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Month: August 2016

The MMFA Pays Tribute to the Military

Blog.MilitaryOpenHouse3As someone who has several loved ones and friends in the military, I know it can be difficult to pack up, move your family to a different city, and start over. That’s why we, at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, do our part each year to let all current and former military members and their immediate families know they are appreciated.  The Museum is hosting its free annual Military Open House on Thursday, August 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

You never know who you might meet. Last year, 96-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Roscoe Brannon, came in for the event. Before leaving, he gave me a quick hug and said, “I loved it. I am glad my granddaughter brought me here.” Priceless moments like that one are bound to occur this year.

MMFA Museum Director Mark Johnson remarked, “We value the contributions made by the Maxwell and Gunter communities. This family-oriented activity allows us the opportunity to express our gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices made by our military neighbors and friends.”

Blog.MilitaryOpenHouse2Everyone enjoys art-making activities in our studios and exploring the MMFA’s summer exhibitions and permanent collections through docent-led tours. ARTWORKS, our interactive interpretive galleries, will be open too. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the always popular Lo-Fi Loungers. The band is known for playing hits and misses of the pre-World War II era, and they also venture into the 50’s and 60’s.

Our guests for the evening will also enjoy an outstanding buffet generously provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The dinner menu includes fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, and dessert.

Please come out and help us make this 21st year of Military Open House one to remember. We, the board and staff of the MMFA, will be waiting to greet everyone who walks through the door. We hope to see you there! For more information, please call the Museum at 334.240.4333.

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The Museum greatly appreciates the co-sponsorship of Wintzell’s Oyster House. 

Cynthia Milledge
Director of Marketing & Public Relations

 

 

 

 

Women Making Art: A Panel Discussion

Blog.BendolphAs seen in the current exhibition Women’s Work (on view until September 18), the contributions made by women artists to the history of art are significant. With creativity and innovation women artists have been involved in art making throughout the centuries. Yet, despite their efforts, traditional art history narratives often misrepresent, under-represent, and marginalize these artists. Professor and feminist art historian Linda Nochlin addressed these problems in her 1971 ArtNews article, when she posed the question, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? In the 45 years since Nochlin first asked the question, has anything changed?

Blog.HaglerBlog.WrightOn Thursday, August 18, at 6 P.M., urban photographer Lynn Saville, sculptor Rachel Wright, figurative painter Elana Hagler, and textile artist Louisiana Bendolph will be at the Museum to debate this issue in the FREE panel discussion Women Making Art. Drawing on personal experience, each of these artists will reflect on her diverse ways of working, the path of her artistic career, and what it means to be a woman in the art world. They will share their own dealings with gender bias while describing how they developed individual and strong voices in their chosen mediums.

Blog.SavilleFollowing the panel discussion, please join Lynn Saville as she signs copies of her book Dark City: Urban America at Night, which accompanies her exhibition of the same name (on view until September 25). Additionally, at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17, the day before the panel, Saville will speak about her photographs within the exhibition. After her FREE gallery talk she will lead a twilight photography workshop in downtown Montgomery. Please call 334.240.4365 or email edsecy@mmfa.org for more information about any or all of these events or to register for Saville’s workshop. We hope to see you and to celebrate all of these inventive, creative, and inspiring women artists.

 

Jennifer Jankauskas

Curator of Art

 

Credit Information:

Figure 1: Louisiana Bendolph (American), Three Squares, 2005, color aquatint and spitbite aquatint etching with chine collie, image lent by the artist

Figure 2: Rachel Wright (American), Luna Skull, 2016, blown and kiln formed glass, steel, and copper, image lent by the artist

Figure 3: Elana Hagler (American, born Israel), Debra, 2015, oil on linen, image lent by the artist, In the collection of Luke and Debra Ritter

Figure 4: Lynn Saville (American, born 1950), Brooklyn Bridge Park Construction, Brooklyn, NY, 2006, archival digital print from a digital original, Photograph courtesy of the artist

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