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Join Us for “A Morning for Anne Goldthwaite”

July 30, 9:00 to 11:30 A.M.

Blog.Goldthwaite3During her summer sojourns from New York City, Alabama-native Anne Goldthwaite captured views of Montgomery, the surrounding countryside, and local inhabitants.  In honor of the painter’s early to mid-twentieth century seasonal visits, the Museum has chosen a summer morning to celebrate one of the South’s most accomplished women artists.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. in the Orientation Circle, with a discussion that will center on Goldthwaite’s extraordinary life and her art in the Museum’s permanent collection. She is currently represented by more than 500 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the Museum’s holdings, with a sizeable portion of these representing her Alabama and Southern roots.

 

Blog.Goldthwaite2Participants will enjoy a presentation by writer May Lamar, who is currently at work on a fictional biography of Anne and her family, and will also hear historian Mary Ann Neeley’s insights into the locations depicted in Goldthwaite’s works. Many of her paintings are now on view in the second floor Balcony and Library galleries in the exhibition Going Home: Paintings by Anne Goldthwaite (through November 6).  To conclude the morning, we will visit these galleries to examine and discuss the works together.

 

Blog.Goldthwaite1Please join us on Saturday morning, July 30, for this opportunity to learn more about Goldthwaite and her art.  We’ll have some light refreshments, and the event is FREE!

To make a reservation, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Alice Novak, Curator of Education
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture

 

Featured images (top to bottom):

Anne Goldthwaite, Street in Montgomery, n.d., oil on canvas, Gift of Isabel Scriba, in memory of her uncle, Dr. Oscar Martin Teague, 1990.1.3

Anne Goldthwaite, Montgomery Capitol, Halls of Legislature (No. 2), ca. 1931, etching on paper, Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin, 1982.16.360

Anne Goldthwaite, North Court Street, Montgomery, Alabama, n.d., oil on canvas, Gift of Miss Lucille Goldthwaite, 1946.7

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception 2016

Summertime 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, and this coming Thursday, July 14, offers a perfect opportunity for you to join as we celebrate five wonderful exhibitions now on view with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00 P. M..

Four of the shows are rarely seen objects from our own permanent collection—Photorealism, Harmonics: Joe Almyda’s Works on Paper, Taking It to the Streets, and Women’s Work: Prints from the Collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  Our fifth show, Lynn Saville: Dark City, Urban American at Night features the work of a photographer who is also represented in the collection.  We have a number of exciting programs scheduled in conjunction with these shows, including a post-reception talk on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 P.M. by Professor Kathleen Spies of Birmingham-Southern who is sharing her thoughts on the evolution of women as professionals in the art world.

Dr. Spies’s focus in her talk will be the creative spirit and accomplishments of women in the American art world, inspired by our Women’s Work show. This exhibition showcases forty-seven prints by twenty women artists from the Museum’s works on paper collection. The artists include the Alabamians Anne Goldthwaite and Clara Weaver Parrish from the earliest part of the century, to modern printmakers such as Jennifer Bartlett, Pat Steir, and Lesley Dill.

Below are a few examples of the works on view which you’ll be able to enjoy when you join us Thursday night!

 

Blog.Thomson.SummerOpening2016Laquita Thomson, November 13, 1833, 1990, 1995.12.5.5

Thomson is a member of the faculty at Freed Hardeman University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  While a Masters degree candidate at Auburn, she created a series of lithographs titled Celestial Happenings—Stars Fell on Alabama, in which she documents events such the one here— “the night the stars fell” was a meteor shower that inspired the popular song “Stars Fell on Alabama.”

 

Blog.Harshman.SummerOpening2016Melissa Harshman, 2nd Place, 2004, 2005.4

Prior to the twentieth century, the traditional roles of women and girls centered on the home and the domestic duties associated with homemaking.  In this screen print Harshman copies images from popular periodicals of the early twentieth century to illustrate how these roles were taken for granted, insuring that professionally many women were relegated to 2nd place.

 

Blog.Hartigan.SummerOpening2016Grace Hartigan, On a Tar Roof, 1960-1961, 1995.2.3.2

Grace Hartigan is recognized internationally as a leader in the second generation of Abstract Expressionists.  Hartigan broke away from the constraints of expressionism to explore not her personal emotions, but those derived from an outside sources such as poetry, in this case a work by the poet James Schuyler titled Salute.

