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Thursday April 10, 2014

Opening Reception
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an opening reception for Creator/Created: Jerry Siegel Portraits and Artists from the Permanent Collection and Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection.

 

Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
Please RSVP by Friday, April 4, 2014 to 334.240.4333

 

Creator/Created: Jerry Siegel Portraits and Artists from the Permanent Collection
Sponsored by:

 

The James W. Wilson, Jr. and Wynona W. Wilson Family Foundation
Alabama Humanities Foundation
River Bank & Trust
Alabama Tourism Department
Morgan Stanley
Laura and Barrie Harmon

 

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection
Sponsored by:

 

Loree and Owen Aronov
Teri Aronov
Jake Aronov
Corinna and Barry Wilson
BB&T
Laura and Michael Luckett
Helen Till

 

Also on view:
Ke Francis: A Selection of Large-Scale Works
Sponsored by:
Dr. Marla Wohlman and Mr. John Crews
Carolyn and Dr. Alfred Newman, Jr.

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Friday May 02, 2014

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Mixed Media Chalk Block Party
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Museum’s Mixed Media group for an informal gathering prior to Saturday’s Flimp Festival.  A chance to mix and mingle with the young and young at heart, get a preview of the Chalk Art competition in the parking area, and enjoy a spring evening in our always beautiful Blount Cultural Park.  A cash bar and food vendor will be on-site to provide plenty of libations and delicious snacks.  This is a FREE event sponsored by the Museum’s Junior Executive Board.

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Wednesday August 06, 2014

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11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Thursday August 14, 2014

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Military Open House
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

EV.military.60blur-aThe Museum appreciates the service and commitment of military personnel and their families and takes this opportunity every year to show our appreciation.  Local active duty and retired military personnel and their immediate family are invited to attend Military Open House.  The festivities include art-making projects in the Studios, live music, and a buffet dinner.

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Saturday October 11, 2014

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Expressive Drawing Workshop
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn to draw objects with expressive line and shading, using a limited selection of media, under the direction of this well-known artist and AUM (Auburn University in Montgomery) instructor. Designed for beginning and intermediate levels, this fun workshop will include digital media examples of projects, demonstrations, and individual critiques. Most supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 students.

Instructor: Rick Mills
Cost: $60 Museum or MAG (Montgomery Art Guild) members
$105 non- members

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Sunday October 12, 2014

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Expressive Drawing Workshop
1:00 am - 5:00 am

Learn to draw objects with expressive line and shading, using a limited selection of media, under the direction of this well-known artist and AUM (Auburn University in Montgomery) instructor. Designed for beginning and intermediate levels, this fun workshop will include digital media examples of projects, demonstrations, and individual critiques. Most supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 students.

Instructor: Rick Mills
Cost: $60 Museum or MAG (Montgomery Art Guild) members
$105 non- members

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Thursday October 23, 2014

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Art for Life’s Sake: An African Collection for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

In the past African artists created objects that served specific purposes: leadership, religion, education, social control, etc.  Following a reception, the MMFA’s consulting Africanist, Dr. Robin Poynor of the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History and affiliated with the Center for African Studies, will deliver a lecture on the functions of art in traditional African communities.  The program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Art for Life’s Sake: An African Collection for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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Sunday October 26, 2014

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Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring the entire family to these free fun events and enjoy music, art activities in the studios, and wonderful artwork in the galleries! View a special exhibition of African art in the Museum galleries, see artists demonstrate wood carving, printmaking, and jewelry making, “jive” with the rhythm and sounds of jazz, make animal masks & stamped Adinkra designs in the studios, and enjoy the BTW Dance Theatre’s energizing performance to end an afternoon of fun.

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Friday November 21, 2014

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Artist Market and Preview Party
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ArtMarkt_9938aThe Museum Store is looking forward to the 5th Annual Artist Market on Friday, November 21st from 5:30 to 8 P.M., and Saturday, November 22nd from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. in the Lowder Gallery, Rotunda, and Durr-Fillauer Gallery. Artist Market consists of local and regional artists who are represented in the Museum Store. There will be painters, potters, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, a stone carver, and many more. Friday evening’s Artist Market and Preview Party event includes hors d’oeurves and a cash bar. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and shop with approximately 30 artists on Friday night and Saturday. Mark your calendar for this great holiday shopping opportunity. BUY LOCAL, BUY HANDCRAFTED!

 

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Saturday November 22, 2014

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Artist Market
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

ArtMarkt_9910aThe Museum Store is looking forward to the 5th Annual Artist Market on Friday, November 21st from 5:30 to 8 P.M., and Saturday, November 22nd from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. in the Lowder Gallery, Rotunda, and Durr-Fillauer Gallery. Artist Market consists of local and regional artists who are represented in the Museum Store. There will be painters, potters, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, a stone carver, and many more. Friday evening’s Artist Market and Preview Party event includes hors d’oeurves and a cash bar. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and shop with approximately 30 artists on Friday night and Saturday. Mark your calendar for this great holiday shopping opportunity. BUY LOCAL, BUY HANDCRAFTED!

 

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Saturday December 06, 2014

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Holiday Open House
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

HOH_DSC0107The festivities for the event include musical performances by local school choirs and performance groups, holiday art projects, cookies and lemonade, and horse and carriage rides in the park. Holiday Open House is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and family and spend the afternoon at MMFA celebrating the season.

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Thursday February 12, 2015

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Tour of the West Coast Wine Region, Food and Wine Event
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The MMFA, United Johnson Brother, and Jennie Weller Catering have partnered to present the signature wines of Oregon, Washington State, and California paired with delectable tapas, live music, a bit of education, and plenty of time to enjoy yourself and others.  A great Valentine’s date night!

For more information call Blake Rosen, Director of Service at 334-240-4350 or email, brosen@mmfa.org.

