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onEXHIBIT Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts | SPRING 2017

The 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition | Rodin | Between Words and Images | and more!

onEXHIBIT April | May | June | 2017

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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On the Cover: Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939), The Higginbothams II, 1989, cotton, wool, cotton/polyester blend, and plastic buttons, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.21.27 2

from the DIRECTOR

Dear Members, This spring we continue our celebration of Alabama and its rich visual arts culture. The 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, the Museum’s biennial exhibition of works by Alabama artists in partnership with the Montgomery Art Guild, will be on view from April 29 through August 6. This year’s MAG featured artist is painter Mary Lynne Levy, a longtime supporter of both the Museum and the Art Guild. The MMFA has also partnered with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History to celebrate the bicentennial of statehood by exhibiting an art form with deep roots in Alabama culture, quilting. Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts, on view through April 16, presents examples of Alabama-made quilts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the Museum and Archives collections. Do not miss this opportunity to see these fragile and rarely exhibited treasures. As a part of this project, the two institutions created a special website,, which is a valuable internet-based resource for information on Alabama quilts and quilters. Our annual Flimp Festival draws inspiration from the quilt show this year and will be held on Saturday, May 6. We are again partnering with the talented Booker T. Washington Magnet High students and our many volunteers to produce a wonderful day filled with art, music, and performance for family members of all ages. This year’s featured artist is quilter Yvonne Wells. Also, be sure to bring your costumed pet to participate in the Do-Dah Parade, which kicks off Flimp and introduces festival attendees to lovable and adoptable canines from the Montgomery Humane Society. As always, chalk artists will take to the parking lot to generate the beautiful, yet ephemeral, works we enjoy each May. Finally, I hope you will plan to visit us as we mark International Museum Day on May 21. On this day we celebrate our mission—to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality—for the people of central Alabama.

Mark M. Johnson Director


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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts ADMINISTRATION

Mark M. Johnson, Director Cathy Heads, Director’s Administrative Assistant


Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art Michael Panhorst, Curator of Art Pam Bransford, Registrar Sarah Elizabeth Kelly, Assistant Registrar Sarah Graves, Collections Information Specialist Jeff Dutton, Preparator/Designer Brad Echols, Preparator Amy Johnson, Librarian*


Jennifer Eitzmann, Development Officer


Alice Novak, Curator of Education Kaci Norman, Assistant Curator of Education, Youth, Family and Studio Programs

Laura Bocquin, Outreach Coordinator Jill Byrd, Tour Coordinator Brandy Morrison, Education Secretary Kelly Bazan, ARTWORKS Educator Meg Hall, Volunteer Coordinator*

MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS Cynthia Milledge, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Vernell Watts, Receptionist


Ward Chesser, Associate* Drew Mulligan, Associate* Cecilia Moore, Associate*


Steve Shuemake, Assistant Director for Operations Janet Carroll, Accountant Stephanie Montes, Assistant Director’s Administrative Assistant


Percy Bowman, Building Maintenance Supervisor Kristen Albright, Service Maintenance Worker Douglas Beachem, Service Maintenance Worker Walter Johnson, Service Maintenance Worker


Ken Nielsen, Chief of Security Ryan Baugh Charles Harris, Jr. Adam Blythe Dwayne Lacy Irease Bowman Evelyn Pettis Ritchie Burdette Rickie Posey Willia Flanning Wilma Robinson Christine Hall Kevin Wallace *denotes part-time employees


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Leslie Sanders, President David Chandler, Treasurer Mary Dunn, Secretary Roger Spain, Immediate Past President

Carl Barker Cedric Bradford Karen Campbell Hannah Chadee Ginny Cumbus Barbara Davis Guy Davis Barrie H. Harmon, III Camille Elebash-Hill Rachael Gallagher Katherine Gayden Susan Geddie Jason Goodson Polly Hardegree Katharine Harris Ann Hubbert Lucy Jackson Derek Johnson Pete Knight Rosetta Ledyard Joan Loeb Margaret Lowder Laura Luckett Cathy Martin Peggy Mussafer Richard Neal Caroline Novak Patricia Pinchback Sheron Rose Dee Russell Adam Schloss James Scott Gloria Simons Mark Snead Winifred Stakely Barbara Thompson Janet Waller Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Frank Wilson Kelli Wise

mission STATEMENT 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.

