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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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Public Art: Protest + Justice

Detail: Sunny Paulk, Selma to Montgomery March, 2015, mural Overview Please join us in exploring art related to protest and racial justice located downtown and in West Montgomery. This post features works grounded in key historical moments—such as the one we are living in—including public art and works on display in partner organizations.  Lynching …

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MMFA Responds

Dear Museum + Montgomery Community In mid-March, we reached out with our concerns for the community’s wellbeing as the public health crisis began to emerge. Today, we reach out again with concern for the community—this time in the wake of the demonstrations in our nation, state, and city protesting the senseless death of George Floyd and …

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Meet the Publisher – Paulson Fontaine Press

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

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Animal Crossing at the MMFA

Overview 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 …

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