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A First for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Docents BlogThe excitement is mounting! On Thursday evening, August 27 the first ever docent organized and curated exhibition will open. In May of 2014, our docent corps of 45 members was given the unique opportunity of creating an exhibition from beginning to end. It was decided to break down this task into several committees: Selection and Installation, Education Programming, Research and Writing, and Public Relations and Development. All docents were asked for input and most volunteered for one or more of the committees. After many discussions and meetings, works were chosen and it was decided that our exhibition would be titled Journey Through the Collection: Docent Choices. When the selected works were reviewed, it was discovered that they fit into five different categories.

Remembering the Past offers a window into the past, illustrating how events from the past shaped our present and helped us to envision the future.

“Isms” and Styles showcases some of the stylistic trends in 20th-century art and describes these evolving theories in art.

How Do They Do It? helps answer questions the viewer might have about artists’ creative processes and techniques.

Echoes of the South reflects a diverse cultural and personal history that calls to mind the strong sense of place embodied in Southern culture.

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words stimulates and challenges the viewer to look closer and discover the stories within each work.

JJ in Maltby Sykes Gall BlogDuring this process, the docents not only became familiar with MMFA’s entire collection but discovered the amount of preparation and work that it takes to mount an exhibition. After the works were selected,  labels were researched and written to help the viewer get a better understanding of the exhibition’s content.

Public Relations and Development not only helped secure funding for the exhibition but made it possible to spread the word through various types of media. The Education Programming committee planned audio tours of some of the works, created a studio activity to be used during Family Day, and arranged for speakers for short courses that will cover the five categories. There will also be a gallery talk in Korean for our local Korean community. All of this could not have been accomplished without the help, support, and enthusiasm of the entire MMFA staff. Thank you.

Gloria Simons