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ONEXHIBIT

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts | Winter 2019


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

Cathy Martin

David Chandler

Mary Stowers Dunn

Barrett Austin Cedric Bradford Karen J. Campbell Cassandra Cavness Ginny Cumbus Helena T. Duncan Camille Finley William R. Ford Jason Goodson Myrtle Goore

Lucy Martin Jackson Derek Johnson Rhon Jones Barbara Larson Rosetta R. Ledyard Allison Muhlendorf 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

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 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

President Treasurer

Vice President

Leslie Sanders

Immediate Past President

Secretary

Past Presidents

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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

* Deceased Cover: Cristina Córdova (American, born 1976), Dame Flores, 2017, ceramic, steel, photographic images of native Puerto Rican flora in magnetic frames on steel, Lent by the artist and Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, Massachusetts


Visit Us

Admission and Hours Free admission and ample parking. The Museum’s galleries, Sculpture Garden, Café, and Store are closed Mondays, Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.

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Location Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park One Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

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Visit mmfa.org for more information about the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ collection, exhibitions, events, programs, amenities, and accessibility.


Members Thank you to our many members. Your membership helps to support our permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and over 1,000 educational experiences each year. Become a member or renew today at mmfa.org.

Corporate Partners The Museum salutes its partners who provide critical support for acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs. To learn how you can support the Museum, contact Jen Havard at jhavard@mmfa.org or 334.625.4370. Sustaining Guarantor Alabama Power Company

Guarantor ALFA Insurance

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians

The Colonial Company

Jackson Thornton

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Max Credit Union

Rheem Manufacturing Company

Jack Ingram Motors and Mercedes Benz USA, Inc

Merrill Lynch

Sponsor

ServisFirst Bank of Montgomery Wells Fargo Foundation

Associate Aldridge Borden & Company

MMFA Junior Executive Board

Stifel

Oakworth Capital Bank

Synovus

BBVA Compass

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Trustmark

Hans Heating and Air

Renasant Bank

BB&T

River Bank and Trust

Warren Averett Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors

Government and Foundations

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Government and foundation grants provide critical funds for operations and educational programs. Government

Foundations

Montgomery County Commission

The Daniel Foundation

City of Montgomery

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Central Alabama Community Foundation

Right: Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934), Masai, 2012, blown glass, Lent by the artist and Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, Massachusetts


Foreward

Dear Museum Community

Happy New Year! Pete and I assumed our new roles just as the previous edition of OnExhibit rolled off the presses. Since then, we’ve hit the ground running—working with Board and staff on a dizzying array of exhibitions, programs, events, and projects. Here, we highlight just a few of the MMFA happenings sure to brighten the grayest and coldest of winter days… As January begins to unfold, be sure to make time to see the Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty exhibition and, in the ArtWorks Gallery, Color and Form, an installation of student art inspired by the Maestro’s masterworks of studio art glass. Both exhibitions close January 20. On February 2, an equally engaging pairing makes its debut: About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture surveys the work of more than 40 of the leading American artists working in this astonishingly varied medium. The students respond to About Face with Figuratively Speaking, an installation of these young artists’ human figure-focused writings and artworks. We wish you every best in 2019 and look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon and often!

Pete Knight President, Board of Trustees

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Angie Dodson Director


Thank You to All of Our Volunteers and Sculpture Garden Donors

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The Museum celebrated the contributions of its dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on October 15 and the generosity of community members who donated $5,000 or more in support of the construction of the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden with a Major Donor Recognition Dinner on October 25. We applaud all who support the Museum with their time, gifts, and talents through volunteering and donating and by being members.

1) Helen Till and Volunteer Coordinator Meg Hall 2) Mattie Dejarnette, Pam Moulton, and Jessalyn Peck; 3) Board President Pete Knight, Norah Willis, and Tamara and Jennifer Phillips; 4) Curator of Education Alice Novak and Tom Sellers.


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1) Ginny and Ben Cumbus and Lucy Jackson; 2) Board President Pete Knight and Curator of Art Margaret Lynne Ausfeld; 3) Adam and Allison Muhlendorf; 4) Peggy Mussafer and Interim Director Ed Bridges; 5) Mike, John, and Kirby Caddell; 6) Jim Barganier, Director Angie Dodson, and Jane Barganier.


