Welcome to Your MMFA
Summer at the Museum has a decidedly different feel. The cool galleries offer respite from the heat and there is so much to see. Come spend an afternoon enjoying the newest shows. An urban and contemporary feel is captured by Harmonics: Joe Almyda’s Works on Paper; Photorealism; Lynn Saville: Dark City, Urban America at Night; and Taking It to the Streets; while Women’s Work offers a survey of the remarkable success of female artists drawn entirely from our permanent collection. The summer exhibitions will be celebrated with a reception on July 14 from 5:30 to 7 P.M. followed by the talk Women’s Work by Kathleen Spies in the Wilson Auditorium. I hope you will join us.
At this writing, I am anticipating the next three months will also bring the beginning of the construction of our Sculpture Garden. We may be a little loud and possibly a little messy this summer, but it is a sign of magnificent things to come! If you haven’t seen the plans for the site, they are posted on the wall of the MMFA’s Rotunda. If you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to ask.
We are looking forward to our annual Military Open House on August 25 when we welcome all military personnel, active and retired, and their immediate families, to an evening of fun throughout the galleries. Wintzell’s Oyster House will provide dinner. There will also be family activities in the studios, music, and gallery tours.
Looking ahead, the Museum is going to be the only Alabama venue for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare during the month of October. This rare book is traveling to all 50 states and will be open to Hamlet’s soliloquy where you will be able to read “To be or not to be…” as it was printed in 1623. We have partnered across the park with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring a month of Bard programming to the River Region – mark your calendar now for this once in a lifetime exhibition.
I hope to see you in the galleries often!
Mark M. Johnson