BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 2:00pm
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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!
BY Baristanet Staff | Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00am
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.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Apr 24, 2015 9:00am
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.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Feb 23, 2015 12:00pm
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.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Feb 16, 2015 12:30pm
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.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 10:30am
We love Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Nights. Who wouldn’t? You get free museum admission, live music, fun activities, a full-service bar, and great food to enjoy—it’s a great night out.
Offerings change on a monthly basis, and First Thursday Night on Thursday, February 5, offers fabulous fun.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 10:30am
Beginning on February 8, Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine the art of the ’90s in its historical context. The exhibition was curated by Alexandra Schwartz and showcases approximately 65 works by 45 artists born or practicing in the United States and will comprise installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. The artists in the exhibition came of age during the 90s and reflect the diverse nature of the art world during this time, as artists of color, women artists, and LGBT artists attained increased prominence.
Alexandra Schwartz was born and raised in Washington D.C. and currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She joined MAM in 2010 as its first curator of contemporary art. Previously she was on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Modern Art. She is a writer, editor and has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Montclair State University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.
Baristanet met with Schwartz to discuss the upcoming exhibit, her personal influences and learn a bit more about MAM’s curator of contemporary art:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 12:00pm
Sakrua, 2014, antique quilt fragments, spray paint, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami FL.
This Thursday, November 20, join Montclair Art Museum’s Art Talk on Sandford Biggers.
Biggers is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, sculpture, music, and performance. He has achieved international prominence over the last decade with a diverse body of work that explores themes of identity, race, American history, and spirituality, often by blending installation and performance. In Codex, a recent project, Biggers continues to probe these themes through another stylistic departure: painting on historical quilts, many of which were gifts to the artist from descendants of slave owners.
BY Baristanet Staff | Monday, Nov 10, 2014 12:00pm
The Conversation on Education and the Arts series is an annual lecture sponsored by the Montclair Community Pre-K and hosted by Montclair Art Museum (MAM). Past speakers have included educators, scholars, artists, and authors interested in progressive teaching methods: Howard Gardner (2003 & 2012), Leon Botstein (2004), Lillian Katz (2005), Maxine Greene (2006), Eric Carle (2007), Lella Gandini (2008), Philip Yenawine (2009), Faith Ringgold (2010), Claudia Cornett (2011), and Co-Creator and Executive Producer at Nickelodeon, Montclair resident Chris Gifford (2013).
Susan Striker will speak at the 12th Annual Conversation on Education and the Arts Lecture. Striker is the author of the best-selling Anti-Coloring Book® series with over one million books in print all over the world. Designed to stimulate creativity and encourage problem solving and critical thinking, the books “help children draw their own pictures as well as their own conclusions about life.” She has had a long, successful career teaching art to young children, taught art education methodology to university students, and developed art curricula. Ms. Striker’s work has been the subject of numerous television shows, both nationally and internationally.
BY Christina Gillham | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:00am
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On July 2, 1964, the United States enacted the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination against any person based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark act, the Montclair Art Museum is presenting 30 colorful and creatively designed quilts by African-American quiltmakers primarily from West Alabama.
“From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,” which opened Saturday, showcases 29 quilts on loan from the Montgomery Museum, most of which were made between the mid-1950s and the end of the 20th century.
Quilts are as American as apple pie, but few may realize the prominence they’ve played in African-American communities. Gee’s Bend, Ala., an isolated African-American community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War, became known for its quiltmaking, a skill that has been passed down through the community for generations. Created as a way to support struggling poor families, the quilts have been displayed in art museums throughout the country. Continue Reading