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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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About the Museum

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 museum’s four 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 through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.


Exhibits on Display

William J O’Brien Reliquary: Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien’s idiosyncratic and exuberant forms are born out of an improvised and intuitive studio practice. Inspired by Modernism, as well as the history of material experimentation characteristic of Outsider Art, O’Brien’s multidisciplinary practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. His beautifully textured ceramic objects–part vessel, part body, and part abstract form–are arranged in tabletop installations. His elaborately patterned felt works and colored pencil drawings marry gestural marks with loosely repeated structures.

Joel Shapiro The Bronzes: The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has organized Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes, an ambitious exhibition that connects broad audiences with one of the most influential sculptors working today. This major project will survey 16 of Shapiro’s bronze sculptures from 1983 to 2015. The exhibition will occupy more than 8,000 square feet in MMoCA’s main galleries—the only venue where this exhibition can be seen.

Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists: From August 11, 2018 through June 9, 2019 the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) will present an exhibition highlighting their acclaimed collection of works by the Chicago Imagists in Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists. The name, Eye Deal, is sourced from the title of two works in the exhibiton by artist Barbara Rossi. The exhibition will also feature artwork by Sarah Canright, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum.

Frida Kahlo Pitahayas: A centerpiece of the museum’s permanent collection, Pitahayas by Frida Kahlo will be on view in the Imprint Gallery beginning October 12. Alongside the painting, a digital experience will be available that shares information about the significance of the artwork’s imagery and the story of how this artwork came to the museum. Opening October 13, 2018

Nathaniel Mary Quinn This is Life: Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life will be on view in MMoCA’s State Street Gallery from December 1, 2018 through March 3, 2019. The exhibition features seventeen of the artist’s mixed-media works on paper, created from 2014 to 2018. During this crucial four year period Quinn developed and refined the collage-like technique now synonymous with his name. Opening December 1, 2018