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  • Tall Tales & Tornadoes with Ke Francis –
    with Ke Francis 3 25 14 The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts hosted mixed media artist Ke Francis at the opening of the exhibit Ke Francis A Selection of Large Scale Work on Thursday March 20 In examining his work at face value Ke s pieces which range from small prints to large sculptures exhibit many of the characteristics of the folk aesthetic that are often found in rural settings However after hearing Ke explain his process it became clear that he uses the folk medium as a vehicle for story telling During his lecture Ke recounted several stories that influenced his work Some were as real as tornadoes ripping apart houses others as magical as sage catfish living on land These tales allow the viewer to begin connecting the seemingly individual images within Ke s works and understand how they mesh together into a web that evokes the archetypal experience of life in the South It was wonderful to meet Ke and hear the stories in person His words brought his images to life and created a very personal experience for the audience Beth Hataway President Junior Executive Board The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts hosted mixed media artist Ke Francis at the opening of the exhibit Ke Francis A Selection of Large Scale Work on Thursday March 20 In examining his work at face value Ke s pieces which range from small prints to large sculptures exhibit many of the characteristics of the folk aesthetic Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

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  • Docent Field Trip to Chattanooga –
    eighty foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River the Museum features beautiful views of the riverfront and the surrounding area Upon arriving at the Museum we had a curator led tour of a current exhibition African American Art Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond After having free time to explore the Hunter s permanent collection we attended a stimulating discussion Art Issues Diversity Is Now Deal with It led by Bart Washington and Brian O Leary of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga That evening and the following morning we were able to explore the city s downtown area which along with the Hunter features the Tennessee Aquarium the Creative Discovery Museum a pedestrian bridge across the river several art galleries and a wide range of restaurants All of these attractions are within walking distance of each other Art is everywhere in the downtown area often in places you would least expect to find it Those of us who toured the Aquarium were delighted to find an exhibit of Stephen Rolfe Powell s Whacko series complementing the jellyfish exhibit Just as Cappy Thompson was enraptured by the celestial fireworks of the muses our group was enchanted by the hospitality we received at the Hunter the range and beauty of it s collection and the stimulating atmosphere of Chattanooga s downtown area Being able to enjoy these attractions as a group made the trip all the more memorable George Jacobsen Docent Council Chair On the first day of spring seventeen MMFA docents and four members of the educational staff headed north to Chattanooga TN Our destination was the Hunter Museum of American Art Several months in planning this was the MMFA s first overnight docent field trip Set upon an eighty foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River the Museum Share More

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  • What’s an ADDY? –
    It s the American Advertising Awards and we just heard that our catalogue for Material Transformations received the 2014 Best of Show Addy Award for the Montgomery region The ADDYs recognize creative endeavors in all media and Camille Leonard of STAMP s inventive design is nothing if not creative We frequently work with Camille and designers of STAMP one of Montgomery s best Ad Agencies Camille really understood the ideas and works of art featured in the Material Transformations exhibition and captured a wonderful way to portray them in print form We re thrilled with her concept and so excited that the American Advertising Awards program acknowledged Camille s stunning achievement It works not only as a companion piece to the exhibition but also stands on its own It was great fun to work with Camille on this project and it s not the first time the Addys recognized our collaboration with her our exhibition catalogue Psychedelic Mania Stephen Rolfe Powell s Dance with Glass received an award in 2013 Come pick up your own copy Both of these award winning catalogues are available in the Museum Store Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art It s the American Advertising Awards and we just heard that our catalogue for Material Transformations received the 2014 Best of Show Addy Award for the Montgomery region The ADDYs recognize creative endeavors in all media and Camille Leonard of STAMP s inventive design is nothing if not creative We frequently work with Camille and designers of Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015

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  • Alabama Natives, Alabama Neighbors –
    Alabama Natives Alabama Neighbors 3 10 14 The Museum and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians partnered to present Alabama Natives Alabama Neighbors our Native American Family Day celebration on Saturday March 8th 1 500 visitors of all ages enjoyed dance and craft demonstrations hands on art activities and story telling Many cultural artifacts from Kerretv Cuko Building of Learning Poarch Band of Creek Indians Museum in Atmore were on view in the Rotunda For more information about the tribe please visit http pci nsn gov The Museum and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians partnered to present Alabama Natives Alabama Neighbors our Native American Family Day celebration on Saturday March 8th 1 500 visitors of all ages enjoyed dance and craft demonstrations hands on art activities and story telling Many cultural artifacts from Kerretv Cuko Building of Learning Poarch Band of Creek Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April