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Thursday March 19, 2015

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Opening Reception
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the opening receptions for History Refused to Die Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context and the ARTWORKS Corridor. The theme for the student exhibition is Confronting the Issues and a student recognition will be held at 6:00 P.M.

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Sunday March 22, 2015

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Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring the entire family to this FREE fun event, and enjoy a little jazz, art activities in the studios, and wonderful art work in the galleries!

Be inspired by the works of art in the exhibition History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African American Self-Taught Artists in Context, listen to the rhythmic sounds of jazz, and add your own creation to the civil rights community quilt. The completed quilt will be displayed in the Museum.

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Wednesday April 08, 2015

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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

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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

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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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Friday June 12, 2015

Montgomery Art Guild Opening Reception, with Featured Artist Clark Walker
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

ARTWORKS Corridor Opening Reception  6:00 P.M.

Opening of the 41st Biennial Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, with featured artist Clark Walker. Juror Tom Butler has selected works in a wide range of media and with diverse subject matter, providing a sample of the best contemporary art in the River Region.  Foster Dickson, author of I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker,  (NewSouth Books) will be present to sign copies of the book at the opening, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

The exhibition in the ARTWORKS Corridor will feature a selection of art from Advanced Placement (AP) art students of the River Region.

The juror of the 41st Biennial Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition will also hold a critique in the galleries on Saturday at 10 A.M.

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Wednesday August 12, 2015

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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

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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

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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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Friday October 16, 2015

Art in Concert
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board will host its 4th annual Art in Concert featuring The Futurebirds.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for what promises to be a great night of live music on the Museum grounds.  The Futurebirds formed in Athens, Georgia in 2008 and have been touring with the likes of Drive By Truckers, Widespread Panic, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.  Their alt-country style is best exemplified in their high energy live shows.

Doors open at 6:00 pm with music starting at 7:00.  No outside coolers are permitted.  Food and beverages will be sold during the event.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here for $10 or $15 at the gate.  Both cash and cards will be accepted.

We want to thank our lead sponsors MATTER, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Auburn University Montgomery for their support of Art in Concert.

This event is rain or shine.

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Saturday October 17, 2015

Painting with Oils: Creating a More Convincing Illusion
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Novices and seasoned painters alike will learn to create more dynamic, rich paintings in this informative two-day workshop, taught by well-known artist and UAB professor Gary Chapman. The course will concentrate on the law of contrasts (color-hue & temperature, value, texture, opacity, and types of edges) as a fundamental tool in still life and observational painting. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Instructor: Gary Chapman

Saturday: October 17: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Sunday: October 18: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Cost: $125 members and MAG members/$170 non-members; $75 students for the two-day workshop

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Sunday October 18, 2015

Painting with Oils: Creating a More Convincing Illusion
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Novices and seasoned painters alike will learn to create more dynamic, rich paintings in this informative two-day workshop, taught by well-known artist and UAB professor Gary Chapman. The course will concentrate on the law of contrasts (color-hue & temperature, value, texture, opacity, and types of edges) as a fundamental tool in still life and observational painting. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Instructor: Gary Chapman

Saturday: October 17: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Sunday: October 18: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Cost: $125 members and MAG members/$170 non-members; $75 students for the two-day workshop

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Thursday October 22, 2015

MMFA Trip to Mobile
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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October 22, 8:30 A.M.
$65/Collectors Society Members  $75/Docents $85/members
Register by September 4 by calling Brandy Morrison at 240-4365

Join us for an excursion to the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center and Mobile Museum of Art.  The AC, along with the MMFA, organized the groundbreaking, two-part exhibition History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context, in commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March.  The MMFA had great response to the exhibition and related programs, and our sister show – featuring different objects, by the same artists, and organized around the same themes – is still on view on Mobile.

We will hear from AC Director Bob Sain about History Refused to Die and the renovated building the AC makes its home in.  Enjoy lunch at the original Wintzell’s Oyster House and visit the Mobile Museum of Art to hear from their Director, Deborah Velders.  Drinks and light snacks will be provided on the bus, provided by Southern Coaches.

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Wednesday November 18, 2015

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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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Saturday December 05, 2015

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Holiday Open House
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum invites you to an afternoon of holiday cheer at the 20th annual Holiday Open House. Local choral groups will be performing throughout the Museum and the studios will be bustling with holiday crafts including the ever-popular Reindeer Feed Bags. The galleries will be open, as will ARTWORKS. Be on the look out for a certain red-suited guest who will listen to all holiday wishes. There is no charge for Holiday Open House, but we encourage you to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or canned goods for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

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Wednesday January 13, 2016

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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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Wednesday February 10, 2016

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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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Wednesday March 09, 2016

confessions

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

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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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Wednesday May 11, 2016

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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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Wednesday August 10, 2016

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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

parisred

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.
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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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Wednesday October 19, 2016

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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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Wednesday November 09, 2016

gardnerheist

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.
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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

madenchantment

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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Sunday January 22, 2017

Jazz Jams

Jazz Jams
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for Jazz Jams from 2-4pm in the Orientation Circle.  This event is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend.  Listen to the best jazz artists from the River Region perform or bring an instrument of your own and join in with the band!  Seating is limited, so arrive early for this great afternoon of live music.  Drop in the studios between 2-4pm and create art projects with your children designed around exhibitions in the Museum’s Temporary Galleries.  No reservations necessary.

The MMFA wants to thank the Alabama Roots Society for their partnership in making Jazz Jams possible.

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Wednesday February 08, 2017

muralist

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
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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Wednesday March 08, 2017

boatingparty

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
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 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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Wednesday April 12, 2017

lovingfrank

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
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.

Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion.

Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.
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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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Wednesday May 10, 2017

tomandjack

Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
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

 

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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