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Month: December 2016

A Year in Review

At the end of 2016, we at the MMFA are looking back at fond memories around the museum and with our members. Below is a throwback to the top 10 blog posts of 2016, listed by date, just click the titles to read more.

Enjoy, and here’s to a happy new year in 2017!

1. Reflections on the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

An Expressive EveningIn partnership with the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the MMFA welcomed students from Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Huntingdon College, and Tuskegee University who presented Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott: An Evening of Artistic Celebration in the…

2. Adventures in Collecting American Art— “Albano, Italy” (ca. 1874-1876)

The MMFA’s exhibition Adventures in Collecting Art was an assemblage of twenty-seven works, including twelve Charles and Babette Wampold had previously gifted the Museum’s collection over a period of twenty-four years…

3. Art Auction 2016 

Art Auction 2016, a biennial fundraising event, proved to be one of the most memorable in both a SMART and historical sense for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. For the first time ever…

4. A Shared Legacy—Folk Art in America

SL.CatCoverBLOGSome of the most distinctive and widely collected American art today is admired for the simple fact that it is simple.  Compared with the rarified, highly refined arts and architecture of Western Europe, and the ancient productions of many other continents, centuries, and civilizations, American 19thcentury folk art generally looks, well, plain.  And that’s exactly what has made everyday people and art collectors since the early 20th century love it…

5. The Road to Crystal Bridges

If you have an interest in American art and history, you have likely heard of the greatest art museum and collection built in the U.S. in recent memory.  Located in the small Arkansas town of Bentonville…

6. The 27th Annual Flimp Festival

A spell of great weather accompanied by a strong camaraderie between the MMFA and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School contributed to the 2016 Flimp Festival making a lasting impression on…

7. Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception 2016

Blog.Harshman.SummerOpening2016Summertime is always a welcome season at the Museum—the galleries offer a cool respite from the heat and our staff takes a mini-break from the nonstop activities of the fall and spring. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to see and do at the MMFA…

8. Women Making Art: A Panel Discussion

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…

9. 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…

 

10. Meet Federico Uribe!

blog-uribe7-2016A lively giraffe made of colored pencils, a two-story tree made of khaki pants, a dazzling pond made of CDs – all of this and more can be found in an immersive and dreamlike exhibit created by Federico Uribe. Uribe transforms ordinary, everyday objects into extraordinary sculptures…

 

 

 

 

 

Images above:

Fig1: From Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott: An Evening of Artistic Celebration

Fig2: From A Shared Legacy

Fig3: From Summer Exhibitions Opening and Women Making Art

Fig4: From The MMFA Pays Tribute to the Military

Fig5: From Meet Federico Uribe!

 

DIY Holiday Tree Sculpture!

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Looking for a craft project for your young ones this holiday season?

Follow these step by step directions to make your own holiday tree sculpture. If you feel inspired, please sign up for our Holidays in the Studio, where we will instruct you in making more seasonal art projects!

Supply Needs:

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various shades of green felt, cut into simple leaf shapes
dowel rod glued to the wooden scraps to make a stand
paper cone cup
various sequins
small yellow foam triangles
hot glue gun and appropriate glue stick;
tacky glue.
If you do not have dowel rods or wooden scraps, the tree can be made even simpler using just the cone cup with no stand!

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Step 1.

Place a large glob of hot glue on top of the dowel rod stand and quickly push the paper cup into place.

 

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Step 2.

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Begin the first layer of felt towards the bottom of the cup.

Add hot glue to the cup before pressing on each felt piece, overlapping slightly so that none of the bottom of the cup shows.

 

 

 

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Step 3.

Add the second layer of felt pieces in the same manner, working from the top point of the cup, overlapping down onto the already placed bottom layer of felt.

 

 

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Step 4.

Add dabs of tacky glue wherever desired on your tree; then press on the sequins of your choice as decoration.

 

 

 

Step 5.

Call Out Project Tree

Use tacky glue to glue the triangle pieces together to resemble a star, then glue into place on the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project variations: Use a pre-made star if desired! If you would rather the tree be natural with no ornament decoration, glue on small white craft pom poms as snow!  Please be sure to join us for Holidays in the Studio for more crafting fun.

Laura Bocquin

 

The MMFA Celebrates the Holiday Season

christmas-treeAs we at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts reflect on 2016, we cannot let the year end without thanking you for your support. To show our appreciation throughout the month of December, the Museum is hosting events and opening exhibitions to get you into the holiday spirit.

Check out the happenings this month.

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 and 11 A.M.

Tales for Tots focuses on a different work of art in the Museum’s galleries. This FREE monthly program engages preschoolers through storybooks and simple craft activities related to the artwork in focus.

Holidays in the Studios (ages 6 and older)
Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29, 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy the holiday season by making festive creations through drawing, printmaking, and mixed-media collaging! Each class features a new project, including holiday cards and winter scenes.

Federico Uribe: TransformartWebsite.Uribe.Fox
Now through January 8, 2017 

Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe creates magical creatures and playful installations from everyday objects.

Boydell Shakespeare Gallery Engravings
Now through January 8, 2017

Interest in the writings of William Shakespeare, particularly his plays, flourished in the 1770s and 1780s. Literary critics, theatrical performers, and playwrights all agreed that he was the finest dramatist in the history of the English language. These engravings focus on scenes from plays by the Bard of Avon, and the immortal characters who come to life in Shakespeare’s writings.

Look Here, Look Now: Fashion, Costume, and Style in Art Web.Fashion.2016
Now through January 29, 2017

Visual artists have consistently taken cues from society to create portraits, not just of their contemporaries, but also of the times themselves. One of the key social indicators that artists include in their works is clothing.

Moonstruck: Works on Paper from the MMFA Collection
Now through January 8, 2017

Perhaps no phenomenon of nature depicted in art carries more romantic resonance than images of the moon. Artists throughout history have included it, and its gentle light, to convey a sense of romance in their work.

 

 

Credit Information:
Figure 2: Federico Uribe (American, born Colombia 1962), Fox, 2015, mixed media, Lent by the artist

Figure 3: Kenneth Hayes Miller, Leaving the Shop (aka Woman with Packages), 1934, etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1982.6.1

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