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Sunday Puzzle – The Book Shop, Paris

Each week we will share a new puzzle featuring an artwork from the Museum’s collection. Whether a solo personal challenge or joint family effort, we make it easy for you to get started solving—simply play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

This week’s puzzle is John Kelly Fitzpatrick’s dreamy Parisian book shop.

Last Week’s Puzzle

Leonard Koscianski’s colorful Red Fish

How to Play

Click with a mouse or drag with your finger the digital puzzle pieces into place. Correct alignments will snap together.

Icons

On the Bottom Left

  • Image icon – click to see the work you are putting together
  • Ghost icon – click to see an opaque image of the work on the puzzle board
  • Dotted Square icon – click to arrange or disarrange the puzzle pieces
  • Three Dots icon – click to select to restart the puzzle, change your background color, adjust settings, or get help

On the Bottom Right

  • Puzzle icon – click to play on Jigsaw Planet
  • Window icon – click to play in full-screen mode

Easy (35 Pieces)

Medium (100 Pieces)

Hard (252 Pieces)

Extreme (300 Pieces + Rotation)

How to Rotate Pieces

  • Mouse + Keyboard: 
    • Move the mouse wheel up (left rotation) or down (right rotation).
    • Or, press the left (left rotation) or right (right rotation) arrow key.
  • Touch: Tap on the piece and then tap on the appeared left or right rotation icon.

Credit

Kelly Fitzpatrick (American, 1888–1953), The Book Shop, Paris, 1930, gouache on fiberboard, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, 1970.45

Local Artists Live – Milton Madison

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, June 27, Montgomery artist Milton Madison will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening his studio space to share his artwork, reflect on his inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with his audience! This is a great chance to meet one of our local artists and learn about his creations.

Livestream Event

Saturday, June 27
10–10:30 AM

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Local Artists Live – Chintia Kirana

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes in studios of local artists? On Saturday, June 13, Montgomery artist Chintia Kirana will broadcast live on the Museum’s Instagram—opening her studio space to share her artwork, reflect on her inspirations, and offer a live Q&A with her audience! This is a great chance to meet one of our local artists and learn about her creations.

Livestream Event

Saturday, June 13
10–10:30 AM

Follow the Museum on Instagram

Sunday Puzzle – Red Fish

Each week we will share a new puzzle featuring an artwork from the Museum’s collection. Whether a solo personal challenge or joint family effort, we make it easy for you to get started solving—simply play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

This week’s puzzle is Leonard Koscianski’s colorful Red Fish.

Last Week’s Puzzle

Cappy Thompson’s magnificent Stars Falling on Alabama: We are Enraptured by the Celestial Fireworks of the Muses

How to Play

Click with a mouse or drag with your finger the digital puzzle pieces into place. Correct alignments will snap together.

Icons

On the Bottom Left

  • Image icon – click to see the work you are putting together
  • Ghost icon – click to see an opaque image of the work on the puzzle board
  • Dotted Square icon – click to arrange or disarrange the puzzle pieces
  • Three Dots icon – click to select to restart the puzzle, change your background color, adjust settings, or get help

On the Bottom Right

  • Puzzle icon – click to play on Jigsaw Planet
  • Window icon – click to play in full-screen mode

Easy (35 Pieces)

Medium (99 Pieces)

Hard (252 Pieces)

Extreme (300 Pieces + Rotation)

How to Rotate Pieces

  • Mouse + Keyboard: 
    • Move the mouse wheel up (left rotation) or down (right rotation).
    • Or, press the left (left rotation) or right (right rotation) arrow key.
  • Touch: Tap on the piece and then tap on the appeared left or right rotation icon.

Credit

Leonard Koscianski (American, born 1952), Red Fish, 1990, Oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1991.17

Meet the Publisher – Paulson Fontaine Press

Photograph of Rhea Fontaine (left) and Pam Paulson (right) by Taliesin Gilkes-Bower, Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press

Though we are unable to share this exhibition with you in person at this time, the Museum is pleased to be able to provide a first look at Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press. Organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California, the exhibition features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation. Presenting a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, the works on view include an array of abstract and formal imagery depicting narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives.

