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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts | Summer 2019

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Our Mission

The mission of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of its public.

Board of Trustees Pete Knight

Mary Stowers Dunn

David Chandler

Leslie Sanders

President Treasurer


Immediate Past President

Cathy Martin Vice President

Barrett Austin Cedric Bradford Karen J. Campbell Cassandra Cavness Ginny Cumbus Camille Finley William R. Ford Jason Goodson Myrtle Goore-Davis Lucy Martin Jackson Derek Johnson Rhon Jones Barbara Larson Rosetta R. Ledyard Allison Muhlendorf

Past Presidents Mrs. Harry S. Houghton* Judge Walter B. Jones* Mrs. H. Files Crenshaw, Sr.* Mrs. Houghton Smith* Mrs. Price C. McLemore* Mrs. William J. Mahoney, Jr.* Mrs. William B. Goodwyn* Mr. Frederick Gunster* Mr. Douglas G. Jackson* Mrs. Robert S. Weil* Mrs. Valerie Wilkerson Mr. James L. Sabel* Mr. Philip T. Murkett, Jr. Mrs. Vaughan Hill Robison* Mr. D. Phillips Carr* Mr. James M. Scott Mrs. Laura C. Luckett

Mary Lil Owens Catherine S. Porter Kerry Powell Susan Yvette Price Sheron Rose Bob Runkle Kathy Sawyer Adam Schloss Mark Snead Barbara W. Thompson Melissa Tubbs Griffith Waller Janet Waller Kelli Wise

Mrs. Peggy M. Mussafer Mrs. Caroline B. Novak Mr. John Walter Stowers* Mrs. Winifred Stakely Mrs. Camille Elebash-Hill Mr. Philip A. Sellers* Mr. Carlton “Carl” Barker Mrs. Margaret Lowder Laurie Jean Weil, D.V.M. Mr. Gordon Martin Mrs. Patricia Pinchback Mrs. Polly Hardegree Mr. Barrie H. Harmon III Mr. Roger Spain * Deceased

Cover: Minnie Sue Coleman (American, 1926–2012), Pig in a Pen Medallion, ca. 1970, polyester, Lent by Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, IL2019.1.1; © 2019 Estate of Minnie Sue Coleman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photograph by Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio / Art Resource, NY. Right: Installation of Charlie Lucas’ Self-Portrait: When the Left Side of the Brain Meets the Right Side of the Brain (ca. 2006) and James Surls’ I See Five and Nine (1987) at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.


Admission and Hours

Free admission and ample parking. The Museum is closed on Mondays as well as on state and federal holidays. To make the most of your Museum experience, go to mmfa.org/visit. Galleries, Caddell Sculpture Garden, and Parker Terrace Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm Thursday, Open Late until 9pm Sunday, Noon to 5pm

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Thank you to our many members at all levels. Your support enables us to offer an amazing array of exhibitions, programs, and special events. Need to renew or upgrade your membership? Visit mmfa.org/membership.

Corporate Partners

The Museum would like to thank our Corporate Partners for their commitment to our community by providing critical support for acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs, while allowing us to offer free admission. Sustaining Guarantor


Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Regions Bank

Alabama Power Foundation


Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC

Jack Ingram Motors, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz

Merrill Lynch

Jackson Thornton

Rheem Manufacturing Company

MAX Credit Union

ServisFirst Bank of Montgomery


Adams Drugs

River Bank and Trust

Barganier Davis Williams Architects Associated




MAX Wealth Management


Oakworth Capital Bank

UAB School of Medicine, Montgomery Campus

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Valley National Bank

Raymond James and Associates Inc.

Warren Averett

Renasant Bank

Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors


Dentistry for Children, P.C.

Government and Foundations

These gifts provide critical funds for operations and educational programs. Government

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Montgomery County Commission

City of Montgomery

Foundations ALFA Foundation

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Alabama Humanities Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation

BBVA Compass Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Central Alabama Community Foundation


Dear Museum Community

In late May, the Board approved a new strategic plan to guide the work of the Museum over the next three years. While it identifies a number of priorities for the Board and staff, none is more important than the Museum’s redoubled commitment to better reflect the breadth and depth of identities and lived experiences of those who now reside in and visit Montgomery and the greater River Region. This work is reflected in the daily work of the Museum staff and is also evident throughout this quarter’s OnExhibit. Here, we will highlight just three happenings that reflect our commitment to better engaging with our visitors by raising the mindfulness of our practice with regard to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. In this issue, you’ll read about the Museum’s recent addition of five works by contemporary African-American artists to its permanent collection (page 10). While recent acquisitions of historic and contemporary work have positioned the Museum to mirror—more than ever—the visitors community we seek to engage, none have thrust us forward—towards a broader American art history narrative, a deeper Alabama cultural history—with more force than the addition of these five exceptional works of art to our permanent collection. You’ll also be reminded of the July 21 closing of the 43rd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition (page 14). We hope you’ll make a point of seeing this exhibition before it ends as it is one of handsomest in this biennial exhibition program’s long history and exhibition juror David Reyes’ selections indeed reflect the increasing diversity of local artists and their creations. And, you’ll read about the date opening of the History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence exhibition (page 20). Like the Souls Grown Deep Foundation acquisitions, these large, bold graphics reflect the life experience of their maker and serve as windows onto lives of African Americans in America in during the great societal changes of the 20th century. These highlights are but three examples of our Museum’s practice at its best—when we welcome you to participate in exhibitions and programs that are “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” ones that we hope will draw you and other residents and visitors to the area deeper into the life of the museum…and draw us deeper into the life of the community. While we know that many of you will be traveling over the summer months, when home, we hope you’ll beat the heat in the Museum’s galleries, visiting all of these works that, collectively, tell the stories of our shared and unique experiences, all that distinguishes and unites us as the good people of this good place.

