onEXHIBIT Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts | SUMMER 2017
Frank Stella Prints | Rodin | Dinner Bell | Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Harvest Scenes | and more!
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On the Cover: Frank Stella (American, born 1936), Pergusa Three, 1983, from the Circuits Series, relief and woodcut, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland, Oregon, © 2016 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2
from the DIRECTOR
Dear Members, As we enter the heart, and heat, of the summer, I hope that you will make the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts a frequent destination. During the summer months, we offer many opportunities to participate in wonderful programs located in the cooler environs of our galleries. Come celebrate art and learn about art even on the hottest days of the year. Make sure to consider sending your budding artist to our popular Summer Art Camps during July. Students ages 6 to 12 can experiment with different forms of art and media, including clay, printmaking, painting, mixed media, and sculpture. In addition to that, we continue to host our popular program for the youngest set, Tales for Tots. In mid-August, we open one of the most impressive exhibitions of 2017—Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Stella is a giant of 20th and now 21st-century American art and is known for his monumental paintings and works on paper produced for more than 50 years. The opening reception on September 21 will feature the exhibition curator, discussing his admiration for the artist and Stella’s impressive career. You will also have the rare opportunity to enjoy bronze casts of several seminal works by the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). The Gates of Hell (1880–1917) and Burghers of Calais (1884–1889) are two of the most important sculptures by this artist, and compositions from both of these are included in this exhibition of art on loan from Iris Cantor. A work long in the MMFA’s own collection, Head of Jean d’Aire, which is another design from Burghers of Calais, will also be on view. Finally, please be sure to join us as summer draws to a close, and we host Military Open House, our annual celebration of Montgomery’s close relationship with our neighbors at Maxwell Air Force Base and the Air University. This is a very special year because the Air Force celebrates the 70th anniversary of its creation as a separate branch of the American Armed Forces. We will be exhibiting a group of works from the Air Force’s own art collection to mark this important milestone. As always, I look forward to seeing you in the galleries!
Mark M. Johnson Director 3
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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts ADMINISTRATION
Mark M. Johnson, Director Aaron Ganey, Special Events Coordinator
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*
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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 whatâ€™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.
in the GALLERIES
Technique and Vision: A Snapshot of Photography’s Evolution Through July 2, 2017
Selections from the MMFA’s collection 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.
Between Words and Images Through July 9, 2017
Words and their shifting nature have engaged artists for centuries. As seen in Between Words and Images, contemporary artists share this fascination. Some examine the use, influence, and incalculable capacity of words to weave stories or confront ideas while other investigate the physicality and formal qualities of individual letters and texts. All of the included artists reveal the transformative nature of language. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition with Featured Artist Mary Lynne Levy Through August 6, 2017
This collaboration between Montgomery’s finest visual artists and Alabama’s oldest art museum is a beneficial relationship that has been happening for more than half a century. The Museum is happy to continue this tradition as part of its mission to exhibit art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of the public. Organized by the Montgomery Art Guild and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts The Museum is grateful to sponsors Aldridge Borden & Company, Sterling Bank, and Margaret Berry Lowder.
Duane Paxon, La Strega, steel, fiberglass, wood; Photo courtesy of the artist 6
August 19 through October 29, 2017 For over 50 years, American artist Frank Stella (born 1936) has created a significant body of abstract art comprised of paintings, reliefs, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective details the artist’s remarkable career as a printmaker, presenting prints that make apparent how his highly experimental endeavors have redefined printmaking. The exhibition also offers a clear view of Stella’s stylistic evolution—a series of reinventions from the minimalist geometric abstraction of his early years to the baroque exuberance of his later gestural work. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective is the artist’s first major print retrospective since 1982 and is the occasion for the publication of a revised and expanded catalogue raisonné by Dr. Rick Axsom, Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné (NY: Hudson Hills Press, 2016). The prints are selected from the extensive collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Foundation, Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer says, Stella “bridges Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop. What I admire about him is that he’s kept pushing himself into new mediums and new themes.” Support for the exhibition and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
in the GALLERIES
Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective
Frank Stella (American, born 1936), Pergusa Three, 1983, from the Circuits Series, relief and woodcut, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland, Oregon, © 2016 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
For more information see pages 17 and 18.
