Lectures and Gallery Talks
Lectures and Gallery Talks, which often explore the themes of temporary exhibitions, are free and open to the public.
From Alabama to the Skies of France, 1917-1918: Penrose Vass Stout’s Improbable Journey
July 22, 2017, 10:30 A.M.
In conjunction with the exhibition Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator Jeff Jakeman, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, will share insights into the life and art of Montgomery native Penrose Stout (1887–1934). A World War I aviator, architect, and artist, Stout sent home rich letters documenting his experiences while abroad and created detailed sketches that document military life, the French countryside, and views from the cockpit. Jakeman will discuss Stout’s involvement in the war effort along with how the works in the exhibition fit within the larger Penrose Stout collection held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Perpetual Invention: The Printed Work of Frank Stella
Thursday, September 21, 7 P.M.
We hope you will join us for the reception, beginning at 5:30 P.M., in honor of Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective and collector Jordan Schnitzer. Afterwards, please stay for a presentation by Dr. Richard Axsom, exhibition curator and the author of the catalog raisonné of Stella’s prints, Frank Stella Prints (2014.)
Axsom will share personal insights about organizing the exhibition and his long association with Frank Stella and his prints. Axsom will also reveal the joys of working with Stella and affiliated arts professionals, including artist and master-print maker Ken Tyler. Additionally the program will examine Stella’s diverse stylistic explorations and serial working manner of the modern master over his long career.
Film:How to Steal a Million
Thursday, August 17, 5:30 P.M.
Join us for the classic Audrey Hepburn Film How to Steal a Million. Amazon.com describes it as follows, “The daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family’s forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar (Peter O’Toole) to help her.”
Assistant Curator of Education Kaci Norman will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.
Ekphrasis is a monthly book club devoted to the history of art. Each month, we feature a work of fiction or nonfiction that covers periods ranging from the ancient world to the art of today. For this unique program, staff members make presentations to provide a visual context for the topics discussed. Check out the list of upcoming featured books! Book club meets on Wednesdays at noon. To reserve lunch from Café M, call the Education Secretary at 334.240.4365. Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Fridays before the book club meets.
Ekphrasis is a free program for Museum members (click here to join the Museum.)
Join us for Collectors Society this year!
This special group for Museum members is enjoyable for everyone who collects art or loves the Museum’s collection. The fee is $300 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4361 with any questions.
Still-life Painting Class
Saturdays and Sundays, August 5, 6, 12, and 13
Saturdays 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sundays 1 to 5 P.M.
Join Montgomery Art Guild award winner Elana Hagler for a multi-weekend painting class. Learn how to effectively compose, lay-out, and paint personal and meaningful still-life paintings. Bring a box of objects, patterns, books, and photos that are precious to you and that you would like to capture, and we will work on arranging them and expressing them on canvas. This workshop is meant for students who already have a basic knowledge of painting and would like to take their compositions, color-relationships, and ability to create a believable sense of light and air to the next level.
Instructor: Elana Hagler
Cost: $265 for members/ $325 for non-members
Both Saturdays a box lunch from the cafe will be available for $10. Lunches must be ordered at the time of class registration.
Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%
administrative fee will be charged.
This unique program, designed for artists and art lovers alike, has been celebrating the work of Montgomery area artists for over 25 years. Sign up for a new season of six opportunities to view outstanding artwork and receive feedback about your own work. ARTtalk meets on select Thursday evenings in the Museum Library.
Dates: July 27, September 28, November 16
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $25.00.
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 hosts Last Call, arts focused after-hours events, throughout the year. Resumes are solicited in the fall of each year and service on the Junior Executive Board runs from January to December. The 2017 JEB President is Mrs. Rachael Gallagher. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Office at 334.240.4333 or Email.
The docent volunteer program is a year-long program that prepares docents to lead tours for students; including experiences in the galleries, studios, and ARTWORKS. Docents also lead adult tours, offsite presentations, puppet shows, and public programs.
Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum will supply the necessary training to effectively lead dynamic learning experiences for 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:
- Enthusiastic, flexible, and friendly
- Eager to learn about art and engage others in discussions about art
- Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
If you are interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application.
To learn more, call Jill Byrd, Tour Coordinator at 334.240.4359 or visit the Docent Volunteer website.