This summer the Museum installed another in the series of exhibitions we call Pairs and Partners, which allows us to exhibit works of art on paper from our permanent collection while providing unique interpretations in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center. This 2019 iteration is titled Portals and will focus on works of art that suggest the concept of transition from one space, or state, to another. The idea of the portal is specifically tied to the concepts of position, space, and time; artists may exploit those references to encourage the viewer to assess how concepts or objects can convey a sense of a physical or psychological passage.
With each Pairs and Partners exhibition, the Museum asks “guest curators” to collaborate with our Museum curators to pick objects that exemplify the topic and then write about those objects in that light. Curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Jennifer Jankauskas will add their pairs and interpretations along with our “guest curators” for this installation: Sarah Elizabeth Kelly, Museum Assistant Registrar; Jeff Dutton, Caddell Sculpture Garden Superintendent; Alice Novak, Curator of Education; and Angie Dodson, Museum Director. Each participant will pick two works from the collection to compare and contrast, highlighting the way in which those works demonstrate the concept of transitions.
Above: Photograph of the 2019 installation of the exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Senior Curator of Art, MMFA
Angie Dodson, Director, MMFA
Jeff Dutton, Sculpture Garden Superintendent, Auburn University
Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D., Curator of Art, MMFA
Sarah Elizabeth Kelly, Associate Registrar, MMFA
Alice Novak, Curator of Education, MMFA
The idea of the portal is specifically tied to the concepts of position, space, and time; artists may exploit those references to encourage the viewer to assess how concepts or objects can convey a sense of a physical or psychological passage.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Support for this exhibition was provided in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Exhibitions in the Series
Pairs and Partners: Chiaroscuro
February 25 through April 16, 2017
Pairs and Partners: Portals
June 1 through August 4, 2019
Pairs and Partners: The Road Less Traveled
January 2 through March 20, 2022