All the prints were created at Paulson Fontaine Press (PFP), which is run by two extraordinary women. Pam Paulson received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas Arlington in 1979, and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1982. Paulson then worked as a Master Printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco for several years. There she found her calling; working with artists to create prints. She began Paulson Press in 1993 and began publishing prints with former partner Renee Bott in 1996.

Rhea Fontaine received a BA in Fine Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Museum Studies from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy in 2000. Fontaine joined the press in 2002 and along with Paulson helped mold a publishing program from their shared interest in promoting diversity. The press has published numerous projects with artists of color and women artists. In 2016, Fontaine became a partner and the press was renamed Paulson Fontaine Press.

MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas caught up with both partners to learn more about the Press, their dedication to working with African American artists, and some of the works featured in the exhibition.

Lonnie Holley, “Our Journey,” 2013, color softground aquatint etching with roulette, Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA

I know that PFP works with many contemporary artists at various stages in their careers, but the press has a special commitment to working with African American artists. Why is that important to PFP?

We have a strong shared interest in the history of American civil rights, which has influenced our publishing decisions. As a woman and minority-owned business, we are very mindful of equality and representation in the art world. We are proud to use our platform to promote diversity. It is exciting to see that the art world has recently begun to focus on this trove of underrepresented talent, and we are pleased to see a shift in the canon.

What is the process for starting a project? Do you reach out to the artist or vice versa? Can you elaborate on how this works?

We follow the careers of many artists with great interest. When we feel that an artist is a good fit for our program, we reach out and invite them. We work with four to five artists per year. Ideally, we visit an artists’ studio before their residency at the press. This allows us to observe how they make work and it helps us navigate translation into the print medium. Artists are busy people, so we often schedule projects years in advance.

Martin Puryear, Untitled (State II), 2014, color softground etching with drypoint and chine collé, Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA

Do most of the artists you work with have prior printmaking experience, or is it new to them?

Most artists are not fluid in printmaking. If they have had prior experience, they have usually forgotten the specifics, or it was in a different style of printmaking than what we typically do, intaglio. When an artist is in the studio, our goal is to aid them in the creation of unique editions. The artist has control over all artistic decisions, and we support them by providing tools and technical know-how. It can be difficult for an artist to adjust to working backward and in layers. Our job as printers is to help them push past the learning curve of printmaking and enable them to make the marks they want to make.

I know that printmaking is a very collaborative endeavor between the artists and the master printmakers. PFP seems to take an approach that allows for a lot of involvement and experimentation on the part of the artist to achieve what they want. I imagine this is incredibly fulfilling for the artists. Can you describe how the process works?

We try to avoid saying no. When an artist poses a question in the studio, we do our best to allow that line of thinking to unfold. Sometimes this means that the prints will be more labor-intensive and difficult to produce. We do our best to embrace the challenge. For example, when we worked with Samuel Levi Jones, we could feel that the compositions need to be larger. So, we set up a sewing machine and stitched multiple prints together to create bigger prints. Sam instructed us with the sewing, and we zig-zag stitched our way into prints as large as 65″ x 65″.

Kerry James Marshall, “Vignette (Wishing Well),” 2010, color aquatint etching with collage, Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA

Can you discuss a few other memorable experiences with some of the artists featured in the exhibition Personal to Political?

Kerry James Marshall does things his own way. While making the plates for the print Vignette (Wishing Well) (at right), Kerry revealed the intricacies of his studio practice. Our interest was piqued when he walked into the studio with a handful of black Barbie dolls. It turns out that Kerry fashions the clothes that are worn by his figures. He wants the style to be timeless and ambiguous; he made the top from a tube sock, and the skirts’ oversized buttons are from a coat and loom large in proportion to the doll who wore it. This methodical approach and attention to detail anchor his paintings and prints with totally believable worlds.

