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MMoCA offers new ways to explore and learn more about modern and contemporary art. These gallery talks, artist talks, and Q&A sessions allow MMoCA to continue serving as a forum for considering timely and timeless issues.

Tune in to Facebook Live this season for another round of livestreamed events presented in conjunction with current exhibitions. Video recordings will be published below following the initial livestream date. View the event page for more details on upcoming virtual activities.

Igor Santos in collaboration with William Villalongo | Performance

Composer and pianist Igor Santos performs a collaborative multi-media piano piece, Offering. The original composition features a synced video montage of works from the exhibition Myths and Migrations, amid a milieu created by William Villalongo.

William Villalongo | Artist Talk

Artist William Villalongo discusses the evolution of his artistic practice, culminating with his works from Myths and Migrations.

2024 Stephen Fleischman Lectureship | Nick Cave & Bob Faust in Conversation about Facility

The 2024 Stephen Fleischman Lectureship features Nick Cave and Bob Faust. Moderated by Faisal Abdu’Allah, Cave and Faust speak about their multidisciplinary creative space, Facility.

Virtual Artist Talk: Erika Blumenfeld

Artist Erika Blumenfeld provides an overview of her artistic practice and her collaborations with scientists and research institutions, along with her inspiration behind the print series Tracing Luminaries, which was on display in imaginary i.

Art, Computing, and AI | Artist Talk by Culture Industry [dot] Club

Artists Zach Kaiser and Gabi Schaffzin use the process of producing Blessed is the Machine as a lens to examine the development of AI systems and the dangerous consequences that do not address the history and political economy of computing.

Chasing the Stars: Women Computers at Washburn Observatory

In honor of International Women in STEM Day, James Lattis and Kelly Tyrrell gave a presentation on the early days of astronomy studies in Wisconsin, emphasizing the role of female astronomers and their contributions to astronomic research for imaginary i.

Martha Glowacki on “Starry Transit” | Artist Talk

Artist Martha Glowacki speaks about the “contemporary cabinet of curiosity” included in imaginary i placing it in context with its original installation at the historic Washburn Observatory in 2005.

Faisal AbduAllah, Floyd Newsum, Paula Panczenko | Panel Discussion

Artists Faisal Abdu’Allah and Floyd Newsum talk with Tandem Press Director Paula McCarthy Panczenko about the lasting legacy of Black artists such as Sam Gilliam and the influence they had on their artistic practice.

Federico Uribe | Artist Talk Part II

Federico Uribe discusses his creative practice in conversation with the guest curator, Laura Dickstein Thompson for Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis.

Federico Uribe | Artist Talk Part I

Federico Uribe discusses his creative practice in conversation with the guest curator, Laura Dickstein Thompson for Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis.

A Virtual Discussion with Danielle Burns Wilson on Project Rowhouses

Danielle Burns Wilson, Project Row House’s Curator and Art Director, gives a history of Project Row Houses, as it celebrates its 30th year in operation.

Floyd Newsum x MMoCA

Floyd Newsum talks about the arc of his career, from his early influences to his current work. Evolution of Sight is the artist’s first retrospective.

Curators Panel: Floyd Newsum: Evolution of Sight

In this audio recording of the Curators Panel for Floyd Newsum: Evolution of Sight, the two guest co-curators of the exhibition, Dr. Lauren Cross and Mark Cervenka, reflect on the depth and extent of Newsum’s artistic output.

Virtual Discussion with Chicago Imagist Sarah Canright

Sarah Canright discusses her time as a member of the Chicago Imagists, and her friendship with fellow Imagist Christina Ramberg, whose work is the focus of Christina Ramberg: Vertical Amnesia. Canright is joined by Edgewood College Art History Professor Emerita Melanie Herzog.

Floyd Newsum | Artist Talk and Live Q&A

Floyd Newsum discusses his first retrospective exhibition Evolution of Sight which features work spanning more than 50 years, and will address the personalized signs and imagery that he utilizes.

(Counter)Monuments Panel Discussion

(Counter)Monuments was a virtual panel discussion about the past, present, and future of monuments. This panel discussion was presented in conjunction with Blu³eprint by Faisal Abdu’Allah, located outside the museum on State Street.

Ava Wanbli x MMoCA | Sertraline Dolls

In her first solo museum exhibition, Chicago-based new media and performance artist Ava Wanbli brings her video game-based work Sertraline Dolls (2021–22) to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

2023 Stephen Fleischman Lectureship with Pao Houa Her

Pao Houa Her, a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow, discusses her highly personal work, which utilizes a documentary aesthetic, from landscape photography to Southeast Asian–style portraiture, but one infused with conceptual rigor.

Conversations with Barber Felipe E. Quintana Mora

We had the pleasure of speaking with aspiring barber Felipe E. Quintana Mora who set up shop next to “Blu³eprint,” a public sculpture by artist Faisal Abdu’Allah who is seated in a barber’s chair.

