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Free First Thursday Nights WHEN: First Thursday of the Month, May 1, 5–9 PM WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair ADMISSION: FREE Join us for Free First Thursday Nights at MAM every month from October through June, and enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming, including live music, tours, and interactive entertainment. A full-service bar with special First Thursday Night prices sponsored by Pig & Prince, one of Montclair's most celebrated eateries, is open all evening, and food trucks serve a variety of delicious fare.
Programming changes each month, providing something new to see or do at every First Thursday Night. In May, guests will preview the inaugural Montclair Poetry Festival, go behind-the-scenes of Robert Smithson's New Jersey with MAM Exhibit Designer/Preparator Karl Allen, hear jazz performances by the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo and MSU's Cali School of Music students, celebrate MAM's and the Bellevue Avenue Library's Centennials, and more. View the full schedule.
Closer Look Tour WHEN: First Friday of the Month, 2 PM Coincides with the MAM's Free First Fridays Join us for informal 20-minute gallery talks that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Tours are led by MAM educators and docents.
New Member Highlights Tour WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 11:30 AM New MAM Members are invited to discover the highlights of MAM's collection. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact Elana Castelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973.259.5151. To find out more about MAM membership and to become a member today, visit our Membership page.
NEW! French Language Tours Un après-midi au Musée WHEN: Sunday, May 4, 2–3 PM Robert Smithson’s New Jersey ADMISSION: $20 nonmember, $15 member Tickets Attention French language learners! Please join France native Claire Négrin for an artful afternoon as you discover les chefs-d’oeuvre du MAM by looking closely at selected works on view and discussing them in French. Learn some new terms and engage in fun, stimulating conversation— tout en français! All levels welcome.
Photos by Audrey Blake Breheney. All photos taken with an iPhone.
iPhoneography Workshop WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 6:45–9 PM ADMISSION: $40 member, $50 nonmember Tickets Enjoy a night out at MAM with some friends, have a glass of wine and be inspired to turn your photos into keepsakes. Learn the art of iphoneography from Audrey Blake Breheney, lifestyle photographer and blogger, including:
MAM and the Adult School of Montclair Legendary Locals of Montclair Discussion and Book Signing WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 2–4 PM Registration through the Adult School of Montclair. Call 973.746.6636 to register; enroll EARLY! ADMISSION: $20 MAM members, $25 nonmembers In honor of The Montclair Art Museum and the Bellevue Avenue Library’s Centennial Celebrations, the two organizations will cohost with The Adult School of Montclair a discussion regarding Montclair history. Legendary Locals of Montclair author Elizabeth Shepard, a professional archivist in New York, was the Montclair Public Library local archivist from 1995 to 2001, and coauthor Mike Farrelly was Montclair’s official historian since 2004. Together, they will address the many great Montclair personalities who have come before us. Paintings by Montclair’s favorite son, George Inness, are part of MAM’s permanent collection and currently featured in the exhibition 100 Works for 100 Years.
Book signing to follow. Book available through your local library or available for purchase through The Store at MAM. This program is cosponsored by The Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. MAM Contemporaries: Tour and Reception at the Elizabeth Foundation WHEN: Wednesday, May 28 ADMISSION: Free for MAM Contemporaries* Visit studio spaces of contemporary artists at the Elizabeth Foundation in New York City.
*This event is only available to members of MAM Contemporaries, a dynamic group celebrating contemporary art at the Montclair Art Museum. For more information about MAM Contemporaries including how to join, visit montclairartmuseum.org.
Artful Outing WHEN: First Tuesday of the month, 11 AM–12 PM ADMISSION: FREE MAM invites people with dementia and their care partners to attend a FREE, interactive gallery program led by MAM docents and educators. Interact with current exhibitions in a meaningful way through hands-on activities and gallery engagement. If you are an individual caregiver or program coordinator for a care facility and wish to participate, please call 973.259.5136 or contact email@example.com to make a reservation.
Art in the Afternoon WHEN: Second Wednesday of the Month, 2–3:30 PM ADMISSION: $10 seniors, FREE members MAM invites area seniors to the Museum for an artistic social outing each second Wednesday of the month. Participants enjoy an opportunity to learn about and creatively respond to art from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Each session will feature tours and engaging conversations in the galleries and thematically related art activities in Leir Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Looking for a great way to spend time with your family? MAM's monthly family programs offer a regular opportunity for families to engage with the Museum and learn together.
Park Bench WHEN: Second Wednesday of the Month, 9:30–11:30 AM ADMISSION: $18 per family, $6 Family-level members and above Tickets Parents with young children will enjoy MAM Park Bench, a program that introduces children to the Museum and serves as an artistic social outing. Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour of the Museum. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library.
Home School Days WHEN: Third Thursday (Ages 9–13) and Third Friday (Ages 4–8) of the month 12–2 PM ADMISSION: $18 per family, $6 Family-level members and above Tickets The Montclair Art Museum invites you and other Home School families for a fun and educational afternoon. These two-hour programs include a gallery tour and studio art project led by MAM educators Peg Kenselaar (ages 9–13) and Emily Kenselaar (ages 4–8).
New! MAM Family Art Adventure WHEN: Third Saturday of the Month, 2–3 PM ADMISSION: $15 per family, $6 Family level members and above Tickets
Come to MAM for an hour-log, drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up and their adult companions. Explore and discuss artworks and engage in fun activities in MAM’s galleries and sculpture garden.
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Exhibitions on View: Monika Bravo: New Work through May 4. Robert Smithson's New Jersey through June 22. 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration and Robert Barry: Diptych, Window-Wallpiece for the Montclair Art Museum through Fall 2014. Spencer Finch: Yellow on ongoing view.