archive-org.com » ORG » M » MMFA.ORG

Total: 716

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Military Open House Welcomed More Than 600 –
    wife Amanda just moved to Montgomery from Shreveport Louisiana This time of year there is a large influx of students for the Air University said Major Elsacker This is Elsacker s second time stationed at Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base Amanda added I saw the advertisement in the paper and I told my husband about it I love museums Guests enjoyed a dinner of fried fish and chicken complemented with coleslaw hush puppies macaroni and cheese and dessert of bread pudding all provided by the Museum s co sponsor of the evening Wintzell s Oyster House The Lo Fi Loungers performed in the Lowder Gallery entertaining guests as they ate Retired army Lt Col Isaiah Flowers said it s an honor to be recognized for his service to our country Makes you feel good I think it s great This event exposes people to something we should all be coming to but don t because we simply aren t aware of what the Museum has to offer said Flowers Guests received an early look at the two newest special exhibitions William Christenberry Tracing a Line and Journey Through the Collection Docent Choices both of which opened early for MOH Inspired by Christenberry s drawings younger visitors created their own tree collages in the studios Others built clay masks reminiscent of the masks in the Museum s African exhibition The Museum is pleased to offer this annual evening event as a small thank you to those who serve our community and our country in the armed forces It was a fun evening for everyone involved and we hope to see our military friends visit often 96 year old World War II and Korean War veteran Roscoe Brannon says you can count on him coming back I loved it I am glad

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/military-open-house-welcomed-more-than-600/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • A First for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts –
    it was decided that our exhibition would be titled Journey Through the Collection Docent Choices When the selected works were reviewed it was discovered that they fit into five different categories Remembering the Past offers a window into the past illustrating how events from the past shaped our present and helped us to envision the future Isms and Styles showcases some of the stylistic trends in 20th century art and describes these evolving theories in art How Do They Do It helps answer questions the viewer might have about artists creative processes and techniques Echoes of the South reflects a diverse cultural and personal history that calls to mind the strong sense of place embodied in Southern culture A Picture Is Worth 1 000 Words stimulates and challenges the viewer to look closer and discover the stories within each work During this process the docents not only became familiar with MMFA s entire collection but discovered the amount of preparation and work that it takes to mount an exhibition After the works were selected labels were researched and written to help the viewer get a better understanding of the exhibition s content Public Relations and Development not only helped secure funding for the exhibition but made it possible to spread the word through various types of media The Education Programming committee planned audio tours of some of the works created a studio activity to be used during Family Day and arranged for speakers for short courses that will cover the five categories There will also be a gallery talk in Korean for our local Korean community All of this could not have been accomplished without the help support and enthusiasm of the entire MMFA staff Thank you Gloria Simons Docent The excitement is mounting On Thursday evening August 27 the

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/a-first-for-the-montgomery-museum-of-fine-arts/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • African Art at the MMFA –
    That is the root reason why most African art is labeled as made by unknown artists Nineteenth century collectors made little effort to know who made the objects or why they made them But subsequent ethnographic study of Africans and their material culture has begun to illuminate the context explaining the function of individual objects and identifying some individual artists Left Milk or Blood Container Collection of Dileep and Martha Mehta Yet the fact remains that African art was not made for museums When we encounter it in off white climate controlled galleries on pedestals covered with Plexiglas vitrines it is very distant from the place of its birth and isolated from its original function Most African masks and statuary were made for religious purposes The masks on display in the MMFA today were usually part of elaborate costumes that cloaked dancers from head to foot The masks were animated by the spirits of ancestors and deities They responded to drumming and songs to perform community rituals to praise and or placate those spirits Right top Female Spirit Figure Blolo Bla 2013 17 9 bottom Mask Pwo Collection of Dileep and Martha Mehta Likewise most African sculpture had a religious purpose Yoruba twin figures were created as a repository for the spirits of deceased infants Baule spirit spouses were carved and painted to enable the living to communicate more easily with beings in the spirit world who might become jealous and harm them should the living show them inadequate veneration and affection Other African sculptures on display in the MMFA served other functions Dolls were used to train young girls about their roles as adults and other statuary served much like votive statuary in Catholic chapels except that African idols were typically enshrined in an environment of wood smoke rather than incense Consequently when we encounter African masks sculpture and domestic objects in museum galleries they are in many ways mere remnants of what they were intended to be Divorced from their original contexts isolated from the loving hands that made and used them in the jungles forests grasslands and estuaries of Africa we see relatively lifeless artifacts in a sanitary museum space that is a quintessential product of Western thinking Our view is limited by our perspective Those who desire a deeper and broader view of African art are encouraged to explore the excellent videos produced edited and narrated by Dr Christopher D Roy through the Art and Life in Africa website at the University of Iowa http africa uima uiowa edu media videos show 38 Through this masterful series of short videos about carving casting weaving basketry and other practices a viewer can come to know the carvers casters weavers basket makers and other artists and the cultures they represent Dr Roy shows how and why a carver sacrifices a chicken before he fells a tree to make a mask He shows how contemporary artists smoke masks in the rafters of their kitchens to achieve the patina that

