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.
History Refused to Die
Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context
Thursday, March 19, 6 P.M. Opening Reception, 7. P.M. Opening Lecture
On the evening of the opening of the exhibition History Refused to Die, Leslie King-Hammond will deliver a lecture 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. Leslie King-Hammond is Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery with Loyd Howard
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6 P.M.
Hosted by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Civil Rights activist Loyd Howard will reflect on coming of age in Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement, leading up to the Voting Rights Act. Mr. Howard will focus on the bus boycott, in anticipation of the 60th anniversary later this year.
About the Monuments Men
Thursday April 9, 5:30 P.M.
Have you read The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel or seen the movie? Are you interested in this fascinating section of the military tasked with safeguarding and reclaiming cultural treasures during World War II? Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will present on the topic, as featured in the monthly book club Ekphrasis.
Masterworks: American Paintings from Wesleyan College with Lisa Sloben
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12 noon
Lisa Sloben, Director of the Center for Creative & Performing Arts and Curator at Wesleyan College, will lead a gallery talk in Masterworks. The exhibition offers a window into the styles and techniques taught at some of the most prestigious studios in New York City and Europe around the turn of the 20th century. The works were collected for Wesleyan by a devoted alumnus and accomplished artist, teacher, and collector; Helena Eastman Ogden Campbell.
History of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama with Randall Williams
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6 P.M.
Writer, publisher, and history editor Randall Williams will explore the larger context of the civil rights movement in a discussion that ranges from slavery through Civil War and Reconstruction to the late 19th and early 20th century activism and organizing that resulted in the 1950s and 1960s dismantling of Jim Crow segregation. Alabama and Montgomery were at the center of this movement but were also part of a national political and social strategy that was evolving in the courts, the streets, the media, and government at all levels. The program will also be recorded and made available on YouTube, Google+ and Museum’s website.
M.A.G. Show Juror’s Critique
Saturday June 13, 10 A.M.
Join Tom Butler and artists, as the juror leads a critique of works of art in the Montgomery Art Guild Exhibition.
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2 P.M.
Clark Walker, featured artist of the 2015 Montgomery Art Guild Museum exhibition, will lead a gallery talk amidst his works. A native of Selma and one of the most well-known artists in the region, Walker’s figurative paintings, landscapes, and other works are highly collectible. After training with Charles Shannon and attending the Art Students’ League in New York City, Walker studied with Ben Shahn and Jack Levine at Skowhegan School of Art in Maine before developing his distinctive style. The artist’s life and work are the subjects of a monograph by Foster Dickson, I Just Make People Up, published by New South Press in 2006.
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: 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 Alma Freeman and Alice Novak
Short Course: 19th Century American Art
Tuesdays May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16 at noon
Take a closer look at 19th Century American paintings and sculpture in the Museum’s Collection, including landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes. Gallery discussions will be supplemented by slides and film on occasion.
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR WINTER STUDIO CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM APRIL THRU JUNE, OFFICIALLY BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH)
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: January 29, March 26, May 21, July 23, September 24, November 19
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 2015 JEB President is Mr. C.J. Hincy. 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