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Wednesday February 12, 2014

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rebels in Paradise by Hunter Drohojowska-Philip. Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young artists liked about it. Freedom from an established way of seeing, making, and marketing art fueled their creativity, which in turn inspired the city.

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Wednesday March 12, 2014

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Irish Game by Matthew Hart. In the annals of art theft, no case has matched—for sheer criminal panache—the heist at Ireland’s Russborough House in 1986. The Irish police knew right away that the mastermind was a Dublin gangster named Martin Cahill. Yet the great plunder —including a Gainsborough, a Goya, two paintings by Rubens, and a Vermeer— remained missing for years.

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Tuesday July 08, 2014

Summer Short Course: Fashions, Tastes, and Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Discussions in the galleries about fashion, tastes, individual and collective identity will continue to the orientation circle where lunch will be served.
Lunches are $10 and must be reserved at least a week in advance by contacting 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

Menu for July 8, 2014
T
aste and Trends: Part 1
Enduring Classicism: Elegance in Design
Curator Alice Novak will discuss Americans’ preferences for the timeless character of classical design derived from the arts of ancient Greece and Rome.
Lunch: Clark’s Quiche with Salad

 

 

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Tuesday July 15, 2014

Summer Short Course: Fashions, Tastes, and Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Discussions in the galleries about fashion, tastes, individual and collective identity will continue to the orientation circle where lunch will be served.
Lunches are $10 and must be reserved at least a week in advance by contacting 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

Menu for July 15, 2014
Dressing the Part: Part 1
Post Civil War Women: New Opportunities, New Appearances
Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will examine how women’s clothing and fashions reflect the changing roles of women in American late-nineteenth century society.
Lunch: Chicken Salad on Croissant with Broccoli Salad

 

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Tuesday July 22, 2014

Summer Short Course: Fashions, Tastes, and Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Discussions in the galleries about fashion, tastes, individual and collective identity will continue to the orientation circle where lunch will be served.
Lunches are $10 and must be reserved at least a week in advance by contacting 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

Menu for July 22, 2014
Dressing the Part: Part 2
Twentieth Century Women: Self, Strength, and Style
Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will conclude the discussion of women’s clothing and fashion as women entered the modern era of the twentieth century, with a focus on the emergence of their roles outside of the home.
Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Quinoa with Hummus

 

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Tuesday July 29, 2014

Summer Short Course: Fashions, Tastes, and Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Discussions in the galleries about fashion, tastes, individual and collective identity will continue to the orientation circle where lunch will be served.
Lunches are $10 and must be reserved at least a week in advance by contacting 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

Menu for July 29, 2014
Tastes and Trends: Part 2
Looking East: Reflections of the Japanese Aesthetic
Curator Alice Novak addresses another stylistic trend of the nineteenth century; that is the taste for all things Oriental.
Lunch: Grilled Chicken over Mixed Greens

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Tuesday October 07, 2014

Short Course: Art of the Early 20th Century
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the latter sessions of “Art of the Early 20th Century,” learn about art between the world wars including: modern architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, and art that continued to challenge convention, such as the illogical and playful work of the surrealists. This course led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak is comprised of classroom presentations and gallery discussions. To register, please contact the Education Secretary at edsecy@mmfa.org or 240-4365.

 

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Wednesday October 08, 2014

Ekphrasis: A Monthly Book Club about Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Art Detective: Adventures of an Antiques Road Show Appraiser by Philip Mould

How can you tell a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Philip Mould has been so successful at discovering buried treasures that he’s affectionately known as “the art detective.” Now, at last, he has decided to let the eleven million fans of Antiques Roadshow in on his secrets. Led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak

This special program is for members only. Visit the membership page learn more.

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Tuesday October 14, 2014

Short Course: Art of the Early 20th Century
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the latter sessions of “Art of the Early 20th Century,” learn about art between the world wars including: modern architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, and art that continued to challenge convention, such as the illogical and playful work of the surrealists. This course led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak is comprised of classroom presentations and gallery discussions. To register, please contact the Education Secretary at edsecy@mmfa.org or 240-4365.