Art Ed Central Teacher Workshop Thursday, September 14, 4:30 to 6 P.M. Opening Reception for Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective Exhibition Thursday, September 21, 5:30 P.M. A Discussion with Dr. Rick Axsom, Exhibition Curator and Catalog Author Thursday, September 21, 7 P.M. Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams Sunday, September 24, 2 to 4 P.M.
The Museum is grateful to sponsors Laura and Barrie Harmon, Melissa and Frank Wilson, and Dr. Marla Wohlman and John Crews.
in the GALLERIES
Rodin: Realism, Fragments, and Abstraction 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). They are notable for their strong emotional content and their scintillating impressionistic surfaces. They also illustrate Rodin’s 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. Authorized posthumous casts of components of these projects will be shown. Jean de Fiennes, The Three Shades, and The Gates of Hell, Third Maquette are lent by Iris Cantor. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
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
August 26 through October 1, 2017
One hundred years ago, in 1917, the United States formed an Air Service as part of what was then called the American Expeditionary Force. Created to aid in battle during World War I, it became the first significant U.S. air combat force. Thirty years later, with the enactment of the National Security Act on September 18, 1947, the United States Air Force became a separate branch of the United States military. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this event, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with Maxwell Air Force Base, will present a selection of works of art from the collection of the U.S. Air Force.
in the GALLERIES
1917–2017: A Century of U.S. Airpower from the Air Force Art Collection
On view will be over 40 paintings reflecting the beginning of the Air Service— with images that depict the involvement of the Wright Brothers in Montgomery—and the subsequent development and growth of the U.S. Air Force. Through portraits of influential airpower leaders, renderings of various aircraft, and images of airmen in action, this exhibition provides insight into the history of the United States Air Force from World War I to the present. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery
The Museum is grateful to sponsors Aldridge Bordon & Company and ARONOV.
For more information see page 24.
RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Celebration for 1917–2017: A Century of U.S. Airpower and Sketching the Skies exhibitions in conjunction with Military Open House Thursday, August 24, at 5:30 P.M.
John Lavalle (American, 1896–1971), Forts over Foggia, 1950, color lithograph on canvas, Maxwell Air Force Base art collection, 1950.137
Jay Ashurst (American, born 1959), Our Prices Like Wilbur are Wright, 1982, color lithograph on canvas, Maxwell Air Force Base art collection, 1982.092
Katherine Hoppock (American, 1921–2002), Dear ________, 1991, color lithograph on canvas, Maxwell Air Force Base art collection, 1991.091 9
on view in the WILSON ORIENTATION CENTER & WILLIAMSON GALLERY
July 9 through September 24, 2017 One of art’s universal subjects is food—the rituals associated with growing or otherwise procuring our “daily bread” have been depicted in art for many millennia. In Dinner Bell, we install works of art from the MMFA’s permanent collection that celebrate what we eat, where we eat, and how we acquire the food that is central to it all. In this exhibition the subjects reflect Red Grooms (American, born 1937), Deli, 2004, the importance of food and dining as three-dimensional color lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association a ritual in societies of all types and Purchase, 2006.7 times—from Rembrandt Van Rijn’s seventeenth-century images of food and dining, to Red Grooms’ delightfully modern, three-dimensional image of a New York deli. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death September 30 through November 26, 2017
An extremely prolific artist, Hans Grohs (German, 1892–1981) had a fascination with death. This exhibition highlights prints from two bodies of work exploring this theme: Ein Totentanz, 1917–1919, and ABC of Death, 1924. In these woodcuts, Grohs evokes the medieval subject of “The Dance of Death” while using the process of creating the works of art to express his grief over the death of his wife. In both series, the artist depicts the fragility of life and inevitability of death. However, the ABC of Death also metaphorically investigates a way forward. For Grohs, these masterpieces ultimately functioned as a meditative prayer. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Hans Grohs (German, 1892–1981), Death and the Refugees, 1919, from the series, The Large Dance of Death (Grosser Totentanz), woodcut on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2007.1.2.5 Hans Grohs (German, 1892–1981), K, 1924, from the series, The Alphabet with Death (Das ABC Mit Dem Tod), hand-colored woodcut on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Frauken Grohs Collinson, 2007.2.23.15
July 15 through September 10, 2017
Alabamian Penrose Vass Stout left a richly illustrated history of his service as a World War I aviator through his sketchbook and his letters home. Born in Montgomery in 1887, Stout practiced architecture in Florida and New York before enlisting in March 1917. A member of the First Pursuit Group, 27th Aero Squadron, he was shot down near Charny during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in September 1918. Stout received the Distinguished Service Cross for attacking a German artillery installation and battling five enemy pilots.
RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
For more information see pages 18 and 19.
Ekphrasis: War and Turpentine: A Novel Wednesday, July 19, at 12 noon
Celebration for 1917–2017: A Century of U.S. Airpower and Sketching the Skies exhibitions in conjunction with Military Open House Thursday, August 24, at 5:30 P.M.
In 2014, Nathaniel Stout donated his grandfather’s sketchbook and letters to the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Exhibited for the first time during the centennial of World War I, this unparalleled collection features detailed sketches of military training, humorous aspects of camp life, the architecture of the French countryside, and Stout’s view from the cockpit. Together, they provide an honest, deeply personal glimpse of the wartime experience through Stout’s unique artistic perspective. Presented in partnership by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History The Museum is grateful to sponsor ARONOV.
Gallery Talks: From Alabama to the Skies of France, 1917-1918: Penrose Vass Stout’s Improbable Journey Saturday, July 22, 10:30 A.M.
Penrose Vass Stout (American, 1887–1934), Nieuport Training Ship, 1918, graphite on paper, Lent by the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama, 2014.0111
on view in the WEIL GRAPHIC ARTS STUDY CENTER in the GALLERIES
Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator
Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Harvest Scenes September 16 through November 19, 2017
Urban and rural scenes were popular with nineteenth-century European artists who rendered their surroundings in a variety of styles ranging from naturalism to impressionism. Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Harvest Scenes features the work of several of these artists: Joseph Mallord William Turner, John Crome, CharlesFrancois Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
John Crome (English, 1768–1821), Sandy Road through Woodland, near Norwich, 1813, etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1993.5
on view in the ARTWORKS CORRIDOR
The Museum regularly organizes exhibitions of student artwork displayed in the ARTWORKS Corridor Gallery. Themes are designed to go hand-in-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 email@example.com for more information. The Museum is grateful to Regions Bank and the Junior Executive Board for their sponsorship of exhibitions of student art.
On View: “Learning Through Art” at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School
Through August 6, 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 is on display in this exhibition, ranging from colorful paintings and collages to innovative prints and sculptures. This show will be up until the end of the summer, 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 Kiwanis Club of Montgomery by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and Central Alabama Community Foundation.
Jayla Thomas, The Watch Dog, Photo courtesy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
August 10 through September 17, 2017 Over the years the MMFA has acquired a large collection of student artwork drawing from various exhibitions. For this exhibition, we will delve into our collection and display a variety of works on paper in the corridor for the end of the summer.
Call for Entries: Inspired by Stella
September 21 through November 12, 2017 Exhibition Connection: Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective Deadline for Artwork: Friday, September 8, 2017 Eligibility: Kindergarten through 12th grade Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, at 5:30 P.M. Project: This student exhibition will run concurrently with the exhibition showcasing the prints of Frank Stella, one of the most influential and important contemporary American artists. Known for his prints and paintings (and later structural and architectural designs), Stella turned the art world on its head in the late 1950s. Making a strong statement against the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, he gained instant recognition with his impersonal, geometric, striped paintings. His work inspired the minimalist movement of the 1960s and almost exclusively employed line, volume, color, and shape, removing the illusion of three-dimensions and highlighting nonrepresentational shapes on a flat canvas. Students are invited to create works that are inspired by the prints represented in the Museumâ€™s retrospective exhibition of Stellaâ€™s prints. Submissions may include prints, paintings, sculpture, photography and/or other mixed media. Size: Entries may be no larger than 24 x 24 inches (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.