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/african-art-at-the-mmfa/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Now on View—J. Kelly Fitzpatrick’s Negro Store –
    and consists of all types of art everything from wall murals to public sculpture to printed materials It can be found in government owned buildings all over the United States A sizeable portion of this collection dates from the era of the New Deal in the 1930s and was created under the auspices of the Federal relief programs that assisted Americans during the Great Depression Above Negro Store 1936 oil on canvas Loan from the Fine Arts Program Public Buildings Service U S General Services Administration Treasury Relief Art Project 1935 1938 Loan from the Fine Arts Program Public Buildings Service U S General Services AdministrationTreasury Relief Art Project 1935 1938 Kelly Fitzpatrick was one of some 10 000 artists who were out of work and seeking assistance when Franklin Roosevelt inaugurated the New Deal programs in 1933 Fitzpatrick eventually worked for the Public Works of Art Project PWAP and later for both of the Treasury Department based programs the Treasury Section of Paintings and Sculpture popularly known as the Section and the Treasury Relief Art Project called TRAP For the Section program he created post office murals in Ozark and in Phenix City Negro Store was painted for the TRAP program and is an outstanding example of Fitzpatrick s work at its best The artists painting for the Federal relief programs were generally directed to paint scenes depicting events and places in their locality For Fitzpatrick this meant choosing subjects that were familiar to him from his life in Wetumpka then an agricultural center just outside of Montgomery Alabama Negro Store depicts a typical dusty street in small town Alabama It is an outstanding Southern example of the American painting style known as Regionalism conveying the sense of the every day lives and activities of Americans through subjects that implied activity tied to specific places or events In this composition the figures in their work a day clothes lingering in the doorway of the store protected from the fierce midday sun by a metal awning are contrasted with the more formally dressed passersby who represent a contemporary society on the move Fitzpatrick was one of the best of the painters in this style in the Southeast and his works are generally characterized by brilliant sunlight making the intense saturated colors glow against a sun washed landscape of trees and clouds The work was painted with strong vigorous strokes of thick paint that add a textural dimension to the surface and model the forms It was the New Deal programs that allowed artists to continue to pursue their profession in years of the Great Depression producing art that was accessible to their local communities in museums libraries community centers and post offices The MMFA is grateful that the Fine Arts Program of GSA elected to offer us this beautiful and typical work by the artist to exhibit alongside our outstanding collection of his works many of which also date from the 1930s and the years of Fitzpatrick s New Deal

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/now-on-view-j-kelly-fitzpatricks-negro-store/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • MAG Featured Artist Clark Walker Discusses His Art and Demonstrates Its Creation –
    Walker and River Region art aficionados were able to enjoy these rare treats Walker conducted an informal gallery talk in the Museum galleries that are temporarily devoted exclusively to his retrospective show that is part of the 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition Two dozen paintings and drawings on loan from a dozen local collectors comprise the show The artist also demonstrated his drawing techniques Standing at an easel in the Museum library felt tipped pen in hand surrounded by admiring fans and collectors of his work the artist showed how he typically begins drawings of faces with the eyes then nose mouth and finally the silhouette of the head all with an economical use of line He explained in his typical deadpan manner that he paints the same way in my underwear It was not the first laugh he elicited from the crowd of forty people nor the last Nor was it the only insight he provided on how he draws and paints the circus people curb market people and countless cats and still life compositions that have earned him well deserved respect among Montgomery art connoisseurs and collectors An illustrated brochure that documents the exhibition is available for free in the galleries and may be downloaded free as a PDF from the Museum s website The 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition with Featured Artist Clark Walker is on display through Sunday August 9 Michael Panhorst Curator of Art Artists rarely have the opportunity to see their work in museum galleries and the public rarely has the chance to hear artists discuss their work that is on display in museum galleries On Sunday June 28 Clark Walker and River Region art aficionados were able to enjoy these rare treats Walker conducted an informal gallery Share More Facebook Twitter