 

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Tuesday October 21, 2014

Short Course: Art of the Early 20th Century
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the latter sessions of “Art of the Early 20th Century,” learn about art between the world wars including: modern architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, and art that continued to challenge convention, such as the illogical and playful work of the surrealists. This course led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak is comprised of classroom presentations and gallery discussions. To register, please contact the Education Secretary at edsecy@mmfa.org or 240-4365.

 

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Tuesday October 28, 2014

Short Course: Art of the Early 20th Century
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the latter sessions of “Art of the Early 20th Century,” learn about art between the world wars including: modern architecture, the Harlem Renaissance, and art that continued to challenge convention, such as the illogical and playful work of the surrealists. This course led by Assistant Curator of Education Alice Novak is comprised of classroom presentations and gallery discussions. To register, please contact the Education Secretary at edsecy@mmfa.org or 240-4365.

 

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Tuesday January 06, 2015

Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at noon

In conjunction with Invitation to the Ball: the Fancy Dress Costumes of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Museum is offering a short course on houses of great American collectors that are Museums today.

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

Lunch is available by advance request for $10.  Reservations must be in by noon the Friday before.

Please contact Brandy Morrison at 240-4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

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Tuesday January 13, 2015

Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at noon

In conjunction with Invitation to the Ball: the Fancy Dress Costumes of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Museum is offering a short course on houses of great American collectors that are Museums today.

January 13 The Phillips Collection in DC, the Phillips family home showcasing the modern works collected by Duncan Phillips – Led by Tim Brown

Lunch is available by advance request for $10.  Reservations must be in by noon the Friday before.

Please contact Brandy Morrison at 240-4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

 

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Tuesday January 20, 2015

Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at noon

In conjunction with Invitation to the Ball: the Fancy Dress Costumes of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Museum is offering a short course on houses of great American collectors that are Museums today.

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

Lunch is available by advance request for $10.  Reservations must be in by noon the Friday before.

Please contact Brandy Morrison at 240-4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.

 

 

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Tuesday January 27, 2015

Short Course: Great Collectors Houses
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at noon

In conjunction with Invitation to the Ball: the Fancy Dress Costumes of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Museum is offering a short course on houses of great American collectors that are Museums today.

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, edsecy@mmfa.org.

 

 

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Tuesday February 03, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday February 10, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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 Alice Novak

 

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Tuesday February 17, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday February 24, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday March 03, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday March 10, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday March 17, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Tuesday March 24, 2015

Short Course: Art and Freedom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

 

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Wednesday April 08, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A FREE program for Museum members

Works of fiction and non-fiction are featured, covering periods ranging from the ancient world to the present with staff members leading presentations to provide visual context.

The Art Forger: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery.

Led by Assistant Curator of Adult Programs, Alice Novak

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

 

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Thursday April 16, 2015

Artist In Action
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Please stop by the Museum Store to see local artist Marybeth Farris as our Artist in Action in conjunction with DiVine Lunch.  She will be demonstrating how she uses beeswax and varnish to create photographic transfers onto canvas.  One of Marybeth’s favorite subject matters are sheep, so expect to see beautiful pictures of them being turned onto canvas!

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Wednesday May 06, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Defiant Spirits by Ross King

Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley, over a dozen years in Canadian history.

Led by Donna Pickens

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday August 12, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rembrandt’s Eyes by Simon Schama

Rembrandt’s Eyes shows us why Rembrandt is such a thrilling painter, so revolutionary in his art, so penetrating of the hearts of those who have looked for three hundred years at his pictures. Above all, Schama’s understanding of Rembrandt’s mind and the dynamic of his life allows him to re-create Rembrandt’s life on the page. Through a combination of scholarship and literary skill, Schama allows us to actually see that life through Rembrandt’s own eyes.