 

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, curator of Art
and
Sarah Graves, collections information specialist

Photorealism

Blog.PhotorealismgalleryThe first thing you notice about the new Photorealism exhibition is the big, bold, colorful images of planes and motorcycles, movie marquees, and cityscapes. The show includes only 20 items and fills only two galleries, but it is an eyeful. Indeed, there is more than meets the eye’s initial inspection. Each image invites close looking.

Some viewers may marvel at the images’ high degree of mimesis—the fidelity with which they mimic their subject. The vivid array of reflections in the cowl of a motorcycle, the nuanced shades of grey enveloping the fuselage of a P-51 Mustang sitting under an overcast sky, the glittering gold and patriotic colors of a Fourth of July still-life composition impress viewers with their detailed representation of reality. But it is not immediately apparent that these pictures do not mimic three-dimensional reality. These are pictures of photographs—primarily photos of motorcycles, airplanes, movie marquees, and other urban imagery—hence the exhibition title, Photorealism, and the name of the style that took root in 1960s Pop Art.

Blog.Empire.PhotorealismThat’s right. Photorealist artists paint pictures of photographs. First they photograph places like banal urban views and things like cars, trucks, and other macho machines. Then they project those images onto canvas or paper, trace the forms, and fill in the colors, often with airbrushes that capture the fuzzy effects of soft-focus lenses and out of focus photos. Photorealists often crop their images to make the most of abstract design compositions, but the results always look realistic, even if artists like Robert Cottingham take some creative license with the isolation or modification of their images as he does with movie marquees like that of the now demolished Empire Theatre that once stood in downtown Montgomery (fig. 2, above). Still, the subject of the photograph remains recognizable in every Photorealist painting or print.

Photorealist prints are much more common than Photorealist paintings, which typically require many months to complete. However, Photorealist prints are similarly time-consuming to create because each usually involves a dozen or more individual screens—one for each color. One print by Tom Blackwell (whose Triumph Trumpet and 451 are in this show) required 86 separate screens and took 15 months to make. That print, Shatzi (1979), depicts a World War II aircraft and was printed on Masonite (as is Ron Kleeman’s Mustang Sally in this exhibition) because of its great scale (4 x 6 feet). It was printed by Norman Lassiter, a master printer who partnered with Louis Meisel, a New York gallery owner, to publish Photorealist prints under the aegis of Editions Lassiter-Meisel.

Editions Lassiter-Meisel also published the ten silkscreens in the City-ScapBlog.CityscapesPortfolioes Portfolio (fig. 3, to the right) that are on view in the current exhibition. Most are signed and numbered A.P. 21/30, indicating that they were the 21st of 30 artist proofs pulled in addition to 25 publisher’s proofs plus the full edition of 250. Signed and numbered print editions of this scale enabled Photorealists to sell images of their paintings for substantially less than the original paintings cost. Relatively large editions like this one also enabled Meisel to donate a few of the portfolios to museums—as he did for our museum.

So, when you go to see the new Photorealist show, don’t get blown away by the big, bold, colorful images. Take time to look closely at these prints. It’s a little like a summer “staycation,” enjoying the everyday sights without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of your hometown museum.

Michael Panhorst
Curator of Art

 

Image Credits
Figure 2: Robert Cottingham, Empire, 2009, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 2009.12

Figure 3: Colophon and Preface, from the portfolio, City-Scapes, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2014.5.8

Last Call Draws a Great Crowd

Last Call Crowd Blog Photo 6.9.16The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board hosted its first Last Call of 2016 in conjunction with A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. The JEB was one of the lead sponsors for the exhibit and was very excited to bring the young professional community out to see the show before it closed.

Almost 100 people attended the lively event on Thursday, June 9 that included food provided by On A Roll and sampled spirits from John Emerald Distillery based in Opelika, AL. While the event took place in the Rotunda, partygoers were encouraged to peruse the galleries and take a last chance to see the amazing show. For some at the event, this was their first time at the Museum, and all were very impressed with the temporary exhibit, our permanent collection items as well as the event itself.

Last Call Blog #3A favorite component of Last Call events has been the raffle with all money raised going directly to the MMFA’s Education Department. Our guests were able to raise over $600 attempting to win a stock the cellar package and four VIP tickets to Art in Concert in October. The funds will provide scholarships for Summer Camp at the Museum to well deserving kids and help to fund the receptions on Fridays where the children can display their artwork.

