All individuals are invited to take part in the Museum’s monthly reading group, Art+Letters. Discussions will take place online via Zoom, until further notice.
To receive a link to join the discussion or if you have any questions, please contact Brandy Morrison at email@example.com.
This Is What I Know About Art
Wednesday, August 12; Noon
This Is What I Know About Art by Kimberly Drew is a short reflection based on personal experience and activism about changing the art world in order to open it to everyone. The discussion will be hosted by the MMFA’s Cassandra Cavness.
In preparation for the discussion, Cassandra has put together a set of questions to consider while reading and respond to prior to the event on Wednesday, August 12. To view and respond to the questions, visit: https://forms.gle/HWFKzk1swvAn7gqz9
This event is free and open to all to attend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive details about how to join the Zoom broadcast. A recording of the broadcast will be shared the next day.
33 Artists in 3 Acts
Wednesday, September 9; Noon
Sarah Thornton invites us into the worlds of 33 creators around the globe, from the most well-known contemporary artists to today’s teachers. The discussion will be hosted by Jennifer Jankauskas, MMFA Curator of Art.
I, Juan de Pareja
Wednesday, October 14; Noon
A Newbury Winner from the 1960s, this novel is told through the eyes of Juan de Pareja, an enslaved artist who worked with the painter Diego Velázquez at the 17th-century Spanish court. The discussion will be led by hosted by Elisabeth Palmer, MMFA Assistant Curator of Education.
Gifts: A Novel
Wednesday, November 11; Noon
A story framed as the end-of-life musings of an Alabama artist, whose work is well-represented in the MMFA Collection, who shattered glass ceilings on both sides of the Atlantic. The discussion will be hosted by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, MMFA Senior Curator of Art, with a special appearance by the author, May Lamar.
Hidden in Plain View
Wednesday, January 13; Noon
Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond S. Gobard, co-authors, demonstrate that symbols in quilts were in fact used to communicate information about the way to freedom, as long speculated, and share the story of this discovery. The discussion will be hosted by Amy Campbell from the Montgomery City-County Public Library.
Conversations with I.M. Pei
Wednesday, February 10; Noon
Famous for his designs of museums, these reflections of architect I.M. Pei are drawn from interviews with the author, Gero Von Boehm. The discussion will be hosted by Alice Novak, MMFA Curator of Education, with special guest architect Jim Barganier.
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo
Wednesday, March 10; Noon
A new novel, written after the discovery of notebooks kept by the great Mexican painter Kahlo, addresses the intersection of her life, art, and relationship to the great minds of her generation. The discussion will be hosted by Kaci Norman, MMFA Assistant Curator of Education.
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Wednesday, April 14; Noon
Nell Painter, a retired Princeton University history professor, writes about attending The Rhode Island School of Design in her sixties, asking essential questions about how women and artists are judged. The discussion will be hosted by Laura Bocquin, MMFA Assistant Curator of Education.
Magic in Stone: The Sylacauga Marble Story
Wednesday, May 12; Noon
This NewSouth title tells the story of the internationally prized marble deposits in Sylacauga, the effect on the community, and the advent of the marble festival, revitalizing interest in the stone. The discussion will be hosted by Suzanne La Rosa of NewSouth Books with special guest, the author, Ruth Beaumont Cook.