Led by Alice Novak

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday September 09, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

In her acclaimed novels, Susan Vreeland has given us portraits of painting and life that are as dazzling as their artistic subjects. Now, in The Forest Lover, she traces the courageous life and career of Emily Carr, who, more than Georgia O’Keeffe or Frida Kahlo, blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to artists’ studios in pre-World War I Paris, Vreeland tells her story with gusto and suspense, giving us a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction.

Led by Donna Pickens

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday October 14, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

Wolfe’s style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual.  This is Tom Wolfe “at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Led by Jennifer Jankauskas

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday November 18, 2015

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford

This chronicle of the two months in 1888 when Paul Gauguin shared a house in France with Vincent Van Gogh describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Includes 60 B&W reproductions of the artists’ paintings and drawings from the period.

Led by Alice Novak

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday January 13, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.

Not all pioneers went west.

In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history…

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday January 26, 2016

Short Course
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon

Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so.  From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings.  Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.

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Tuesday February 02, 2016

Short Course
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon

Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so.  From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings.  Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.

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Tuesday February 09, 2016

Short Course
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon

Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so.  From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings.  Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.

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Wednesday February 10, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O’Connor

The true story that inspired the movie Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Contributor to the Washington Post Anne-Marie O’Connor brilliantly regales us with the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the contemporary art world.

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor.
Winner of the Marfield National Award for Arts Writing. Winner of a California Book Award.

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday February 16, 2016

Short Course
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon

Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so.  From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings.  Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.

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Tuesday February 23, 2016

Short Course
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon

Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so.  From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings.  Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.

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Wednesday March 09, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Confessions of An Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim

A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider’s view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal and professional relationships, and often surprising portrayals of the artists themselves. Here is a book that captures a valuable chapter in the history of modern art, as well as the spirit of one of its greatest advocates.

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday April 13, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis

The subject of John Singer Sargent’s most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the “it girl” of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame.

Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau’s portrait generated the attention she craved-but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau’s dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting either the prelude to or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home.

MENU Grilled Chicken on Rice Salad: Basmati Rice, Green Peas, Pecans, and Golden Raisins, Salad, Cookie, and Beverage

 

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday May 10, 2016

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon.

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Wednesday May 11, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Milan, 1496 and forty-four-year-old Leonardo da Vinci has a reputation for taking on commissions and failing to complete them. He is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For eighteen months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become the Last Supper, a complex mural that took a full three years to complete on a surface fifteen feet high by twenty feet wide. Not only had he never attempted a painting of such size, but he had no experience whatsoever in painting in the physically demanding medium of fresco.

For more than five centuries the Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark has called it ‘the keystone of European art’, and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. Even today, according to Clark, we regard the painting as ‘more a work of nature than a work of man’. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic ‘miracle’, which was created against the backdrop of momentous events both in Milan and in the life of Leonardo himself.

In Leonardo and the Last Supper, Ross King tells the complete story of this creation of this mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved – everyone from the Leonardo’s young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work. Ross King’s new book is both a record of Leonardo da Vinci’s last five years in Milan and a ‘biography’ of one of the most famous works of art ever painted.

MENU Grilled Chicken and Caprese Salad: Romaine, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Dessert, and Beverage

 

 

This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday May 17, 2016

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon.

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Tuesday May 31, 2016

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon.

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Wednesday August 10, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known…of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul…of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame…and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece. –Amazon.com

Led by Jim Barganier and Alice Novak

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment muse be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets.  This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday September 14, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Paris Red by Maureen Gibbon

Paris, 1862. A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist Édouard Manet. The encounter will change her―and the art world―forever.

At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and cafés, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens. As Manet’s model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city.

Manet becomes himself because of Victorine. But who does she become, that figure on the divan?

Intense, erotic, and beautifully wrought, Paris Red evokes the unconventional love story of a painter and his muse that changed the history of art.
Amazon.com

Led by Alice Novak

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment muse be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

 

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Tuesday October 04, 2016

Short Course: Shakespeare Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hear from Susan Willis, dramaturg of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon of Huntingdon College about the myriad ways the works of Shakespeare are relevant today on stage and beyond.  Following the sessions focused on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s works, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a talk about representations of Shakespeare in works of art in the Museum exhibition Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  The short course will culminate with Dr. James and Mabs Seay of the Montgomery Chorale reflecting on and performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 12 noon

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Tuesday October 11, 2016

Short Course: Shakespeare Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hear from Susan Willis, dramaturg of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon of Huntingdon College about the myriad ways the works of Shakespeare are relevant today on stage and beyond.  Following the sessions focused on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s works, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a talk about representations of Shakespeare in works of art in the Museum exhibition Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  The short course will culminate with Dr. James and Mabs Seay of the Montgomery Chorale reflecting on and performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 12 noon

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Tuesday October 18, 2016

Short Course: Shakespeare Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hear from Susan Willis, dramaturg of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon of Huntingdon College about the myriad ways the works of Shakespeare are relevant today on stage and beyond.  Following the sessions focused on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s works, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a talk about representations of Shakespeare in works of art in the Museum exhibition Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  The short course will culminate with Dr. James and Mabs Seay of the Montgomery Chorale reflecting on and performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 12 noon

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Wednesday October 19, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visions of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and more

In celebration of the visit of the Folger’s First Folio, which will be on view for the month of October and open to Hamlet’s soliloquy, the book club will discuss over 400 years of artists’ representations of scenes from Hamlet. Examining Shakespeare’s influence on popular culture over the centuries, the presentation will also reference interpretations of other well-known dramatic scenes, such as the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth’s encounter with the Witches. The book club will read the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of the play.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

Among them: What is the Ghost? . . . Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?” – Amazon.com

Led by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld

Velma’s Chicken Salad
Served on a a Lettuce Leaf
Fruit
Crostini
Shortbread Cookie

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Thursday October 20, 2016

DiVine Lunch
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

divinelunchPlease join us for DiVine Lunch Thursday, October 20, from 11A.M. to 2 P.M. in Café M. Our three-course meal will highlight seasonal produce, unique entrees, and delicious dessert! The cost of lunch with wine pairings is $20 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Additional glasses of wine may be purchased for $8. Thank you to United Johnson Brothers, LLC for their perfect wine selections. To view the menu, please click here.

Reservations are recommended; please call the Café at 334.240.4339 to reserve a table for you and your friends.  Make sure to stop by the Museum Store between 12 noon and 2 P.M. to see Kay Sasser Jacoby, our Artist in Action at work.

 

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Tuesday October 25, 2016

Short Course: Shakespeare Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hear from Susan Willis, dramaturg of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon of Huntingdon College about the myriad ways the works of Shakespeare are relevant today on stage and beyond.  Following the sessions focused on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s works, Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a talk about representations of Shakespeare in works of art in the Museum exhibition Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  The short course will culminate with Dr. James and Mabs Seay of the Montgomery Chorale reflecting on and performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 12 noon

 

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Wednesday November 09, 2016

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads—and a $5 million reward—none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation’s most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith’s unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock ‘n’ roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.
-Amazon.com

Led by Sarah Graves

Turkey Wrap
With Lettuce, Tomato, Mixed Greens, and a Cream Cheese Spread
Brownie

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Wednesday January 11, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lillies by Ross King

Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet’s brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.” Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.

Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny, and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. By early 1914, French newspapers were reporting that Monet, by then 73 and one of the world’s wealthiest, most celebrated painters, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision–what Paul Cezanne called “the most prodigious eye in the history of painting”–was threatened by cataracts. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again on a more ambitious scale than ever before. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture–from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his close friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit. –Amazon.com

Led by Alice Novak

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday February 07, 2017

Short Course: Alabama Quilts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for this Short Course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore the exhibition Sewn Together.  Throughout our state’s history, quilting has brought communities together, and now the MMFA and the Archives have paired quilts from our collections, representing similar themes, pattens and techniques in works created across various times, places, classes, and racial lines.  The course sessions are described below.

