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Yesterday Today

Anderson Scott, Nightclub Stage (detail), date unknown, Photograph lent by the artist’s estate Overview Join MMFA’s Junior Executive Board (JEB) in finding the history in the present just as native Alabamian and photographer Anderson Scott did as he roamed across America, recording the ways in which 20th-century culture and society left their marks. Scott’s book, …

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Call for Entries

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Montgomery Art Guild (MAG) are pleased to announce a call for entries* for the 44th biennial MAG Museum Exhibition. The 2021 exhibition promises to contain an exciting variety of media, subjects, and themes, representing the “best of the best” artists within our River Region. During the MMFA/MAG …

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A Student’s Tribute

The years Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (1954–1960) are greatly felt in Montgomery. During that time, King was one of the organizers of the 1955-56 bus boycott, demonstrating his philosophy of nonviolent protest to the world, while also encouraging and emboldening ordinary citizens of Montgomery to lead the …

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An Appreciation: Jim Barganier

Museum and Caddell Sculpture Garden architect Jim Barganier poses for a photo by the reflecting pool at the Sculpture Garden opening celebration on September 25, 2018. With great admiration, appreciation, and affection, all of us at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts bid the fondest of farewells to Jim Barganier—our beloved friend and extraordinary designer …

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Bearing Witness: One Year Later

Presentation by Dr. Richard J. Powell, Duke University. Overview This week (December 14, 2020) marks the 201st birthday of the state of Alabama. A lot has happened since commemorating our bicentennial a year ago: Governor Kay Ivey has kept us informed about our safety, Mayor Steven Reed has appeared on the national news speaking about …

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Before You Begin: An Introduction to ‘Voices of Change’ by Georgette Norman

Overview Turbulent times are part of our human history reminding us what needs attention to build a more humane nation and world society. If we truly want freedom to ring in the world, we must recognize the interrelated flaws in the societies in which we live: racism, poverty, militarism, materialism. The 10 portraits in Voices …

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Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Detail: Marisol, Women’s Equality, 1975; full image below From Our Collection On this day 100 years ago, women gained the right to vote through the certification of the 19th amendment. This was due to the efforts of many, including early activists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, featured in this print in the Museum’s Collection. Stanton was …

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An Appreciation: William Sidney Arnett (1939–2020)

From left to right: Louisiana Bendolph, Thornton Dial Sr. (seated), Richard Dial, and Bill Arnett William Sidney Arnett May 10, 1939 – August 12, 2020 The Museum wishes to celebrate the life and contributions of Bill Arnett, an early champion and collector of exceptional works of art by self-taught African American artists from the American …

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Docent Recognition 2020

Above: The 2019 docents with staff members Elisabeth Palmer, Kaci Norman, Jill Byrd, and Alice Novak. Overview On July 20th, Director Angie Dodson, the Education Staff, and MMFA docents virtually celebrated our annual graduation award ceremony. Even though we were physically apart, we wanted to take a moment to show our appreciation to this remarkable …

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