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Short Course


Bringing together curators and artists, Short Course is an opportunity to take a deep dive into our special exhibitions as well as our permanent collection. All sessions are free and open to the public, no registration required.

The Portrait—Stories of the Sitter

Tuesday, June 4, 11, and 18

Educators Alice Novak and Elisabeth Palmer will lead discussions on select portraits in the Museum’s permanent and temporary galleries, delving deeper into the portrait’s history and the sitter’s/artist’s story.

June 4 – Albrecht Dürer, Philip Melanchthon
June 11 – John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Louis E. Raphael (Henriette Goldschmidt)
June 18 – Charlie Lucas, Self-Portrait: When the Left Side of the Brain Meets the Right Side of the Brain

Credit: Robert Henri (American, 1865–1929), Young Chevass (Mary Ann Cafferty), 1925, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1961.30

History, Labor, and Life

Tuesday, September 17, 24, and October 1

In conjunction with the exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas and Educator Elisabeth Palmer will focus on the exhibition’s three themes. Over the course of this three- week program they will demonstrate how Lawrence linked past and present to tell stories of the African-American experience through observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation.

Related Exhibition: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

Credit: Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Forward Together, 1997, silk screen on Rising two-ply rag paper through hand-cut film stencils, AP 1/16, edition of 125, 11 PP, 8 CP, 9 WP, © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.