Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Contemporary art museum on State Street. Free admission. More info at www.mmoca.org.

MISSION

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is an independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community. COLLECTION

The Museum's collection traces its origins to a major gift from Rudolph and Louise Langer in 1968. Through donations and Museum purcha

ses, the collection has grown to become an important community resource. Works span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and include paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, and drawings. Romare Bearden, Deborah Butterfield, John Steuart Curry, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Cindy Sherman are among the many esteemed artists represented in the collection. EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions are the cornerstone of MMoCA's public programs and have featured many of the most respected artists of the last century, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, George Segal, Jim Dine, Rodney Graham, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and John Wilde. The main galleries, located on the second floor, host the Museum's major exhibitions. The Henry Street Gallery presents exhibitions from the Museum's permanent collection while the State Street Gallery offers a changing roster of exhibitions and installations. MMoCA's rooftop sculpture garden presents major works on a rotating basis in an illuminated garden setting. EDUCATION

MMoCA's education department organizes lectures, films, panel discussions, docent-led tours, and children's art classes, as well as outreach programs like Art on Tour, Art Cart, and ArtZone. The education department also undertakes special projects like the online exhibition Modern Art/Contemporary Art/MMoCA Collects. MEMBERSHIP

MMoCA members provide critical support for the Museum's exhibitions and education programs. Members receive free or discounted admission to Museum events; opportunities to meet artists and curators; a subscription to the Museum's newsletter; and a tax deduction for contributions. MUSEUM RESTAURANT

MMoCA is excited for the possibilities a new restaurant will bring, and anticipate that a new restaurant will be in place in 2022. Follow us on social media to be the among the first to know more about the new rooftop restaurant. MUSEUM RENTALS

The Museum restaurant, lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop sculpture garden are available for special occasions.

In conjunction with the exhibition “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations,” MMoCA will present a screening of “Space ...
06/05/2024

In conjunction with the exhibition “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations,” MMoCA will present a screening of “Space is the Place” in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden.

William Villalongo cites this early, influential album/film as one of his major inspirations for his artistic practice. In the film, avant-jazz musician Sun Ra returns to Earth in his music-powered spaceship to battle for the future of the Black race and offer an 'alter-destiny' to those who would join him.

The special effects, outrageous plot line, and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and conclude with a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history.

Learn more about the screening at mmoca.org/events/space-is-the-place.

🗓️ Friday, July 26
⏰ 8:15 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
🏛️ Rooftop Sculpture Garden
🎟️ Free Admission


Film still images from “Space is the Place.”

How would you create something that symbolizes your identity or things that are important to you?“Beacon” by William Vil...
06/03/2024

How would you create something that symbolizes your identity or things that are important to you?

“Beacon” by William Villalongo is a hanging sculptural work composed of velvet flocked pieces and gold chains. The elements in “Beacon,” like the drinking gourds, Testa di Moro, quartz, and sea shells, all have symbolic meanings.

Drawing inspiration from “Beacon,” try creating a mobile that means something to you.

1. Prepare your materials: stick, string, paper, scissors, hole puncher, beads, and drawing/coloring tools.
2. Draw images or symbols that represent you and your identity.
3. Cut out shapes around the drawings and punch a hole on top.
4. Using a string, tie one end to the drawing, and the other end to a notched area on a stick.
5. Add hanging beads by tying a cut piece of string to a bead and then to the stick.
6. Repeat these steps until your mobile is full with the elements you want.
7. Once complete, tie a string to each end of the stick to create the hanger.

Visit mmoca.org/activitiesforkids to see detailed instructions for this activity.


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

Looking for free things to do with children over the summer break? 😎Drop in for Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! 🚗These free...
05/31/2024

Looking for free things to do with children over the summer break? 😎

Drop in for Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! 🚗
These free art programs return in June to parks, playgrounds, beaches, and outdoor festivals throughout Dane County.

Learn more about the program and see the schedule at mmoca.org/events/art-cart-2024.


Photo by Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.