LastCall Blog #2If you were not able to make it last week, please mark your calendar for Thursday, September 1 at 5:30 P.M. when we will be hosting our second Last Call of the year. The event is free and open to all young professionals in the River Region. For more information on the Junior Executive Board check us out on our Facebook page, MMFA Junior Executive Board or follow us on Instagram under the handle mmfajuniorboard. You can learn more about Art in Concert taking place on October 14th and featured band Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes by visiting our website www.mmfa.org.

Interested in joining the Junior Executive Board? We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 board on October 1, 2016. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jill Barry at jbarry@mmfa.org or call 334.240.4350 for more information.

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

Docent Graduates Honored by the MMFA

Docent Graduation Folo#3The 2015‐2016 docent year culminated on May 12, 2016, in a joyous celebration. Traditionally as docents, we lead gallery tours, art lessons, a puppet show, and more. This was a historic year, beginning with the first ever docent‐curated exhibition. The class of new docents was also
among the largest and most diverse in recent history. It was a year of doing more with less. Docents led short courses for adults and organized docent field trips and docent socials. The socials ranged from luncheons to movies to attending plays together. It was a year when we realized the value of staff and how much they support and encourage us. It was fun on every level but also a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow.

Docent Graduation Folo#2The graduation and awards event itself was fabulous, from the happy hour to the great meal to the recognition. It almost seems unreasonable to have awards given for docents having so much fun. We receive the incredible opportunity to learn about art from such a knowledgeable and genuinely likeable professional staff. That being said, we love that our efforts are recognized and appreciated. I am truly looking forward to an even more successful 2016‐2017.

DocentGraduationFoloIf you have any questions about what it is like to be a docent, please contact Jill Byrd at 334.240.4359 or tours@mmfa.orgDocent Graduation Folo#4

Paula Murphy Smith
Docent Council Chairman

 

The 27th Annual Flimp Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 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 LaToya Steele.
Steele said, “This is my first time coming. I didn’t know what to expect today. I loved the band, the dancers, and singers from BTW.”

Steele family FlimpSteele was among the nearly 2500 people who attended this year’s event. Her daughter, Carlisha, helped make up the group of 500 BTW students who helped the Museum prepare to make sure this showcase of art and education went smoothly. Carlisha Steele said, “It’s interesting. There was a lot of stuff going on.”

Koch-FlimpSeveral spectators echoed the  Steele’s sentiments. Rick Koch came specifically to see the sidewalk chalk art competition, but left with a deeper appreciation of what the festival has to offer. Koch said, “This was an awesome event especially for the kids. I will definitely come back next year.”

This year’s theme “Picture Yourself at the Flimp Festival” inspired Koch’s daughter and nearly 330 others to create remarkable chalk images of musical artists like Prince and David Bowie, and actress Audrey Hepburn. Two of those mentioned made the list of winners.

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Elementary School
1st (pictured on the left): Swan Lake
2nd: Destination Unknown
3rd: Singing Beauty
Theme: Mother Teresa

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Middle School
1st (pictured on the right): Unique Perspective
2nd: Woof
3rd: Tribute to Picasso
Theme: Audrey

 

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High School
1st (pictured on the left): Untitled
2nd: Portrait Palette
3rd: Our Aesthetic
Theme: Interpretation

 

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Adult
1st (pictured on the right): Charles
2nd: Bowie
3rd: The Woman Behind the Magic
Theme: Charles

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There were other attractions like the Do-Dah parade. BTW’s jazz band led the 15- minute procession as guests watched in amazement. Can you imagine 30 dogs, decked out from head to paw, strolling through the Museum’s parking lot wagging their tails to the beat? It happened. This dog-gone cute entertainment helped two dogs get adopted from the Montgomery Humane Society.

Other highlights at Flimp included arts and crafts activities such as face painting, a treasure hunt, and interactive musical performances by Dave Holland. Holland, a non-traditional artist and musician, received rave reviews from the audience. He showed spectators how conga drums, rattles, and animal bones can become a fun jam session for everybody.

If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy the fun this year, don’t worry. The MMFA hosts the Flimp Festival the first Saturday in May every year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Click here to see a recap of the day’s festivities.