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  • Art Auction was such fun! –
    to make it possible especially Auction chair Emilie Reid and co chair Lisa Capell and Art Selection chair Ginny Cumbus and co chair Mary Dunn Thanks also to our long standing Auction sponsor Merrill Lynch The 2014 Art Auction was chaired by Emilie Reid and co chaired by Lisa Capell Committee members included Jean Belt Lu Ann Cobb Ginny Cumbus Suzanne Davidson Mary Dunn Benita Froemming Jason Goodson Don Groesser Brenda Hellums Debbie Hobbs Gage LeQuire Lucy LuQuire Cathy Martin Tammy McCorkle Lisa Newcomb Caroline Rosen Gloria Simons Melissa Tubbs Florence Tyson Ashley White Cindy Wilson and Kelli Wise Ginny Cumbus chaired this year Art Selection Committee along with co chair Mary Dunn Other members of the Art Selection Committee included Jane Barganier Camille Elebash Hill Bonner Engelhardt Susan Geddie Katharine Harris Allison Ingram Lucy Jackson Gage LeQuire Winston Wilson Reese Bruce Reid Emilie Reid Laurie Weil We had over 50 additional volunteers at the events that led up to and included the Auction We could not have done it with out you The entire Museum staff is involved in this our biggest fundraiser A big thanks to everyone artists galleries workers bidders and buyers Jill Barry Deputy Director Thank you all who worked to make it possible especially Auction chair Emilie Reid and co chair Lisa Capell and Art Selection chair Ginny Cumbus and co chair Mary Dunn Thanks also to our long standing Auction sponsor Merrill Lynch The 2014 Art Auction was chaired by Emilie Reid and co chaired by Lisa Capell Committee members included Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November

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  • General –
    made clay masks that we then mounted onto Totem Poles to be placed in their common space Clay encourages playing and masks can be all varieties of abstract simple mimicking or complex We were all inspired by the carved wooden totem pole by William Dawson in the Museum s collection We also recruited Brian Cooley sculptor outdoor educator from the Montgomery Public Schools to work with the boys on making flower planters out of old tires The boys got really excited to see how they could reclaim a trashed object and with a bit of paint and cutting make something pretty We also thought it was important to stress that you could make a place look more pleasing or improve the world around you without having to perfect fine painting skills or technical drawing techniques Numerous boys talked about making planters for their grandmothers or moms when they went home The tire planters and the ceramic totem poles are now installed in public areas of the Mt Meigs campus so the students can share their work with everyone and to help with the larger goal of beautifying the facility These projects were balanced with lessons on one and two point perspective to give the boys more confidence with drawing The following quote from Carmen Archie of the Mt Meigs staff sums up the importance of the MMFA s outreach program The success of this has far exceeded my expectations The students response to the art class is overwhelming When the students hear another class is starting I get bombarded with requests to be in the class The number of students per class started with 10 to 12 students and we are now having to turn down students and place them on waiting list I see students who felt they didn t have any artistic abilities open up and realize the potential they have Miriam Jones MMFA Outreach Coordinator Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print An Observer Without an Agenda Almost 7 17 14 On July 10 2014 Ray Smith presented a gallery talk at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts MMFA to celebrate In Time We Shall Know Ourselves the exhibition of 52 photographs he made in the summer of 1974 and the beautiful book that Smith published in conjunction with the exhibition In his brief prepared remarks which he titled I Am a Camera Smith explained that his intent during his travel around the country forty summers ago was to be an observer without an agenda who enabled his subjects people he met along the road freedom to present themselves with the least amount of intrusion or direction from the photographer In a couple of short video interviews the artist recorded earlier that day Smith explained why he used a twin lens camera for his project the larger context of his artistic journey and his love of literature which led him to make photographs that were like poems or fiction a short story exploding beyond its frame As the introductory text panel in the exhibition indicates these vivid short stories explode into an epic travel narrative a great American novel set in the 1970s but with its culmination in its publication and exhibition today The exhibition will remain on view at the MMFA through September 21 after which it will travel to the Hickory NC Museum of Art the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville FL and the Georgia Museum of Art Perceptive viewers of the exhibition organized by the MMFA and readers of the book which illustrates all of the images in the same sequence as the exhibition may realize what the artist acknowledged in his gallery talk though my object was invisibility I am IN every one of the photographs Raymond W Smith American born 1942 Self Portrait Motel Room Williamsburg Virginia 1974 printed 2012 gelatin silver print Lent by the artist Michael W Panhorst Ph D Curator of Art MMFA Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print The Museum Store is Turning Five 7 15 14 The Museum Store is preparing for our FIFTH YEAR as a HANDCRAFTED GALLERY STYLE SPACE October is our birthday month and we are going to stretch out the celebration with treats special deals featured artists and other fun things the entire month so stay tuned for the details If you haven t been in the Store in some time you are missing out on one of most distinctive shopping experiences in Montgomery The Store features works by more than 70 local and regional artists with everything from pottery glass paintings textiles jewelry photography and more We feel fortunate to have works by so many talented artists Behind each work of art there is a story an investment of time and talent The Museum Store should be first on your list when thinking about the perfect wedding or graduation gift and if you need just the right painting for your newly designed space the Museum Store may have just what you are looking for We will be closed for three days August 5 through 7 for a little cosmetic work and will reopen Friday August 8 with a new look and a bevy of new works by our beloved artists Come and see what s NEW starting August 8 and plan to celebrate with us the month of October Tisha Rhodes and Kay Jacoby Director of Services and the Museum Store Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print First of Its Kind Museum Store Sale 7 10 14 If you haven t been in the Museum Store in the past five years yes FIVE you may not realize the caliber of handcrafted work we now feature Behind each work of art is a story a real live artist investing their time and talent and we are happy to showcase these works in a gallery like environment Folks you have until Sunday July 13 to take advantage of a 30 off sale featuring