on view in the ARTWORKS CORRIDOR
On View: Works on Paper from the Student Art Collection
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 work 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 will be provided. Tuesdays: September 12, 26, and October 10, 24, and November 7 and 21 Time: 3:45 to 4:30 P.M. Instructor: Kaci Norman Cost: $8 members/$12 non-members for each class $40 members/$60 non-members for series of six classes
CHILDREN AND YOUTH (ages 6 to 13) Summer Art Camp
(ages 6 to 13) Weeklong–half-day or all day The MMFA is offering its final two youth summer camps for the year. Both 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 fees include 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–extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students, so enroll today! Monday through Friday: 8:30 A.M. to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 P.M. Themes and Instructors: • July 10 through 14 Color, Value, and Pattern (Still-life) taught by Sara Woodard and Sarah Gill • July 24 through 28 Line, Rhythm, and Movement (Landscapes) taught by Sarah Struby and Donna Pickens 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) available for additional $50. Full day students MUST bring their own lunches.
Still-life Painting Class
Join Montgomery Art Guild award winner Elana Hagler for a multiweekend painting class. Learn how to compose, lay-out, and paint personal and meaningful still-life paintings. Bring a box of objects, patterns, books, and photos that are precious to you and that you would like to capture, and we will work on arranging them and expressing them on canvas. This workshop is meant for students who already have a basic knowledge of painting and would like to take their compositions, color relationships, and ability to create a believable sense of light and air to the next level. Â Dates: August 5, 6, 12, and 13 Time: Saturdays 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sundays 1 to 5 P.M. Instructor: Elana Hagler Cost: $265 for members and $325 for non-members
TEENS AND ADULTS (ages 14 and older)
Both Saturdays a box lunch from the cafe will be available for $10. Lunches must be ordered at the time of class registration. Â To register for Studio Classes, please call 334.240.4365 at least a week before the class begins.
Elana Hagler, Analogion, 2011, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches, Photo courtesy of the artist 15
YOUNG LEARNERS Tales for Tots
This FREE monthly program for young learners ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers helps develop early learning about elements of art through storytelling and a simple craft activity related to art on display in the galleries. Wednesdays: July 19, August 23, September 20 Time: 10:30 to 11 A.M. and 11 to 11:30 A.M.
Tales for Tots (Group Session)
Offered for a Limited Time! During the summer months, daycares and other childcare organizations are invited to visit the Museum for a story and craft in our galleries. Registration is required and the session is limited to 25 children. Adult chaperones must be present and are encouraged to participate with their group. To register for Tales for Tots as a group, please call 334.240.4365. Wednesdays: July 19, August 23, September 20 Time: 10 A.M.
Look for Drop-In arts activities related to special exhibitions while you explore the ARTWORKS interactive gallery. The ARTWORKS Gallery is sponsored by Alabama Power.
All About Prints Homeschool Workshop Homeschool students of all ages are encouraged to register for a threepart workshop that introduces a deeper understanding about printmaking. Students will learn about the print processes represented in our collection and get to experiment with different techniques. Younger and older students will be divided and work on age-appropriate lessons and art projects. Everyone will go home with several handmade prints. Please indicate whether your child will attend the elementary or middle/high school sessions. All sessions are held concurrently. Thursdays: September 14, 21, and 28 Time: 1 to 3 P.M. Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members for series of three classes To register for this workshop, please call 334.240.4365 by September 7, 2017.
July 2, August 6, September 3
July 15, August 19, September 16 Learn more about the art on view at the Museum in these FREE onehour docent-led tours offered the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month at 1 P.M.
Film: Night at the Museum
Wednesday, August 2, at 1 P.M. Kids and adults alike have enjoyed this film since its release. For the first time, we invite families to view Night at the Museum at the MMFA! If you haven’t seen this movie starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and a cast of familiar characters who reside in the Museum of Natural History, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Bring the whole family and enjoy a summer movie. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.
