Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. On February 6, MAM will launch a new partnership with Montclair’s Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge, screen Sistas the Musical and host a Q&A with its cast and crew, highlight local business, and offer drop-in art workshops, tours, and more.
The Free First Thursday Night bar is now offered in partnership with Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge—one of Montclair’s most celebrated eateries recognized for its casual atmosphere and creative, modern menu with a devotion to seasonal, local ingredients. Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge also offers an extensive variety of signature cocktails, wines, and local craft beers. Beer from New Jersey Beer Co. will be available for purchase through cash or credit at special Free First Thursday Night prices. Delectable food samples will also be on hand.
Special programming in February also includes the Seventh Annual African American Film Forum, in keeping with the tradition of MAM’s African American Cultural Committee’s celebration of Black History Month. MAM’s AACC will screen scenes from the DVD of Sistas the Musical and host a discussion with the cast and crew of the widely successful off-Broadway production on the making of the musical. Joining MAM will be Dorothy Marcic, writer; William Franzblau, producer; and cast members Jennifer Fouche, Lexie Rhodes, Amy Goldberger, and Aurelia Williams. The musical features hit tunes that trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. The North Essex Chamber of Commerce will also host a business networking event and pop-up art exhibit titled Erasecism: The Bridge to Community.
In the galleries, visitors can view all MAM’s current exhibitions, including 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration, which highlights 100 pieces from MAM’s collection. Tours will be conducted every hour on the half hour (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.) on a singular exhibition and
the audio tour 100 Years, 100 Voices, a community crowd-sourced project accompanying 100 Works for 100 Years, will provide further insight on the works in that exhibition. Live music provided by students in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University accompanies art-viewing activities. In addition, drop-in workshops offered by the Yard School of Art provide opportunities for visual expression.
The Store at MAM will also host a trunk show with Vessel of Things Less Ordinary (VoTLO Couture). VoTLO is an alliance of art, fashion, and empowerment that connects women and girls across the globe through wearable art. Creator Kathy Imlay and Artist Janet Taylor Pickett partner to create a stunning line of silk scarves, wraps, and garments. With each garment sold, a portion of proceeds pays a semester’s school tuition for a girl in the D.R. Congo—a direct and powerful link—one garment, one girl, one semester of school. The trunk show will include models demonstrating 15 easy and creative ways to tie a scarf. In addition, Sweet Home Montclair’s very own Paul Giordano will be on hand sampling homemade chocolate goodies, including twice-dipped gourmet pretzels covered with delightful flavors and decadent toppings, chocolate-covered nuts for the more refined sweet tooth, and more.