MMoCA is the perfect location for your special occasion. 💐🩷Here’s why:1. Surrounded by artwork2. Sophisticated, modern s...
05/30/2024

MMoCA is the perfect location for your special occasion. 💐🩷

Here’s why:
1. Surrounded by artwork
2. Sophisticated, modern spaces
3. Beautiful view of the Capitol
4. Affordable price

Learn more and book a tour at mmoca.org/weddings. It’s never too early to start planning!


1, 2: Photo courtesy of Simple Focus Studios and Lucy Bergenthal.
3, 4: Photo courtesy of Theresa McGuire Photography.

A label from a bottle of gin, an envelope from an insurance company, colored-pencil drawings, cut-out school worksheets,...
05/29/2024

A label from a bottle of gin, an envelope from an insurance company, colored-pencil drawings, cut-out school worksheets, a cylinder diagram — how do these common visuals accumulate into a single collage work titled “The City”?

Beginning in the early 1950s, artist Henry Botkin’s interest in collage grew, eventually dominating most of his works until the 1960s. Through collage, he lyricized the world around him noting that it, “ends in the poetic transformation of a dream world with new inspirations.”


Henry Botkin, "The City" (detail), 1960. Mixed media, 9 5/8 x 6 7/8 inches. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Botkin, Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. © Estate of Henry Botkin, Boston

Stay tuned for the upcoming exhibition “Shilpa Gupta. I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt.”A central t...
05/28/2024

Stay tuned for the upcoming exhibition “Shilpa Gupta. I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt.”

A central theme of Gupta’s practice is her inquiry into language and how dominant institutions and individuals often utilize it to inform our understanding of reality—to define and enforce societal values or as a tool to spark new possibilities and challenge power structures. Her interactive pieces focus on human agency and information’s power to shape societal behavior and one’s identity.

🗓️ Exhibition Celebration on Friday, June 28, 2024
🎟️ Free Admission
🎨 On view through January 14, 2025
🏛️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM
🔗Learn more at mmoca.org/events/shilpa-gupta (link in bio).


Shilpa Gupta, “Stars on Flags of the World,” 2012-2023. Stars cast in wax in proportion to the artist’s body, approx. 138 x 98 inches. © 2023 Amant, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Art Fair on the Square is just around the corner on July 13 and 14. We can’t wait to loop around Capitol Square to see a...
05/27/2024

Art Fair on the Square is just around the corner on July 13 and 14. We can’t wait to loop around Capitol Square to see all 350+ artists!

Do you want to get more involved? Take part in the tradition by volunteering at the Art Fair on the Square. Apply at mmoca.ivolunteer.com/ #2 (link in bio).

🗓️ Saturday, July 13–Sunday, July 14
🏛️ Capitol Square
🎟️ Free Admission


Photo by Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.


This Sunday is your last day to see “Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis.” Uribe’s colorful sculptures, meditat...
05/24/2024

This Sunday is your last day to see “Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis.”

Uribe’s colorful sculptures, meditation guides, and learning activities are perfect for children and adults to enjoy.

“The overall emotional effect can't be described in a few sentences; we strongly recommend seeing for yourself his collection at MMoCA.” — Isthmus

🎨 On view through May 26, 2024
🏛️ The Museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM
🎟️ Admission to MMoCA is always free


Photo by Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.

Free yoga class at MMoCA returns this summer! Register now before spaces fill up.🧘🍃Led by Skye Moss, founder of Adhikara...
05/22/2024

Free yoga class at MMoCA returns this summer! Register now before spaces fill up.🧘🍃

Led by Skye Moss, founder of Adhikara Yoga, this class is an opportunity to experience the restorative power of yoga surrounded by MMoCA’s sculpture collection in the Rooftop Garden. A Madison native, Moss has taught practitioners of all ages while at UW-Milwaukee, through MSCR, at the Lussier Community Center, and virtually.

This class is suitable for all skill levels. Bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and an open heart. Space is limited for this free class. Reserve your spot at mmoca.org/events/yoga-sculpturegarden (link in bio).

🗓️ Saturday, June 22
⏱️ 11 AM
🏛️ Rooftop Sculpture Garden
🎟️ Free Admission, Registration required


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

Open the door to an alternate reality in “Entering the Unconscious,” now on view at MMoCA.  Featuring pieces from our pe...
05/21/2024

Open the door to an alternate reality in “Entering the Unconscious,” now on view at MMoCA.