Angie Dodson Director

Pete Knight President, Board of Trustees 5

Spotlight | Director’s Circle Dinner


A Fortunate Evening

Good fortune was enjoyed by all as we began the annual Director’s Circle Dinner in the beautiful John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden. Museum Director Angie Dodson welcomed guests into the outdoor gallery, where they enjoyed cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres while mingling and admiring the Mercedes-Benz vehicles displayed at the Garden entrance. Angie then led the lively crowd through the lower circle of the Garden to the Lowder Gallery, where they were treated to a seated dinner inspired by a work of art from the Museum’s permanent collection, Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco, a mid20th century painting by American artist Charles Shepard Chapman (see page 8). Laura and Barrie Harmon graciously provided the wine for the evening, perfectly complementing the Asian-themed menu. The Museum could not offer the numerous captivating exhibitions, programs, and events it does, with free admission to all, without the philanthropy of these major donors. Likewise, we could not have such a lovely evening honoring these special patrons without the generosity of our long-time sponsors Gene and Ray Ingram/Jack Ingram Motors, Inc. and MercedesBenz and Margaret and Jimmy Lowder/The J. K. Lowder Foundation. Special thanks also to our Director’s Circle Dinner Committee members Camille Elebash-Hill, Lucy Jackson, and Winston Wilson Reese, who ensured a wonderful evening was had by all. 6



1) Cathy Martin, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Board Vice President, Pete Knight, Board Chair, and Angie Dodson, Museum Director. 2) Peggy Mussafer, Milton Davis, and Myrtle Goore-Davis. 3) Mary Stowers Dunn and Camille Elebash-Hill.




1) Director’s Circle Dinner Committee, Lucy Jackson, Camille Elebash-Hill, and Winston Wilson Reese 2) Jack and Lisa Terry, David and Susan Ingram, and Gene and Ray Ingram 3) Bruce Freitas, Gloria Rawlings, and Glenn Cain 4) Josh and Katie Lowder, Jimmy and Margaret Lowder, Harvi Sahota and Anna Lowder, and Sam and Emily Wootten 5) Alex and Julia Schreiber and Ben and Ginny Cumbus 6) Jim Scott, Mildred and Dr. Robert Combs

Charles Shepard Chapman (American, 1879–1962), Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco, date unknown, oil on wood panel, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Estate of James L. Whitehead and Elliott P. Ellis, 1994.1.4







Spotlight | New Acquisitions

Historic Acquisition of Works by African-American Artists

This summer, the Museum is celebrating the addition of five works by contemporary African-American artists from Alabama to its permanent collection. They will be acquired over the next two years under terms of an agreement with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation (SGDF) from Atlanta, Georgia. The pieces are a part of the Foundation’s William S. Arnett Collection and include a major work by Thornton Dial, Sr.; an early work by Jimmy Lee Sudduth; and three quilts made by Gee’s Bend quiltmakers Minnie Sue Coleman, Emma Mae Hall Pettway, and Joanna Pettway. Director Angie Dodson explained the significance of this acquisition, saying, “Acquiring these works allows the Museum to better reflect the breadth of identities and lived experiences of the residents and visitors to the city and region.” She added, “We praise the Foundation for putting the proceeds from the sale of these works towards the creation of a paid internship program for students of color to gain experience in the museum field. We very much hope to host and nurture SGDF interns in the many years to come, to do our part in changing the face of our profession, to better reflect the communities with whom we work.” The acquisition of these five objects is the realization of many years of thought and planning, which began in 2015 when the Museum partnered with the SGDF on History Refused to Die: The Enduring Legacy of the African American Art of Alabama—an exhibition and publication project the two institutions realized in conjunction with the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center in Mobile. During this collaboration, the Museum and Foundation discussed the importance of a commitment to eventually return some of this work to its origins, the place of its creation. The Museum joins some 16 other prestigious art-collecting institutions in the United States in adding examples of art by these Alabamians to their collections representing American art of the 20th century. Rather than only being relevant to us here in the state or region, these works have come to represent the many important themes that resonate in American history of the last century—those that relate to social changes represented by the Civil Rights Movement; the social shifts from the rural to the industrial and