February 7

Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King, co-directors of the Alabama Quilt Book Project, will present an overview of the Anglo and African-American quilting traditions in the state and highlight a few recent discoveries.

February 14 and 21

Exhibition co-curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Ryan Blocker will address the pairs of quilts on view in Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.

February 28

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the widely recognized and influential quilts of Gee’s Bend.

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Wednesday February 08, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of New York’s art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

As she did in her bestselling novel The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro tells a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask: What happens when luminous talent collides with unstoppable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world?
-Amazon.com

Led by Jennifer Jankauskas

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday February 14, 2017

Short Course: Alabama Quilts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for this short course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore the exhibition Sewn Together.  Throughout our state’s history, quilting has brought communities together, and now the MMFA and the Archives have paired quilts from our collections, representing similar themes, pattens and techniques in works created across various times, places, classes, and racial lines.  The course sessions are described below.

February 7

Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King, co-directors of the Alabama Quilt Book Project, will present an overview of the Anglo and African-American quilting traditions in the state and highlight a few recent discoveries.

February 14 and 21

Exhibition co-curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Ryan Blocker will address the pairs of quilts on view in Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.

February 28

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the widely recognized and influential quilts of Gee’s Bend.

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Tuesday February 21, 2017

Short Course: Alabama Quilts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for this short course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore the exhibition Sewn Together.  Throughout our state’s history, quilting has brought communities together, and now the MMFA and the Archives have paired quilts from our collections, representing similar themes, pattens and techniques in works created across various times, places, classes, and racial lines.  The course sessions are described below.

February 7

Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King, co-directors of the Alabama Quilt Book Project, will present an overview of the Anglo and African-American quilting traditions in the state and highlight a few recent discoveries.

February 14 and 21

Exhibition co-curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Ryan Blocker will address the pairs of quilts on view in Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.

February 28

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the widely recognized and influential quilts of Gee’s Bend.

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Tuesday February 28, 2017

Short Course: Alabama Quilts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for this short course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore the exhibition Sewn Together.  Throughout our state’s history, quilting has brought communities together, and now the MMFA and the Archives have paired quilts from our collections, representing similar themes, pattens and techniques in works created across various times, places, classes, and racial lines.  The course sessions are described below.

February 7

Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King, co-directors of the Alabama Quilt Book Project, will present an overview of the Anglo and African-American quilting traditions in the state and highlight a few recent discoveries.

February 14 and 21

Exhibition co-curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Ryan Blocker will address the pairs of quilts on view in Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.

February 28

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the widely recognized and influential quilts of Gee’s Bend.

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Wednesday March 08, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir’s masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine near Paris. A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoir’s future wife, among others, share this moment of la vie moderne, a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco-Prussian War. Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life. Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love, all the while facing issues of loyalty and the diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models and using settings in Paris and on the Seine, Vreeland illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, she paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs in a brilliant portrait of her own.
-Amazon.com

Led by Kaci Norman

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday March 14, 2017

Short Course: Pairs and Partners
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this short course, hear from Museum Curators about why they have selected various works of art to be viewed together in the first in a series of exhibitions of Pairs and Partners. The theme for the pairs selected for the show is “chiaroscuro.” Composed of the Italian words for light and dark respectively, the use of chiaroscuro (or dramatic lights and darks) is a description of the formal quality of light in a work of art, with which the metaphoric qualities of light are closely associated. Light and shadow can serve to accentuate emotional content, reveal or conceal certain elements of a scene, or even represent a mysterious or supernatural force at work. Hear from the curators about the works of art they have selected, as they compare and contrast two uses of chiaroscuro.