January

February

2 WED

17 THU

10am • Winter Open Studios

11am

• Divine Lunch

Noon

Noon

• Artful Yoga*

3 THU 10am • Winter Open Studios 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

6pm

• Adult Stained Glass Class

6 SUN 1pm

• First Sunday

9 WED Noon 4pm

3 SUN Noon

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• Artist in Action

1pm

• First Sunday

2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

6pm

• Adult Stained Glass Class

6 WED

19 SAT 10am • Adult Batik Workshop 1pm

• Third Saturday

4pm

• Muses

7 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

5:30pm • Film: Woman in Gold

8 FRI

20 SUN

1pm • Homeschool Clay Workshop

2pm

• Family Art Affair

• Muses

2pm

• Jazz Jams

2pm • Gallery Talk: British Prints and Printmakers

• Muses

13 WED

Ekphrasis: The Painter’s Chair

23 WED u

2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

Collectors Society

3:30pm

24 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

4:30pm

• Art Ed Central

6pm

• An Expressive Evening (Muses)

6pm

• ArtTalk

26 SAT 10am • Adult Batik Workshop

5:30pm • Last Call: Lino Tagliapietra • Adult Stained Glass Class

16 WED

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• Artful Yoga*

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9am

10:30am

• Tales for Tots

11am

• Tales for Tots

Noon

• Artful Yoga*

1pm • See Me: Exploring Abstraction 4pm

noon

1pm • Adult Batik Workshop

10 THU

6pm

Collectors Society

• Muses

10 SUN

Noon

Ekphrasis: Girl in Hyacinth Blue u

4pm

• After School Art

4pm

• Muses

14 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

3:30pm

• Young Artists

15 FRI

27 SUN

1pm • Homeschool Clay Workshop

1pm • Adult Batik Workshop

16 SAT

30 WED 4pm

• Muses

4pm

• After School Art

31 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

3:30pm

• Young Artists

6pm

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture Discussion and Opening Reception u

1pm

• Third Saturday

17 SUN 2pm

• Family Art Affair

2pm

• Jazz Jams


19 TUE

2 SAT

20 WED

10am • Adult Clay Studio Workshop

10am • Spring Break Studio

3 SUN

10:30am

• Tales for Tots

• First Sunday

11am

• Tales for Tots

Noon

• Artful Yoga*

• Short Course: Sculptural Clay

1pm • See Me: Exploring Abstraction

1pm

5 TUE Noon

6 WED Noon

• Gallery Talk: Shape, Volume, and Color in the work of Joseph Albers and Donald Judd

20 WED 10:30am

• Tales for Tots

11am

• Tales for Tots

Noon

• Artful Yoga*

1pm • See Me: Exploring Self Portraits

21 THU

Noon

• Artful Yoga*

4pm

• After School Art

4pm

• Muses

7 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

5:30pm

• Film: James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty

10 SUN Noon

• City / County Appreciation Day

• After School Art

Noon

• Family Art Affair

2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

4:30pm

• Art Ed Central

Noon

5pm

• Metamorphosis Teen Workshop

6pm

• ArtTalk

4pm

21 THU

22 FRI 1pm • Homeschool Clay Workshop

27 WED 4pm

• After School Art

4pm

• Muses

12 TUE

• Earth’s Heart

3:30pm

• Young Artists

5:30pm

• Gallery Talk: The Improvisational Eye

• Earth’s Heart

24 SUN 2pm

• Jazz Jams

26 TUE 5:30pm

• Alabama EMP

28 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

3:30pm

• Young Artists

4:30pm

• Art Ed Central

6pm

• ArtTalk

30 SAT 2pm • Gallery Talk: Interacting with Interaction

Noon

Ekphrasis: The Art of Rivalry u

4pm

• After School Art

4pm

• Muses

14 THU 2:30pm

• Earth’s Heart

3:30pm

• Young Artists

16 SAT • Third Saturday

19 TUE 10am • Spring Break Studio Noon

• Short Course: Sculptural Clay

Family Youth and Teens Young Adults Adults All Ages

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Fee • Members Only u *Artful Yoga is free for Museum Members Column 1: Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934), Batman, 2006, blown glass, Lent by the artist and Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Photograph courtesy of Russell Johnson. Column 4: Josef Albers, (American, 1888–1976), Untitled (Portfolio I, Folder 15), 1972, from the portfolio, Formulation: Articulation, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1989.11.16

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2:30pm

• Short Course: Sculptural Clay

2:30pm

13 WED

1pm

28 THU

Calendar

March


Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty Through January 20, 2019 Atrium, Blackmon, and Weil Galleries Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934) perfected his craft through a lifetime of working glass furnaces both in the world-renowned factories of his home, Murano, Italy, and in his artist studio. In 1979, Lino began instructing students at Pilchuck Glass school in Washington State, which profoundly influenced the trajectory of the American Studio Glass Movement. He introduced students to the time-honored techniques of Murano glassmaking while also becoming more experimental with his own forms. Lino’s dexterity with glass and his depth of understanding of the material is apparent in his ability to stretch and bend it into elegant and elongated shapes with both smooth and etched surfaces. These elements, merged with his characteristic inventiveness, push the limits of the glass medium in exciting ways. The 40 works on view in Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty—all created over the last 20 years—demonstrate both the growth and development of Lino’s stunning work and the many themes he has explored.