Cynthia Milledge
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Class of 2016 Docents Graduate Thursday Evening

For teachers and students, it’s nearing the end of another school year, and graduation is in the air!  It’s no different for our MMFA docent corps, who will this Thursday evening, May 12, see their newest members graduate from the New Docent Program into the ranks of our talented active, senior docents.  The docents of the 2015-16 class have already participated in Outreach, Studio, Artworks, and gallery tours, and have made their year-end presentations to the Museum staff and active docents. Those presentations were innovative, enlightening, and entertaining, and we are looking forward to incorporating this diverse and talented group into the active docent corps.

My conversations with the members of the 2015-16 docent class are summarized below:

Maria Freedman docentMaria Freedman

Maria came to Montgomery in 1995, by way of Germany and Illinois. She was an art teacher for 40 years, and, during that time, taught a weekend workshop for children at the MMFA and participated annually in the Flimp Festival. She retired in May 2015, and is looking forward to having more time to work on her own art, but, she says, she still needs structure in her day, so in addition to being a new docent, she assists with the Respite Program at First United Methodist Church and is a member of the Selma Art Guild.

Frank Gitschier2 docent-smallFrank Gitschier

A graduate of the University of Louisville, where he was a second string All-American football player, Frank spent 34 years working for the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office before retiring in 2012. Alice Novak and Jill Barry, whom he met at a dinner party, recruited him into the docent program. A firm believer in the maxim that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” he loves leading gallery talks, but is scared (he claims) of leading a studio lesson.

Meg Hall DocentMeg Hall

Before moving to Montgomery in 1996, Meg, who has a master’s degree in social work, lived in Wisconsin and in Auburn, working with children, disabled persons, and the elderly. She also earned a second-degree black belt in karate. In Montgomery, she worked in the Golf Shop at Wynlakes Country Club. Just as she was leaving her employment there, she heard about the docent program from Alice Novak’s friend Foad, a massage therapist at Mind and Body Holistic Spa in Cloverdale. Meg’s favorite part of the docent program is the people. She loves working with children, and helping with Artworks and studio activities.

Evelyn Jackson docent
Evelyn Jackson

Evelyn has operated several small businesses centered on flowers and plants. Now she is a Spanish language interpreter and translator. She says that she needed – and found – a new direction in her life when a friend recommended the docent program to her. Not surprisingly for someone with a degree in English literature, she believes that art is evocative of the range of human experience, and she finds herself looking at art in verbal terms.

Nam Kim docentNam Jung Kim

With a master’s degree in business administration, Nam spent 20 years in marketing. When she and her family moved to Montgomery, she visited the Museum and found it to be a “peaceful and comfortable” place. She called Alice, offering to do marketing work for the Museum and was persuaded to become a docent, which, she said, has turned out to be a wonderful way of getting to know Americans and being part of a community.

 

 

Wanica Means docentWanica Means

After living in San Francisco during her working life (which included being a model), Wanica moved to Montgomery to be near family and to be in a place where the cost of living was reasonable.   She reinvented herself by starting an etiquette consulting firm and, along with active docent Phyllis Hall, formed a women’s social club – “Fit and Fun and Fifty Plus.” When Phyllis suggested that she become a docent, Wanica responded, “Free art history class every week? Count me in!” Like Nam, she has found a sense of community in the docent program.

Nicki Rupe 2-docent smallNicki Rupe

Before coming to Alabama, Nicki spent most of her years in California, where she served as the executive secretary to CEOs of biotech companies and to Senator Dianne Feinstein. Here in Montgomery, she has re-launched a business, begun in California, as a professional organizer and home stager. She has always considered playing a role in an art museum, perhaps because she understands that she, like an artist with a blank canvas, “has a passion to create something beautiful from what seems like mayhem.” She believes that the docent program has given her a more discerning eye to appreciate the masterpieces that grace walls of the Museum and she is grateful that the MMFA reaches out to the community to share its treasures.

Marilyn Simpson docentMarilyn Simpson

Marilyn spent 42 years in higher education in California, Virginia, and Alabama. When she left the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service in 2001, she resolved to start on her bucket list, part of which was to become a museum docent. During her travels, she had visited many museums and had found them to be lovely, well-maintained places filled with beautiful things. She decided that her retirement years were going to be surrounded by beauty and the docent program has helped her accomplish that goal. She says, “What could be better than a year filled with a free education in art and beauty?

