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Groundbreaking exhibition "Matisse and American Art" opens February 5

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM PRESENTS GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION OF
MATISSE AND AMERICAN ART

 

First exhibition to examine Henri Matisse’s profound influence
upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present

 

February 5–June 18, 2017

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, January 5, 2017—Beginning February 5, 2017, Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present. Henri Matisse’s complex, multi-faceted art has provided a liberating model for American artists’ varied explorations of vibrant color, strong, fluid lines, and clear compositional structures in their pursuits of self-expression. The exhibition is organized by Dr. Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator, with co-curator Dr. John Cauman and consultant Lisa Mintz Messinger. MAM is the sole venue and it will be on view through June 18, 2017.

 

Featuring 65 paintings, archival objects, sculpture, prints, and works on paper, Matisse and American Art will juxtapose 19 works by Matisse with 44 works by American artists, including Max Weber, Alfred Maurer, Maurice Prendergast, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, John Baldessari, Sophie Matisse, Faith Ringgold, and Helen Frankenthaler. Matisse’s transformative impact on their works is revealed not only by their adaptations of his palette and pictorial structures but also through their choice and appropriation of his subject matter—still lifes, landscapes, figurative works, studio interiors, and portraits. While previous projects have illuminated Matisse’s relationship with postwar artists, this will be the first exhibition to expand Matisse’s impact beyond the typical focus upon the New York School by extending it back to the beginning of the 20th century and forward to the 21st.

 

“This show was five years in the making,” commented lead curator Dr. Gail Stavitsky. “To help distinguish it from other Matisse-related exhibitions taking place during that period, I extended the range of artists included to the present to emphasize Matisse’s ongoing impact. The resulting exhibit includes a variety of artists who interpret Matisse’s singular approach to creating art in work that is simultaneously timely and timeless. For example, visitors will likely note that the featured American artists’ contributions are not imitations of Matisse's complex work, but rather original art profoundly inspired by Matisse’s approach.”

 

The exhibition will open with an introductory section evoking a range of responses to the master, from the early 20th century study by his student Morgan Russell to Faith Ringgold’s late 20th century appropriation titled Matisse’s Model. It then proceeds with early 20th century explorations of the nude as seen in the work of Matisse’s students Max Weber and Sarah Stein, as well as William Zorach and Maurice Prendergast. The next section of the show addresses Matisse’s theme of the window as a metaphor for the dialogue between the interior world of the artist and the external world of reality. An archival section featuring Matisse on the cover of Time magazine in 1930, as well as various exhibition catalogues and publications, will serve as an orientation to the history of the dissemination of Matisse’s influence. The final sections of the exhibition explore Matisse’s pervasive postwar impact on artists, especially in terms of the bold, simplified profiles and vibrant colors of his cut-outs. Works by Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Stuart Davis, Judy Pfaff, Romare Bearden, and the illustrator Eric Carle represent the wide-ranging responses to Matisse’s inventive “drawing with scissors.” The exhibition concludes with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselman, Andy Warhol, Janet Taylor Pickett, and John Baldessari, who have appropriated and adapted Matisse’s classic themes of the dance, the studio, the nude, portraiture, and the goldfish bowl as varying approaches to his universal art and fame.

 

“Working on this show truly has been a labor of love,” Dr. Stavitsky noted. “I am looking forward to being surrounded by the joyous, colorful art of Matisse and that of the many artists who were inspired by him to find their own creative voices and directions.”

 

The exhibition is complemented by a major scholarly catalogue, Matisse and American Art and two concurrent exhibitions: Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection and Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

 

Images:

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Nude in a Wood (Nu dans la forêt; Nu assis dans le bois), 1906
Oil on board mounted on panel
16 x 12 " in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm)

Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George F. Of, 52.150
©2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Max Weber (1881-1961)
The Apollo in Matisse’s Studio, 1908
Oil on canvas

23 x 18 in. (58.42 x 45.72 cm)
Estate of Max Weber, courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, New York
© 2017 Estate of Max Weber, courtesy Gerald Peters Gallery, New York

 

Montclair Art Museum Presents Participatory Contemporary Art Exhibition "do it"

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM PRESENTS
PARTICIPATORY CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION

do it

 

Show is based on conceptual instructions provided by such artists as
 Robert Barry, Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
Sol LeWitt, and Yoko Ono

 

Community participation from Girl Scouts, Montclair State University MFA Students,

Yard School of Art students, Succeed2gether, MAM African American Cultural Committee, Hillside Elementary School, and more

 

September 10–December 31, 2016

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, July 5, 2016—Beginning September 10, 2016, Montclair Art Museum (MAM) presents do it, an exhibition unlike any other the Museum has hosted. Rather than an exhibition of objects created by artists, do it is a collection of conceptual instructions provided by renowned artists. A highly participatory contemporary art exhibition, it has brought together the community and Montclair-area organizations to implement these written instructions. 

