Lectures and Gallery Talks
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.
2015 Fleischman Lecture:
Marjorie Merriweather Post American Icon: Dressed for the Ball
Thursday, January 15, 7 P.M.
Following the opening of Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes, Kate Markert will explore the style and life of Marjorie Merriweather Post, giving context to the exhibition. Marjorie and her husband E.F. Hutton were the “it” couple during the 1920’s, an opulent era of the fancy dress balls in America. Dramatic, artful costumes such as Post’s were inspired by literature, history, and more. Ms. Markert serves as Executive Director of Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, the Washington D.C. home of the famous heiress, businesswoman, and collector.
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.
Evening with the Curator: Rewind: Art of the 1980s
Thursday, January 29, 5:30 P.M.
Many of us lived through the global development, end of the Cold War, and other rapid changes of the eighties. At the same time, art evolved in varied directions, marked by an interest in identity and the body, a return to expressionism, and a plurality of styles. Led by Jennifer Jankauskas, “Evening with the Curator” will explore works on paper from this era, representing diverse artists, styles, and processes. Rewind: Art of the 1980s is the third in a series of exhibitions focusing on recent decades in American art.
Myrna Colley Lee will discuss a lecture on the exhibition Reflections, organized from her extensive 20th century African American art collection. Featured are works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, James Van Der Zee, Eudora Welty, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff, representing African American lives, stories, and communities. In addition to the paintings and works on paper on view are fabric works, reflecting materials that feature prominently in the life of Ms. Lee. She is a highly accomplished costume designer in the black theatre movement. Curator Jennifer Jankauskas will facilitate “Reflections with Myrna Colley Lee.”
Celebrating the Weil Collection
Sunday, February 15, Reception 3, Gallery Talk 3:30 P.M.
Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr. was a great inspiration to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Montgomery community, both in his contributions to the Museum’s collections and in his legacy of philanthropy. With the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, we are celebrating the centennial of Bucks’ birth by jointly organizing Canaletto’s Vedute Prints: An Exhibition in Honor of Adolph Weil, Jr. Following a reception, join Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld as she shares insights into the collecting vision and connoisseurship of Bucks Weil, and discusses Canaletto’s 30 etchings which form his series the Vedute, a stunning collection of 18th-century views of Venice.
History Refused to Die
Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context
Thursday, March 19, 6 P.M. Opening Reception
On the evening of the opening of the exhibition History Refused to Die, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a gallery discussion about art made by self-taught artists active in Alabama in the latter twentieth century. The works in the exhibition were primarily created by these artists—they are personal, introspective, and philosophical creations that are suffused with the quality of memory, and increasingly appreciated for their visual power and honesty. Created largely with found objects and cast-off materials, the works are related to earlier works from the folk tradition, but incorporate the insights of individuals who have known life in Alabama during its period of greatest social and cultural evolution.
For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
This special group for Museum members is enjoyable for everyone who collects art or loves the Museum’s collection. The fee is $275 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4362 with any questions.
Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at noon
In conjunction with Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes, the Museum is offering a short course on houses of great American collectors that have become museums.
January 6: The Frick Collection in New York, home of the industrialist Henry Clay Frick, featuring his Old Master and decorative arts collections – Led by Alice Novak
January 13: The Phillips Collection in DC, the Phillips family home showcasing the modern works collected by Duncan Phillips – Led by Tim Brown
January 20: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Italian Renaissance style palazzo featuring Gardner’s ancient to modern collections – Led by Alice Novak
January 27: Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, the DC home of American heiress and businesswoman Marjorie Merriweather Post, showcasing her Russian and French decorative arts collections – Led by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld
Lunch is available by advance request for $10. Reservations must be in by noon the Friday before. Please contact Brandy Morrison at 240-4365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short Course: Art and Freedom
Tuesdays February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 at noon
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Museum celebrates the diverse expressions of African American artists. From the work of painters and sculptors breaking barriers in the 19th century to the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, the course will be comprised of lectures and visits to the Reflections and History Refused to Die exhibitions, along with selected works in the Museum’s collection.
Led by Tim Brown and Alice Novak
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR WINTER STUDIO CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM JANUARY THRU MARCH, OFFICIALLY BEGINS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH)
Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. Download the studio brochure to learn more or call 334.240.4365.
Adults (ages 14 and older)
Get an up-close look at artists, their work and the creative process in this unique program, designed for area artists as well as those interested in art. Artists bring a work of art to the Museum, show it to other artists and have friendly feedback about their work. To register for ARTtalk, contact the education secretary at 334.240.4365 or email Donna Pickens, Assistant Curator of Education.
Monthly: November 20
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $20.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $35.00 for non-members for the year or $5 per session, $10 non-members.
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 Office at 334.240.4344 or Email.
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. The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.
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 currently an active docent, including new docents in training, you can now view the training schedule online.
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