Related Programs Last Call, page 29 Corporate Sponsor Lead Sponsor Winifred and Charles A. Stakely Sponsors Laura and Barrie Harmon Dawn and Adam Schloss This exhibition is supported by a grant by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

The Improvisational Eye: Self-Taught Works on Paper

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Through February 3, 2019 Wilson and Williamson Galleries Some of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, those now typically described as “self-taught,” revelled in the use of unusual and distinctive materials, many of which were not generally associated with the production of art. The artists in this exhibition of works from the Museum’s permanent collection were all improvisational and endlessly creative, both in their choices of material as well as the imagery they transferred to their paper media.

Related Program

Gallery Talk, page 34


Through February 10, 2019 Folmar and Newman Galleries

Current Exhibitions

Second Sight: Women Artists of the South

For generations, women have been prolific artists in the South—both women whose creativity was expressed primarily through work in and for the home, and professionals who attended art schools. Well into the 20th century, women artists were not necessarily perceived as being in the traditional “mainstream.” Professionalism in the formal world of art arrived with women’s graduation from university programs and art schools. But, beneath the radar, women have always been active participants, exercising their creative impulses in a number of forms.

Clara Weaver Parrish (American, 1861–1925), Portrait of Anne Goldthwaite, ca. 1895, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1963.50

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This exhibition reflects the vibrant spirit of women’s artwork in the South in ways that were traditional and innovative.


Art in the Garden: The Inaugural Sculpture Garden Installation Through Spring 2020 Caddell Sculpture Garden The John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden gained its first permanent resident in October when Jessie Duncan Wiggin’s (1872–1954) Untitled (Nymph) took center stage at the top of the new Garden. While many of its current sculptural residents are intended to be temporary visitors, this lovely bronze dancer will be welcoming visitors to the Caddell Sculpture Garden for years to come.

Related Program Family Art Affair, page 26 Flimp, page 37

The Nymph’s journey to the Garden began in New York in 1933. The more than six-foot tall figure was cast at the Roman Bronze Works in New York and depicts a mythological spirit of nature, who, as in this case, is generally shown in a celebratory dance. In mythology, nymphs were associated with locations such as woods, rivers, and streams.

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Having already been exhibited outdoors for many years in Robert and Virginia Weil’s Montgomery garden, the sculpture’s surface needed to be cleaned and years of accumulated corrosion removed. It is corrosion of the metal that gives bronze exhibited outdoors a characteristic bright green color over the original patina. The Museum consulted with objects conservator, Michelle Savant of Atlanta for the project. A broken finger was repaired, the sculpture was cleaned, and finally, Savant waxed the surface, which will protect it from further deterioration. This process has returned the sculpture’s surface to its original bronze patina. The Museum has placed the Nymph on a limestone plinth at the top of the Garden, in front of a beautiful natural rock wall that defines the northern edge of the Caddell Sculpture Garden itself. As a garden sculpture in the classical tradition of mythological spirits of nature, the Nymph represents a convention in Western art that goes back for many centuries: that of showing female figures as celebrations of nature and of the garden’s natural beauty.

Jessie Duncan Wiggin (American, 1872– 1954), Untitled (Nymph), 1933, bronze, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Vicki Weil, Rosalind Markstein, and Bobby Weil II, in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weil, 2017.3


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Hail Britannia: English Prints of the 18th and 19th Centuries February 2 through March 17, 2019 Weil Graphic Arts Study Center Prior to the 1730s, English printmakers were largely overshadowed by their Continental counterparts and generally were restricted to producing book illustrations and topical political posters known as “broadsides.” However, reproductive engraving flowered in the latter 18th and in the 19th centuries as commercial publishers created imagery that was intended specifically for a rising British middle class as opposed to the aristocracy. Among the works in this installation from the Museum’s permanent collection will be examples by two of England’s greatest engravers: William Hogarth (1697–1764) and William Blake (1757­­–1827). Hogarth is represented by one of his best known moralizing narrative series of engravings, A Harlot’s Progress, which charts the rise and fall of a young country girl who finds ultimate ruination in the urban society of 18th-century London.