 

Curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, do it began as a conversation between Obrist and the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist was concerned with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether a show could take a similar form to musical “scores,” or written instructions by artists as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. To mark the 20th anniversary of this landmark project, Obrist collaborated with Independent Curators International (ICI) to create a new version of the exhibition presenting the largest selection of instructional works to date. It is now the longest-running, most far-reaching show ever to take place.

 

The driving force behind the exhibition is aptly summarized in the words of the revolutionary modern artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), who questioned long-held assumptions about what art should be, and how it should be made, declaring himself “interested in ideas—not merely in visual products.” He is only one of several predecessors to have shaped this exhibition, which also draws from Conceptual and Minimalist art of the 1960s and 1970s as well as Fluxus practices, all movements that were highly experimental in nature and sought new ways to think about art.

 

Each do it exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to a new set of instructions. The Montclair Art Museum has selected 27 instructional works from a list of 250, all of which are featured in the book do it the compendium (2013). Featured artists include Robert Barry, Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sol LeWitt, and Yoko Ono.

 

Members of the MAM community and Montclair area organizations were engaged in the planning and implementation of many of these projects before the opening of the exhibition. For one project, SummerART, teen digital photography students and Girl Scouts completed Hreinn Fridfinnson’s “Beauty Marks.” Participants engaged in a discussion about the definition of “beauty” in art and personal life, facilitated by Mary Lysinger from COPE Center, Montclair. The discussion was followed by placing beauty marks on the wall and on their own faces in accordance with Hreinn Fridfinnsson’s instructions. Other instructions have engaged Montclair State University MFA students, Succeed2gether, Hillside Elementary School, MAM’s African American Cultural Committee, Montclair Public Library, and Museum staff.

 

Several projects will be ongoing and will engage visitors to the museum on a regular basis, especially those of Yuri Aran, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and RAQ Media Collective. For example, visitors will be invited to draw on a special doodle wall in the Museum’s Learning Lab, as per Aran’s instructions. Internationally renowned artist Yoko Ono’s WISH PEACE (1996) invites visitors to write down their wishes on pieces of paper that they will attach to the branches of a Wish Tree.

 

Coordinated for the Museum by Leah Fox, Director, Vance Wall Art Education Center and Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator, this project coincides with the launch of the newly constructed Vance Wall Art Education Center, completed spring 2016.

 

Image: do it installation photo, Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2015. Courtesy ICI.

 

 

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Montclair Art Museum Presents Solo Exhibition of Esteemed Artist Janet Taylor Pickett

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM PRESENTS SOLO EXHIBITION OF
ESTEEMED ARTIST JANET TAYLOR PICKETT

 

Exhibition focuses on the dialogue between her artwork
and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse

 

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series on view September 10, 2016–June 18, 2017

 

 

The intimacy of Mr. Matisse’s interiors touched me—like a poem affects each person differently at different points in your life.

—Janet Taylor Pickett

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, August 17, 2016—Beginning September 10, 2016, Montclair Art Museum presents its second solo exhibition of esteemed artist Janet Taylor Pickett, Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series. The exhibition explores the dialogue between Taylor Pickett’s artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse. Featuring more than 76 collages and four handmade books, it spotlights the ongoing creative conversation between the two artists and the profound impact of Matisse on Taylor Pickett’s art. It is on view through June 18, 2017.

 

Painter, mixed media, collage artist, and professor, Janet Taylor Pickett is known for using the dress form as an iconic template to respond to life’s profound changes. She says, “I’ve used it as a vessel to fill, to identify, and to express my journey as an African American woman, daughter, mother, and artist.” A highlight of the exhibition will be the installation of Sixty Six Dresses: An Odyssey, 2014-15. Referring to the artist’s age at the time of its creation, this work will be augmented by two additional collaged dresses to match her current age when the exhibition opens.

 

In many of her dresses, Taylor Pickett juxtaposes images of African sculpture, textiles, and cultural elements, with details from Matisse’s work, typically procured from exhibition catalogue reproductions. This multicultural dialogue is at the heart of her complex, archetypal creations, which often feature portraits of the artist herself. The artist’s interest in light, color, and multiple perspectives is also pervasive in some of her recent works, in which she combines elements of Matisse’s work with tripartite spaces evoking medieval altarpieces, unifying past and present.

 

This is the second time the artist has been featured in a one-person show at MAM; the first, More than One Way Home, in 1997, was a 25-year mid-career survey. She currently resides in Pasadena, California.

 

Taylor Pickett earned her BFA and MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant. She has received fellowships from the Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), the Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, WA), and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has completed public art commissions for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Johnson and Johnson (Skillman, NJ), and Washington State Council on the Arts. MAM has several of her works in its permanent collection, which houses an impressive group of works by African American and women artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world, and is also in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Newark Museum, and the Schomburg Center (NY, NY), as well as in many private and corporate collections.

 

Taylor Pickett will also be represented in two concurrent complementary exhibitions, Matisse and American Art and Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection, opening February 2017.

 

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series is co-organized by Kathy Imlay, independent curator and director of Imlay Gallery; and Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator.

 

 

RELATED EVENTS

 

30th Annual Julia Norton Babson Memorial Lecture

JANET TAYLOR PICKETT: THE MATISSE SERIES

A Private Conversation Made Public

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 p.m.