Tuesday, March 14, 21, 12 noon

 

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Tuesday March 21, 2017

Short Course: Pairs and Partners
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this short course, hear from Museum Curators about why they have selected various works of art to be viewed together in the first in a series of exhibitions of Pairs and Partners. The theme for the pairs selected for the show is “chiaroscuro.” Composed of the Italian words for light and dark respectively, the use of chiaroscuro (or dramatic lights and darks) is a description of the formal quality of light in a work of art, with which the metaphoric qualities of light are closely associated. Light and shadow can serve to accentuate emotional content, reveal or conceal certain elements of a scene, or even represent a mysterious or supernatural force at work. Hear from the curators about the works of art they have selected, as they compare and contrast two uses of chiaroscuro.

Tuesday, March 14, 21, 12 noon

 

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Wednesday April 12, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.

Amazon.com

Led by Jim Barganier and Alice Novak

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Seasonal Berries, and Feta with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Cookie

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday April 18, 2017

Short Course: On Exhibit
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays at noon April 18, 25, and May 2

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

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Thursday April 20, 2017

DiVine Lunch
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Looking for a delectable meal paired with great wine – come to DiVine Lunch! The cost is $20 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). This three-course meal is a great way to meet up with friends or co-workers for lunch.  View the menu now.

Reservations are recommended. Call 334.240.4339. DiVine Lunch is a partnership with United-Johnson Brothers, LLC.

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Tuesday April 25, 2017

Short Course: On Exhibit
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays at noon April 18, 25, and May 2

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

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Tuesday May 02, 2017

Short Course: On Exhibit
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays at noon April 18, 25, and May 2

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

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Wednesday May 10, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollack by Henry Adams

The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, trailblazing Abstract Expressionist, appear to be the polar opposite of Thomas Hart Benton’s highly figurative Americana. Yet the two men had a close and highly charged relationship dating from Pollock’s days as a student under Benton. Pollock’s first and only formal training came from Benton, and the older man soon became a surrogate father to Pollock. In true Oedipal fashion, Pollock even fell in love with Benton’s wife.

Pollock later broke away from his mentor artistically, rocketing to superstardom with his stunning drip compositions. But he never lost touch with Benton or his ideas-in fact, his breakthrough abstractions reveal a strong debt to Benton’s teachings. In an epic story that ranges from the cafés and salons of Gertrude Stein’s Paris to the highways of the American West, Henry Adams, acclaimed author of Eakins Revealed, unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.
Amazon.com

Led by Michael Panhorst

Lunch: Sliced Smoked Beef Brisket over Roasted Corn Succotash, Black-eyed Peas, Tomatoes, and Mixed Greens with an Herb Vinaigrette, Brownie

 

To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, edsecy@mmfa.org.  Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only.  Visit the membership page to learn more.

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Tuesday June 06, 2017

Short Course: The Work of Auguste Rodin
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During the summer months, the Museum will enjoy several sculptures by Auguste Rodin on loan from the Iris Cantor.  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.”

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Tuesday June 13, 2017

Short Course: The Work of Auguste Rodin
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During the summer months, the Museum will enjoy several sculptures by Auguste Rodin on loan from the Iris Cantor.  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.”

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Tuesday June 20, 2017

Short Course: The Work of Auguste Rodin
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During the summer months, the Museum will enjoy several sculptures by Auguste Rodin on loan from the Iris Cantor.  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.”

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Wednesday July 19, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (Open Meeting)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

War & Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans

“The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. In War and Turpentine, his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather’s story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain’s memory.

With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father’s work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become.”
Amazon.com

Menu: Grilled Chicken over New Southern Succotash, Sweet Corn, Black Eyed Peas, Grape Tomatoes, and Cucumbers over Mixed Greens with an Herb Vinaigrette, Cookie

Led by Alice Novak

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Wednesday August 09, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing by Laura Snyder

“On a summer day in 1674, in the small Dutch city of Delft, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek―a cloth salesman, local bureaucrat, and self-taught natural philosopher―gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass holder and discovered a never-before imagined world of microscopic life. At the same time, in a nearby attic, the painter Johannes Vermeer was using another optical device, a camera obscura, to experiment with light and create the most luminous pictures ever beheld . . .In Eye of the Beholder, Laura J. Snyder transports us to the streets, inns, and guildhalls of seventeenth-century Holland, where artists and scientists gathered, and to their studios and laboratories, where they mixed paints and prepared canvases, ground and polished lenses, examined and dissected insects and other animals, and invented the modern notion of seeing.”

