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Month: October 2016

A Time to Give Thanks at the MMFA

It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2016. As residents reflect on what they are thankful for throughout the month of November, here at the MMFA, we would like to give back. We are offering the River Region opportunities to see exciting exhibitions, take enjoyable and productive art classes, and so much more. The activities of November include a movie screening, a chance to learn more about the history of political cartooning and Alabama politics, and a spectacular way for you to get your holiday shopping done early.

Check out the list of happenings this month.

pollock-for-blog-5Films at the Museum: Pollock
Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 P.M.

Join us for the 2000 film Pollock, chronicling the abstract expressionist painter’s dramatic life in the 40’s and 50’s – from obscurity to fame, with fellow artist Lee Krasner – and his tragic end.

First Sundays
Sunday, November 6, 1 P.M.

spangler-for-blogGallery Talk: The Political Cartoons of Frank M. Spangler, Sr.
Sunday, November 6, 2 P.M.

On the eve of the 2016 elections, the Museum will hold a gallery talk engaging the political cartoons of Frank M. Spangler, Sr., printed in the Montgomery Advertiser in the 1920’s and 30’s. The discussion will be led by Jim Earnhardt of the Media Production Group at Auburn University and the artist Marguerite Edwards.

Holiday Wood Carving
Saturdays: November 12, and November 19, at 1:30 P.M.

tucci-for-blogArtist Market
Friday, November 18, 5:30 P.M. and Saturday, November 19, 10 A.M.

Please join us for our 7th annual Artist Market beginning with a preview event on Friday, November 18 from 5:30-8PM.  The market will continue on Saturday, November 19 from 10AM-4PM in the Lowder Gallery and Rotunda of the MMFA.  In addition to our outstanding regional artists featured daily in the Museum Store, we are delighted to welcome Kathleen Nowak Tucci as our Featured Artist.

Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams
Sunday, November 20, 2 P.M.

Museum Store Black Friday Sale
Friday, November 25, 11 A.M.




Credit Information:
Figure 2: Frank M. Spangler, Sr. (American, 1881–1946), Political Bridge Builder, ca. 1930; ink, conté crayon, Chinese white, and graphite on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 1931.16.24


Meet Federico Uribe!

blog-uribe4-2016A lively giraffe made of colored pencils, a two-story tree made of khaki pants, a dazzling pond made of CDs – all of this and more can be found in an immersive and dreamlike exhibit created by Federico Uribe. Uribe transforms ordinary, everyday objects into extraordinary sculptures of the natural world. The Muses Teen Council was fortunate enough to experience a first-hand viewing of Federico Uribe: Transformart and conducted a personal interview with the artist.

Uribe’s artistic philosophy consists of more than just making statements, but instead creating feelings and beauty. He simultaneously imbues his own image and background in his art and attempts to evoke the same self-discovery in the viewer. Uribe grew up in Colombia on a farm and experienced a difficult childhood, but he found an escape through drawing. Colored pencils hold a special place in Uribe’s heart as a means to a personal childhood escape. This material is a common medium of his, and he believes every child can relate to drawing with colored pencils as a creative escape.

blog-uribe6-2016Uribe studied painting as a young adult, enjoying the Renaissance style until an exploration of his identity allowed him to discover a more contemporary artistic voice. Through his growth, Uribe reverted to valuing child-like wonder over the pretension and lack of originality he found in aspects of the art world. This free-spirited nature shone through in his wardrobe—plaid slacks with running shoes and a sports jacket—and posture, leaning nonchalantly across a cart as we interviewed him.

blog-uribe7-2016He offered some valuable advice for young artists: don’t procrastinate, don’t read art magazines, and don’t be pretentious. Working hard is natural to Uribe who works 10 hours a day 6 days a week, walking the beach and cycling on his free day. The Muses found inspiration in his confident self-expression and diligent work ethic to encourage us along our own artistic journeys. Thank you for letting us into your world Federico.


Written By MUSES Members: Cael Barragan, Marlee Bryant, Mikaela, Enriquez Shelly Lim, Gracie Moore, Hailey Palmer, Carson Scott, Meili Wang


To learn more about teen programs at the MMFA, contact Alice Novak 240-4361

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