Related Program

Gallery Talk, page 31

Signs and Symbols: Christian Iconography in Old Master Prints

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March 23 through May 12, 2019 Weil Graphic Arts Study Center The study of Christian iconography is based in biblical imagery and themes as they have historically appeared and reappeared in art over the ages. It focuses on the origins of these themes or depictions, explores their connections to biblical texts or to liturgy, and examines the relationship of religious events or individuals to imagery associated with them. This exhibition of prints from the Museum’s permanent collection will examine how objects or images used in Old Master prints signify information about an event or person in a religious context.

William Hogarth (English, 1697–1764), A Harlot’s Progress, Plate 3 (detail), 1732, from the series, A Harlot’s Progress, etching and engraving on laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Weil Print Endowment in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 2018.5.6.3 Full image on page 38


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Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces February 2 through May 12, 2019 Weil Gallery In War and Pieces, Bouke de Vries (Dutch, born 1960) found inspiration in elaborate tablescape sculptures created by master chefs of the 18th century using sugar—a rare and valued commodity at the time. Not meant to be consumed, these assemblages were prestige objects that signaled the wealth of the host. In the 18th century, porcelain companies such as Meissen and Sèvres began to manufacture replacements for these sugar forms. This large-scale installation links sugar, which once defined the status of the patron, with the beginnings of European porcelain-making. Presenting his artwork as a grand war banquet similar to those held on the eve of important battles in the 17th century, de Vries combines porcelain shards with modern plastic elements. The past and present clash in a battle of objects, climaxing in a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Related Programs

Discussion and Reception, page 31

Short Course, page 32 Bouke de Vries, (Dutch, born 1960), War and Pieces (detail), 2012, 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century porcelain, plastic, sprayed plaster, Perspex, steel, aluminum, gilded brass, and mixed media, Lent by the artist and Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, Massachusetts Full image on page 38


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About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture February 2 through May 12, 2019 Atrium, Blackmon, Rushton Stakely, Richard, and Goldman Galleries The human form has fascinated artists for millennia, and through the medium of clay the artists of About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explore personal identity alongside our collective humanity with pathos and humor. Within the exhibition, works of art by important American ceramic artists of the 1960s are seen alongside their contemporary successors to unfold a narrative of American figurative ceramics, one of innovative sculpture that breaks free of the historical, decorative tradition of European clay figurines. Working with sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, each of the 41 emerging, mid-career, and master artists in the exhibition highlights aspects of the human form. Through their work, they use the figure as a vehicle to explore issues relating to the body, various cultural concerns, and ideas relating to the female/ male gaze among others. About Face reveals how the field of contemporary figurative ceramics has flourished in America and is a celebration of the creative and artistic triumphs of artists working in this field.

Related Programs

Adult Clay Workshop, page 24 Family Art Affair, page 26

Teen Workshop, page 28 Teacher Workshop, page 30

Discussion and Reception, page 31

Short Course, page 32 Lead Sponsor Ted Rowland Sponsors Peggy and Maurice Mussafer

Student Exhibition

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Figuratively Speaking: Words and Images by Student Artists January 26 through March 24, 2019 In connection with this exhibition, student artists have been asked to explore the human figure and how their ideas about the body are influenced by media and our material culture. Students’ statements, poems, and other verbal expressions will be installed alongside the visual artworks.

Michael Lucero (American, born 1953), Anthropomorphic Baby Form in Stroller, 1995, from the series, New World, handbuilt ceramic with glazes and carriage, Collection of Margaret Pennington, Osprey, Florida


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Josef Albers / Donald Judd: Thematic Variations February 9 through April 28, 2019 Wilson, Hughes, and Williamson Galleries

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Josef Albers / Donald Judd: Thematic Variations explores the relationship between works by these two influential artists as seen in their approaches to form, structure, and color. In his portfolio, Formulation: Articulation, 1972, and other works, artist and mathematician Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888–1976), investigated color interactions and how the human eye processes the shifting characteristics of color when placed in various configurations. Similarly, Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994) proposed that art could be logical and unemotional, and his austere and reductive forms avoid symbolic associations. Instead, his shapes function as either a part of a mathematical sequence or a meditation on mass and voids, tranquility and motion, and illusion and reality.

Related Programs

Gallery Talk, page 32 Gallery Talk, page 33

Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994), Untitled, 1978, etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. Michael Pizitz, 1980.3.4 © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Josef Albers, (American, 1888–1976), Untitled (Portfolio I, Folder 26), 1972, from the portfolio, Formulation: Articulation, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1989.11.27


Upcoming Exhibitions

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The ArtWorks Gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions of student art inspired by work on view elsewhere in the Museum. This gallery is sponsored by Regions Bank and the Museum’s Junior Executive Board.