FAMILIES (all ages welcome)
Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams (all ages welcome)
Let the music inspire you as you create artwork in our studio to take home. The event scheduled for the month of September has a specific theme related to Museum exhibitions, so bring the whole family for these FREE Sunday outings each month! Sunday, September 24, 2 to 4 P.M. Come and create in our studio! Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon at the MMFA. Listen to delightful music while you create a print inspired by the Frank Stella exhibition.
Teaching with the Art Museum: Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
Wednesday, August 2, from 9 A.M to 4 P.M. Educators of all levels and disciplines are invited to attend this crosscurricular workshop on how to use the art museum as a resource in the classroom. Teachers will also be the first to learn about the new Alabama Legacy themed school tour designed for the Montgomery Public Schools fifth-graders’ annual visit. Materials will be provided. Cost: Workshop is FREE. Lunch is available for purchase from Café M for $10 and must be requested at time of registration. To register for this teacher workshop, please call 334.240.4365 by July 26, 2017.
Art Ed Central
Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 to 6 P.M. These FREE monthly workshops for local art educators resume in September! Join us to explore the exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective, then dabble with various printmaking techniques in the studio while enjoying refreshments and networking with other arts professionals. Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association. Meetings are co-hosted by the MMFA and organized by AAEA District Representative Sally Chambliss, art teacher at Loveless Academic Magnet Program. To register for workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSES Teen Council
In addition to planning arts events for local teens, members of the Museum’s Teen Council, the MUSES, enjoy creative activities in the galleries and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities at the Museum. If you would like more information or to join, contact Alice Novak, email@example.com, 334.240.4361.
Advanced Placement Art History
Congratulations to the students who completed the Museum’s A.P. Art History Class in 2017. Most are also high school graduates: Audrey Kim (Tulane University), Solbi Park (Art Institute of Chicago), Carson Scott (University of Oregon), and Meili Wang (University of California Berkeley). Maria Barragan will graduate from Catholic High School in 2018 and is planning to study the arts in college.
Lectures and Gallery Talks
From Alabama to the Skies of France, 1917-1918: Penrose Vass Stout’s Improbable Journey
Saturday, July 22, 10:30 A.M. In conjunction with the exhibition Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator, Jeff Jakeman, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, will share insights into the life and art of Montgomery native Penrose Stout (1887–1934). A World War I aviator, architect, and artist, Stout sent home rich letters documenting his experiences while abroad and created detailed sketches that document military life, the French countryside, and views from the cockpit. Jakeman will discuss Stout’s involvement in the war effort along with how the works in the exhibition fit within the larger Penrose Stout collection held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Exploring “Frank Stella Prints” with Dr. Rick Axsom, Exhibition Curator and Catalog Author
Thursday, September 21, at 7 P.M. We hope you will join us for the reception, beginning at 5:30 P.M., in honor of Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective. Afterwards, please stay for a presentation by Dr. Rick Axsom, exhibition curator and the author of the catalog raisonné of Stella’s prints, Frank Stella Prints (2014). Axsom will share personal insights about organizing the exhibition and his long association with Frank Stella and his prints. Axsom will also reveal the joys of working with Stella and affiliated arts professionals, including artist and master printer Ken Tyler. Additionally, the program will examine Stella’s diverse stylistic explorations and serial working manner over his long career.
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 edsecy@mmfa. org. Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. Ekphrasis is a free program for Museum members. The July meeting will also be open to guests.
War and Turpentine: A Novel Wednesday, July 19, at 12 noon Led by Alice Novak
“The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. In War and Turpentine, his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather’s story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain’s memory.
