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Lectures and Gallery Talks

 

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

 

 

MAG Museum Exhibition Juror’s Critique
Saturday, April 29, 10 A.M.

Hear from juror Jim Neel about the varied expressions by local artists on view in the 42nd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition.  Examine how the artists’ choices shaped the works that were ultimately chosen to be included in the exhibition and to receive awards.  A practicing sculptor, Neel is a Professor of Art at Birmingham Southern College, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Director of the Durbin Gallery.

An Afternoon with Mary Lynne Levy
Sunday, April 30, 2 P.M.

Along with her many civic contributions, MAG Featured Artist Mary Lynne Levy has long been active in Montgomery as an artist and supporter of the arts.  She describes herself as a colorist; Levy’s expressive works, which feature local and distant subjects, adorn a favorite spot in many a Montgomery home and office.  Join us to hear from the artist about her career and her work, including selections from her own home, on view in the 42nd MAG Museum Exhibition Featured Artist Mary Lynne Levy.

 

 

Films

Film: Girl With a Pearl Earring
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 P.M.

Have you ever imagined Vermeer’s studio, or how he created such strikingly quiet images in the midst of a busy household?  Tracey Chevalier depicts Vermeer’s daily life in her novel, The Girl With a Pearl Earring, in which she imagines how Vermeer’s famous painting came to be.  The movie by the same name name features Colin Firth as the modern master and Scarlett Johansson as his model . . .  Enjoy the film (by popular request) at the Museum with an introduction by Curator of Education Alice Novak and a brief discussion following the film.  The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Film: Lust for Life
Thursday, June 15, 5:30 P.M.

Many museum visitors requested a movie about Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. Outreach Coordinator Laura Bocquin invites you to enjoy the 1956 classic about the artist, Lust for Life, in which Kirk Douglas plays Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn plays Paul Gauguin. While new findings about Van Gogh’s life have surfaced in the over 50 years since the movie was made, the captivating reflections upon the artist’s powerful expressions and struggles for peace, recognition, and relationships remain relevant.  Bocquin will host the brief introduction and follow up discussion.  The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purpose.

 

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 $300 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.

 

Short Course

Short courses meet on Tuesdays at noon and are free and open to the public.

 

Short Course: On Exhibit
Tuesdays, April 18, 25, and May 2, noon

Enjoy a series of Tuesday noon gallery talks led by Curators on the Museum’s temporary exhibitions.

April 18
Nature, Tradition, & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection

April 25
Technique and Vision: A Snapshot of Photography’s Evolution

May 2
Between Words and Images

Short Course: The Work of Auguste Rodin
Tuesdays at noon June 6, 13, and 20, noon

During the summer months, the Museum will enjoy several sculptures by Auguste Rodin on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. As is evident in his work, Rodin was both a radical innovator and a traditional sculptor in his own right. In this short course, learn about the artist’s expressive figurative bronzes, examine the examples on view, and explore Rodin’s influence of American artists. Quoting the Rodin Museum in Paris “His genius was to express inner truths of the human psyche, and his gaze penetrated beneath the external appearance of the world.”

Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, edsecy@mmfa.org

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.

 

ARTtalk

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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: May 25, July 27, September 28, November 16
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $15.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $30.00.

Download the ARTtalk brochure here. Call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email edsecy@mmfa.org 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.

Docents

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.