Full Circle traces MMoCA’s collecting and exhibition history over the past 30 years and reflects the culmination of the work and dedication of recently retired director emeritus Stephen Fleischman. Artworks were acquired that complemented and bolstered the strengths of the permanent collection in the areas of contemporary photography, Chicago Imagism, and works by Midwestern artists. Full Circle features familiar favorites alongside more recent acquisitions, including works by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, Deborah Butterfield, Sam Gilliam, Jim Nutt, Susan Rothenberg, Frank Stella, H.C. Westermann, and John Wilde.
Full Circle includes a wide range of artistic sensibilities, media, and ideas at work. Like the many staff members who have taken inspiration from these works, MMoCA hopes that viewers will find objects that speak to them or perhaps bring back fond memories of days spent in the galleries. These works are embedded in MMoCA’s history and are part of Madison’s bright future where they will continue to inspire museumgoers for generations to come.
Presenting Sponsorship for Full Circle: Acquisitions and Exhibitions has been provided by Jan and Bill DeAtley; Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; and Ellen Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt. Major Sponsorship has been provided by JoAnne Robbins and David Falk; and Madison Print Club with additional support from Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith; Natalie and Dan Erdman; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Volunteers; Diane Seder and Bruce Rosen; Terry Family Foundation; Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale; Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; Jessica and Jim Yehle.