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/mag-featured-artist-clark-walker-discusses-his-art-and-demonstrates-its-creation/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • MMFA and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Honor Zelda Fitzgerald, the Artist –
    to recognize Zelda s achievements as an artist in her own right and to celebrate her creativity We were delighted to partner with the Fitzgerald Museum to create this program particularly as we get many requests over the period of a year from visitors both local and those traveling through Montgomery to see her work Clearly the response indicates the fascination that this famous couple still inspires today The program began with refreshments that included Southern biscuits and peaches which were two favorite foods that reminded Zelda of her roots when she lived outside of Alabama Willie Thompson Executive Director of the Fitzgerald museum pictured left gave an introductory talk about Zelda s life and focused on her reputation for youthful exuberance as well as the challenges she met in later life as she suffered with chronic mental illness I followed with a discussion of the watercolor paintings by the artist now on view in the MMFA s Weil Print Study until August 23 This is a rare opportunity for the public to have access to them since paintings on paper are some of the most fragile media to exhibit due to their sensitivity to light and heat We want to thank Willie the supporters of the F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and our own Curator of Education for Adult Programs Alice Novak for their planning and coordination of the event We hope that everyone who attended has a better appreciation for Zelda Fitzgerald the artist and for her passionate creativity Come to the Museum for a summer lunch in our Café M before August 23 and see these works for yourself Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art A group of some 85 excited participants assembled at the MMFA on Saturday morning June 20 to learn more about the

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/mmfa-and-the-f-scott-and-zelda-fitzgerald-museum-honor-zelda-fitzgerald-the-artist/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition Opens –
    winner Chie A Hitchner 2500 MMFA Director s Award Cicely Hulett Genesis Mixed media 48 48 1000 AUM College of Arts and Sciences Award Dale Lewis Heart of Gold Wood and metal 30x9x9 1000 Thornton and Pat Clark Award Lindy Bruggink Casey in Black Oil on panel 17 14 1000 Doster Award Larry Percy KERYGMA SERIES Journeys to Holy Ghost Canyon XX Dodged Bullet Incident 401 Saggar fired earthenware charred wood concrete 53x19x14 1000 Kelly Fitzpatrick Award Pamela Wesley Copeland Rouen Nights Oil 30 24 1000 Foy Gilmore Goodwyn Memorial Fund Award Sheri Schumacher Margins Mixed media textiles 50 38 1000 Halvorson Award Kate Seawell Cadmium Orange Mixed media monotype 24 32 1000 Moore Wealth Management Award Michael Vaughn Sims Mount Carmel Mixed media 33x22x20 1000 Edward L Robbins Award Joan DiLaura Irises Mixed media 28 22 1000 Jimmie Sabel Award Richard Mills The Poletoads Nesting in Lucerne Watercolor gouache collage 40 50 1000 Vivian Butler Scott Award Amber Hall Tornado Aftermath at Lake Martin East I Oil on canvas 30 60 1000 Chuck Whitehead Award for Figurative or Portrait Art Scott Crockett Self Portrait Graphite 27 21 500 2014 MMFA Junior Executive Board First Time Entrant Award Warren Simons Palm Tree Repairs Digital inkjet print on paper 33 24 500 Vincent Cappelluzzo Award for Figurative or Portrait Art Cecile W Morgan Different Drummer Oil 33 27 500 Doug s 2 Award Virginia Wolfe Out to Paint the Town Red Watercolor 26 22 500 The Sandra Hicks Larson Award Donna Pickens Variations on the Ladder Theme Charcoal conti collage graphite 20 27 500 McKenzie Award Margaret Gluhman Journey Unknown Collage 20 16 500 Midstate Advertising Award Darrell C Warr Blue Haze Oil 25 29 500 Terrell Stokes Award Carol Barksdale Indigo Vibes Mixed media 24 36 500 Clark Walker Award

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/41st-montgomery-art-guild-museum-exhibition-draws-hundreds/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Camp Sunshine Shines On –
    lovely and very special people Camp Sunshine is a long standing tradition now in our community serving many elementary school age girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience summer camp activities At left Wanda Horsley provides an introduction to paintings in the gallery for Camp Sunshine campers Camp Sunshine visited the Museum this year on Wednesday June 6 This marks the first year for Camp Sunshine at the Museum under the direct leadership of the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama here in Montgomery The anticipation of the girls who participate in the program is always high when they reach the Museum and this year was no different Welcomed and led by our talented Museum docents Gloria Simons Wanda Horsley Paula Murphy Grace Cook Pam Moulton and Penny Thompson the campers toured the galleries for a look at the permanent collection followed by time in both the ArtWorks galleries and the studio They each created a tissue vase collage while they were here to take away from their visit We offer our congratulations to the Girl Scouts in Montgomery to the Camp Sunshine staff and to our own great volunteer docents who do such a wonderful job of introducing Camp Sunshine to one of Montgomery s greatest resources in the arts their hometown Museum Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art The MMFA staff are always pleased to see Camp Sunshine Wednesday roll around on our calendars because it means the presence in our galleries and studios of some lovely and very special people Camp Sunshine is a long standing tradition now in our community serving many elementary school age girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/camp-sunshine-shines-on/ (2016-02-14)
    Open archived version from archive



  •