Gretchen Sippial docentGretchen Sippial

Alice’s friend Foad at Mind and Body Holistic Spa recruited Gretchen’s husband to be a docent, and, when her husband indicated that he was not interested, Gretchen jumped at the chance. (Sounds like Foad should be an honorary docent!). Despite having an undergraduate degree in art, she was not inspired, she says, by her own work and decided to pursue other careers – in management, construction, and higher education. Now, however, she has come full circle and is inspired by the art she is learning about here at the MMFA.

 

Carroll Thompson docentCarroll Thompson 

Carroll was born and raised in Memphis and is a graduate of Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis), where she majored in fiber arts. Her three lifelong interests have been theater, dance, and art. She has taught ballet and loves doing art projects with children. She came to the docent program through her friend, active docent Carol Tew. Carroll loves “art history Mondays” and enjoys being part of the docent community at the MMFA .

Congratulations to all the members of the MMFA’s 2015-16 docent class and we warmly welcome them to our active membership.

Mary Lil Owens
New Docent Representative

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for Flimp!

GREENWe are hard at work gearing up for the 27th annual Flimp Festival to be held Saturday, May 7, on the Museum grounds. Our theme this year is Picture Yourself at Flimp. Over 300 artists will be participating in the Chalk Art Competition, working around the concept of portraits. We can’t wait to see how they design and execute their squares! The Museum is grateful to our many chalk art sponsors, but we are still looking for more. If you’re interested in sponsoring a square, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4362.

FlimpBlog#5.2015.0004The Do-Dah Pet Parade will kick off at 10:30 A.M. led by the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School Brass Band. You can pre-register your pet online at www.mmfa.org or on Saturday starting at 10 A.M. There will be lots of prizes for best costumes courtesy of Petland, so make sure to dress up your furry friends for a chance to win! We are excited to be working with the Humane Society of Montgomery again this year and will have shelter dogs on site that are available for adoption.

Flimp Blog#1.2014.0022BTW students will be performing across two stages throughout the day. Performances will begin at 10 A.M. and end at 2 P.M. with new acts every 45 minutes. The students will also be manning a face-painting tent in the circle drive.

FlimpBlog#42012.0098Winfred Hawkins and Stephen Davis will be leading hands-on art activities as our demonstrating artists outside. Our studios will be full of fun projects and hat making will occur in the Orientation Circle. Be sure to sit in on a drum circle with Dave Holland in the Lowder Gallery and explore portraits from the Museum’s permanent collection via the Treasure Hunt starting in the Rotunda.

We are excited to be working with the Clean City Commission again this year for Funky Junk creating art from found and recycled objects. Family Sunshine Center will be here with their beautiful and unique birdhouses on display in the Rotunda. The Montgomery Advertiser will be on the grounds with selfie sticks taking candid shots with the attendees to stream live on their website throughout the day. We are thrilled that Nancy’s Italian Ice will be back and are happy to announce That’s My Dog will be providing the concessions for the day. So make sure to stop by the hot dog stand for your lunch and have Italian Ice for dessert!

FlimpBlog#2.2014.0054The Museum is grateful for the help of Bluewater Broadcasting, LLC, Cumulus Broadcasting, The Montgomery Advertiser, River Region Magazine, Parents Magazine, WSFA-TV, The Alabama News Network, and American Klassic Designs. We also want to thank the BTW teachers and students for their partnership in this event and our Museum volunteers and docents without whom this event would not be possible.

See you May 7th!

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

The Road to Crystal Bridges

Blog.CrysBridg.CathedralGroupIf 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, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (as well as the surrounding grounds and nearby town) give new meaning to the term “art environment.”  On the weekend of April 15 to 17, a group of MMFA patrons, docents, and staff set off to explore this amazing destination.  And, while it’s not an easy spot to access (either by air or land), it is well worth the journey. Pictured is the group at the Cooper Memorial Chapel (front to back, left to right): Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Connie Morrow, Emilie Reid, Connor Carraway, Jim Barganier, Pete Land, Bill Little, Joan Loeb, Jane Barganier, Liz Land, Mary Lil Owens, and Alice Novak.

