It’s during the month of February that people tend to reflect on love and happiness. Here at the MMFA, we make it a point to celebrate those special times with you. Here is a list of the events that were created with the community in mind.
Short Course: Alabama Quilts
Tuesdays: February 14, 21, and 28, at 12 noon
Throughout our state’s history, quilting has brought communities together. Now the MMFA and the Alabama Department of Archives and History have paired quilts from their collections representing similar themes, patterns, and techniques in works created across various times, places, classes, and racial lines. Join us for this short course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore the exhibition Sewn Together.
Tales for Tots
Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 to 11 A.M. and 11 to 11:30 A.M.
This FREE monthly program helps develop early learning about art fundamentals as participants engage with storybooks and simple craft activities related to art on display in the galleries.
Putting Together the Pieces: Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Quilting Tradition, co-hosted by Alabama State University
Thursday, February 16, 6 P.M.
Dr. Jacqueline Trimble, Chairperson of the Department of Languages and Literatures, and Dr. Catherine Gubernatis Dannen, Assistant Professor of English, Alabama State University, will lead a gallery talk in the exhibition Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.
Film at the Museum: Basquiat
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 P.M.
Layered with symbols, text, graffiti-like expressions, and references to other creative minds, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings broke auction records for work by an African-American artist and remain highly collectible today. Basquiat, written and directed by painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, tells the story of the artist’s short, tragic life, and his meteoric success.
Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams
Sunday, February 26, 2 P.M.
View the collaborative exhibition Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts displaying traditional handmade quilts from the collections of both the MMFA and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Enjoy the studio program replicating quilting styles and themes using textiles and colorful papers to make your own pattern designs to take home! As always, the jazz will be found in the Museum’s Orientation gallery!