Welcome to Your MMFA
With a change of seasons comes a new opportunity to celebrate the openings of several exciting shows at the MMFA. We are honored to be the only site in Alabama chosen to host First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on this national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. The MMFA is partnering with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a series of activities honoring The Bard. In conjunction with First Folio!, the Museum is presenting a collection of costumes, props, and designs from ASF’s production of Hamlet.
Another “must see” this fall is Federico Uribe: Transformart. This artist reinvents items such as books, colored shoelaces, pins, cut up pieces of color pencils, or wood fragments. Uribe will debut a new, site-specific sculptural tree made from clothing in our galleries. Make sure to explore this imaginative landscape and the rest of Uribe’s art!
We hope to see you at this year’s Art in Concert hosted by the Museum’s Junior Executive Board. You do not want to miss the rock band, Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, perform on Friday, October 14. The gates open at 6 P.M. Tickets are $15. For the first time we will be offering a VIP package. The pre-concert event includes two tickets, complimentary food, and drink, and a meet and greet with the band for $100.
Do not forget the seventh annual Artist Market on Saturday, November 19. This event gives you a chance to stock up on holiday gifts from some of the most creative artists in the Southeast. It will kick off with a Preview Party on Friday, November 18 featuring Kathleen Nowak Tucci. She uses recycled materials to make unique and beautiful jewelry. In fact, her designs were featured on the cover of Italian Vogue magazine.
On December 3 we will host Holiday Open House. This family-oriented activity will include performances by local choral groups, craft projects, crafts projects, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Of course, Santa will make a special appearance to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Make sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or canned goods to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Remember to make your tax-deductible contributions to the MMFA for the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign. Your gift will enhance the exhibitions and programs for nearly 160,000 visitors, and ensure future growth of the Museum and its educational programs.
In the upcoming weeks, be sure to look out for details about these events and more on mmfa.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you for your support of your Museum.
I hope to see you touring the galleries soon.
Mark M. Johnson