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Month: October 2017

Let Hans Grohs inspire your Halloween Decor

Are you looking for something fun, creative, and educational to do but don’t have time to book an MMFA studio class?

Many of the Education Department’s DIY projects are on our Pinterest page! These are great at-home projects that you can do with your child or your friends using regular household items. Our Hans Grohs-themed project below ties into our exhibition now on view, Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death.  Your spooky cat or pumpkin will be a great addition to your Halloween celebrations!



Visit our Pinterest page to get step-by-step instructions!


October: A Month of Great Expectations at the MMFA!

All month long people expect to see creepy, crawly, ghostly, and ghoulishly delightful yet fun scenes. Here at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, we have a spooky treat of our own with the opening of Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death exhibition. This is just one of many ways we plan to celebrate the month of October. Check out the list of festivities below with you, our guests, in mind.

Hans Grohs and the Dance of Death
Now through November 26, 2017

Through expressive woodcut prints, Hans Grohs (German, 1892–1981) evokes the medieval subject of The Dance of Death. Long fascinated with death, Grohs created numerous works of art exploring this theme including pieces on view from the series A Dance of Death (Ein Totentanz), 1917–1919 and The Alphabet with Death (Das ABC Mit Dem Tod), 1924.

Film: Night at the Museum II
Wednesday, October 4, 1 P.M.

As a follow-up to our previous movie night shown over the summer, Night at the Museum, we hope your family will join us for further Museum adventures with Ben Stiller, this time on a mission in the Smithsonian. Assistant Curator of Education Kaci Norman will introduce the film and lead a fun discussion afterwards. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase (cash only, please).

Film: The Art of the Steal 
Thursday, October 5, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for Don Argott’s documentary about the controversial move of the Barnes art collection to downtown Philadelphia. The Ekphrasis book club also recently explored the topic after reading Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection.

Earth’s Heart: Connecting Cultures
Thursdays, October, 5, 12, 19, and 26 , at 2 P.M.

Visit ARTWORKS on Thursday afternoons to learn about the arts of Peru (October), Russia (November), and India (December). Each month participants will explore a different culture. ARTWORKS educator Kelly Bazan will introduce young learners to the basic greetings, visual arts, music, clothing, and traditions of the country in focus. Connections will also be made to works in the Museum’s galleries.

Divine Lunch
Thursday, October 19, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Please join us for DiVine Lunch Thursday, October 19, 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 locally-sourced 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 334.240.4369.

Art in Concert
Gates Open at 5:30 P.M. and Music Start at 7 P.M.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is proud to welcome Tank and the Bangas as our featured band at Art in Concert.

Tank and the Bangas is a New Orleans-based band that has gained popularity in the last several months after winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Judges said the decision was made because the band was able to show mastery of a unique sound while maintaining a chemistry that made them a pure joy to watch.

General admission tickets are $15. All tickets can be purchased via our website at


College Night: Frank Stella Prints
Thursday, October 26, at 6 P.M.

College Night is inspired this fall by the Museum’s temporary exhibition, Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collection of Jordan Schnizter and His Family Foundation. Immerse yourself in the exhibition and enjoy live music and spoken word. Try your hand at printmaking to create your own Stella-inspired work and learn about the printmaking process. Admission to the event and exhibition is FREE.



Image 1: Hans Grohs (German, 1892–1981), Death and the Milkmaid, 1918, from the series, The Small Dance of Death (Kleiner Totentanz), woodcut on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2007.1.1.9


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