Ekphrasis: A Monthly Book Club About Art
With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father’s work; dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become.” Amazon.com
Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing Wednesday, August 9, at 12 noon Led by Alice Novak
“On a summer day in 1674, in the small Dutch city of Delft, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek―a cloth salesman, local bureaucrat, and self-taught natural philosopher―gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass holder and discovered a never-before imagined world of microscopic life. At the same time, in a nearby attic, the painter Johannes Vermeer was using another optical device, a camera obscura, to experiment with light and create the most luminous pictures ever beheld . . . In Eye of the Beholder, Laura J. Snyder transports us to the streets, inns, and guildhalls of seventeenth-century Holland, where artists and scientists gathered, and to their studios and laboratories, where they mixed paints and prepared canvases, ground and polished lenses, examined and dissected insects and other animals, and invented the modern notion of seeing.” Amazon.com
Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection Wednesday, September 13, at 12 noon Led by Jennifer Jankauskas
“This is the story of how a fabled art foundation―the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America, including 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, and 44 Picassos, among many priceless others― came to be, and how more than a decade of legal squabbling brought it to the brink of collapse and to a move that many believe betrayed the wishes of the founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951). Art Held Hostage is now updated with a new epilogue by the author covering the current state of this international treasure and the endless battle over its fate.” Amazon.com 19
How to Steal a Million
Thursday, August 17, at 5:30 P.M. Join us for the classic Audrey Hepburn film How to Steal a Million. Amazon.com describes it as follows: “The daughter (Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family’s forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar (Peter O’Toole) to help her.” Assistant Curator of Education Kaci Norman will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.
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: September 28 and November 16 Time: 6 to 8 P.M. Cost: $ 10 for Museum or Montgomery Art Guild Members $25 for non-members for the remaining two ARTtalk sessions To register, call 334.240.4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please join us for DiVine Lunch Thursday, July 20, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. in Café M. United-Johnson Brothers will be pairing wines specifically for the menu created by the chefs at Café M. This special menu will highlight the seasonal fare. Lunch is offered for $20 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and additional glasses of wine may be purchased for $8. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 334.240.4339. Also, stop by the Museum Store between 12 noon and 2 P.M. to see Artist in Action Queen Opulence at work. Along with meeting the featured artist, you will have the opportunity to purchase some of her work.
MMFA Docent Graduation
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Museum celebrated the graduation of four new docents: Drew Mulligan, C.J. Robison, Rhonda Thomason, and Sunny Umlauf. The docents and guests enjoyed an Italian dinner in the Lowder Gallery and celebrated the group’s many achievements during the 20162017 year. Docents not only led tours with many components but also family days, gallery talks, and much more. Of special note at the graduation and awards dinner were Penny Thompson, winner of the Pat Wanglie Award for Outstanding Active Docent, and C.J. Robison, winner of the Wayne Barto Memorial Award for Outstanding First Year Docent.
New Docent Graduates 2016-17: Rhonda Thomason, Drew Mulligan, (Alice Novak) and Sunny Umlauf.
Flimp Festival 2017
Sunny skies and cool temperatures accompanied by a strong camaraderie between the MMFA and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School led to the attendance of nearly 2,000 people on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Apart from longstanding favorites such as the sidewalk chalk art competition, percussionist Dave Holland, the treasure hunt, and activities in our studios, this year’s festival offered a variety of musical and dance performances by BTW’s students. Flimp Festival 2017 kicked off with the Do-Dah Parade, a costumed-pet parade held in conjunction with an adoption event for the Montgomery Humane Society. Dozens of dogs could be seen strolling through the park with their tails wagging to the beat of BTW’s Brass Band leading the way. Thanks to The Barkery for generously donating prizes for the Do-Dah participants. The community-oriented event is sponsored by the MMFA and is always held the first Saturday in May. We look forward to seeing you next year! 21
Flimp Chalk Art Competition Winners
Over 100 parking spaces were adorned in the Flimp chalk art competition this year. Students were encouraged to create quilt designs or feature quilts in their designs in celebration of the festivalâ€™s quilt theme.