Featuring pieces from our permanent collection, the exhibition was organized by the students of the Teen Forum and explores a narrative of subconscious altered states.

🎨 On view through July 21, 2024
🏛️ Henry Street Gallery
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

This family of mallards made themselves right at home in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. 🦆🩷We worked with Animal Services ...
05/20/2024

This family of mallards made themselves right at home in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. 🦆🩷

We worked with Animal Services of Public Health Madison & Dane County to relocate them to a more suitable environment, but we are pleased they felt safe enough to call MMoCA their home.

Surrounded by art and greenery, high above the hustle and bustle of State Street, it sure is the perfect place to visit on a beautiful day! 🌞


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

Are you passionate about getting people more excited about art? Do you constantly scroll through your social media and w...
05/17/2024

Are you passionate about getting people more excited about art? Do you constantly scroll through your social media and want to do more at work? Then you should apply to become a Digital Content Coordinator. ✨🤳

This full-time position will update the website, implement digital campaigns, and create content for social media (like this post).

Learn more about this position and how to apply at mmoca.org/employment.


It’s blooming in Madison and so are galleries at MMoCA. 🌼🌷See how Federico Uribe turns colored pencils into flowers in T...
05/16/2024

It’s blooming in Madison and so are galleries at MMoCA. 🌼🌷

See how Federico Uribe turns colored pencils into flowers in The Shop.

🎨 On view through May 26, 2024
🏛️ Lobby, State Street Gallery, The Shop
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM


Photo courtesy of Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.

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05/15/2024

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05/14/2024

Look at this house sculpture. Every wall of this house, inside and outside, is filled with images. With the alternating surfaces of this three-dimensional work, there is a sense of fragmented space.

Don Baum, a great supporter and mentor of the Chicago Imagists, often used elements of surrealism and assemblage art. He combined familiar materials in unusual ways to arouse numerous associations. In his later career, he focused on crafting small houses out of paint-by-number pieces and other found objects. He wanted viewers to look beyond the basic structure to the feelings and thoughts associated with a home. He believed that a sense of place is often found in the homes in which people grow up, and memories of growing up are contained within the structures.

🎨 On view through July 21, 2024
🏛️ Henry Street Gallery
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM


Don Baum, "The Apparition," 1988. Canvas board and wood, 19 1/2 x 14 x 18 inches. Purchase, through National Endowment for the Arts grant with a matching gift from the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund, Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

How does William Villalongo’s work allude to different art historical periods and genres?Join art historian Melanie Herz...
05/13/2024

How does William Villalongo’s work allude to different art historical periods and genres?

Join art historian Melanie Herzog this Saturday for a tour of “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations,” adding context to the works on view.

🗓️ Saturday, May 18
⏱️ 2 PM
🏛️ Main Galleries
🎟️ Free Admission
🔗 Learn more at mmoca.org/events/melanie-herzog (link in bio).

Happy Mother’s Day ❤️–Archie Lieberman, “Mrs. Holland with granddaughter, rural Wisconsin" (detail), 1985. Gelatin silve...
05/12/2024

Happy Mother’s Day ❤️


Archie Lieberman, “Mrs. Holland with granddaughter, rural Wisconsin" (detail), 1985. Gelatin silver print, 19 ⅜ x 13 ¼ inches. Gift of the Artist, Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. © Archie Lieberman.


We have so many wonderful memories from the numerous official (and unofficial) MMoCA gatherings at Nick's Restaurant. We...
05/10/2024

We have so many wonderful memories from the numerous official (and unofficial) MMoCA gatherings at Nick's Restaurant. We will miss having this landmark institution right across the street from us. Fortunately, those memories will continue to live on as part of the Museum's permanent collection. 🖼️❤️

Part of Carl Corey’s portfolio “For Love and Money,” this image reflects the genre of “on the road” photography—a style in which photographers embark on an American road trip and document the people and places of their adventures. The portfolio consists of portraits of Wisconsin family-owned business employees and owners. Here, Tom and Dino Christ are captured in Nick’s Restaurant.


