Welcome to Your MMFA
Happy New Year! We are in the final weeks of two wonderful major exhibitions, ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection and Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman. If you have not had the chance to see them over the hectic holiday season, I encourage you to come to the Museum before these shows close later in January. We are also in the final days of our exhibition of student work celebrating the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Local students’ contemporary take on that historic moment sparks an interesting dialogue for everyone to consider.
Art Auction 2016 is almost here! The Art Selection committee led by Mary Dunn has traveled to Santa Fe, Charleston, New York, and New Orleans, among other places, to secure some of the best art on the market for you. It will be on view beginning February 13 in anticipation of the Silent Auction on March 3 and the Live Auction on March 5. Art Auction chair Lisa Capell and her committee are hard at work ensuring this Auction will be our best yet! They have moved us into on-line viewing and mobile bidding, making the 2016 event our first SMart Auction. In keeping with the technology, all of the information is available on our website, MMFA.org.
Our winter season is also full of fun family activity. Jazz Jams and Family Art Affairs are the fourth Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 P.M. On January 21 we are hosting College Night full of performances inspired by the Bus Boycott and all are welcome to be a part of that evening. Our third annual Native American Family Day will take place on March 12, from 1 to 4 P.M. when the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will showcase dance, drumming, traditional crafts, and storytelling throughout the Museum and grounds. It is always a day of high energy and entertainment and has quickly become a visitor favorite.
As the weather permits, we continue major work on the new MMFA Sculpture Garden. We look forward to the exciting new programming that will grow out of this distinctive outdoor gallery and events space. We believe that these opportunities will further enhance your Museum membership. In the meantime, there is plenty to do now at the Museum and I hope you visit us often.
Mark M. Johnson