First Place F Winners: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Sewn Together Adriana Novotny Blount Elementary
MIDDLE SCHOOL Emoji American Gothic Reid Roberts, Kaelyn Hoffman, and Alisha Lewis Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School
HIGH SCHOOL Colorful Interconnections Zoe Davis, Baylie Tullo, and Catherine Mata Booker T Washington Magnet High School
ADULT And Still I Rise: A Portrait of Maya Angelou April Harris, Stephanie Kirkland, and Meredith Cooper
Beth Acker and Alice Novak Dr. and Mrs. Winston M. Ashurst Beverly Bennett AMB Foundation Mr. John A. Caddell (3) Mrs. Dorothy D. Cameron (2) Mr. and Mrs. Keary Foster Ms. Alma S. Freeman Mr. and Mrs. William Furr Richard Gill Mr. and Mrs. W. Daniel Hughes Jr. Mrs. Ann Hubbert Mark and Amy Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Keene Anne King Mary Lynne Levy Lowder New Homes
Donors of Prizes:
Butter & Egg Adventures of Troy, Alabama Chicken Salad Chick Coosa River Adventures Eastdale Mall Frios Gourmet Pops in the River Region
Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Morris Longleaf Strategies Caroline and Tabor Novak Mary Lil Owens and Bill Little Gloria and Phillip Rawlings Dylan Rings (2) Jenny and Doug Thiessen Mrs. Helen Till Pat Wanglie and JoAnn Wanglie Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Dr. Marla Wohlman and Mr. John G. Crews (2) Emily Wootten Judge Gene Reese and Mrs. Winston Wilson Laura and Micki Beth Stiller David and Leslie Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Stakely
The Museum is grateful to the sponsors who made the chalk art competition possible:
Great American Cookie of Eastchase Jasmine Hill Gardens Montgomery Zoo Nancy’s Italian Ice Skate Zone 2000 in Wetumpka W.E. Gayle Planetarium Zoe’s Kitchen
Flimp Writing Competition Winners
After viewing The Higginbothams II quilt by Yvonne Wells, students imagined stories about the two people portrayed and then decorated their stories with patterned quilt-like borders. The winning stories were displayed alongside The Higginbothams II for Museum visitors to enjoy at the Flimp Festival. The MMFA kindly thanks them for their participation and creative spark!
Hunter Birch Camaree Griffin Carmelo Hopkins
Soniya Hopkins Aaren Rudolph Julian Smith
Kwamaria Smith Termarion Vaughn Aria Williams
The Collectors Society enjoys special luncheon lectures and trips each year, exploring a passion for both private and museum collections. Look for an invitation in August to this special members program. In the meantime, to learn more, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361, or email email@example.com.
Military Open House
August 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. All active-duty military, veterans, and their immediate families are invited to join us for a FREE evening of family fun. Guests will enjoy artmaking activities, music, and a family-friendly dinner. The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy. This event is our way saying thank you for your service. For more information call 334.240.4333 or visit mmfa.org.
Art in Concert
Friday, October 20, Gates open at 5:30 P.M. The Junior Executive Board will host its annual Art in Concert featuring Tank and the Bangas. The group from New Orleans recently won the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Band saxophonist/flutist Albert Allenback is a Montgomery native and graduate of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. VIP ticket packages cost $100 and include two tickets, a meet-and-greet with the band, and food and drinks. General Admission tickets are $15 per person. Art in Concert will be held rain or shine on the Museum grounds. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside coolers will be permitted. Tickets may be purchased in advance on our website mmfa.org or the evening of the concert.
Our Director’s Circle supporters joined host Mark Johnson and sponsors, Gene and Ray Ingram of Jack Ingram Motors & Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc. and Margaret and Jimmy Lowder of the Colonial Company, for a “thank you” dinner on April 3. Guests sat at tables decorated with artwork made by students in the Museum’s outreach classes and enjoyed an exquisite dinner from Jennie Weller catering. The Director’s Circle group collectively provides more than $400,000 that directly support the Museum’s exhibition, education, and acquisition programs. Without them, we could not bring in exhibitions of world-class artists like Federico Uribe or Rodin, nor could we continue to provide free admission to 150,000 visitors each year, nor present nearly 900 education programs, mostly free of charge. Once again, thank you to Director’s Circle Members and to all of you who support the Museum and its programs.
mmfa CORPORATE PARTNERS
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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This event is our way of saying thank you for your service. It is FREE for all active-duty military, veterans, and their immediate families.
The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy.
Guests will enjoy art-making activities, music, and dinner.
All active-duty military, veterans, and their immediate families are invited to join us for a FREE evening of family fun.
Thursday, August 24 | 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.
MILITARY OPEN HOUSE
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Published on Jul 1, 2017