Color and Form Through January 20, 2019 ArtWorks Gallery Inspired by the work of Lino Tagliapietra on view in the Museum’s galleries, students were asked to explore techniques and materials that highlight color and form in a powerful way. Each student artist used these two basic elements of art in a unique work, bringing color and form to the forefront. The result is a vibrant exhibition.

Related Exhibition Lino Tagliapietra, page 10

Student Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

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 upcoming exhibitions of student art and how to enter, please visit mmfa.org/student-artwork/.

Figuratively Speaking: Words and Images by Student Artists

Related Exhibition About Face, page 18

Artwork Due: Friday, January 18, 2019 Exhibition: January 26 through March 24, 2019 Eligibility: Grades 6 through College

Inaugural Exhibition for Wares Ferry 5th Grade Students Exhibition: March 30 through May 13, 2019 ArtWorks Gallery Lead Sponsors

Left: From the exhibition Color and Form and inspired by the work of Lino Tagliapietra. Grace Park (7th Grade, Private Instruction), Ocean Breeze, 2018, paper

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Stay tuned for the first-ever exhibition of student art showcasing the works of 5th graders from the Museum’s Learning Through Art: Artist in Residence Program at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School! These young artists are enjoying their third consecutive year of weekly art classes taught by museum educators. Utilizing their amassed creative knowledge, the students themselves will take part in curating the exhibition.


In the Studio For questions or to register for any of the Museum’s studio classes, please contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

Winter Open Studios All Ages Come to the Museum and create a winterthemed project. During open studio hours, drop in anytime to make an artwork. Each day will feature a different project and technique. We’ll supply the materials—you bring the creativity! Jan 2–3 10–11am FREE Museum Staff

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Adult Batik Workshop Ages 14 and Older Interested in learning this unique art form of dyeing textiles using wax? Those with experience and beginners alike are invited to register for this exciting workshop. Participants will learn the traditional techniques to create their own batik works. Jan 19–20 and 26–27 Sat 10am–2pm Sun 1–4pm $110 SERIES Sarah Struby

After-school Art Ages 6 to 14 Students will love this series of classes that will focus on traditional and nontraditional art forms and techniques. Whether they are seasoned artists or just starting out, anyone will enjoy this class creating several artworks using a variety of materials. Wed, Jan 30, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, and 13 4–5pm $72 SERIES Donna Pickens

Young Artists Ages 3 to 5 This popular children’s studio class is moving to Thursdays! Join us to learn art basics and work on fine motor skills all while creating beautiful artworks with your budding artist. Thu, Jan 31, Feb 14, 28, and Mar 14, 28 3:30–4:15pm $15 CLASS $60 SERIES Kaci Norman

Homeschool Clay Workshop Ages 6 to 16 Participants will learn from an experienced artist to create their own works in clay using different techniques. Each student will also experience steps of the firing and glazing processes, culminating in finished artworks to take home. Fri, Feb 8, 15, and 22 1–4pm $45 SERIES Sarah Struby

Expressive Faces in Clay Ages 14 and Older Inspired by the About Face exhibition, participants will learn techniques and tips for creating either abstract or realistic faces using clay. Students will be able to delve into creating a single finished work, which will be fired after class and can be picked up at a later date. Sat, Mar 2 10am–4pm $45 CLASS Jo Taylor


Ages 6 to 14 Participants will find inspiration to create amazing artworks in the studio by exploring our galleries then working on several different projects using a variety of techniques. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch on both days.

Programs | Studio Classes

Spring Break Studio

Mar 19–20 10am–2pm $38 SERIES Donna Pickens

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Earth’s Heart ART & CULTURE Every Thursday at 2:30pm Ages 2 to 5 Join ArtWorks Educator Kelly Bazan in ArtWorks and travel to Mexico in January, Sweden in February, and New Zealand in March. During this free program, young learners will encounter the language, visual, performing, and culinary arts of the countries explored.

See Me: Exploring Abstractions SPECIAL NEEDS Wed, Jan 16, Feb 20, and Mar 20; 1pm Ages 6 and Older Led by Kelly Bazan, individuals with special needs will explore abstract works in the galleries and then create mixed-media abstract artwork. This program is free; however, registration is required. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

Tales for Tots STORYTELLING Ages 2 to 5 Children and their caregivers are invited for a story and craft in the galleries. No reservations required.