To learn more about what’s on view at the Museum, upcoming events, and to get behind-the-scenes insights to what we have planned, make sure to check us out online.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians supports all exhibition programs.



Closing Soon

Picturing Springtime Through April 9, 2017

Spring is a season of promise, new growth, and potential, but also a season of transition—sometimes stormy and chaotic. This exhibition features works from the permanent collection in which artists look at both the beauty and the unpredictable nature of spring. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum is grateful to exhibition sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Bruce S. Reid and BB&T.

Sewn Together Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts Through April 16, 2017

The handmade quilt is a benchmark of traditional American culture and creativity—quilts have been both treasured family heirlooms as well as everyday staples in the homes of most Alabamians since settlement. Sewn Together presents examples of Alabama-made quilts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries drawn from the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the MMFA. The exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in celebration of the bicentennial of the State of Alabama. The exhibition was organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The Museum is grateful to the sponsors Laura and Michael Luckett.

Pairs and Partners Curatorial Conversations: Chiaroscuro Through April 16, 2017

In Pairs and Partners, curators and art historians share points of view on topics related to artists and their works in the permanent collection. The topic for this show is chiaroscuro, a technique used by artists throughout history to add drama and to emphasize the effects of light. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Self-Portrait with Saskia, 1636, etching on laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr., 1999.7.77 6

Nature, Tradition & Innovation Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection Through April 23, 2017

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection provides a dynamic survey of the diverse and innovative practices of ceramic making in Japan. Each of the 62 functional pieces—including flower vases, sake cups, and tea vessels—reveal the beauty of the Japanese ceramic tradition. In addition to the ceramic vessels, 13 digital photographs taken by photographer Taijiro Ito poetically highlight the spiritual link between ceramic making and nature.


Closing Soon

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection was developed by the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

The Museum is grateful to exhibition sponsors Doug Lowe, Dawn and Adam Schloss, and Oakworth Capital Bank.

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Short Course: onExhibit (featuring Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection exhibition) Tuesday, April 18, 12 noon

Gaku Shakunaga, Spiraling Pyramid, 2010, glazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Tim Siegert



42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition April 29 through August 6, 2017

This exhibition features between 80 and 100 works selected by Jim Neel, Professor of Art at Birmingham-Southern College, from 351 entries by 113 artists. This contemporary art, in a wide range of media with diverse subject matter, provides a sample of the best in the River Region. More than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception on Friday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. The Juror’s Critique and Gallery Talk will be on Saturday, April 29, at 10 A.M. Both events are free and open to the public. In conjunction with the MAG Museum Exhibition, the Montgomery Art Guild and the Museum will feature the work of painter Mary Lynne Levy, on view in the upstairs galleries. Levy has been painting in and around Montgomery since 1955. Organized by the Montgomery Art Guild and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum is grateful to exhibition sponsors Aldridge Borden & Company, Sterling Bank, and Margaret Berry Lowder.

Mary Lynne Levy, Begonias and Azaleas in the Greenhouse, ca. 1990, acrylic on paper, Lent by the artist


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For more information see pages 17 and 18.

42nd MAG Opening Reception and Awards Presentation Friday, April 28, 5:30 P.M. MAG Museum Exhibition Juror’s Critique Saturday, April 29, 10 A.M. An Afternoon with Mary Lynne Levy Sunday, April 30, 2 P.M.


May 20, 2017 through January 7, 2018

The Gates of Hell (1880–1917) and Burghers of Calais (1884–1889) are two of the most important works by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). During his long and productive life, the innovative and influential sculptor shocked contemporary artists and the general public with his personal style of realism and figural abstraction epitomized by these sculptures. A smallscale maquette, or model, of the Gates of Hell and a full-size bronze cast of the Three Shades (38 inches high) from that project will be shown, as well as a monumental bronze figure from the Burghers of Calais along with a fullscale bronze head of another Burgher.


Rodin: Realism, Fragments, and Abstraction

These works represent some of Rodin’s best-known art, and they are notable for their strong, emotional content and their scintillating, impressionistic surfaces. They also illustrate his unconventional preference for realism rather than idealism in public monuments, his unprecedented reuse of sculptural elements in new compositions, and his radical practice of fragmenting figures for artistic effect. The Three Shades, The Gates of Hell, Third Maquette, and Jean de Finnes are loaned by Iris Cantor. Tete de Jean d’Aire (1975.11) is from the collection of the MMFA. All of the bronzes are authorized posthumous casts. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS For more information see page 19.

