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WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Bloomfield Avenue & South Mountain Avenue, Montclair TICKETS: Advance tickets for all public programs are available through the The Store at MAM. Stop by or call 973.259.5137 to reserve your ticket today. To register for workshops, visitmontclairartmuseum.org/education_yard_school/ or call 973.259.5139.
Monthly Family Programs
PARK BENCH Second Wednesday of the Month February 8, 9:30 – 11:30 AM $6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member) Animal World
HOME SCHOOL DAYS Third Thursday (Ages 9 – 13) and Friday (Ages 4 – 8) February 16 and 17, Noon – 2 PM $6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member) Weather, season, time, and place
Monthly Tours: CLOSER LOOK First Friday of the Month Coincides with MAM's FREE First Fridays February 3, 2 PM Melvin Edwards, Mamelodi
Creating Art: Conversations with African American Artists
BEVERLY McIVER Thursday, February 2, 7 PM FREE MAM and The African American Cultural Committee (AACC) present artist Beverly McIver. McIver produces art that examines racial, gender, social, and occupational identity. Her mentally disabled sister Renee is a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members. A documentary film titled Raising Renee is scheduled to premiere on HBO this fall. The feature-length documentary describes Beverly McIver and her promise to take care of her sister Renee after their mother dies, a promise that comes due just as Beverly’s career is taking off.
SPOTLIGHT TOURS: African American Artists on View at MAM
Saturdays, February 11, 18, & 25, 1 PM FREE with Musuem admission
These 45-minute docent-led tours will highlight works by African American artists in the current exhibitions at MAM.
Image: Winfred Rembert, Chain Gang (All Me), 2004, dye on carved and tooled leather. From the Collection of Margo and Frank Walter. Photography: John Bigelow Taylor. Courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York.
Create a unique clay mirror based on individuality, design, texture, pattern, and color. Students will learn to work with kiln fired clay and tools. Participants will create an initial sketch for the design of their mirror. After the sculptural frame is built, under-glaze will be painted on in preparation for the kiln. The instructor will attach hooks so that your functional mirror will be ready to hang. Mirrors will be ready for pick-up two weeks after the workshop.
WINTER IN WATERCOLOR Sunday, February 12, 10 AM – 4 PM $90 Members, $110 nonmembers Sharon Pits Register online
The texture and color of winter is subtle and fascinating, offering a beauty that is not visible in other seasons. This workshop will focus on techniques appropriate to capturing winter’s magic in watercolor. Students will view regular demonstrations and receive individual attention. Open to all levels. Please visit montclairartmuseum.org for a list of suggested supplies.
ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
Thursday, February 16, 7 PM Documentary Film Screening FREE In this moving documentary, the artist Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life in the segregated South and the injustice and bigotry he experienced as recently as the 1960s and 70s. The film is abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in that era; his indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, and working on a chain gang are especially powerful. In a series of intimate reminiscences, the film shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.
Rembert, now in his 60s, and film producer and Montclair resident Mark Urman will introduce this not-to-be-missed documentary that preserves an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. After the screening, film director Vivian Ducat, Rembert, and Urman will participate in a question-and-answer session.
It’s Your Turn! Introduction to Wheel Throwing (Ages 8+)
Sunday, February 19, 10 AM – Noon $50 Members, $75 nonmembers Evan Wagman Register online This one-day workshop is ideal for children who want to try their hand at throwing pottery on the wheel. Through ample individual attention from the instructor, as well as demos and discussion, students will learn the steps and techniques of wheel throwing, including centering clay, throwing bowl and vase forms, and trimming. Students will select glazes during the workshop, and return to pick up their fired pots two weeks from the workshop date. Materials, glazing and firing fees included in tuition. Photo by Tess Yaney.
Fifth Annual Montclair African American Film Festival
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 Thursday, February 23, 7 PM FREE The Montclair Art Museum’s African American Cultural Committee (AACC) proudly collaborates with the Montclair African American Heritage Committee and Montclair resident Lonnie Brandon for the Fifth Annual Film Festival. The festival includes film screenings and discussions on topics relevant to the African American experience from the early 20th century to the present.
The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.
CinéKids at MAM Saturday, February 25, 3:30 PM Hugo et le dragon film screening MAM Members and nonmembers $5. Recommended for children ages 4 – 9, must be accompanied by parent or guardian
Join MAM and the French Institute Alliance Française as MAM screens the French film, Hugo et le dragon. This musical film uses puppets to tell the story of a small village plunged into darkness after the dragon Bijou eats the sun and stars to satisfy his ferocious appetite. Armed with only his telescope, a village boy named Hugo defeats Bijou, restoring the sun and stars. A captivating story! In French without subtitles, the film will be introduced in English; non-French speakers will be able to follow the story line. The screening will be followed by a 20-minute arts workshop inspired by the film.
Surface Impressions: Printing on Paper and Fabric
Sunday, February 26, 10 AM – 4 PM $90 Members, $110 nonmembers Dorothy Cochran Register online
Using a soft, commercially made plate similar to gelatin, participants will create juicy but precise images on paper and fabric. Acrylic paint, watercolor, and fabric dyes are brushed, stamped, layered, and textured to create colorful abstract or realistic images. Learn experimental techniques such as gilding and other embellishments. Finished art works can be framed to hang on the wall and used for quilting or other fabric projects; they are also wonderful for collage, artist books, and journal creation. $35 materials fee payable to the instructor. Please visit montclairartmuseum.org for a list of additional supplies.
ALTERING THE VESEL Sunday, February 26, 10 AM - Noon $75 Members; $95 nonmembers Evan Wagman Register online
Created for the potter who wants to expand his/her repertoire of shapes and possibilities, this workshop offers instruction in ways of altering the form and surface of freshly thrown work. Pots made this way can look spontaneous, fluid, and animated, reflecting the process of working with wet clay.
Additionally, the instructor will demonstrate how to create faceted surfaces on leather-hard pottery. With an emphasis on how a utilitarian object can be viewed as functional and artful, students will learn how to alter bowls, vases, cups and pouring vessels. Students will select glazes and return to pick up the fired pots two weeks from the workshop date.
Upcoming Newsletters: The Store at MAM Clearance Sale, ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert evite, and Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections exhibition announcement
Exhibitions on View: Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections opens February 12.
Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others extended through April 1, George Inness: Private Treasures through April 1, and Patterns, Systems, Structures: Abstraction in American Art through May 19, 2013.