urban environment; and the economic shifts that increasingly came to divide America by race, class, and educational status. These works address these themes with innovation and ingenuity and deliver powerful messages about the America that we know today. The works being acquired include a major mixed-media assemblage by Emelle native Thornton Dial, Sr. (1928–2016). In Lost Americans (2008) the artist recognized that American society in the 20th century was characterized by a tendency for violence as a result of deep cultural discord, leaving some of her citizens lost, disconnected, and left behind, failing to achieve the happiness and prosperity others took for granted. This damage to America’s Jimmy Lee Sudduth (American, 1910–2007), Ferris Wheel at the Fairground, 1988, house paint and earth pigments on plywood, Lent by Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, IL2019.1.5; © Estate of Jimmy Lee Sudduth; Photograph by Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio / Art Resource, NY


Spotlight | New Acquisitions traditional social compact has ramifications into the 21st century and beyond. Artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910–2007) lived and worked in Fayette in West Alabama. He was known for the use of a highly unusual medium he called “sweet mud.” Ferris Wheel at the Fairground (1988) reflects the artist’s earliest combinations of paint and clay in which the dried clay medium is applied with a light touch (almost as pastel) and produced a magical, almost surreal quality. This work expands the representation of subjects that the Museum has by Sudduth, in which he used a technique that was distinctive in its masterful application of the clay. Finally, the Museum is adding three significant examples of work by members of the famed group of quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend in Wilcox County. A quiltmaking cooperative known as the “Freedom Quilting Bee” was formed on March 26, 1966, by some 60 quiltmakers in Gee’s Bend under the leadership of Minder Coleman, a quilter and community leader, and an Episcopal priest, Father Francis X. Walter. The Bee brought tangible economic benefits (such as washing machines and upgrades to electrical service or plumbing) to the families of the Bend through the sale of communally made quilts. Today these works are valued as extraordinary examples of design adapted from traditional sources but expressing a distinctly bold and vibrantly colorful vision. One of the quilts (see cover) is by Minder Coleman’s daughter, Minnie Sue Coleman (1926–2012). Pig in a Pen Medallion (ca. 1970) was one of the quilts included in the series of U.S. Postal stamps issued in 2006 that honored the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend. 12

The other two quilts are by members of the Pettway family, often considered the leading family in the history of Gee’s Bend quilt making. Joanna Pettway (1924–1993) created one of the earliest examples of a quilt that is characterized by the classic elements of Gee’s Bend design—large rectangles of primarily solid color fabric in the “housetop” pattern—in about 1950. Emma Mae Hall Pettway (born 1932) made a rare double-sided quilt from corduroy scraps that were saved from the Bee after the sewing of pillow shams under contract for Sears, Robuck, and Company in the mid-1970s. The Museum is delighted to be able to bring these works of art “home” to Alabama. Both for the sake of preserving Alabama’s rich cultural heritage, as well as for the sake of easing the artists’ and their descendants’ access to this art in the future, we welcome these objects into our collection and our galleries. Related Program:

Gallery Talk: New Acquisitions

On Tuesday, August 6 at noon, Curator of Art Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a discussion examining these newly acquired works.

Left: Thornton Dial, Sr. (American, 1928–2016), Lost Americans, 2008, mixed media on wood, Lent by Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, IL2019.1.2; © 2019 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photograph by Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio / Art Resource, NY Above: Emma Mae Hall Pettway (American, born 1932), Bars/Strips, ca. 1975, cotton corduroy, Lent by Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, IL2019.1.3; © Emma Mae Hall; Photograph by Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio / Art Resource, NY


Exhibitions | Current

43rd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition

Through July 21, 2019 Atrium, Blackmon, Goldman, Richard, Rushton Stakely, and Weil Galleries The Museum has partnered with the Montgomery Art Guild since 1960 to host this biennial exhibition featuring the work of some of the River Region’s most talented contemporary artists. The juror for this year’s exhibition was David Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Huntsville Museum of Art, and he selected 72 works of painting, sculpture, textile, and works on paper from more than 300 entries. Lead Sponsor

Laura and Barrie Harmon

Sponsors Margaret and Jimmy Lowder; Synovus; and Dan Harris, Montgomery County Commission

Richard Mills: inVISIBLE Montgomery Art Guild Featured Artist Through July 21, 2019 Folmar and Newman Galleries

The featured artist for this year’s Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition is Richard Mills, a retired professor of art at Auburn University at Montgomery for more than 30 years. Mills is known for his largely abstract compositions featuring watercolor and gouache with collaged elements. Like many artists, he is inspired by the landscape and the built environment, both that which is familiar, as well as the places he experiences during travel. His compositions are colorful, elegant, playful, and dynamic, revealing a world seen through the artist’s keen sensibilities.

