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Collectors Society will commemorate the bicentennial by experiencing Cal Breed’s studio in a stunning North Alabama setting, followed by a preview of a landscape exhibition designed to mark 200 years of statehood. Members will also be invited to share in the vision of a few of the many generous collectors that have supported art museums in Alabama; including a visit to a contemporary collection in Birmingham and a special experience with Rembrandt prints at the MMFA, made possible by the gifts of Bucks Weil and family.
Glassblowing in the Studio with Cal Breed
Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 8:15 AM–6 PM
Day Trip limited to 38
In advance of the Museum’s exhibition Cal Breed: Signs of Lift (October 26, 2019 through January 12, 2020), Collectors Society members will visit the artist’s studio, Orbix Hot Glass. Nestled in the Alabama mountains, Orbix is adjacent to the Little River Canyon National Preserve, a place that provides great inspiration for Breed. The experience will include a tour of the studio, a preview of some of the works in the upcoming exhibition, lunch with the artist right outside of his idyllic workshop, and a glassblowing demonstration. Afterwards, the group will have the opportunity to browse Breed’s gallery where you can find a beautiful piece of glass to add to your collection!
Friday, November 8, 2019; 9 AM
Talk and workshop with lunch
As the last in a series of major, bicentennial-themed exhibitions, the Museum has organized From Southern Shores to Northern Vales: Alabama Landscapes, 1819–1969 (November 9, 2019 through January 26, 2020). The exhibition will celebrate representations of flora and fauna distinctive to our state over time, including paintings of the land from the Pioneer Era and Antebellum Period through Reconstruction and the New South. Before the exhibition’s opening, Collectors Society members will have the chance to visit the galleries and share insights about the natural scenes on view. Following the gallery talk, artist Sally Chambliss will lead the group in creating your own Alabama landscape paintings, followed by a luncheon in the Orientation Circle.
Anonymous American, View of Montgomery, ca. 1875, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, Inc., by transfer, 2007.18
Contemporary Art in Birmingham
Tuesday, January 7, 2020; 8:30 AM– 5:30 PM
Day Trip limited to 23
Collectors Society will experience a range of exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art examining American culture and beyond, including Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future, Ways of Seeing: Portraits, and Black Out: Silhouettes then and Now. After lunch at Oscar’s at the Museum, the group will visit the Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake. Members will have the chance to learn about the couple’s interests in acquiring work by contemporary artists, especially African-American and Native-American creators and those of the South, exploring individual visions and expressions about the world we live in.
Rembrandt’s Golden Age: His People and His Places
Friday, February 7, 2020; Noon to 1:30 PM
Members will enjoy a closer look at prints by master etcher Rembrandt van Rijn, gifted to the Montgomery community by the family of Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr. The works of this artist have long captivated collectors for many reasons including his ability to capture peoples’ transient inner states and vivid realizations of setting. Over lunch, Rembrandt exhibition and Museum curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the artist’s interactions with his subjects in both his paintings and his prints; and she will continue the discussion in the galleries, examining the representation of Rembrandt’s images of the Golden Age in Holland in the seventeenth century.
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Abraham Francen, Apothecary, ca. 1657, etching and roulette on heavy laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr., 1999.7.124
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