Short Course The Work of Auguste Rodin Tuesdays at 12 noon, June 6, 13, and 20

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), The Three Shades, modeled 1880–1904, Musée Rodin cast 10 in 1981, bronze, 40 ¾ x 37 ½ x 20 ½ inches. Lent by Iris Cantor



Technique and Vision A Snapshot of Photography’s Evolution April 15 through July 2, 2017

Photography has not always been as easy as pushing a button to create an image and pushing another to distribute it worldwide. For many years after the effect of sunlight was first fixed on paper around 1839, photography was a slow and cumbersome process that required specialized knowledge, expensive equipment and materials, and multiple steps to capture an image and print it. Not until around 1900 did photographers produce color photographs. Only when inexpensive cameras and commercial processing and printing became widely available after World War II did photography become a popular pursuit. Since then, photography has evolved in a myriad of ways, and photographic activity has mushroomed, especially during the digital revolution of the past two decades. Over the years, photography has become accepted as an art form and artists have plumbed the depths of old and new techniques to record the world around them and to express themselves.   Selections from the permanent collection of the Museum will illustrate the development of photography and illuminate the tools and techniques photographers have used to express their artistic visions. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum is grateful to exhibition sponsor Jackson Thornton Asset Management.

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RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS For more information see pages 15 and 19.

Photography Workshop April 22, 29, and May 13, 2 to 5 P.M. Short Course onExhibit (featuring Technique and Vision A Snapshot of Photography’s Evolution exhibition) Tuesday, April 25, 12 noon William Wegman (American, born 1943), Audience, 1990, Polaroid Polacolor ER print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1996.2

James Frazer (American, born 1949), Providence Canyon Panorama, 1983, hand-colored photograph with applied clay on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1983.6.1

April 29 through July 9, 2017

The shifting nature of text intrigues and engages the artists whose works are included in Between Words and Images. They combine their imagery with text, the building blocks of communication, as the foundation for visual works of art. For example, Lesley Dill (American, born 1950), Faith Ringgold (American, born 1930), and Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953) examine the use, influence, and incalculable capacity of words to weave stories or confront ideas while artists such as Robert Cottingham RELATED EDUCATIONAL (American, born 1935) investigate PROGRAMS the physicality of text and its formal For more information see page 19. qualities. Savoring words and examining them as tools, all of these Short Course: onExhibit artists deal with the transformative (featuring Between Words and nature of language. Images exhibition) Tuesday, May 2, 12 noon Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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Charles Bell (American, 1935–1995), Little Italy, 1979, from the portfolio, City-Scapes, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2014.5.8.2


Between Words and Images

Robert Cottingham (American, born 1935), Star, 1985, color lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1996.10.1


on view in the ARTWORKS CORRIDOR

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The Museum regularly organizes exhibitions of student artwork displayed in the ARTWORKS Corridor Gallery. Themes are designed to go handin-hand with those of major exhibitions, and a jury of art professionals selects works for each show. Detailed guidelines and entry forms for each exhibition are available by request. Call 334.240.4365 or email for more information. The Museum is grateful to Regions Bank and the Junior Executive Board for their sponsorship of exhibitions of student art.

Closing Soon! Threaded Through Tradition

Through May 7, 2017 Be sure to catch this inspiring exhibition before it’s gone! Displayed are works based on quilting traditions in Alabama, with each piece inventively showing how such traditions impacted the culture and society of today.

Upcoming Exhibition: “Learning Through Art” at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School

May 11 through June 25, 2017 This exhibition of student art will showcase creations made by third and fourth graders at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, where the Museum outreach program Learning Through Art: Artist in Residence Program is now in its fourth year of enriching students through weekly art classes. Using the Museum’s collection as the foundation for inspiration, students first engage with art utilizing the Visual Thinking Strategies method, observing details and deciphering what is going on in each picture. These student-driven discussions open the door for each individual to explore creativity as they then make their own artwork based on the subjects and styles of the art discussed. One piece of art from every participating student will be hung in this exhibition, ranging from colorful paintings and collages to innovative prints and sculptures. This show will be up for just over a month, so please come and see the fruits of these students’ year-long adventure with art while they are on view! Learning Through Art is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and Central Alabama Community Foundation.