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Wed, Jan 16; 10:30am and 11am Celebrate color with Babar’s Book of Color by Laurent De Brunhoff. Wed, Feb 20; 10:30am and 11am Join us for the adventures of The Ball of Clay that Rolled Away by Elizabeth Lenhard and Jason Wolff. Wed, Mar 20; 10:30am and 11am Get ready for spring with the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.


Programs | Youth and Family

Family Art Affair ART MAKING All Ages Get your creativity going when you visit the studio. This free program is sure to be fun and engaging for the whole family.

Related Exhibition

Sun, Jan 20; 2–4pm Join us in the Lowder Gallery to create a project inspired by our beautiful enameled window looking into the Garden.

About Face, page 18

Sun, Mar 10; Noon to 3pm Come help us celebrate the onset of spring in our Garden. We will be creating garden-inspired creations to beckon a new season.

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Sun, Feb 17; 2–4pm This month we will be in our clay studio exploring air dry clay. Find inspiration in the About Face exhibition, and enjoy the sounds of jazz while creating sculptures.

Art in the Garden, page 12


Muses TEEN ENGAGEMENT Wed, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 27; and Mar 6, 13; 4pm Grades 7 through 12 The Muses is a teen council whose members enjoy creative experiences and collaborates to help shape the Museum’s teen program offerings and more. Participation allows students to meet professional artists and peers, learn about working in an arts and culture organization, and gain real-world experience in event-planning, outreach, and project management. Registration required; contact Elisabeth Palmer at epalmer@mmfa.org or 334.625.4362.

An Expressive Evening TEEN ARTS SHOWCASE Thu, Jan 24; 6pm Enjoy a free evening of teen creativity at the Museum! Each year the Muses, the Museum’s teen council, organizes and hosts a tableau of artistic expression presented by local students. Past acts have included poetry, vocal, and instrumental performances.

Metamorphosis TEEN WORKSHOP

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Thu, Feb 21; 5pm Inspired by the About Face exhibition, join ceramic artist Jo Taylor in our clay studio to create your very own face form and learn about Picasso ceramic types. This program is free, but space is limited. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

Related Exhibition About Face, page 18


Programs | Adults

Artful Yoga MOVEMENT Wed, Jan 2, 16; Feb 6, 20; and Mar 6, 20; Noon $10 per class Free for Museum members! Ages 16 and Older Bring your mat to our relaxing yoga and art appreciation session with instructor Nancy Beale. This class is suitable for all levels; beginners are welcome. Guests are reminded to arrive early, bring their yoga mats, and wear comfortable clothing. Register for classes online at mmfa.org/artful-yoga/.

Ekphrasis BOOK CLUB Wed, Jan 9, Feb 13, and Mar 13; Noon

Memb ers Only

Ekphrasis is a monthly book club devoted to the history of art featuring works of fiction and non-fiction. Upcoming titles include The Painter’s Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art by Hugh Howard, Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, and The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee. To pre-order a lunch, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

Last Call ART & CONVERSATION Thu, Jan 10; 5:30pm

This program is sponsored by County Commissioner Ronda Walker; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood; Vintage Year; Jackson Thornton; and Troy Univeristy. Hors d’oeurves provided by Whole Foods.

Related Exhibition Lino Tagliapietra, page 10

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Ages 21 and Older Hosted by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board, Last Call is an opportunity to socialize with young professionals. Come take a final look at the exhibition Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.


Art Ed Central TEACHER WORKSHOP Thu, Jan 24, Feb 21, and Mar 28; 4:30–6pm Calling all art teachers to join the Museum and partner organization Alabama Art Education Association (AAEA) for free monthly workshops that demonstrate how to utilize the Museum as a resource while learning from local arts professionals and earning continuing education credit.

Related Exhibition About Face, page 18 Partner

Upcoming themes in chronological order: Creating 3-Dimensional Stories of Alabama with Donna Pickens, How to Prepare Artwork for Exhibition, and Making Face Jugs with Jo Taylor. To register and receive more information, contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

ArtTalk CRITIQUE Thu, Jan 24, Feb 21, and Mar 28; 6–8pm $50 series of 12 meetings $5 drop-in fee for single meetings Museum and MAG members enjoy 25% off!

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Ages 21 and Older The new year brings with it fresh twists on treasured traditions! The 2019 ArtTalk series will be comprised of 12 monthly meetings, allowing artists double the opportunities to share their work with peers and receive feedback about the creative process. This friendly critique led by Museum educators will now include a cash bar—so if sipping light spirits while talking about art appeals to you, register by contacting Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org or 334.625.4365.

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DISCUSSION AND RECEPTION Thu, Jan 31; 6pm

Memb ers Only

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions, About Face and Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces, exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas will moderate a panel discussion with artists Bouke de Vries, Walter McConnell, Sergei Isupov, and Chris Antemann touching upon topics such as their processes and why they’ve chosen the figure to explore their ideas.