Blog.CrysBridg.SculptureJust a bit of background.  The concept of constructing a museum of American art in Bentonville was the brainchild and mission of Alice Walton, who is the daughter of Walmart, Inc. founder Sam Walton.  Bentonville was the small-town home of the original store, and it remains the site of the corporate headquarters.  Alice and her siblings were raised in Bentonville, and they spent their childhoods playing on the nearby property that has been converted into Crystal Bridges (named for Crystal Spring that traverses the landscape.)  Many in the art world power centers were bemused by this Southerner’s determination to purchase a collection of great American art (from scratch) and donate it to a public institution in rural Arkansas. However, art tourists from all over the country are now making the pilgrimage to experience the remarkable result. At the outset, Alice Walton proceeded to allocate her own funds, and raise other funds necessary, to create what is today a magnificent collection, with great works of art from the 18th to the 21st centuries.  The MMFA group enjoyed discussions of only a fraction of the masterpieces in the collection including Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter. Blog.CrysBridg.Museum

The art in Crystal Bridges is chronologically installed in a structure designed around water by the Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie.  Sited in the midst of acres of what can best be described as “landscaped woodlands,” a visit to Crystal Bridges is an experience of both artistic and natural beauty.  There are 3 miles of trails that allow the visitor to experience an assortment of flowering trees, plants, and outdoor sculpture.  The museum grounds are also home to a Sky Space installation titled The Way of Color (2009) by the artist James Turrell, and a re-located Usonian home, The Bachman-Wilson House (1954) by Frank Lloyd Wright, both of which the group enjoyed during the weekend.

The group stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel located off the square in downtown Bentonville​.  The hotel hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary art, and the creative environment extends to the excellent food in the hotel restaurant, the Hive.  From 21c it’s​ a pleasant 20-minute walk through the woodlands to​ the museum.  An additional excursion to E. Fay Jones’ Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel continued the theme of stunning art and architecture in the natural setting of Northwest Arkansas.    Blog.CrysBridg.ArtTalk 

Like a fine jewel nestled in an equally precious setting, it is the collection of American art that draws the visitor to Crystal Bridges, and the centerpiece of any visit will be the works of art on view in the Museum’s chronological installation.  Alice Walton’s vision was to create a collection of great works (which of course these days requires expenditures in the millions of dollars) with a far reaching educational mission, and she and the museum staff have made that vision a reality.  Featuring an assemblage ranging from Colonial and Federal portraits by painters such as John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart, to twenty-first century installation works by sculptors such as Louise Bourgeois and Felix Gonzales-Torres, the collection rivals those of the major art museums in America—and it’s still growing.

We thank those that joined us for this adventure:​ Jane and Jim Barganier, Liz and Pete Land, Joan Loeb, Connie Morrow and her son Connor Carraway, Mary Lil Owens and Bill Little, and Emilie Reid.  We also thank Alice Walton, whose passion for American art and her hometown have​ created the ultimate synthesis of art and nature in America’s heartland.

 

Alice Novak
Curator of Education

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Curator of Paintings and Sculpture

Director’s Circle Dinner 2016

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The Director’s Circle Dinner is my favorite night at the Museum. Once a year we gather our most dedicated supporters for a “thank you” dinner. This group collectively provides over $400,000 that directly supports the Museum’s exhibition, education, and acquisition programs.  We quite literally could not do what we do with out them.

Blog.DCDinner.Group1This year, showing true dedication, 150 Circle members fought the terrific rainstorms to join director Mark Johnson and his wife Amy, along with our hosts,  Gene and Ray Ingram of Jack Ingram Motors & Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc. and Margaret and Jimmy Lowder of The Colonial Company (pictured above) for a delicious dinner in the Museum’s Lowder Gallery.

During brief remarks, Mark, along with MMFA President Roger Spain, Sculpture Garden Committee Chair Barrie Harmon, and Mayor Todd Strange shared with the crowd some of the Museum’s most recent accomplishments. These include planning for the new Sculpture Garden, as well as the acquisition of a major painting by Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, for the permanent collection.

Blog.DCDinner.Mark&Group1As guests left the warm and spring-like atmosphere of the dinner to venture back into the Montgomery weather, they took a small pot containing seeds as a “thank you” for helping us grow. Because of Directors Circle consistent support, the Museum continues to thrive.

 

Jill Barry
, Deputy Director

 

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