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Exhibition Connection: 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition Artwork Due: Friday, May 26, 2017 Exhibition Dates: June 30 through August 6, 2017 Eligibility: Students enrolled in Advanced Placement Studio Art Project: This exhibition will highlight artworks that Advanced Placement Studio Art Students have worked on during the school year. Submissions may include photographs, paintings, sculptures, prints, and mixed-media works. Each entry should include a brief (100-word maximum) artist statement. Entries may be no larger than 18” x 24” (they may be smaller than this). Photographs and works on paper must be presented in mats. Three-dimensional works of art may not exceed six inches in depth and must be ready to hang on the wall. Contact Kaci Norman with any questions at 334.240.4363 or

Coming up in early fall! Inspired by the exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective

Artwork Due: Friday, September 8, 2017 Exhibition Dates: September 21 through November 12, 2017 Eligibility: K through 12 Look for more details in the next onExhibit and at!

on view in the ARTWORKS CORRIDOR

Call for Entries: Advanced Placement Studio Artists of the River Region


studio CLASSES

PRESCHOOL (ages 3 to 5 with an adult caregiver) Young Artists (ages 3 to 5 with adult caregiver)

In this introductory class, preschoolers will learn about the basic elements of art through looking at and creating a variety of artworks. The instructor will base the projects on works on display in our permanent and temporary galleries. Each class will focus on multi-step processes to engage students in a range of activities and materials. Class size is limited to ten children with an adult caregiver. All supplies provided. Instructor: Kaci Norman Time: 3:45 to 4:45 P.M. Tuesdays: April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23 Cost: $8 members/$12 non-members for each class $24 members/$40 non-members for series of four classes

CHILDREN AND YOUTH (ages 6 to 13) After School Art II (ages 10 to 13)

Older students explore art beyond the basics, making connections between themselves and what they see as they view art in the galleries. They will then create their own works formulated through group discussions and individualized projects. All supplies provided. Class size is limited to ten students. Instructor: Kaci Norman Time: 4 to 5 P.M. Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20 and 27 Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members for the series of four classes

Summer Art Camp

Weeklong, half-day or all day (ages 6 to 12) The MMFA will offer three youth summer camps this year. All three camps will focus on the elements of art and promise to be fun and engaging, and participants will leave with an armful of their own artworks created in the studio. Participants will spend time in the galleries, engage in group discussions, and be inspired by a variety of media such as clay, printmaking, paint, mixed-media, and sculpture. Camp fee includes snacks and all materials used in art making. Campers are encouraged to sign up for more than one week of camp to get the full experience. All full-day campers are asked to bring a lunch every day. The camps are designed with working parents in mind, as extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students, so enroll today! Time: 8:30 A.M. to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 P.M.; Monday through Friday Themes: J  une 19 to 23 Shape, Form, and Texture (Portraits) July 10 to 14  Color, Value, and Pattern (Still-life) July 24 to 28   Line, Rhythm, and Movement (Landscapes) Cost: $100 members/ $160 non-members for half-day camp; $190 members/ $250 non-members for full-day camp Early drop-off (7:45 A.M. at earliest) and late pickup (5:30 P.M. at the latest are available for additional $50. Full-day students MUST bring their own lunches.


Teen Summer Art Camp

Weeklong, half-day or all day (ages 13 and older) For the first time, the Museum will offer a half-day camp for teens ages 13 and up. They will enjoy this fun and exciting camp filled with group discussion, time in the galleries, and plenty of time in the studio to create both sculptural and photographic works. This unique pairing of mediums will keep students engaged and entertained the whole week. Instructor: Amanda Ingram Time: 1 to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday: June 5 through 9 Cost: $100 members/$160 non-members for weeklong half-day camp

studio CLASSES

TEENS AND ADULTS (ages 13 and older)

Stained Glass Workshop

For beginners as well as those with prior experience working with glass, this course will teach all the steps in creating a stained glass window. Participants will start with design, color selection, construction, and glasscutting and end with soldering techniques. Students with more experience will be encouraged to develop their own patterns. All glass-working tools and most materials are provided. Class size is limited to eight students. Make sure to sign up early! Instructor: Gloria Simons Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M. Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11 and 25 Cost: $200 members/$245 non-members for the series

