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Lectures and Gallery Talks



Lectures and Gallery Talks, which often explore the themes of temporary exhibitions, are free and open to the public.


2017 Fleischman Lecture 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 H. Axsom, exhibition curator and the author of the catalogue 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 printer Kenneth Tyler. Additionally the program will examine Stella’s diverse stylistic explorations and serial working manner of the modern master over his long career.

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.

Picturing Music in The World We Can Imagine: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of the MMFA
Sunday, October 15, 2 P.M.

The World We Can Imagine: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of the MMFA celebrates the innovative media and vibrant expressions found in the Museum’s collection of self-taught art. Mary Proctor’s Light of the World (painted on a metal door), Yvonne Wells’ Hank Williams Quilt 1, and Bernice Sims’ Church Choir represent the rich music of the South. Join us in exploring how the artists chose to depict song, joy, worship, and a famous native son in their work. The gallery talk will be led by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, who curated the exhibition, and educator Alice Novak.

Panel Discussion: Uncommon Territory
Thursday, November 30, 7 P.M.

To mark the bicentennial of Alabama’s creation as a territory, Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama includes both established makers along with younger, emerging artists to examine the current vitality of artistic creativity found throughout the state. Following the exhibition’s opening reception, exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas will moderate a panel discussion with four artists to reflect on their diverse ways of working and their careers. Jürgen Tarrasch, Birmingham-based abstract painter works in a variety of media; Huntsville-based printmaker and multi-media artist, Katie Baldwin’s narrative imagery relates to her place in the landscape; Tuscaloosa-based installation artist Claire Lewis Evans creates drawings in space; and Birmingham-based sculptor Stacey Holloway combines human and animal attributes in her narrative works to explore ideas of domesticity.

Short Course

American Artists’ Views of the First World War
Tuesdays October 31, November 7, November 14, 12 noon

Many artists represented in the Museum collection lived through the First World War, including Kelly Fitzpatrick, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and the Canadian Kerr Eby. Some saw combat and each influenced our perspective in some way regarding how we see our world, our country, and our involvement in the unprecedented global conflict.

The short course taught by Curator of Art Dr. Michael Panhorst and Curator of Education Alice Novak will consider the ways in which art was shaped by the war and will reference peacetime works by the artists in focus. The series will draw heavily on scholarship around the exhibition World War I and American Art, which was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville on October 6.

Uncommon Territory
Tuesdays, December 5 and 12, January 9 and 16, 12 noon

Join us for this Short Course as Curator of Art Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas and Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer lead discussions with several artists represented in the exhibition Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama.

December 5     Artists Elisabeth Pellathy and Annie B. Campbell
Elisabeth Pellathy is a multi-disciplinary artist, utilizing drawing, printmaking, electronic media, and digital fabrication in her work. Her art is reflective of issues raised by the disappearance of species, language, culture, and information. Annie B. Campbell is a sculptor who works primarily with clay in addition to various mixed media. Her current concepts revolve around specific environmental events, including accidents related to the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels.

December 12   Artists Irby Pace and Carlton Nell
Irby Pace is a photographer and continues to be interested in capturing movement photographically by utilizing smoke in order to activate the landscape. Carlton Nell is an oil painter whose large oil paintings and small drawings capture the essence of a moment, a place, or a sensation in nature.

January 9 Jennifer Jankauskas and Elisabeth Palmer
The Curators will present an overview of other artists in the exhibition and contemporary practices in Alabama.

January 16      Artists E. Bruce Phillips Jr. and Darius Hill
E. Bruce Phillips Jr. is a mixed media artist whose work plays with perspective in order to investigate the interconnection between humans and the built environment. Darius Hill’s recent work is a meditation on identity. Using a variety of media, he examines the notion of the ‘black experience’.

College Programs

College Night: Frank Stella Prints
Thursday, October 26, 6 P.M.

College Night is inspired this fall by the museum’s visiting exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective. Immerse yourself in the exhibit and enjoy live music and spoken word. Try your hand at printmaking to create your own Stella-inspired work and learn more about the printmaking process. Admission to the event and exhibition is free.




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. 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.

Film: The Art of the Steal
Thursday, October 5, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for Don Argott’s documentary about the controversial move of the Barnes art collection to downtown Philadelphia.  The Ekphrasis book club also recently explored the topic after reading Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection.

“A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.” (Netflix)

Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Film: The Agony and the Ecstasy
Thursday, November 9, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for the Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison film The Agony and the Ecstasy.

“Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone’s novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo’s life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.” (Netflix)

Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.


Book Club

ED.bookclub.7EKPHRASIS: A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum Members)

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.)


Collectors Society

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 $325 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4361 with any questions.

Check out this year’s calendar of events or sign up today to become a member.


Studio Classes

Fused Glass Adult Studio Class

Learn to fuse glass to make beautiful pendants, earrings and more! Instructor Jo Taylor will teach you everything you need to know about this unique technique. No previous experience is necessary. All tools and supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
Sunday: October 15
Time: 1- 4 P.M.
Cost: $50 members/ $65 nonmembers
Instructor: Jo Taylor

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:  September 28, November 16
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $25.00.

Download the ARTtalk brochure here. Call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email to register.

Junior Executive Board

Jr.Exec.Board-1The 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.


ED.docent-tourThe 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.