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  • General –
    Picasso Henri Matisse Henri Rousseau and taking tea at the salon hosted by art collectors Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo in other words he was in the heart of it After his return to the U S in 1909 Weber created a range of work that was influenced by the Cubists initially but his style regularly evolved over his forty year career The MMFA s most recent acquisition using funds bequeathed by Ida Belle Young in 2007 is a painting by Weber created during the 1920s when he had moved to Long Island below View of Roslyn New York ca 1922 1925 oil on canvas It is a landscape depicting the village of Roslyn on the north shore of Long Island painted from a vantage point just across a body of water known as the Roslyn Pond While representational we can readily see trees town and pond it is also clearly in keeping with the reductive tendencies of Modernism buildings composed of simple geometric shapes and the rest a symphony of varied brushstrokes in green blue rust and tan Though he largely left Picasso s Cubism behind he maintained a love of the style of the French Post Impressionist Paul Cézanne who created monumental landscapes in this same palette and with the same intent to capture the soul of this peaceful place in paint When Weber moved to Long Island in 1921 he and his wife left the urban bustle of upper Manhattan for a quieter natural environment where they could raise a family They purchased a small house about five miles south of Roslyn and the artist purchased a car he named it Dinky so that he could drive the rural roads looking for likely subjects The Museum s painting View of Roslyn New York is one of a number of works he painted while he lived in this house near Garden City Our Museum collection has grown significantly with the additions made using the funds provided by Ida Belle Young s gift Most of these works were made in the nineteenth century and have helped to enhance and further shape the core collection of works given by Winton Blount in 1989 and expand the resources our educators use to teach about the development of American art When the Weber became available it was immediately clear that this painting was going to play a significant role in our collection it opens a chapter that takes viewers into twentieth century art and introduces the modernist approach to art and design that dominated in Europe and America for years to come It is a much needed addition to our collection and we look forward to sharing it with our audiences when it is installed next month Arthur D Chapman Max Weber 1914 platinum print Library of Congress Prints Photographs Division reproduction number e g LC USZ62 90145 Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print There s a Story in Here Somewhere 4 4 14 We will be hearing a lot in the next year about Selma most of it related to the historic events that surrounded Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965 Those events put Selma on the map both nationally and internationally but the town has been on Alabama s map for a very very long time and what you don t know about Selma may surprise you One thing you might not know There have probably been more creative and literary people in Selma per capita than in any other place in Alabama maybe the whole South The curious coincidence that brought this to mind is the presence of two wonderful works of art that are currently in our galleries They just happen to depict two members of a Selma family two members who lived almost one hundred years apart The first is found in Romantic Spirits Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection The painting is by an artist named George Cooke who came to Alabama in the summer of 1848 He was traveling and took commissions to paint members of Alabama s Black Belt planter families He was given the task of painting a young boy named Joseph Fairfax Lapsley known to his family as Little Fax Like many children in the nineteenth century Little Fax had a brief life dying when he was only two Little Fax s father Colonel John Whitfield Lapsley commissioned the painting as a memorial of his young son Little Fax stands on a porch overlooking what was certainly the Alabama River as it winds past Selma Up the river we see a steamboat carrying away people and goods to a world little Fax would never know It is a melancholy painting intended to remind his parents of a life cut woefully short Flash forward to 2004 and a photograph by Selma artist Jerry Siegel in the exhibition Creator Created Jerry Siegel Portraits and Artists from the Permanent Collection It depicts the painter John Lapsley the great grandson of Colonel John Whitfield Lapsley and an artist who is well represented in the MMFA permanent collection Unlike Little Fax John Lapsley had a long very productive life as an artist dying at the age of 90 but they are both depicted at the end of their natural lives John Lapsley died a year after the photograph was made Little Fax s portrait was made the year after his passing Those who knew John Lapsley knew a genuine Alabama character like another Alabama native author Truman Capote he had a sharp wit and a sense of irony that was always present John s works in the Museum s collection date from the 1930s to the late twentieth century fulfilling his destiny in a way that Little Fax unfortunately could not And there s one more Selma art family to consider that is the Siegels Photographer Jerry Siegel was preceded one generation by his uncle Jerome E Jerry

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