Photography Workshop

In connection with the exhibition Technique and Vision, this class will focus on how to use your camera, how to use Photoshop, and how to see the visual world in new ways. Whether you are a novice or have expertise with a camera, you will get useful tips and skills from this course. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras and laptops. Class size is limited to 15 students. Photoshop software is not included. Instructor: Warren Simons Time: 2 to 5 P.M. Saturdays: April 22, 29, and May 13 Cost: $40 members/$60 non-members for the series


EDUCATION programs


How Sweet It Is: The Art of Baking Puppet Show

Kindergarteners from the Montgomery Public School System marveled at the antics of animal characters during MMFA’s annual puppet show, The Art of Baking. The amusing bakers, Phillip Durrie, Raul, Claire, and Jae led children into a world of amazing colors, shapes, textures, and music. The Art of Baking was followed by a mini tour of the galleries called Cake Walk. The puppet show and tour incorporate learning techniques in the arts. Free admission was offered to approximately 2500 MPS Kindergarteners during March. It’s not too late to enjoy The Art of Baking Puppet Show. Due to its popularity we are extending the show for two more days. Public performances will be offered in April for children 3 to 6 years of age and their adult caregivers. This is a reservation only program and is free. Two shows will be held each day at 9:30 and 10:45 A.M. on April 6 and 7, 2017. Please contact Jill Byrd at 334.240.4359 to register. Please note: Groups must make a separate reservation for ARTWORKS. Availability is often limited on puppet show days.   The Art of Baking Puppet Show is sponsored by Winifred and Charles Stakely.

Tales for Tots (ages 2 to 5 with an adult caregiver)

This FREE monthly program helps develop early learning about elements of art through storytelling and a simple craft activity related to art that is on display in the galleries. Instructors: Museum Education Staff and Docents Time: 10:30 to 11 A.M. and 11 to 11:30 A.M. Wednesdays: April 19, May 24, and June 28


Look for Drop-In arts activities related to special exhibitions in ARTWORKS.

The ARTWORKS Gallery is sponsored by Alabama Power.

FAMILIES (all ages welcome) First Sundays

April 2, May 7, June 4, 1 P.M.

NEW! Third Saturdays

April 15, May 20, June 17, 1 P.M. Learn more about the art on view at the Museum in these FREE docent-led tours offered the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month at 1 P.M.

Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams (all ages welcome)

Let the music move you as you create artwork to take home! Each date has a specific theme related to Museum exhibitions, so bring the whole family for these FREE Sunday outings every month!

Sunday, April 23, 2 to 4 P.M. Be inspired by Stuart Davis’ Summer Twilight painting to create your own mixed-media collage in the studio. Bring the whole family and have fun using a variety of materials to create a colorful artwork to take home while enjoying great music.



Art Ed Central

Thursday, April 6, 4:30 to 6 P.M. at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery Local art educators are welcome to join us for the last Art Ed Central meeting of the 2016–2017 school year on April 6, when we will be meeting at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka for a special end of the year treat. Enjoy beautiful art, share ideas with other arts professionals, and earn certification credit hours! Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, with monthly meetings during the school year co-hosted by the MMFA. To reserve a space at this FREE workshop, call 334.240.4365 or email edsecy@

EDUCATION programs

Sunday, May 21, 2 to 4 P.M. Celebrate International Museum Day with us! Museums across the country will be celebrating this week and encouraging people to visit their local museums. Come and listen to inspiring music while you construct your own mini-gallery in our studio.


Calling all high school students! Do you enjoy learning about the different cultures of the world, thinking about how artistic tastes, styles, and technologies have changed through the ages? Are you interested in the political and religious messages behind works of art or the way we interact with space and meanings in architecture? Join our AP Art History class and learn to identify works of art by artist or time period, to analyze individual works of art in depth, to compare and contrast art from different world cultures and periods, and to examine influences in art. Over the years, students from many schools have achieved a great deal in the art history class at the Museum, deepened their understanding of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and had a great time doing so. Come carry on the tradition! The class meets daily at 7:25 A.M. in the Museum library. The course is FREE and offered for academically motivated students from all schools and the homeschool community. To apply, please contact Alice Novak at 334.240.4361 or email You can also visit the Museum website at The application deadline is April 28, 2017. The MMFA is grateful to AP Art History sponsor BBVA Compass Foundation.