Richard Mills (American, born 1946), Strip Surge 7, 2009, watercolor, gouache, and embedded collage on illustration board, Lent by the artist



Exhibitions | Current

Ben Shahn: Selections from For the Sake of a Single Verse Through August 11, 2019 Hughes and Wilson Galleries

One of the last projects completed by renowned painter, photographer, and printmaker Ben Shahn (American, born Lithuania, 1898–1969) before his death is the 1968 portfolio of lithographs, For the Sake of a Single Verse… (commonly known as The Rilke Portfolio). Each of the prints illustrates a particular phrase from Shahn’s favorite passage of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s (Austrian, 1875–1926) autobiographical novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910). Shahn re-envisioned sections of Rilke’s prose through elegant and spare lines and washes of color. He also adroitly distorted scale and perspective in order to focus our attention on universal human actions, interactions, or emotions. Related Programs

Second Sundays, p. 32; Tales for Tots, p. 34; and Gallery Talk, p. 38

Pairs and Partners: Portals Through August 4, 2019 Weil Graphic Arts Study Center

Pairs and Partners is all about points of view—specifically the points of view of Museum staff. This series of exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, demonstrates the variety of ways in which works of art might be interpreted based upon an individual’s education, experience, and judgment. This second exhibition in the Pairs and Partners series is devoted to the concept of portals; that is, something which functions as a passageway from one place (or state of being) to another. Related Programs

Gallery Talk, p. 30

Art in the Garden: The Inaugural Sculpture Garden Installation Through Spring 2020 Caddell Sculpture Garden

Designed to highlight the cyclical progression of nature, the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden’s inaugural installation features the work of internationally distinguished artists as well as work by Alabama natives. Related Programs

Studio Class, p. 28

Craig Wedderspoon (American, born 1966), Oval (detail), 2018, welded aluminum, Lent by the artist



Exhibitions | Upcoming Laquita Thomson: Taking Flight August 10 through October 6, 2019 Weil Graphic Arts Study Center

The aerial aspects of nature and humankind’s ever-evolving relationship to the skies have inspired printmaker Laquita Thomson for many years. This installation features a major, multi-panel monotype titled Crop Duster (2017) that captures the intersection of rural life and the modern mechanics of flight. Other works in the installation are collographs with imagery that suggests 18

the beauty created by the intersection of light and flying creatures, including butterflies and lightning bugs. Related Programs

Second Sundays, p. 32, and Gallery Talk, p. 38

Laquita Thomson (American, born 1947), Crop Duster, 2017, monotype on Canson Moulin du Roy paper; ten colors of ink applied with rollers and brushes on 5 Plexiglas panels, Lent by the artist


Exhibitions | Upcoming

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

August 3 through October 27, 2019 Atrium, Blackmon, Goldman, Richard, Rushton Stakely, and Weil Galleries History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking oeuvre. Featuring more than 90 works produced from 1963 to 2000, the exhibition focuses on three major themes the artist explored in his graphic works. Lawrence began printmaking as an already well-established artist, and the medium suited his bold formal and narrative style exceptionally well. The relationship between his painting and printmaking was intertwined with the artist revisiting and remaking earlier paintings as prints. The inherent multiplicity of this medium also provided an opportunity for the artist to reach broader audiences. Primarily concerned with the narration of African-American experiences and histories, Lawrence rendered acute observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation during his lifetime alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his practice are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic, and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today. Organizer

SCAD Museum of Art with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation

Related Programs Homeschool Class, p. 28; Second Sundays, p. 32; Opening Reception, p. 38; Film, p. 40; Short Course, p. 42; Teen Workshop, p. 42; Art Ed Central, p. 44; and Last Call, p. 44 Related Exhibitions Prints from the Student Art Collection, p. 24; and Life in Pictures, p. 24

Jacob Lawrence, Revolt on the Amistad, silkscreen on paper, 40.125” x 32.125”, 1989. © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



Exhibitions | Upcoming

Bill Christenberry: Brownies August 24 through November 10, 2019 Hughes and Wilson Galleries

Using a Brownie camera, Bill Christenberry (1936–2016) captured the rural landscapes of his home state of Alabama, and he often focused his lens on Hale County, where he spent many summers as a child. Reflecting on the development of his work and style, Christenberry observed, “I wanted to deal with the landscape. What I call the landscape of my childhood, things I grew up with in Alabama, both the positive and the negative.” Traveling back every summer from his home in Washington, D.C. (since 1968), Christenberry tracked the changes in the environment by repeatedly photographing—from year to year—various buildings and the surrounding landscape. These images focus on the changes in what the artist termed “vernacular architecture,” primarily the rapidly vanishing structures from the 1920s and 1930s. The resulting photographs became detailed records of a particular time and place and are stunning representations of the rural South.

