Join us for talks and discussions that will ignite your curiosity, encourage conversation, and invite thoughtful questioning.
Gallery Talk: The Golden Hour
Rembrandt van Rijn fans are welcomed to hear from exhibition curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld as she focuses on the artist-as-printmaker in the 17th-century Netherlands. She will also share some of the history of the MMFA’s outstanding collection of Rembrandt prints assembled by Adolph Weil, Jr., one of America’s most important collectors of this work.
Book Talk: The Messenger’s Mouth was Heavy, by Amy Pleasent
Lovers of local art are invited to join us as we welcome back Birmingham- based artist Amy Pleasant for a book talk celebrating her first monograph, which includes more than 200 pages of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and ceramic works. Guests will hear details about Pleasant’s iterative art-making and her work’s relationship to gesture and language.
Admission is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Artist Talk: Bill Ford
Fans of Alabama art and history will be delighted to hear this enlightening talk. In 2019, local artist Bill Ford completed his immense project in which he painted the story of Alabama for the walls of the downtown Montgomery Public Library. Come out and learn about the selections he made and the important story he wanted to tell.
Gallery Talk: Zelda
Jazz Age enthusiasts are beckoned to join exhibition curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld for an in-depth look into Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s creativity. The conversation will focus on the artist’s life and what viewers can learn about “the first American flapper” through this selection of her oil paintings and watercolor paper dolls.
Related Exhibition: Zelda
Fleischman Lecture by Radcliffe Bailey
Thursday, June 11
African American art lovers are invited to join us and hear how Radcliffe Bailey’s layered images evoke memory, narrate a personal experience, and are grounded in African American history. Bailey weaves contemporary elements together with a shared past struggle. In this talk, he will discuss his works in the exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press and the larger messages in his oeuvre.
The Fleischman Lecture Series is sponsored by the Carolyn & Winton Blount Endowment.
Gallery Talk: Vive la France
Tuesday, June 23
French print devotees are encouraged to join exhibition curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Assistant Curator of Education Elisabeth Palmer as they discuss the distinctive creativity of French printmakers through the ages. The talk will also highlight prints in the exhibition, including works by Old Masters, such as Jacques Callot, as well as modern artists, like Georges Roualt, Georges Braque, and Raoul Dufy.
Related Exhibition: Vive la France: French Prints Through the Ages