Lectures and Gallery Talks

MAG Museum Exhibition Juror’s Critique

Saturday, April 29, 10 A.M. Hear from juror Jim Neel about the varied expressions by local artists on view in the 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition. Examine how the artists’ choices shaped the works that were ultimately chosen to be included in the exhibition and to receive awards. A practicing sculptor, Neel is a Professor of Art at Birmingham-Southern College where he has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Director of the Durbin Gallery. 17

EDUCATION programs

An Afternoon with Mary Lynne Levy

Sunday, April 30, 2 P.M. Along with her many civic contributions, MAG Featured Artist Mary Lynne Levy has long been active in Montgomery as an artist and supporter of the arts. She describes herself as a colorist; Levy’s expressive works, which feature local and distant subjects, adorn a favorite spot in many a Montgomery home and office. Join us to hear from the artist about her career and her work, including selections from her own home, on view in the 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition.

Mary Lynne Levy, Music on the Terrace–Violin, 2014, acrylic wash on paper, Lent by the artist

Ekphrasis: A Monthly Book Club About Art

Ekphrasis is a monthly book club devoted to the history of art. Works of fiction and non-fiction are featured, covering periods ranging from the ancient world to the present. For this unique program, staff members lead presentations to provide visual context for the chosen books. To reserve lunch from Café M, call 334.240.4365, or email Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. Ekphrasis is a free program for Museum members.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12 noon “. . . in 1903, Mamah [Borthwick Cheney] and her husband, Edwin, had commis­­sioned the renowned architect [Frank Lloyd Wright] to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.. . In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.” Led by Jim Barganier with Alice Novak Lunch: Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Seasonal Berries, and Feta With Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Cookie

Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock by Henry Adams

Wednesday, May 10, 12 noon “The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, trailblazing Abstract Expressionist, appear to be the polar opposite of Thomas Hart Benton’s highly figurative Americana. Yet the two men had a close and highly charged relationship dating from Pollock’s days as a student under Benton. Pollock’s first and only formal training came from Benton, and the older man soon became a surrogate father to Pollock . . . Henry Adams, acclaimed author of Eakins Revealed, unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.”

Led by Michael Panhorst Lunch: Sliced Smoked Beef Brisket over Roasted Corn Succotash, Blackeyed Peas, Tomatoes, and Mixed Greens With an Herb Vinaigrette, Brownie 18

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Tuesdays at 12 noon April 18, 25, and May 2 Enjoy a series of Tuesday noon gallery talks led by Curators on the Museum’s temporary exhibitions. April 18 - Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection April 25 -Technique and Vision: A Snapshot of Photography’s Evolution May 2 - Between Words and Images

Short Course: The Work of Auguste Rodin

Tuesdays at 12 noon, June 6, 13, and 20 During the summer months, the Museum will enjoy several sculptures by Auguste Rodin on loan from Iris Cantor. As is evident in his work, Rodin was both a radical innovator and a traditional sculptor in his own right. In this short course, learn about the artist’s expressive figurative bronzes, examine the examples on view, and explore Rodin’s influence of American artists. Quoting the Rodin Museum in Paris, “His genius was to express inner truths of the human psyche, and his gaze penetrated beneath the external appearance of the world.”

EDUCATION programs



The Girl With a Pearl Earring

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 P.M. Have you ever imagined Vermeer’s studio, or how he created such strikingly quiet images in the midst of a busy household? Tracey Chevalier depicts Vermeer’s daily life in her novel, The Girl With a Pearl Earring, in which she imagines how Vermeer’s famous painting came to be. The movie by the same name features Colin Firth as the master and Scarlett Johansson as his model. Enjoy the film (by popular request) at the Museum with an introduction by Curator of Education Alice Novak and a brief discussion following the film. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lust for Life

Thursday, June 15, 5:30 P.M. Many museum visitors requested a movie about Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh. Outreach Coordinator Laura Bocquin invites you to enjoy the 1956 classic, Lust for Life, in which Kirk Douglas plays Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn plays Paul Gauguin. While new findings about Van Gogh’s life have surfaced in the 50 years since the movie was made, the captivating reflections upon the artist’s powerful expressions and struggles for peace, recognition, and relationships remain relevant. Bocquin will host the brief introduction and follow up discussion. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

ARTtalk 2017

From seasoned artists to those who simply enjoy looking at art, this bi-monthly program invites all aesthetes to engage in friendly art critique! At each meeting participants may bring one work to share with their fellow artists during the commentary session. Join us for the critique, receive feedback on your art, and be inspired by the art of others! Thursdays: May 25, July 27, September 28, and November 16 Time: 6 to 8 P.M. Cost: $  15 for Museum or Art Guild Members/ $30 for non-members for the four remaining ARTtalk sessions To register, call 334.240.4365 or email


EDUCATION outreach

Art in the Afternoon

Art in the Afternoon brings year-round art enrichment to students at E. D. Nixon Community Center, Chisholm Boys and Girls Club, and the Mt. Meigs Campus for Alabama DYS. The spring session of classes will focus on sculpture, including works in the Museum’s permanent collection such as the mixed-media creations by Charlie Lucas. The students will also look ahead to the summer exhibition Rodin: Realism, Fragments, and Abstraction. Students will experiment with sculpting with clay, wire, and various mixed-media resources.

Art in the Afternoon at Valiant Cross Academy The Museum’s newest branch of Art in the Afternoon is in its second semester of bringing weekly after-school art classes to the scholars at Valiant Cross Academy. Led by local high school seniors representing Bridge Builders Alabama, this innovative program uses the Museum’s permanent collection to teach foundations of art to the scholars through a curriculum developed in part by the students who teach the classes. Thus far the scholars have learned about realism and abstraction in art, American Impressionism, and appropriation in art. They will now use those topics as the basis for their final projects, which will be curated to hang in an art show at the school!

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Winifred and Charles A. Stakely; Dr. Laurie Jean Weil and Dr. Tommy Wool; Susan and Robert Runkle.


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The MMFA welcomed almost a thousand people to our fourth annual Native American Family Day on Saturday, March 11. Event sponsor, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, dazzled crowds with their intricate tribal dances, encouraged audience participation in their drum circle, and taught traditional crafts to eager youth. The Museum’s Rotunda showcased art furnished by the Cultural Department of the tribe. Guests of every age learned about the history of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and were able to interact with tribe members in a meaningful and educational way. We hope you will be able to join us for the fifth annual Native American Family Day in 2018!

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Native American Family Day

Native American Family Day is sponsored by The Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

DiVine Lunch

Please join us for DiVine Lunch Thursday, April 20, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. in Café M. United-Johnson Brothers will be pairing unique wine specifically for the menu created by chef Beth Clark. This special menu will highlight seasonal fare and Clark’s love of ethnic cuisine. Lunch is offered for $20 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and additional glasses of wine may be purchased for $8. Reservations are recommended; please call the Café at 334.240.4339. Stop by the Museum Store between noon and 2 P.M. to meet Jennifer Levins and learn more about her approach to painting as our Spring Artist in Action.

Flimp Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. The MMFA is excited to continue our partnership with Booker T. Washington Magnet High School for the 28th annual Flimp Festival. There will be live performances by the BTW students every 30 minutes, handson art projects in the Museum studios, interactive demonstrations with various local and regional artists, a scavenger hunt, concessions, and amazing chalk art created by the public with the festivities being kicked off by the ever-popular Do-Dah Pet Parade. This year’s featured artist is quilter Yvonne Wells. The event is FREE for all MMFA members and active-duty military and their immediate families. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $5 for adults and $3 for children.


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Do-Dah Parade and Canine Adoption Event Saturday, May 6, 10:30 A.M. The MMFA will partner with the Montgomery Humane Society and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School for the annual Do-Dah Pet Parade and Canine Adoption event. This is a creative celebration of the community’s love and appreciation for our animal companions. The costumed pet parade will feature dogs from the Montgomery Humane Shelter that are in need of a permanent home.

Want to participate? Dress your best animal friend (and yourself if you wish) in a creative and memorable costume. Make sure to register before 10:15 the morning of the Festival, May 6. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative presentations! For more information on how to register call 334.240.4333 or go online to The Do-Dah Parade is sponsored by The Barkery.