Carl Corey, “3641 - Tom and Dino Christ - Nick's Restaurant - Madison, Wisconsin,” 2011. archival pigment print, 32 x 32 inches. Anonymous gift. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. © Carl Corey



“William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” is now on view in the Main Galleries.Recognized for his paintings, collages, ...
05/09/2024

“William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” is now on view in the Main Galleries.

Recognized for his paintings, collages, and signature velour paper cut-outs, William Villalongo’s striking visual narratives invite viewers to engage with the complexities and precarity of Black existence.

Villalongo reimagines historical narratives and myths by combining various genres with sensuous materials to underscore the erasure of the Black and immigrant experience. His works also comment on the layered past of Black culture throughout the millennia.

🎨 On view through August 11, 2024
🏛️ Main Galleries
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM


Photo courtesy of Dynae Allice. This exhibition is organized by the Grinnell College Museum of Art.


05/08/2024

Museum Attendants are MMoCA’s essential ambassadors. Join the team by submitting your application!

As a museum attendant, you maintain a welcoming environment for our guests and support the Museum’s day-to-day operations. It’s a great position to see art while working, connect with people, or begin your museum career.

Learn more about the position and apply at mmoca.org/employment.

05/07/2024

What is it like to participate in the Teen Forum?

Listen to Piper, one of the Teen Forum members, sharing her experience of organizing “Entering the Unconscious.”

🎨 On view through July 21, 2024
🏛️ Henry Street Gallery
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM

“You never know who’s going to come and participate. So it’s all about chance. You know we have to say something in the ...
05/06/2024

“You never know who’s going to come and participate. So it’s all about chance. You know we have to say something in the moment, and again, thinking of ways to inform, thinking of ways of how do we unite, how do we collectively become engaged. It’s never for us.” – Nick Cave.

Two weeks ago, artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust came to MMoCA for the 2024 Stephen Fleischman Lectureship. Moderated by Faisal Abdu’Allah, the conversation featured “Facility,” a multidisciplinary creative space run by Cave and Faust.

The full conversation is now available on MMoCA’s YouTube channel (link in bio).


Photo courtesy of Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.



Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” tomorrow! 🎉Listen as William Vil...
05/03/2024

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” tomorrow! 🎉

Listen as William Villalongo discusses the evolution of his artistic practice, culminating with his works from “Myths and Migrations.” Following the talk, composer and pianist Igor Santos will perform a collaborative multi-media piano piece, “Offering.” The original composition features a synced video montage of works from the exhibition amid a milieu created by Villalongo; their other collaboration, “Beacon,” is included in the exhibition.

🗓️ Saturday, May 4
🎉 Reception: 5–8 PM
🗣️ Artist Talk and performance: 6–7 PM
🎟️ Free Admission
🎨 On view through August 11, 2024
🏛️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM
🔗Learn more at mmoca.org/events/villalongo (link in bio).


William Villalongo, “Specimen,” 2023. Stenciled linen pulp paint, black abaca, and collaged inkjet prints on black cotton base sheet, 21 inches diameter. © William Villalongo. Grinnell College Museum of Art Collection, gift of the artist. This exhibition is organized by the Grinnell College Museum of Art.

Spring Gallery Night is tomorrow! 🎆More than 70 venues around Madison are participating this year. Enjoy a wide variety ...
05/02/2024

Spring Gallery Night is tomorrow! 🎆

More than 70 venues around Madison are participating this year. Enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, and artist demonstrations. The weather is also perfect to be outside! 💚

🗓️ Friday, May 3
⏱️ 5–9 PM
📍 Citywide
🎟️ Free Admission
🔗 Link in bio to view participating venues


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

The exhibition, “Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis” contains mindfulness prompts to help you slow down and ma...
05/01/2024

The exhibition, “Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis” contains mindfulness prompts to help you slow down and make personal connections to the artwork.

Mindfulness can be meditation, yoga, art making, conversations, walks, or anything that helps us to become present and aware of the moment we are in. Practicing mindfulness can be one of many other tools and methods to manage your mental well-being. Slowly observing art and paying attention to how it makes you feel can reduce your stress level and be part of your mindfulness practice.

