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Encyclopedia > Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Overture Center for the Arts is a performing arts center and art gallery in Madison, Wisconsin, which replaced the Civic Center. The center was commissioned by Jerome Frautschi and designed by Cesar Pelli. Frautschi paid $205 million to construct the building, making it the largest private gift to the arts of its kind. A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. ... The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ... Wisconsin State Capitol Flag Seal Nickname: Mad Town Location Location of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin Government Municipality City Incorporated 1848 Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Geographical characteristics Area     City km²  (84. ... Pellis Petronas Twin Tower César Pelli (born October 12, 1926 in Tucumán, Argentina) is a noted architect known for designing some of the worlds tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. ...



The building has 7 venues, in addition to numerous art galleries:

Overture Hall

The 2251-seat Overture Hall is the facility's largest theater space. Consisting of four levels of seats, it has a striking architectural style. The balconies are mildly notable for their lack of aisles except on either side of the seating. It also features a large, permanent organ. The Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Madison Ballet call this theater home; travelling productions also perform there extensively. History and Achievements Madison Opera was born in 1961 as a child of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. ...

Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater is a smaller renovated version of the 1928 historic Oscar Mayer Theater. Done in muted teal and fuchsia, it holds approximately 1000 people in the main floor and balcony. Resident companies include the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and CTM Madison Family Theater.


This smaller, intimate performance space replaced the former Isthmus Playhouse. The Madison Repertory Theatre is its resident company.

Promenade Hall

This is a smaller room featuring bleachers in the walls which can convert it to a performance space. Kanopy Dance is its resident company.

Rotunda Stage

This room, located in the lower level, is used for the center's Kids in the Rotunda performances.[1] The only venue accessible to the public during regular hours, it features a bright, distinct color scheme of fuchsia walls and floors, as well as permanent audience riser seats.

Wisconsin Studio & Rotunda Studio

These 2 venues are used mainly for rehearsals and meetings.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

The center also houses the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly known as the Madison Art Center. The museum features 2 large galleries as well as the smaller Henry Street Gallery. Other highlights include a rooftop terrace and restaurant, and enlarged museum store. A 3-story glass "icon" on the corner of State and Henry streets serves as the museum's main staircase, as well as its architectural landmark.

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