Right, top: William Christenberry (American, 1936–2016), Store with Signs, Greensboro, Alabama, negative 1975, printed 1995, chromogenic print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Friedlander, 2004.15.12 Right, bottom: William Christenberry (American, 1936–2016), T.B. Hicks’ Store, Newbern, Alabama, negative 1973, printed 1996, chromogenic print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Friedlander, 2004.15.13



Student Exhibitions

ArtWorks Gallery

The ArtWorks Gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions of student art inspired by work on view elsewhere in the Museum. Lead Sponsor

Regions Bank

Current Exhibitions

Growing Stronger Together Through August 4, 2019

​ his exhibition showcases one work of art from every third and fourth T grader at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School who participated in L ​ earning Through Art this past school year. All works are inspired by pieces from the Museum’s collection and range from original paintings and vibrant collages to impressively constructed sculptures.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Throughout the year, the Museum juries and hosts themed shows with guidelines that encourage teachers to develop related lesson plans. To learn more about how to enter, visit mmfa.org/student-artwork.

Prints from the Student Art Collection August 10 through September 22, 2019

This exhibition will feature a selection of works created over the past 25 years from the Museum’s Student Art Collection that represent different printmaking techniques, materials, and subjects. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Life in Pictures

Artwork Due: Friday, September 20, 2019 Exhibition Dates: September 28 through November 15, 2019 Eligibility: Kindergarten through College Jacob Lawrence, known for his depictions of African-American life, created a vast portfolio of works during his career. In addition to depicting the experiences and work of those around him, Lawrence created a series of historical narratives that will also be on view. Students are invited to submit works of art that reflect daily life and work that happens around us. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Emma Murray, Mother and Child, 2011, print on paper, former student at the Saint James School, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Student Art Collection, 2013.6



Event Calendar


8 Monday

13 Saturday

9 Tuesday

14 Sunday


Noon 1pm

n Teen Camp n Gallery Talk: Pairs and Partners n Teen Camp

10 Wednesday 1pm

n Teen Camp

11 Thursday 1pm 2:30pm

n Teen Camp n Earth’s Heart

12 Friday 9:30am 1pm

n Botanical Drawing Class n Teen Camp



n Botanical Drawing Class n Second Sundays

17 Wednesday 10:30am 11am Noon 1pm

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Tales for Tots Tales for Tots Artful Yoga* See Me

18 Thursday 11am Noon 2:30pm

n Divine Lunch n Artist in Action n Earth’s Heart

1 Thursday

14 Wednesday

6 Tuesday

15 Thursday

2:30pm 6pm Noon

n Earth’s Heart u Opening Reception n Gallery Talk: New Acquisitions

7 Wednesday Noon

n Artful Yoga*


2:30pm 5:30pm 1pm

11 Sunday

10:30am 11am Noon 1pm


n Earth’s Heart n Second Sundays

13 Tuesday Noon

n Gallery Talk: Taking Flight


u Ekphrasis: The Age of  Disenchantments n Earth’s Heart n Film: Sky Ladder

17 Saturday

8 Thursday 2:30pm

n Highlights Tour

21 Wednesday n n n n

Tales for Tots Tales for Tots Artful Yoga* See Me

4 Wednesday

11 Wednesday

5 Thursday

12 Thursday

Noon 4pm

2:30pm 3:30pm 5:30pm

n Artful Yoga* n Muses n Earth’s Heart n Young Artists n Film: Jacob Lawrence

8 Sunday 2pm

n Second Sundays

10 Thursday 3:30pm



n Young Artists

Noon 4pm


u Ekphrasis: The Last Castle n Muses n Earth’s Heart

17 Tuesday Noon

n Short Course

18 Wednesday 10:30am 11am Noon 1pm 4pm

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Tales for Tots Tales for Tots Artful Yoga* See Me Muses

20 Saturday

26 Friday

22 Monday

30 Tuesday



n Highlights Tour n Summer Camp

8:30am Noon

n Summer Camp n Gallery Talk: Ben Shahn

23 Tuesday 8:30am

n Summer Camp

24 Wednesday 8:30am

n Summer Camp

25 Thursday 8:30am 2:30pm 6pm

n Summer Camp n Earth’s Heart n ArtTalk

22 Thursday 2:30pm 5:30pm

n Earth’s Heart n Military Open House

24 Saturday 10am

n Calligraphy for Adults

29 Thursday 2:30pm 6pm

n Earth’s Heart n ArtTalk

31 Saturday 10am

n Calligraphy for Adults

Opening Reception Thursday, August 1; 6pm Learn more on page 38.

19 Thursday 2:30pm 6pm

n Earth’s Heart n Evenings in the Garden

20 Friday 1pm

n Historical Storytelling Through Art

21 Saturday 1pm

n Highlights Tour

26 Thursday 2:30pm 4pm 4:30pm 6pm

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Earth’s Heart The Art of Storytelling Art Ed Central ArtTalk

27 Friday 1pm

n Historical Storytelling Through Art

24 Tuesday Noon 4pm

n Short Course u Annual Membership Meeting

Jacob Lawrence, Two Rebels, lithograph on Rives paper from a plate hand-drawn by the artist, 30 x 20 1/8”, 1963; © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

n Family n Youth n Teen n Adult n All Ages n Fee u Members Only *Artful Yoga is free for Museum members


Programs | Studio Classes

Studio Classes

All materials are provided unless otherwise noted. For more information and to register, visit mmfa.org/studio-classes.

