Adult lectures are offered during exhibition openings and/or as public programs during the week. Most lectures are held during evening hours between 5 and 7 p.m., although occasionally, lectures are held on weekends. Lectures are free to the public.
Gallery talks provide opportunities for intimate discussions in the galleries, in the Museum’s Weil Print Room, or Orientation Circle. Discussions can be formal or informal, and often include multimedia presentations. Gallery talks are free to the public.
Fleischman Lecture 2014
“Portrait of a Lady: John Singer Sargent’s Women”
Thursday, March 13: 6:30 P.M. Reception, 7 P.M. Lecture
In our 25th year in the Blount Cultural Park, we invite you to join us in celebrating a favorite artist in the Blount Collection, John Singer Sargent. Following a reception, guest lecturer Erica Hirshler of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will explore Sargent’s images of women, from his celebrated and controversial portrait of Madame X to the MMFA’s own glamorous likeness of Henriette Goldschmidt Raphael. Dr. Hirshler’s many contributions to the field of Sargent scholarship include co-curating the current popular exhibition John Singer Sargent Watercolors; she is also the author of Sargent’s Daughters, a biography of the MFA’s beloved masterpiece, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.
The Fleischman Lecture Series is sponsored by the Carolyn and Winton Blount Endowment in honor of Larry Fleischman, a dynamic specialist and leader in the field of American art. As president of Kennedy Galleries of New York, Fleischman played a role in many innovative ventures, raising international awareness of issues concerning American art. He served as a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Committee of the White House, co-founded the Archives of American Art (now part of the Smithsonian), and founded and published The American Art Journal. During the 1950s, along with his wife, Mr. Fleischman amassed one of the nation’s earliest collections of significant American art.
EKPHRASIS: A Monthly Book Club About Art (Free to the Public)
The Museum’s monthly book club features books about art that cover topics ranging from artist biographies and art movements to historical fiction and art criticism. Book club meetings feature multimedia presentations to provide a visual context for the topics discussed. For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
March 12, 2014, 12 p.m.
The Irish Game by Matthew Hart
In the annals of art theft, no case has matched—for sheer criminal panache—the heist at Ireland’s Russborough House in 1986. The Irish police knew right away that the mastermind was a Dublin gangster named Martin Cahill. Yet the great plunder —including a Gainsborough, a Goya, two paintings by Rubens, and a Vermeer— remained missing for years.
April 9, 2014, 12 p.m.
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment.
May 7, 2014, 12 p.m.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability; Scott isn’t wealthy, prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps absurdly insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.
All books can be purchased at Capital Book and News Company, 1140 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL or email to find out about availability.
FLIMP Chalk Art
FLIMP Chalk Art Competition
May 2 and 3, 2014
The drawing times for the FLIMP Chalk Art Competition will be Friday May 2 and the morning of Saturday May 3, before the Festival begins. Chalk artists create inspired works of art in the Museum’s parking spaces, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. During the FLIMP Festival, visitors enjoy the vivid chalk drawings in the parking lot gallery, and local celebrities judge the winners.
The registration deadline is April 11, 2014.
Calling Chalk Art Sponsors
The Chalk Art competition is open to artists of all ages. Contestants often work on their designs for weeks in advance and labor over their chalk masterpieces the days of the event. Each team sponsorship is $100. Sponsorships guarantee that the Museum can provide materials and support for all of the teams. Supporters are thanked on FLIMP signage and in On Exhibit.
This special group enjoys viewing private collections and hearing from featured MMFA artists. Whether you collect, or just appreciate the Museum’s collection, a love of art is the foundation for this program. To inquire about dues or to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The season begins in October.
Junior Executive Board
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts founded a Junior Executive Board in Summer 2011 to promote membership to and build awareness about the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts among young professionals in the River Region. The Junior Executive Board targets community arts enthusiasts ages 25 to 40 and holds an annual fundraiser each fall called Art in Concert. The group also founded Mixed Media, arts focused after-hours events throughout the year; in 2012. Resumes are solicited in the fall of each year and service on the Junior Executive Board runs from January to December. The 2014 JEB President is Ms. Beth Hataway. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Officer Katherine Trumble at 334.240.4347 or Email.
Classes & Workshops
Art History Short Course
Short Course: Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Tuesday: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 12 noon
Study European art of the 18th and 19th centuries and American art of the same time period with Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak. For reservations call 334.240.4365.
Inside Acrylics Painting Workshop
Back by popular demand, Phil Garrett will offer strategies for working with Golden acrylic paints, mediums and gels to achieve a level of finesse usually associated with oil painting techniques. The two-day workshop will cover topics in Phil’s book, Inside Acrylics, such as preparing painting supports, using acrylic gels to create surface texture, color mixing, glazing, and varnishing. All paints, mediums, and gels provided by Golden paints. Class size is limited to 15.
Instructor: Phil Garrett
Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: March 15 and 16
Cost: $250 members/$295 non-members for the two-day
The docent volunteer program is a year-long program that prepares docents to present adult tours, school tours, studio activities, ARTWORKS presentations, and outreach programs. Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum’s education department will supply the necessary training that is needed to effectively lead tours of all ages.
Prospective Docents are:
- Eager to learn and share
- Interested in giving tours that generate conversations with their audience through questions (inquiry-based)
- Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
- Interested in leading groups of children, teens, and/or adults
If you are interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application. To learn more, call Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education. at 334.240.4362 or Visit the Docent Volunteer website
The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.