Dear Museum + Montgomery Community:
In mid-March, we reached out with our concerns for the community’s wellbeing as the public health crisis began to emerge. Today, we reach out again with concern for the community—this time in the wake of the demonstrations in our nation, state, and city protesting the senseless death of George Floyd and far too many others.
Just as COVID-19 has required us to take comprehensive measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety as we prepare to welcome you back, these persistent and painful issues and incidents of inequity call us to rethink and recraft the ways we engage with you at the Museum and in our community. Know that we approach this work with equal resolve and rigor.
American philosopher and activist Cornel West charges us to “never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” We will turn to the transformative power of the arts as we redouble our intentions and actions to seek just such justice. We have a sense of what our next few steps might be and trust that you—our fellow Montgomerians, our creative companions—will join us in community as we continue on that path toward a more just and beautiful walk for all.
In peace and with love—
Your Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African-American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press
May 22 through July 26, 2020
The artists of Personal to Political capture the many personal narratives and political battles of African American artists across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. Read More
Souls Grown Deep Acquisition
During the summer of 2019, the Museum is celebrated the addition of five works by contemporary African American artists from Alabama to its permanent collection. The pieces are a part of the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation William S. Arnett Collection and include a major work by Thornton Dial, Sr.; an early work by Jimmy Lee Sudduth; and three quilts made by Gee’s Bend quiltmakers Minnie Sue Coleman, Emma Mae Hall Pettway, and Joanna Pettway. Read More
Responding to the Moment – Community Insight
To hear how works by African-American artists in the Museum’s collection are speaking to our shared humanity and calls for equality at this moment in American history, we invited members of our community—artists, writers, students, teachers, advocates, leaders of arts programs and Civil Rights Museums—to share personal reflections on selected works of art. Read More
Artists+Activism: Let’s Talk
Saturday, June 6 at 3:30 PM
More than just a vehicle of aesthetic beauty, art has the power to evoke emotion and invoke contemplation. Artists+Activism brings artists and community members together to do just that: share ideas and consider the feelings of others. Read More
Creative Conversations: Personal to Political
Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 PM
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. Read More
Home Studio: Honoring Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in our nation. This project invites you to use art not only as a celebratory outlet but also as an educational tool by creating an original work of art that reflects why Juneteenth should be honored and celebrated. Read More
Art of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery
Saturday, July 18; 10 AM
Madeline Burkhardt of the Rosa Parks Museum, Dorothy Walker of the Freedom Rides Museum, Artist Bill Ford, and Curator of Education Alice Novak will discuss artists’ representation of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery. The conversation will focus on works held by our partners’ institutions including representations of Rosa Park’s participation in the Bus Boycott (1955), the Freedom Rides (1961), and Bill Ford’s murals at the Bertha P. Williams Library, which commemorate the Selma to Montgomery March (1965).
Amid the significant movement of our nation and in efforts to lift Black voices, our June book recommendations address and highlight the lack of Black representation in the art world, underline how systematic racism has contributed to this and other injustices for Black Americans, and offer insights on how art can contribute to much-needed change. Read More
We’ve chosen to spotlight films that both challenge our own entrenched ways of thinking, as a people and society, and celebrate Black artists, heritage, and culture in honor of Juneteenth. Read More
Public Art: Protest + Justice
Please join us in exploring art related to protest and racial justice located downtown and in West Montgomery. This post features works grounded in key historical moments—such as the one we are living in—including public art and works on display in partner organizations. Read More