Critics recognize Martin Puryear as a figure of undeniable importance in American sculpture, and we’ve been making prints with him since 2001. It was during our very first project together that the Twin Towers fell on September 11th, 2001. It is said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Martin’s focused and thoughtful presence helped guide us through that difficult time. We all continued to work, concentrating on our purpose, watching Martin build steady lines, one upon the next; each work revealing new possibilities.

Born in Alabama, Lonnie Holley is a self-taught artist who creates his work from the things he collects everywhere he goes. There is not a random piece of wire or a colorful plastic bag he wouldn’t like to meet. As the seventh of 27 children, Lonnie grew up fast, making his own way in the world by pulling a wagon and collecting other men’s trash to re-sell or repurpose. Lonnie’s practice and purpose is to show people that their wasteful ways are hurting the planet and the humans who live on it. Noticing a piece of old plywood in the studio last time he was at PFP, Lonnie grabbed our jigsaw and started cutting out figures, which became the matrices we used for woodblock prints. These woodblocks expose his predilection for nested and overlapping human presences, ancestries and communities, and the promises of a future within the past.

Louisiana Pettway Bendolph, “American Housetop (For the Arnett’s),” 2005, color softground etching with aquatint and spitbite aquatint, Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA

What themes emerge in the exhibition that really speak to you and why?

Overall, what speaks to us is the richness of each individual artist’s path. The uniqueness of each exploration and its power to speak truth.

What has Paulson Fontaine Press been doing during the pandemic?

The gallery has been closed to the public and we have been working a reduced schedule, rotating shifts one person at a time. We were able to start a new print with Mary Lee Bendolph, one of the Gee’s Bend quilters, which we are proofing through the mail. We hope to release it this summer.

Any other thoughts you would like to add?

We are thrilled that the exhibition traveled to Montgomery! Montgomery is so historically significant to the American civil rights movement, and the work in the show draws so much from that shared history. We had planned to see the show at the Montgomery Museum of Art and to attend Mayday in Gee’s Bend this year. We hope we and the public will be able to see it at some point.

Related Programs

Creative Conversations: Personal to Political, Part I

Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30 PM
With Milton Madison and Lynthia Edwards

Watch on Facebook Live

Creative Conversations: Personal to Political, Part II

Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 PM
With Radcliffe Bailey and Lava Thomas

Watch on Facebook Live

Film Recommendations – May 2020

Scrolling through Netflix, Prime, and Hulu can be an endless rabbit hole. To help your search, we’re spotlighting three films related to art that you should watch during the stay at home order.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

PG-13 | 1h 43min | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

This John Hughes 1980s coming of age film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who decided to skip school to hang out with his girlfriend and best friend. The friends visit several Chicago landmarks, including a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Where to Watch

Stream: Netflix | Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

MMFA Collection Connections

Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, and Pablo Picasso

Midnight in Paris

PG-13 | 1h 40min | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

Woody Allen’s time travel comedy follows Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a successful but unfulfilled Hollywood screenwriter who travels to Paris with his fiancé and her conservative family. One night Gil gets drunk and lost in the streets of Paris, where he is picked up by a vintage car that allows him to travel back in time to meet artists including Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Edgar Degas.

Where to Watch

Stream: Amazon (with ads) | Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

MMFA Collection Connections

Ferdinand-Jean Luigini, Frank Myers Boggs, and Luigi Loir

The Thomas Crown Affair

Rated R | 2h | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

In this art heist remake, Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan), a multi-millionaire who steals Claude Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This causes an attractive insurance investigator (Rene Russo) to pursue him for the crime and before long the two fall in love.

