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Creative Conversations brings together MMFA staff, artists, and members of our community and beyond in a casual setting to discuss their work, reflect on the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, and dialogue about current issues. We encourage you to tune in live, ask questions, and engage creatively from the comfort of your own homes.

Personal to Political, Part I

MMFA curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas and Alabama artists Lynthia Edwards and Milton Madison in an engaging conversation about their work, their thoughts on the Museum’s current exhibition Personal to Political, and their answers to questions from the audience.

About the Participants

Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas is a Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. She has recently curated the exhibitions About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture (2019) and Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama (2018).

Lynthia Edwards is based in Pinson, Alabama. She is inspired by the seemingly ordinary existence of black girls raised in the South.

Milton Madison is based in Deatsville, Alabama. His work celebrates the constant evolution of Black culture and how life and art imitate each other.

About the Exhibition

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation throughout the US. Presenting a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, the works include an array of abstract and formal imagery depicting narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives. At the heart of this show is Paulson Fontaine Press, a print studio that over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally-celebrated artists including Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African-American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Personal to Political, Part II

At the end of the day, take a moment and join the MMFA’s Cassandra Cavness as she connects via Facebook live with two artists from the Museum’s current exhibition Personal to Political. Artists Radcliffe Bailey and Lava Thomas will discuss their work, the themes of the exhibition, and the widespread peaceful protests and turmoil surrounding current events.

About the Participants

Cassandra Cavness recently joined the Museum’s development team after working at Alabama State University. Among other aspects of her job, Cassandra strives to develop initiatives that foster conversations and engage communities in their history.

Radcliffe Bailey is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He works in layers, incorporating items from his own past and reflections on race, memory, and migration.

Lava Thomas is based in Berkeley, California. She explores various aspects of identity, including gender, race, and individuality, through varied media and expressions.

About the Exhibition

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation throughout the US. Presenting a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, the works include an array of abstract and formal imagery depicting narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives. At the heart of this show is Paulson Fontaine Press, a print studio that over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally-celebrated artists including Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African-American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA