-dimensional, miniaturized sets, which Stigliani then uses to create stop-motion videos.

Seamlessly combining drawing, painting, sculpture, and video to present her semi-autobiographical stories, Stigliani develops each of her narrative series as interconnected, voyeuristic scenes that blur fiction and reality, and offer a glimpse into Stigliani’s half-imagined worlds. Often depicting herself within the deeply layered compositions, she becomes a reoccurring character who plays out the artist’s own struggles navigating the uncertain relationship between power and vulnerability, desire and innocence. As such, Stigliani’s work exudes an innocent authenticity while at the same time reveling in the dualities of life.     

AllLicensed Fool: Animations by Allison Schulnik and Wong Ping

Imprint Gallery: April 29, 2016August 28, 2016

On April 29, the Madison Museum of Contemporary art will open AllLicensed Fool: Animations by Allison Schulnik and Wong Ping, the first thematically curated exhibition to be presented in the museum’s Imprint Gallery. Wong Ping (b. Hong Kong, 1984) and Allison Schulnik (b. San Diego, 1978) both utilize experimental animation to create loose narratives set within beautifully strange worlds. Although immediately dazzling in visual impact, the works are nevertheless grounded by a poetic sensibility that exposes insight into human emotion and vulnerability.

In Schulnik’s Eager (2014) and Ping’s An Emo Nose (2015), grotesque human characters exist within fantastical environments; combining droll situations with mesmerizing surrealism, both animations operate as sophisticated and sincere exploration of the humanity with each of us. The title of the exhibition, AllLicensed Fool, refers to a passage in William Shakespeare’s tragic play King Lear during which the otherwise unnamed Fool irreverently criticizes the King. A recurring character type throughout Shakespeare's works (and derived from the long tradition of the court fool or jester), the Fool was expected to amuse his master or mistress, and thereby had the license to say whatever he desired. In providing insolent honesty packaged as entertainment, the all-licensed fool simultaneously reveals truth and serves as an example of the dignified within the absurd. Through the juxtaposition of unusual characters and unabashed, unadulterated truth in Ping’s and Schulnik’s films, we are left empathizing with the forlorn and appreciating the humor and beauty we encounter.

Our Good Earth

Main galleries: June 4, 2016August 21, 2016

Drawn from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection, Our Good Earth is an exhibition that features a wide range of artworks in many media. The exhibition addresses the varied concerns of modern and contemporary artists for the natural world: from realist landscapes to abstraction, conceptual art to pop art, Our Good Earth illuminates how artists reveal the marvels of nature, express compassion for the fragile beauty of flora and fauna, and caution against threats to the natural world. Audiences will be stimulated to think about social and political issues, climate change, natural disasters, and environmental renewal and restoration—issues made urgent by the changing nature of the planet.

The exhibition will also present works by artists of regional, national, and international renown including modern regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood; Chicago Imagists Roger Brown and Robert Lostutter; and artists currently working as University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty such as Nancy Mladenoff. Other artists of note include Sam Gilliam, Richard Misrach, and Alyson Shotz. Our Good Earth will be presented in MMoCA’s main galleries June 4 through August 21, 2016.

Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers

Henry Street Gallery: May 14October 2, 2016

In tribute to Frances Myers (1936–2014), the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents an overview of her highly personal art that was grounded in a mastery of craft. Myers was an innovative printmaker as well as arts educator of distinction and great influence. For twenty-five years she taught generations of students in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in American academia. She imparted her deep knowledge of intaglio and relief processes while also freeing herself and her students to explore new processes, forms, technologies, and subject matter. In 2012, She described her history as a printmaker as a “flow of etching, relief, Xerox, large format engineering copier prints, wall installation, digital prints, video, and video stills printed onto canvas and translucent media.”

On view May 14 through October 2, Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers includes a selection of artworks from the 1980s into the first decade of the new century. Instructive wall texts explain the variety of experimental approaches Myers took to her art. Her work is held in many prestigious institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); Victoria and Albert Museum (London), among others. Frances Myers unexpectedly passed away in late 2014. She is survived by her husband Warrington Colescott, the internationally renowned printmaker.

Wisconsin Triennial 2016

 September 24, 2016January 8, 2017  

The Wisconsin Triennial is heralded as among the most important showcases of Wisconsin art, and represents a much anticipated signature exhibition presented every three years by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

A juried exhibition that includes works selected and organized by the museum’s curatorial staff, the Triennial reflects current directions in visual arts being explored by contemporary artists residing in Wisconsin. This exhibition has provided a stage for emerging artists to introduce their work to new audiences, as well as an opportunity for established artists to present new directions being explored in their art practice; creating what has been seen as one of the most significant exhibitions in the state.

The 2016 Triennial will be installed in the museum’s main galleries, State Street Gallery, and Imprint Gallery; other spaces, such as the lobby and Rooftop Sculpture Garden, may be utilized as well. MMoCA will also produce an illustrated publication to accompany the exhibition.


Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open Tuesday-Thursday, noon–5pm; Friday, noon–8pm; Saturday, 10am–8pm; Sunday, noon–5pm; and is closed on Mondays.

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