Where to Watch

Stream: HBO | Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

MMFA Collection Connections

Theodore Earl Butler and Jules Ernest Renoux

Sunday Puzzle – Stars Falling on Alabama

Each week we will share a new puzzle featuring an artwork from the Museum’s collection. Whether a solo personal challenge or joint family effort, we make it easy for you to get started solving—simply play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

This week’s puzzle features the center portion of Cappy Thompson’s magnificent Stars Falling on Alabama: We are Enraptured by the Celestial Fireworks of the Muses, 2005.

Last Week’s Puzzle

Severin Roesen’s opulent Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird’s Nest, ca. 1851–1859

How to Play

Click with a mouse or drag with your finger the digital puzzle pieces into place. Correct alignments will snap together.

Icons

On the Bottom Left

  • Image icon – click to see the work you are putting together
  • Ghost icon – click to see an opaque image of the work on the puzzle board
  • Dotted Square icon – click to arrange or disarrange the puzzle pieces
  • Three Dots icon – click to select to restart the puzzle, change your background color, adjust settings, or get help

On the Bottom Right

  • Puzzle icon – click to play on Jigsaw Planet
  • Window icon – click to play in full-screen mode

Easy (36 Pieces)

Medium (98 Pieces)

Hard (252 Pieces)

Extreme (300 Pieces + Rotation)

How to Rotate Pieces

  • Mouse + Keyboard: 
    • Move the mouse wheel up (left rotation) or down (right rotation).
    • Or, press the left (left rotation) or right (right rotation) arrow key.
  • Touch: Tap on the piece and then tap on the appeared left or right rotation icon.

Credit

Cappy Thompson (American, born 1952), Stars Falling on Alabama: We are Enraptured by the Celestial Fireworks of the Muses, 2005, vitreous enamel on glass, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Commission, 2006.2

Book Recommendations – May 2020

Several members of the Museum’s book club, Ekphrasis, reflected on their collective favorites over the years in order to make some recommendations for you. Below are some of their selections—check back each month for additional suggestions—happy reading!

Click here to browse April’s recommendations.

Related Programs

Ekphrasis: The Last Castle
Wednesday, June 10; 5:30 PM

Ekphrasis: In Sunlight or in Shadow
Wednesday, July 8; 5:30 PM

About Ekphrasis

The Museum’s book club is expanding! ​All individuals are invited to join Ekphrasis regardless of Museum membership. If you would like to join Ekphrasis, please complete ​the form​ below​.

Membership Form

If you have​ any questions, please contact Brandy Morrison at bmorrison@mmfa.org.

The Lady In Gold

Book

The Lady In Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

Editor

Anne-Marie O’Connor

Why You Should Read

“Lady in Gold is an important book about a Gustav Klimt portrait of a fascinating woman in Vienna that was looted by the Nazis, the American Supreme Court’s verdict in favor of her descendant, and the young lawyer who gave up everything to seek justice.” – Alice Novak, book club leader

“The true story behind the film, unraveling the portrait’s journey with differing roles that art plays in politics, society, identity, and memory.” – Carol Tew

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

Related Content

Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

Loving Frank

Book

Loving Frank: A Novel

Author

Nancy Horan

Why You Should Read

“I enjoyed the book and the presentation by Alice and Jim Barganier. Learned much about Frank Lloyd Wright that I never knew.” – Beverly Bennett

“What’s not to love about the book Loving Frank? It’s an intelligent blend of truth and fiction… a story about passionate characters with a jaw-dropping conclusion.” – Amy Lovett

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

Related Content

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Mad Enchantment

Book

Mad Enchantment Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Author

Ross King

Why You Should Read

“A wonderful portrait of Monet and his times, with special emphasis on his last great work.” – George Jacobsen

“While Monet is one of the most loved artists in the world, few of us know the whole story about the Water Lillies that he painted in his garden at Giverny, including the gift of his paintings to France as a memorial to the First World War.” – Alice Novak, book club leader

“I enjoy everything by Ross King. His text reads like fiction with so many interesting facts and tidbits.” – Pamela Swan (who loves King’s Brunelleschi’s Dome most of all)

Where to Purchase

Physical: Amazon, Bookshop | Digital: Apple Books, Kindle | Audiobook: Apple Books, Audible

Related Content

Musée de l’Orangerie

Sunday Puzzle – Still Life

Each week we will share a new puzzle featuring an artwork from the Museum’s collection. Whether a solo personal challenge or joint family effort, we make it easy for you to get started solving—simply play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

This week’s puzzle is Severin Roesen’s opulent Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird’s Nest, ca. 1851–1859.