Flimp Chalk Art Competition

May 5, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.; May 6, 8 to 10 A.M. Calling all Chalk Artists! This year’s Flimp Festival will be bigger and better than before and the chalk competition will be no exception. This year’s theme is Quilts and we welcome artists of all ages to enter. The MMFA provides materials to all who register by April 14. During the Flimp Festival, visitors will enjoy the chalk drawings in our parking lot gallery and local celebrities will judge the winners. This year’s open drawing times for contestants will be Friday, May 5, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and the morning of May 6, 8 to 10 A.M., before the Flimp Festival begins. There will be a special competition category related to the Museum and its collection. For information about the event and how to register contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or


Sponsor a square in the Flimp Chalk Art Competition! It is someone like you who allows an artist or artists to spend Friday and Saturday morning at the Museum creating a colorful chalk drawing in the parking lot. This community event allows artists of all ages to form lasting memories as they express their passions. Everyone enjoys viewing the masterpieces on the asphalt—seeing the range of subjects and styles, responses to current events, the contest theme, and our own Museum and community. Every year generous gifts guarantee that the Museum can provide premium materials and support for all of the artists in the competition. Local leaders volunteer to judge the winners, and local businesses provide the prizes. The sponsorship of one space in the parking lot is $100. Supporters are thanked on signage during the Flimp Festival and in onExhibit.

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Flimp Chalk Art Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring a chalk artist or team? Please contact Alice Novak at, 334.240.4361 for more information. The deadline for donations is Friday, April 21.

Flimp Writing Competition

Inspired by Yvonne Wells’s narrative quilt Higginbothams II, the Museum is inaugurating a Flimp writing competition for local schools! Kindergarteners through eighth graders are invited to participate. Students are invited to “tell the story” they see in Yvonne’s quilt on an 8-by-8 inch square piece of paper or fabric and are welcome to decorate their page. Be creative and have fun! The story quilt squares are a perfect cross-curriculum lesson incorporating Alabama history, visual art, and literature! Teachers are welcome to contact the Museum for a related lesson plan. After students complete the work, teachers should choose two story squares to enter from their respective classes, which will then be juried by Museum educators and curators, and narrowed down to nine total finalists (one student from each grade). The nine winners will be pieced together by Museum professionals and put on display in the Museum during the Flimp Festival! Entry ages: Kindergarten through eighth grade Entry deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

Teachers, please call 334.240.4365 or email for more information about entry forms and project requirements.

International Museum Day

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will join 150 other art museums across America in celebrating International Museum Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 2 to 4 P.M. To mark the occasion, the MMFA will host a special edition of Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams on May 21, and as always, admission is FREE. The Museum encourages guests to share their experiences at the MMFA’s International Museum Day celebration via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.


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Bazaar d’Art

On March 9, 2017 the Museum hosted nearly 300 guests during its biennial fundraising auction, Bazaar d’Art. This year’s Bazaar was held in the Lowder Gallery, where more than 350 works of art were displayed. Guests enjoyed a taste of Asia with handrolled sushi and Chinese takeout boxes while they bid from their mobile devices for a chance to take home new treasures. The Museum is grateful for the outstanding leadership of event chair Mahaley McInnes and to the entire Bazaar committee for their commitment to making Bazaar d’Art 2017 a success. Committee members include: Beth Acker, Mary Margaret Carroll, Ward Chesser, Mallory Combest, Derek Covington, Ben Cumbus, Taylor Dunn, Camille Elebash-Hill, Bonner Engelhardt, Julie Goolsby, Phyllis Hall, Ann Hubbert, Lucy Jackson, Gage Lequire, Cathy Martin, Sommer Morris, Michelle Mowery, Brooke Reid, Sheryl Rosen, Julie Salley, Gloria Simons, Melissa Tubbs, Laurie Weil, and Ashley White. Proceeds from Bazaar d’Art benefit the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition, and education programs. The Museum is grateful to Bazaar d’Art sponsors Max Credit Union and the MMFA Junior Executive Board.



The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is grateful to our corporate sponsors for their commitment to the mission of the Museum. Through their generosity, the Museum continues to provide arts education and enrichment to Montgomery and surrounding communities. These companies have recently contributed substantially as Corporate Partners. Their generosity and leadership in giving are truly appreciated.

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The family-friendly festival will kick off Saturday morning with the Do-Dah Pet Parade! Pets must be costumed to participate and prizes will be awarded. For more information on the event and to pre-register your pet, visit

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