Related Exhibitions

Bouke de Vries, page 16 About Face, page 18

Programs | Adults

Winter Exhibitions

Woman in Gold FILM Thu, Feb 7; 5:30pm PG–13 Dame Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in the remarkable true story of Maria Altmann’s battle against the Austrian government to reclaim a family portrait of her Aunt Adele, painted by Gustav Klimt, that had been seized by the Nazis when they annexed Austria in 1938. Discussion to be led by a curator following film. Popcorn and refreshments are available.

British Prints and Printmakers GALLERY TALK Sun, Feb 10; 2pm Related Exhibition

Hail Britannia, page 14

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Senior Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will deliver a brief overview of the history of printmaking in England in conjunction with the exhibition, Hail Britannia: English Prints of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Prior to the 18th century, artists on the Continent dominated printmaking in Europe, but after 1730 engravers such as William Hogarth and William Blake created works that brought new attention to English printmakers and publishers. After a short background presentation, we will study Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress (1732) and images by Blake from the Book of Job (1823–1825) on view in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center.


Sculptural Clay SHORT COURSE Tue, Mar 5, 12, and 19; Noon Curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas and Curator of Education Alice Novak will lead discussions of the lively clay sculptures on view in About Face, addressing the body and gender in cultural representation. The final session will focus on the themes of luxury, consumption, and war reflected in the exhibition War and Pieces.

Related Exhibitions

Bouke de Vries, page 16 About Face, page 18

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GALLERY TALK Tue, Feb 19; Noon Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas will explore the similarities and contrasts between the work of Joseph Albers and Donald Judd as seen in the exhibition Thematic Variations. Concerned with both color and form, each artist developed distinct approaches to address these structural themes and create minimal and beautiful works of art.

Related Exhibition

Joseph Albers / Donald Judd, page 20 Russell Biles (American, born 1959), Child’s Play, 2016, from the series, Gone, hand-built porcelain cone 7, Lent by the artist


Programs | Adults

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty FILM Thu, Mar 7; 5:30pm Not Rated This documentary takes a close look at how the groundbreaking 19th-century artist struggled to find his own voice and then pioneered a new way of thinking that moved painting towards abstraction and revolutionized the art world. Discussion to be led by a curator following film. Popcorn and refreshments are available.

Alabama EMP: Creating An Effective Museum Resume PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Tue, Mar 26; 5:30pm This intimate session features five professionals in non-profit, government, and university organizations from all around Montgomery, Alabama. The panelists will provide valuable information about the job market and resume building as well as share a variety of issues relevant to museum professionals.

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Interacting with Interaction: Donald Judd, Josef Albers, and Reading Against the Grain GALLERY TALK Sat, Mar 30; 2pm Related Exhibition

Joseph Albers / Donald Judd, page 20

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This talk, led by Georgia College Assistant Professor of Art History Katie Anania, will examine what exactly Donald Judd thought he was getting from Josef Albers’ paper-based work when he wrote about it for Arts Magazine in the early 1960s. An analysis of Judd’s descriptions, along with a close look at Albers’ use of color and paper, shows how the younger artist evaded traditional understandings of art history by reading Albers' works against the grain.


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Thu, Feb 28; 5:30pm Join Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld for a conversation that delves deeper into The Improvisational Eye: Self-Taught Works on Paper exhibition’s artists such as Bill Traylor, Sybil Gibson, and Juanita Rodgers and their choices of materials and imagery.

Related Exhibition The Improvisational Eye, page 10

Sybil Gibson (American, 1908–1995), Untitled (Floral Arrangement), 1993, tempera on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Fred and Theresa Buchanan, 1995.6.4


Programs | All Ages

First Sundays and Third Saturdays TOUR Sun, Jan 6, Feb 3, and Mar 3; 1pm Sat, Jan 19, Feb 16, and Mar 16; 1pm Learn more about your Museum! Docents lead you in exploring the artistic treasures on view during these free, one-hour tours.

Jazz Jams MUSIC Sun, Jan 20, Feb 17, and Mar 24; 2pm Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of jazz by local musicians. Be sure to arrive early to explore our temporary exhibitions.

Sponsor

This program is complemented by Family Art Affair. Both are free and open to the public.

