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.
The permanent collection is key to the museum's mission to preserve and interpret visual art for the education and enjoyment of the public. As a result of generous gifts and museum purchases, the collection now numbers some 5,000 objects. The collection includes works by some of the most significant American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A portion of works in the collection reflect significant exhibitions presented by the museum; Wisconsin-based artists are also well represented.
After a 105-years in borrowed and refurbished spaces, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opened to the public on April 23, 2006, in a new facility within Overture Center for the Arts. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, the museum facility offers 51,500 square feet of space for the study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden.
Work of embedded personal history
Massive interactive artwork is both a trellis and a platform for social engagement
Works parody the odd, unrealistic bodily ideals in printed matter of the 1950s and 60s
15 works of varying size including several large-scale pieces rarely seen indoors
Mixed-media portraits express the universal messiness of humanness