How to Play

Click with a mouse or drag with your finger the digital puzzle pieces into place. Correct alignments will snap together.

Icons

On the Bottom Left

  • Image icon – click to see the work you are putting together
  • Ghost icon – click to see an opaque image of the work on the puzzle board
  • Dotted Square icon – click to arrange or disarrange the puzzle pieces
  • Three Dots icon – click to select to restart the puzzle, change your background color, adjust settings, or get help

On the Bottom Right

  • Puzzle icon – click to play on Jigsaw Planet
  • Window icon – click to play in full-screen mode

Easy (36 Pieces)

Medium (100 Pieces)

Hard (252 Pieces)

Extreme (300 Pieces + Rotation)

How to Rotate Pieces

  • Mouse + Keyboard: 
    • Move the mouse wheel up (left rotation) or down (right rotation).
    • Or, press the left (left rotation) or right (right rotation) arrow key.
  • Touch: Tap on the piece and then tap on the appeared left or right rotation icon.

Credit

Severin Roesen (American, born Prussia, ca.1815–ca.1872), Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird’s Nest, ca. 1851–1859, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund, 2012.17

Animal Crossing at the MMFA

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’s collection has been on view in its galleries and on its website. Now, some of our works can be in a gallery of your very own if you have a Nintendo Switch and the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Curate Your Own Digital Exhibition

From left to right: Severin Roesen, Still Life with Mixed Flowers and Bird’s Nest (detail), ca. 1851–1859; Frederick Warren Freer, Lady in Blue (detail), date unknown; Rembrandt van Rijn, Bearded Man in a Velvet Cap with Jewel Clasp, 1637; John Singer Sargent, Mrs Louis E. Raphael (Henriette Goldschmidt) (detail), ca. 1906

Animal Crossing is the latest entry of the popular life-simulation game, and famous paintings are a staple of the game’s museums; players can donate works of art to improve their island’s culture or add them to their homes or around the island, creating their own curated collection. Alongside the incredible efforts of our colleagues at The Met, The Getty, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and museums around the world, the MMFA’s curatorial department has made a selection of public domain images from our permanent collection easy to transport into your virtual homes and islands.

Steps

  • Browse our gallery of QR codes at the bottom of the page and select the work(s) you would like to import.
  • Scan the QR codes using the Nintendo Switch Online app. (Steps below via Polygon.)
    • You will need the Nintendo Switch Online app for Andriod or iOS.
    • Once you log in with your Nintendo account, you’ll be able to access Nook Link.
    • Press the Plus button on the New Horizons title screen to link your character with your Nintendo account, and use the app to scan the QR code.
    • After you scan it, open your designs on your Nook Phone and press the Plus button to download the design.
  • Enjoy the works of art you have added to your world!

Examples

Here are some of our own favorite artworks uploaded into some of the Museum staff’s Animal Crossing islands. Finally, our gratitude goes to the team behind the open-source Animal Crossing Pattern Tool for publishing their code and letting us use it!

From left to right: George Benjamin Luks, Tea Party (detail), 1922; Alexander Archipenko, Untitled (Construction) (detail), 1921

From left to right: Robert Henri, Young Chevass (Mary Ann Cafferty) (detail), 1925; Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908–1909; Frederick Warren Freer, Childhood (detail), date unknown

Share Your Animal Crossing World

We’d love to see how you decorate your houses–email us at pr@mmfa.org or share on social media and tag us @MontgomeryMFA on Twitter or Instagram.

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