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We are excited to usher in 2015 celebrating two trailblazing women with unique collections to share with the River Region. Marjorie Merriweather Post was the heiress to the Post Cereal empire who became one of America’s most successful businesswomen in her own right. In the 1920s she was married to E.F. Hutton and they embraced the Roaring 20s lifestyle, including a busy social schedule of costume balls.
Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes brings to Montgomery five exquisite dresses along with the accompanying accessories commissioned by Post to wear to the most glamorous parties of the day. Step into another era when you visit the show. Kate Markert, director of Hillwood, Post’s Washington, D.C. estate-turned-museum will speak at the Fleischman Lecture scheduled on opening night, January 15.
Myrna Colley-Lee is an acclaimed costume designer, art director and set designer, who also happens to have amassed one of the best collections of art that presents the daily life, traditions, and environments of African Americans in the 20th century. Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection brings together some of her best works from some of the biggest art names of the last century. We are excited that she will be visiting us on February 19 to give a public talk about her collection; I hope you’ll plan on joining us.
Flowing from Reflections, the Museum will host our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March by mounting History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context. A selection of works with content related to the events and social history of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and the broader United States by Alabama’s own artists will provide insight into the events of the 1960s and the reverberation of the movement in the decades that followed in their own voices.
On February 12 we are hosting our first ever Tour of West Coast Wine Regions, which may also solve your Valentine’s plan dilemma. An evening of food and wine pairings promises to be great fun. On March 5, Courtney Kershaw and her committee will host the biannual Bazaar d’Art. This silent auction benefiting our acquisition, exhibition, and education programs is always exciting. Buy your ticket today at mmfa.org.
I hope to see you at the Museum often!
Mark M. Johnson