Montclair Art Museum Completes Full Reinstallation of Rand Gallery of Native American Art

BY  |  Monday, Apr 25, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Undaunted Spirit: Native American Art

Montclair Art Museum has now completed the full reinstallation of its Rand Gallery of Native American Art, a project led by Pamela Jardine, Curator of Native American Art, for the past two years.

Undaunted Spirit: Native American Art is the final phase in MAM’s major reinstallation of the Rand Gallery of Native American Art. The new installation’s overarching theme is the stylistic development of Native American art traditions and the historical contexts in which these changes were made. A major goal is to highlight the great resiliency of Native people and their ability to keep art traditions alive while adapting to changing conditions. Throughout history, Native artists have been innovators trying new materials, art forms, and designs sometimes from other tribes through trade, gifts, or warfare, and very often from Euro-American introductions.

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MAM First Free Thursday Night in 2016: DJ, Tribute to David Bowie, African-American History Month Celebration, and More!

BY  |  Monday, Feb 01, 2016 11:00am

DJ C-RiusMontclair Art Museum’s First Free Thursday Nights are always great events, but the first one in 2016 (February 4)  will be extra special.

Highlights are:

DJ C-Rius will entertain with a variety of styles and genres, including a tribute to David Bowie. A special performance by a select ensemble from Jazz House Kids will take place in Leir Hallat 6 pm.

Diane Israel, former director of the Essex Fine Arts Gallery in Montclair, will be on site doing “minute miniatures”—on-demand miniature watercolors of landscapes, still-lifes, and flowers. Visitors can also create their own artwork in the Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop, which offers a free session with a clothed model every Free First Thursday Night.

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Biggest Local Stories of 2015

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Biggest Local Stories of 2015

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2015 brought to you by Baristanet:

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Montclair Author Deborah Davis Discusses Warhol at MAM Thursday

BY  |  Monday, Oct 26, 2015 11:30am

The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country AdventureJoin well-known Montclair author Deborah Davis and former chief curator of the Warhol Foundation Claudia Defendi as they discuss a new book by Deborah Davis, The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure at Montclair Art Museum on Thursday, October 29.

The book tells the story of a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. Reception and book signing to follow event.

This event is sponsored by MAM Contemporaries, a dynamic special interest group celebrating contemporary art at MAM and offered in partnership with Watchung Booksellers.

The Trip by Deborah Davis – Book Discussion and Signing
MAM, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$15 / $12 memebrs. Tickets can be purchased online here Book available for purchase the evening of the program.



Scenes From the MAM Lawn Party

BY  |  Friday, Sep 18, 2015 2:00pm

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Were you one of the over 1000 people who attended the MAM Lawn Party last Saturday? It was a beautiful day filled with art, music from Parents Who Rock—who celebrated its 10 year anniversary, games, yoga, food, and lots of fun.



Guests also got a sneak peek at the wonderful new Eric Carle: Animals and Friends exhibition.

Check out the slideshow from the party below:

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Art of Eric Carle, Music, Food, and More at the MAM Lawn Party

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 2:00pm

MAM Lawn Party

Montclair Art Musuem (MAM) is throwing a Lawn Party on September 12 and you’re invited!

The day-long celebration ( 12 pm – 5 pm) will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and include a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join MAM and Parents Who Rock outside on the Museum’s lawn for performances by over 20 local bands, bring the kids for family-friendly activities, see MAM’s brand new exhibitions, enter to win exciting raffle baskets, and enjoy delicious fare from a variety of food vendors. And all for free!

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Montclair Art Museum Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky Honored With a 2015 John Cotton Dana Award

BY  |  Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00am

Montclair Art Museum

Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), has been selected to receive the 2015 John Cotton Dana Award from the New Jersey Association of Museums.

Stavitsky is being honored for advancing the service of museums to the region, for demonstrating visionary and innovative leadership, and for epitomizing the highest standards of professional commitment as exemplified by museum pioneer John Cotton Dana (1856–1929). The award will be presented at the NJAM Annual Meeting at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture on June 1.

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MAM Announces the Vance Wall Education Center and its New Director

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 9:00am

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The Montclair Art Museum is reorganizing its education and art school programs, bringing them all under the umbrella of the newly named Vance Wall Art Education Center. The center—made possible by a generous donation by the Vance Wall Foundation—will enable a strategic and ambitious expansion of MAM’s educational profile in the region. Leah Fox has been appointed MAM’s first director of the Vance Wall Art Education Center.

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Celebrate MAM’s exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s at the ’90s Dance Party

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 12:00pm

Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s

Love the 1990s? Break out your ripped jeans, flannel, and Doc Martens and go to Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM) ’90s Dance Party on Saturday, March 7. Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey of art from the pivotal decade, this party will take you back in the day.

From Nirvana to No Doubt, Backstreet Boys to Blink 182, and Smashing Pumpkins to Spin Doctors, “Saved by the 90s: A Party with The Bayside Tigers,” the Ultimate ’90s Tribute Band, will set the scene with all your favorite ’90s tunes. Then, DJ Gabriel Levy will keep you dancing until it’s time to peace out. You can Vogue, do The Humpty Dance, bust a move doing The Hammer, start a mosh pit, do your best Fly Girls imitation, or break out The Carlton. Whatever ’90s dance moves you show off, you’ll have a blast.

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Take Your Time, Hurry Up to See MAM’s Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s

BY  |  Monday, Feb 16, 2015 12:30pm

Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965, USA), Princess Kurt, 1995, Oil on linen

Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965, USA), Princess Kurt, 1995, Oil on linen

Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM) current contemporary art exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, curated by Alexandra Schwartz (a Gen-X-er), is divided into three periods and three themes: early 90s and identity and the “identity politics” debates, mid ’90s and the digital revolution, and late ’90s through 2001 and globalization. Works on view include installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, video, and digital art. The show’s name is a nod to the early 90s grunge band Nirvana, whose songs and front man Kurt Cobain, were angst-filled and identity and purpose seeking.

“It seems to me that the birth of Contemporary Art was in the 90s,” said Schwartz at the exhibit’s press preview a couple of days before the show opened to the public on February 8. Come As You Are is the first major museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context.

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