Take a moment to follow along with the Learning Center guides throughout the exhibition before it closes this month.

🎨 On view through May 26, 2024
🏛️ Lobby, State Street Gallery, The Shop
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM


Photo courtesy of Shalicia Johnson / Arrowstar Photography.

We need your help!🚨Art Fair on the Square returns on July 13–14 and it takes dedicated volunteers to make the event succ...
04/29/2024

We need your help!🚨

Art Fair on the Square returns on July 13–14 and it takes dedicated volunteers to make the event successful.

Meet new people, gain invaluable experience, and go behind the scenes as a volunteer at the Art Fair on the Square. Individuals, friends, business groups, and community organizations are invited to volunteer for three-hour slots. From event photography to assisting silent auctions, there are over seven different ways to participate. By contributing to MMoCA’s largest annual fundraiser, you also help us continue our mission of providing access to arts for everyone.

🔗 Visit mmoca.ivolunteer.com/ #2 to sign up. (link in bio)


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.


Me getting my ducks in a row.–Fred Stonehouse, “Untitled,” 1987. Mixed media on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 ½ inches. Purchase, th...
04/26/2024

Me getting my ducks in a row.


Fred Stonehouse, “Untitled,” 1987. Mixed media on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 ½ inches. Purchase, through Arts Midwest with matching funds from the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

We can’t wait to show what’s in these crates! The artwork for “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” arrived and our...
04/25/2024

We can’t wait to show what’s in these crates!

The artwork for “William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations” arrived and our installation team is hard at work getting the exhibition ready. Join us on May 4 for the exhibition celebration to see the works for yourself.

This exhibition is organized by the Grinnell College Museum of Art.

🎨 May 3–August 11, 2024
🎉 Exhibition Celebration on Saturday, May 4
🎟️ Admission is always free at MMoCA
⏱️ The rest of the galleries are open from Thursday to Sunday, 12–6 PM
🔗Learn more at mmoca.org/events/villalongo (link in bio).


Photo courtesy of MMoCA.

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MISSION The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is an independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community. COLLECTION The museum's collection traces its origins to a major gift from Rudolph and Louise Langer in 1968. Through donations and museum purchases, the collection has grown to become an important community resource. Works span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and include paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, and drawings. Romare Bearden, Deborah Butterfield, John Steuart Curry, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Cindy Sherman are among the many esteemed artists represented in the collection. EXHIBITIONS Exhibitions are the cornerstone of MMoCA's public programs and have featured many of the most respected artists of the last century, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, George Segal, Jim Dine, Rodney Graham, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and John Wilde. The main galleries, located on the second floor, host the museum's major exhibitions. The Henry Street Gallery presents exhibitions from the museum's permanent collection while the State Street Gallery offers a changing roster of exhibitions and installations. MMoCA's rooftop sculpture garden presents major works on a rotating basis in an illuminated garden setting. EDUCATION MMoCA's education department organizes lectures, films, panel discussions, docent-led tours, and children's art classes, as well as outreach programs like Art on Tour, Art Cart, and ArtZone. The education department also undertakes special projects like the online exhibition Modern Art/Contemporary Art/MMoCA Collects. MEMBERSHIP MMoCA members provide critical support for the museum's exhibitions and education programs. Members receive free or discounted admission to museum events; discounts at the Museum Store and all Food Fight restaurants, including Fresco; opportunities to meet artists and curators; a subscription to the museum's newsletter; and a tax deduction for contributions. MUSEUM STORE The award-winning Museum Store is accessible directly from State Street and from within the museum. Shoppers will find an extensive selection of contemporary American craft, fine gifts, and jewelry, as well as books, stationery, and children's merchandise. MUSEUM RESTAURANT Good food is truly an art at Fresco, the museum's rooftop restaurant. Fresco features local, seasonal ingredients and contemporary American cuisine. Patrons may choose to dine alongside a glass wall overlooking the sculpture garden or during warm months sit at the garden's edge and enjoy their meal al fresco. MUSEUM RENTALS The Museum restaurant, lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop sculpture garden are available for special occasions.

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