Botanical Drawing for Adults


Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 9:30–11:30am

art making

Discover the natural beauty of summer during one or both mornings in the ever-evolving natural landscape of the Caddell Sculpture Garden. $15 PER CLASS | $25 FOR SERIES (IF REGISTERED BY JULY 8) Led by Laura Bocquin Related Exhibition

Art in the Garden, p. 16

Calligraphy for Adults


Saturday, August 24 and 31 10am–2pm

art making

Participants will learn the basics of calligraphy in the first class and then go deeper into the craft, exploring techniques and tools, in the second class. $30 PER CLASS Led by Maria Hager-Freedman

Young Artists


Thursday, September 5, 19 and October 3, 17 3:30–4:15pm

art making

You and your child (ages 3 to 5) will enjoy learning the fundamentals of art together while creating wonderful works of art that you can take home. $15 PER CLASS | $45 FOR SERIES Led by Kaci Norman

Historical Storytelling Through Art for Homeschool Students

youth art making

Friday, September 20 and 27 1–4pm Jacob Lawrence often used his prints and paintings to chronicle the lives of African Americans. Using his works as inspiration, students (ages 8 to 16) will create their own narrative artworks from our state’s history. $20 FOR SERIES Related Exhibition 28

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

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Summer Camp

Whether your child already has a love of art or is just getting started, everyone will enjoy a week of art-making. Each week-long camp is $160 for half days or $250 for full days—Museum members save 25% off these rates! Early dropoff and late pick-up are available for an additional fee. For questions or to register, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

Animals in Art July 22–26 8:30am to Noon | 1–4:30pm | Half or Full Day

youth art making

This camp is all about animals! Campers (ages 6 to 13) will enjoy exploring works of art in the galleries that feature all sorts of creatures and will create their own animal-inspired works of art.

Color & Pattern


July 8–12 1–4:30pm | Half Day

art making

Our teen camp will explore how color and pattern are used to create beautiful works of art. This camp is perfect for all experience levels. 29


Earth’s Heart


Every Thursday 2:30pm

art making

Take a trip around the world with ArtWorks Educator Kelly Bazan and discover the arts of Ireland in July; Jamaica in August; and Jordan in September. During this free program, young learners (ages 2 to 5) will master simple greetings; have fun comparing visual arts; and groove to traditional music of the different countries.

Gallery Talk: Pairs and Partners Tuesday, July 9 Noon

adult talks

+ lectures

Museum Director Angie Dodson and Sculpture Garden Superintendent Jeff Dutton, guest curators of the exhibition Pairs and Partners, will discuss the works they selected and how the works speak to the theme of portals. Related Exhibition

Pairs and Partners, p. 16

A.P. Art History


Last Day to Enroll: Wednesday, August 7


Held at the Museum on school days at 7:30am, this college-level course challenges students to critically analyze art within diverse global, historical, and cultural contexts. The class is free and begins in August. Contact Alice Novak at anovak@mmfa.org or 334.625.4361 if you or someone you know is interested in enrolling. Sponsor

BBVA Compass Foundation

members only

Become a Docent


Applications Due: Monday, July 15 Begins: Fall 2019


This year-long program prepares you to lead tours for Museum visitors and students—including experiences in the galleries, studios, and ArtWorks. No experience is required, just a passion for the arts, learning, and sharing. To learn more visit mmfa.org/docents or contact Elisabeth Palmer at epalmer@mmfa.org or 334.625.4362. Sponsor

BB&T Bank

Installation of the 2018 exhibition Journey of the Islander: The Life and Art of Walter Inglis Anderson at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.




Second Sundays Sunday, July 14; August 11; and September 8 2–4pm


all ages

art making


Join us for a vibrant mix of art and entertainment on the second Sunday of every month. This event is designed to engage visitors of all ages through artmaking, music, and exploration. Family Art Affair July Inspired by the dynamic artwork of Ben Shahn, visitors will create works of art using oil pastels and black watercolors in the studio.

Related Exhibition

Ben Shahn, p. 16

August Using the printmaking techniques of artist Jacob Lawrence, visitors will create their own masterpieces in our studio.

Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

September Experiment with sunprints, also known as cyanotypes, in our studio and use the elements of nature to design a unique print based on the work of Laquita Thomson.

Related Exhibition

Taking Flight, p. 18

Jazz Jams Enjoy lively performances by local musicians and bands in the galleries. For up-to-date information about performers, visit mmfa.org/second-sundays. Sponsor Trustmark Talking Points Learn more about your Museum! Docents will lead you in exploring the artistic treasures on view during these free, 20-minute tours. Tours will begin every half-hour in the Museum’s lobby.