Amazon.com

Menu: Velma’s Chicken Salad over a Fruited Spinach Salad with Seasonal Berries, Mandarin Oranges, Crumbled Feta, and our house-made Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Cookie

Led by Alice Novak

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Wednesday September 13, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection by John Anderson

“This is the story of how a fabled art foundation―the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America, including 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, and 44 Picassos, among many priceless others―came to be, and how more than a decade of legal squabbling brought it to the brink of collapse and to a move that many believe betrayed the wishes of the founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872―1951). Art Held Hostage is now updated with a new epilogue by the author covering the current state of this international treasure and the endless battle over its fate.”

Amazon.com

Menu: Sliced Grilled Chicken over a Basmati Rice Salad with a Mint & Lemon Dressing, Brownie

Led by Jennifer Jankauskas

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Wednesday October 11, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Georgia: A Novel by Dawn Tripp

In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O’Keeffe’s work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O’Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz’s sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation.

Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others are saying about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in.

A breathtaking work of the imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman, her search for love and artistic freedom, the sacrifices she will face, and the bold vision that will make her a legend.

Amazon.com

Led by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld

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Wednesday November 08, 2017

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past.  It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

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Led by Elisabeth Palmer

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Wednesday January 10, 2018

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan by Christopher Benfey

When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to “Old Japan,” with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern state, ultimately transforming itself, in the course of twenty-five years, from a feudal backwater to an international power. This great wave of historical and cultural reciprocity between the two young nations, which intensified during the late 1800s, brought with it some larger-than-life personalities, as the lure of unknown foreign cultures prompted pilgrimages back and forth across the Pacific.

In The Great Wave, Benfey tells the story of the tightly knit group of nineteenth-century travelers—connoisseurs, collectors, and scientists—who dedicated themselves to exploring and preserving Old Japan. As Benfey writes, “A sense of urgency impelled them, for they were convinced—Darwinians that they were—that their quarry was on the verge of extinction.”

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Led by Sarah Graves

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Wednesday February 14, 2018

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Madness as the Fair That Changed America  by Erik Larson

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium.

Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

To find out more about this book, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

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Led by Jim Barganier and Alice Novak

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Wednesday March 14, 2018

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharoahs by Bob Brier

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation? Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames–from ancient times, to Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign, to the Discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s. For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of ancient Egypt on our world today.
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Led by Michael Panhorst

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Wednesday April 11, 2018

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece  by Laura Cumming

When John Snare, a nineteenth century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he found a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young—too young to be king—and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to whom the piece was attributed. Snare had found something incredible—but what?

His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England—a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain’s fortunes—proposed a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait, and Snare believed only Velázquez could have been the artist of choice. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family.

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Led by Kaci Norman

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Wednesday May 09, 2018

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting  by Erica E. Hirshler

John Singer Sargent’s renowned portrait “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” is examined in an aesthetic, philosophical, and personal tour de force that has been called “thoroughly absorbing” (New York Times Book Review); “brilliant and insightful” (Wall Street Journal); “an attractive, well-illustrated scholarly book, further enlivened by the author’s warm and friendly tone” (Times Literary Supplement); “a uniquely crafted history” (The Magazine Antiques); “a brilliant work of criticism, without a word of jargon in it” (Maine Antique Digest); “sensitive and penetrating” (Choice); and “a meticulously researched account of [the Boits’] milieu, their eccentric lifestyle, its unintended effects on their daughters, and of the creation of the enchanting masterwork” (Cape Cod Times).

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Led by Laura Bocquin

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