Poetry Slam POETRY Registration Deadline: Thu, Apr 18 Event: Thu, Apr 25; 6:30pm SAVE THE DATE In partnership with youthmentoring organization, That’s My Child, spoken word poets are invited to register to participate in the Museum’s first open poetry slam. Montgomery’s own Jonathon “jpdapoet” Peterson will serve as MC for the evening. Poets ages 12–18 will perform onstage following National Poetry Slam rules (www.poetryslam.com). One poem from each participant must be inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection.

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Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. Audience discretion is advised. For more information and to register, visit mmfa.org/poetry-slam.

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Divine Lunch Thu, Jan 17; 11am–2pm $20 per person Glasses of wine for $8 Ages 21 and Older Gather your friends or business colleagues and enjoy a delightful three-course menu paired with great wine. To view the menu, visit mmfa.org/cafe/.

Partner

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 334.625.4339.

Artist in Action Thu, Jan 17; Noon to 2pm All Ages See local artist Donna Pickens sculpt some of her signature clay works. Items will also be available for purchase.

City / County Employee Appreciation Day Sun, Mar 10; Noon to 3pm All Ages We invite Montgomery County and City of Montgomery employees and their families to join us for a free afternoon of family fun! Guests will enjoy art-making activities, music, and food provided by Dreamland Bar-B-Que.

Sponsor Charles Jinright City Council President

Native American Family Day

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Sat, Apr 6; 1–4pm SAVE THE DATE This free spring event celebrates the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and their heritage. Join us for an afternoon of dance performances, tribal drumming, and artisans demonstrating their skills.

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Special Events

Flimp Festival Sat, May 4; 10am–2pm SAVE THE DATE Join us in the beautiful John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden for our annual Flimp Festival. Enjoy art activities, performances, food, and so much more!

Related Exhibition Art in the Garden, page 12

Sidewalk Art Chalk Competition Fri, May 3; 8am–6pm Judging will take place at Saturday at 8am Calling all chalk artists! This year’s contest challenges artists to celebrate our Sculpture Garden. All artists are welcome to register. The Museum provides all materials, and no outside materials are allowed. The competition will be juried by local celebrity judges. For more information and to register, visit mmfa.org/flimp-festival/. mmfa.org | 37

Support Chalk Art Help forge great memories for individual artists and teams by donating $100. For more information, contact Alice Novak at anovak@mmfa.org or 334.625.4361.


Museum Staff Administration Angie Dodson Director

Curatorial

Education

Maintenance

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld

Alice Novak

Percy Bowman

Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D.

Kaci Norman

Service Maintenance Staff

Senior Curator Curator

Pam Bransford Registrar

Sarah Elizabeth Kelly Assistant Registrar

Sarah Graves

Curator of Education Assistant Curator of Education, Youth and Family Programs

Elisabeth Palmer

Assistant Curator of Education, Docent and Adult Programs

Laura Bocquin

Collections Information Specialist

Assistant Curator of Education, Community Outreach

Brad Echols

Kelly Bazan

Andrew Pashoian

Jill Byrd

Alice Carter

Brandy Morrison

Development

Meg Hall

Preparator/Designer Preparator Librarian

Jennifer Havard

ArtWorks Educator Tour Coordinator Education Assistant

Volunteer Coordinator

Development Officer

Operations

Kecia Kelso

Steve Shuemake

Aaron Ganey

Janet Carroll

Communications

Vernell Watts

Development Assistant Special Events Coordinator

Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Stephen Hayes

Digital Media Manager

Assistant Director for Operations Accountant

Receptionist

Museum Store

Building Maintenance Supervisor

Kristen Albright Douglas Beachem Walter Johnson Jeff Dutton

Sculpture Garden Superintendent

Security Ken Nielsen

Chief of Security

Security Officers Zackery Allen Ryan Baugh Adam Blythe Irease Bowman Ritchie Burdette Daniel Chaney Willia Flanning Christine Hall Charles Harris, Jr. Dwayne Lacy Evelyn Pettis Rickie Posey Wilma Robinson Kevin Wallace

Ward Chesser Associate

Melan Clinton Associate

Cecilia Moore Associate

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William Hogarth (English, 1697–1764), A Harlot’s Progress, Plate 3 (detail), 1732, from the series, A Harlot’s Progress, etching and engraving on laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Weil Print Endowment in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 2018.5.6.3

Bouke de Vries, (Dutch, born 1960), War and Pieces (detail), 2012, 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century porcelain, plastic, sprayed plaster, Perspex, steel, aluminum, gilded brass, and mixed media, Lent by the artist and Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, Massachusetts


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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, a department of the City of Montgomery, is supported by funds from the City of Montgomery, with support from the Montgomery County Commission and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association. Programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park One Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

Learn more on page 36. Sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Saturday, April 6 from 1–4pm

Native American Family Day

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