Ben Shahn (American, born Lithuania, 1898–1969), One Must Know the Animals, 1968, from the portfolio, For the Sake of a Single Verse... (The Rilke Portfolio), lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Lawrence A. Fleischman, 1993.7.8.1, © 2019 Estate of Ben Shahn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York




Tales for Tots


Wednesday, July 17; August 21; and September 18 10:30am and 11am

art making

Children (ages 2 to 5) and their caregivers are invited for a story and craft in the galleries while supplies last. No reservations are required. July Enjoy a beautiful story about flowers by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich and create a colorful tissue paper flower in the Museum’s galleries.

Related Exhibition

Ben Shahn, p. 16

August Sitting in front of Severin Roesen’s Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird’s Nest (ca. 1851–1859), we will read Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth and then create a ladybug paper collage to take home. September Listen to a story by renowned children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle below our Blue Dog painting by George Rodrigue in ArtWorks, then create your own art project to take home.

See Me: Exploring Still Life

special needs



art making

Wednesday, July 17; August 21; and September 18 1pm

Led by ArtWorks Educator Kelly Bazan, individuals with special needs (ages 6 and older) will explore still-life works in the galleries and then create mixed-media still-life artwork. This program is free; however, registration is required. Special arrangements may be made for groups. To register, visit mmfa.org/see-me.

Artful Yoga Wednesday, July 17; August 7 and 21; and September 4 and 18 Noon

adult wellness

Come experience a yoga class inspired and surrounded by works of art and engage in a practice that centers around balance, focus, and strength. Classes are suitable for all levels; beginners are welcome. Guests are reminded to bring their yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing. Register online at mmfa.org/artful-yoga. $10 PER CLASS | FREE FOR MEMBERS




Divine Lunch


Thursday, July 18 11am–2pm

café m

Gather your friends or colleagues and enjoy a seasonal dining experience featuring a prix fixe menu created by chef Jennie Weller and paired wine tastings. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Café M at 334.625.4339. Preview the menu at mmfa.org/cafe. $20 PER PERSON | $8 PER ADDITIONAL GLASS OF WINE Partner

United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama, Inc

Artist in Action

all ages

Thursday, July 18 Noon to 2pm

museum store

This quarter see local artist Mary Beth Farris, whose work includes paintings and prints. Items will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Highlights Tour

all ages

Saturday, July 20; August 17; and September 21 1pm


Join one of our docents for a tour of the permanent collection highlighting some of the Museum’s most treasured works. Tours are free and offered on the third Saturday of every month; visitors should meet in the Museum’s lobby.



Thursday, July 25; August 29; September 26; October 24; November 21; and December 19 6pm

affinity group

This monthly artist critique continues through the summer, offering opportunities for participants to receive feedback on both completed artwork and works in progress while enjoying camaraderie with fellow aesthetes. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served; wine and beer are available for purchase. To register, visit mmfa.org/arttalk. $5 PER CLASS Partner

Montgomery Art Guild

Thornton Dial, Jr. (American, born 1953), Leap Into the Freedom, 1989, oil on wood panel, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2012.14.6, © 2019 Thorton Dial, Jr. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York




Gallery Talk: Ben Shahn


Tuesday, July 30 Noon


+ lectures

Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas will lead a discussion on painter, photographer, and printmaker Ben Shahn and his use of line and distortion of scale and perspective to illustrate Rainer Maria Rilke’s verses. Related Exhibition

Ben Shahn, p. 16

members only

Opening Reception Thursday, August 1 6pm


adult talks

+ lectures

To celebrate History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, Storm Janse van Rensburg, the exhibition curator and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) head curator of exhibitions, will share insights about organizing the exhibition and examine Jacob Lawrence’s oeuvre and legacy. Reception to follow. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Gallery Talk: Taking Flight Tuesday, August 13 Noon

adult talks

+ lectures

Explore Laquita Thomson: Taking Flight with Curator of Art Margaret Lynne Ausfeld as she discusses the ideas of light and flight found in Thomson’s use of aerial imagery, lightning bugs, butterflies, and aircraft. Related Exhibition

Taking Flight, p. 18

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

adult film

Thursday, August 15 5:30pm Known for his pyrotechnic displays, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang creates his most ambitious project yet in this documentary. Introduction and post-show discussion led by Museum staff. Free popcorn with soft drinks, water, wine, and beer available for purchase. Rated TV-MA

Laquita Thomson (American, born 1947), Sweeping Fireflies with a Long Broom, 2017, collagraph on Rives BFK white paper; 5 colors, Lent by the artist




members only


adult affinity group

Led by Museum staff, this monthly book club contextualizes art historical fiction and nonfiction through a lively discussion. To pre-order a lunch, visit mmfa.org/book-club. Wednesday, August 14; Noon Elisabeth Palmer will lead a discussion on The Age of Disenchantments by Aaron Shulman with a special remote interview with the author. Wednesday, September 11; Noon Alice Novak and guest Jim Barganier, the Museum’s architect, will lead a discussion on The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan. Partner

Read Herring

Military Open House Thursday, August 22 5:30–7:30pm

art making

all ages


special event

The Museum’s way of honoring our servicemen and women, this event invites active-duty and reserve military, veterans, and their immediate families for a summer evening of art-making, music, and dinner. Enjoy music by PreSputnik and food by Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Sponsor Dreamland Bar-B-Que



Wednesday, September 4, 11, and 18 4pm

affinity group

The Muses are a teen arts council that enjoys creative experiences and collaborates to help shape the Museum’s teen program offerings. For more information and to register, visit mmfa.org/muses.

Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression Thursday, September 5 5:30pm

adult film

This documentary provides a close-up view of Jacob Lawrence at work and his depictions of the African-American experience. Introduction and postshow discussion led by Museum staff. Free popcorn with soft drinks, water, wine, and beer available for purchase. Not Rated Related Exhibition


The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20



Short Course: History, Labor, and Life Tuesday, September 17, 24, and October 1 Noon

adult talks

+ lectures

In conjunction with the exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas and Educator Elisabeth Palmer will focus on the exhibition’s three themes. Over the course of this three-week program they will demonstrate how Lawrence linked the past and present to tell stories of the African-American experience through observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Evenings in the Garden Thursday, September 19; October 17, and November 21 6pm



art making


Join us for a vibrant mix of art and entertainment in the Caddell Sculpture Garden. This free event will feature outdoor yoga led by instructor Frank “Breeze” Smith, music, and a fun art-making activity. Drinks will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors. members only

Annual Membership Meeting Tuesday, September 24 4pm

adult special event

All members are invited to the annual members meeting to hear about the highlights of the past fiscal year, meet newly appointed trustees and staff and have a preview of upcoming exhibitions and programs. A cocktail hour in the Garden will follow the meeting.

The Art of Storytelling Thursday, September 26 4pm

teen workshop

Hosted by the Muses, this workshop will focus on the process of storytelling and draw inspiration from works on view in the exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Jacob Lawrence, The Builders (Family), silkscreen on paper, 34” x 25.75”, 1974; © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York




Art Ed Central


Thursday, September 26 4:30pm


Start the new school year off with a tour of History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence followed by an engaging art lesson to take back to the classroom. This monthly workshop for art educators is held throughout the school year and offers the opportunity to earn certification hours from the Alabama Art Education Association. For more information and to register, visit mmfa.org/art-ed-central. Related Exhibition Partner

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20 Alabama Art Education Association

Last Call


Thursday, October 10 5:30–7:30pm

adult social

The Museum’s Junior Executive Board invites you to come and take a final look at the exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. Related Exhibition

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, p. 20

Sponsors Ronda Walker, Montgomery County Commission Vice Chairman; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.; Vintage Year; EMERGE Montgomery; and Troy University members only

Collectors Society Begins Fall 2019

adult affinity group

Interested in collecting art and furthering the mission of the Museum? We hope you will consider joining Collectors Society! Participants will visit museums and art collections, attend special events, and hear from experts, artists, and other collectors. Dues cover programs, meals, and transportation as well as help support the acquisition of works for the Museum’s permanent collection. Stay tuned for the 2019–2020 schedule, which will be posted on the Museum’s website and emailed to Museum members later this summer. $350 FOR DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE MEMBERS $400 FOR GENERAL MEMBERS John Kelly Fitzpatrick (American, 1888–1953), Saturday Morning, 1935, oil on Masonite, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Works Progress Administration, 1935.7


Bearing Witness: Art of Alabama Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16, 2019

adult talks

+ lectures

On the occasion of the bicentennial, this symposium will celebrate the rich visual arts traditions of the state—from the creations of Alabama’s native peoples to those of today. Space is limited; to pre-register for the symposium, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365. A schedule of events and lectures will be available on our website later this summer. Lead Sponsors

Alabama Humanities Foundation Alabama State Council on the Arts

Co-Hosts Birmingham Museum of Art Huntsville Museum of Art Landmarks Foundation Mobile Museum of Art Wiregrass Museum of Art Signature Event

Alabama Bicentennial Commission 45

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Senior Curator

Assistant Director for Operations

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Steve Shuemake

Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D.

Janet Carroll

Pam Bransford

Vernell Watts

Sarah Elizabeth Kelly Assistant Registrar


Sarah Graves, Ph.D.

Building Maintenance Supervisor



Collections Information Specialist

Brad Echols



Percy Bowman

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Alice Carter

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Jeff Dutton

Curator of Education

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Assistant Curator of Education, Youth and Family Programs

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Ward Chesser Associate

Elisabeth Palmer

Melan Clinton

Laura Bocquin

Cecilia Moore

Kelly Bazan

ArtWorks Educator


Jill Byrd

Chief of Security

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Development Kecia Kelso

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Communications Cynthia Milledge

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