Artist Talk and Live Q&A with Faisal Abdu’Allah: DARK MATTER

Faisal Abdu’Allah discusses the exhibition DARK MATTER, which includes a selection of the artist’s most celebrated series, along with the continuing arc of his artistic practice.

shawné michaelain holloway x MMoCA |

The fifth iteration of the shawné michaelain holloway’s DOGWHISTLE series, closeLISTENER(reverse, react, “desire”) is a multimedia installation that uses rolling text and animated video to visualize and contemplate loss.

Art Into Action | Drawing Awareness to Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin

Tune into a live, virtual panel with artist Mel Chin, a longtime activist for lead poisoning prevention, along with Wisconsin-based experts in lead poisoning, pediatrics, environmental health, and community advocacy.

STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN LECTURESHIP WITH MEL CHIN: There’s Something Happening Here

The annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship featured Mel Chin discussing the works in There’s Something Happening Here, which span 43 years of the artist’s career.

ARTIST TALKS AND LIVE Q&A WITH GUANYU XU AND PAUL BAKER PRINDLE: Between

Guanyu Xu and Paul Baker Prindle, artists featured in Between, were invited to discuss their practices.

ARTIST TALK AND LIVE Q&A WITH KENNETH TAM: Silent Spikes

Kenneth Tam explores the historical context behind Silent Spikes, the visual references he was borrowing from, and how the video fits in with his larger body of work.

ARTIST TALK WITH SANTIAGO CUCULLU: You Still Make Me Tremble

Santiago Cucullu discusses his exhibition, his work and practice, and imagery during the exhibition celebration for You still make me tremble.

Mauricio Ramirez x MMoCA

Learn about mural artist Mauricio Ramirez’s roots as a graffiti artist, and his evolution into an accomplished muralist focusing on community-oriented public art.

VIRTUAL LECTURE WITH PROFESSOR ARMANDO IBARRA: Labor Migration from Mexico to the Heartland

UW-Madison Professor Armando Ibarra’s research and fields of specialization are working communities of Latin American descent in the U.S. and beyond, social movements, community development, international labor migration, and community-based participatory applied and action research.

ARTIST TALK AND LIVE Q&A WITH AMY CUTLER: A Narrative Thread

New York-based artist Amy Cutler describes her artistic research and creative process with Leah Kolb, Curator of Exhibitions at MMoCA, and responds to audience questions about her work.

OPENING CELEBRATION: Michelle Handelman

These Unruly and Ungovernable Selves was organized by students in Design Thinking for Exhibits, a UW–Madison Art History Department seminar led by Associate Professor Anna Campbell. Students in the class worked with MMoCA staff to develop the exhibition. For this virtual celebration, Assistant Curator Lisa Shoshany Anderson is joined by graduate students Maeve Hogan and Becca Owen for a conversation about Handelman’s work and the collaborative process behind the exhibition.

ARTIST TALK AND LIVE Q&A: with Patrick Martinez

Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Martinez discusses the inspiration behind his work in neon, mixed media painting, and drawing in this artist talk and Q&A facilitated by Assistant Curator Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, on the occasion of his exhibition Signs of the Times at MMoCA.

THE STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN LECTURESHIP: with Martin Kersels

In this livestreamed talk, Kersels discusses his wide-ranging and interdisciplinary artistic practice—from early performance work with SHRIMPS to Cover Story, the artist’s recent solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash—before taking questions from the audience. The annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship was founded in 2015, and honors his tenure as Director of MMoCA.

PANEL DISCUSSION: LATINX ART AND/AS ACTIVISM IN WISCONSIN: Patrick Martinez

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Patrick Martinez: Signs of the Times, this panel discussion with Andrea-Teresa Arenas, Araceli Esparza, Eloisa Gomez, and Añamarie America Edwards addresses the past, present, and future of Latinx activism in Wisconsin. Moderated by Dana Maya.

GALLERY TALK AND LIVE Q&A WITH MEL BECKER SOLOMON: Full Circle

Curator of the Collection Mel Becker Solomon gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Full Circle: Exhibitions and Acquisitions, which examines the last 30 years of collecting and exhibitions at MMoCA.

GALLERY TALK WITH RICHARD H. AXSOM: James Cagle

MMoCA curator emeritus Richard H. Axsom discusses James Cagle’s penetrating vision and the structural devices employed in James Cagle: A Final Meditation on Art.

GALLERY TALK WITH MELANIE HERZOG: Gladys Nilsson

Melanie Herzog, Professor Emerita of Art History at Edgewood College, explores Nilsson’s representations of the female body in Out of This World, shaped by the artist’s keen observation of human behavior and fantastical imagination.

GALLERY TALK AND LIVE Q&A WITH FRED STONEHOUSE: Uncommon Accumulation

Stonehouse, a professor of painting and drawing at UW-Madison, discusses the impact of the Chicago Imagists and their continuing influence on contemporary figurative art, citing examples in Uncommon Accumulation: The Mark and Judy Bednar Collection of Chicago Imagism.

STUDIO VISIT AND LIVE Q&A: with Sebura&Gartelmann

Sebura&Gartelmann discuss themes key to their work, the process they have developed over their decade long collaboration, and how their practice has changed in response to the ongoing pandemic.