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

 

Artist Janet Taylor Pickett, MAM chief curator Gail Stavitsky, and independent curator Kathy Imlay of Imlay Gallery will discuss Janet’s unique fusion of imagery, process, and inspiration in her current MAM exhibition, Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

 

Master Class: The Matisse Series with Janet Taylor Pickett

Sunday, October 16

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Janet Taylor Pickett

$150 members, $180 nonmembers

 

Spend the day with artist Janet Taylor Pickett exploring her process in creating The Matisse Series. Learn about how the artwork of Henri Matisse became part of her artistic language throughout her life, and how the dialogue with Matisse and other artists has informed her work. Participants will view the exhibition, engage in a discussion with the artist, and work in the studio to create mixed media artwork, and develop their artistic voice. Thinking about artists that inspire them with the intent to create a dialogue with that artist, participants will create collages, mixed media objects, or a visual diary using items of personal meaning brought from home, sketchbooks, pastels, pencils, stamps, and materials provided by MAM. All levels welcome.

 

RELATED EXHIBITIONS

 

February 5–June 18, 2017
Inspired by Matisse: Selections from the Collection

Matisse and American Art

 

Image: Janet Taylor Pickett, Follow the Light, 2013. Collage of various papers on archival gesso board. Courtesy of Imlay Gallery and the artist. Photo by Christine Gatti.

 

 

MAM Exhibition Schedule Through Summer 2017

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM’S ADVANCE SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS

THROUGH SUMMER 2017

 

Line-up features first exhibition to examine
French master Henri Matisse’s influence
on American Modern art

 

Exhibitions also include solo shows of Dannielle Tegeder and Janet Taylor Pickett and participatory contemporary art exhibition do it!

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, July 1, 2016—The 2016–2017 season at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) features two solo exhibitions of woman artists: Dannielle Tegeder and Janet Taylor Pickett. Tegeder’s site-specific installation, large-scale mobile, and series of animations blend the interior and exterior spaces of the Museum while Taylor-Pickett’s The Matisse Series explores the dialogue between her artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse. Also this fall, do it!, a participatory contemporary art exhibition based on artists’ instructions, presents an exhibition unlike any other the Museum has hosted.

 

This spring will offer a premier exhibition on the French master Henri Matisse’s influence on American Art, the first to examine the full range of his impact from 1907 to the present. Matisse and American Art is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue and concurrent show of the Montclair Art Museum’s collection, Inspired by Matisse.

 

Following are descriptions, current as of this date, of the exhibitions.

 

 

Dannielle Tegeder: Infrastructure

Through June 2017

 

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) presents new works by artist Dannielle Tegeder in MAM’s Laurie Art Stairway and on the outdoor video monitors. Infrastructure features a site-specific wall installation, large-scale mobile, and series of animations that merge the interior and exterior spaces of the Museum. The exhibition is organized by Alexandra Schwartz, curator of contemporary art, and will be on view through June 2017.

 

Each piece in the exhibition is its own imagined urban system that also reacts to the surrounding architecture. Prominently featured in The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Art Stairway, a wall of glass windows allows the artwork on view to be visible from the street and viewers to see out on to the Museum’s grounds and beyond to the Manhattan skyline. The wall installation and mobile draw from the infrastructure that exists behind the Museum’s walls as well as reflect what is going outside of them. A complementary pair of animations on MAM’s outdoor video monitors are digital renderings of drawings that are set to motion to rhythms of contemporary classical composer Matthew Evan Taylor. The original drawing for the animation Zeolfrora is a recent acquisition to MAM’s collection.

 

Dannielle Tegeder is a New York–based artist raised in a family of steamfitters, whose fascination with architecture, urbanism, and engineering inspire her abstract drawings, paintings, installations, and illustrations. Her work explores abstraction, and has begun to include large-scale installation, sculptural objects, video, sound, and animation. Tegeder received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been presented in over 100 gallery exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and she has participated in numerous institution exhibitions including PS1/MOMA, The New Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Tegeder’s work is also in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The Weatherspoon Museum of Art in Greensboro, N.C. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the City University of New York at Lehman College.

 

This exhibition is also part of MAM’s New Directions series, the centerpiece of the Museum’s contemporary art program. New Directions was founded in 2011 to engage the community with new work that is at once accessible and thought provoking. The contemporary art series has featured artists including Marina Zurkow, Saya Woolfalk, Spencer Finch, and Noah Klersfeld.

 

 

do it!

September 10–December 31, 2016

 

Rather than an exhibition of objects created by artists, do it! is a collection of conceptual instructions provided by renowned artists that serve as a point of departure for interpretation by the community at the host venue. A highly participatory contemporary art exhibition, it will bring together the surrounding community to create a truly site-specific experience. It is on view at the Montclair Art Museum from September 10, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

 

The project originated in Paris in 1993 during a conversation between curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist was concerned with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether a show could take “scores,” or written instructions by artists, as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. To mark the 20th anniversary of this landmark project, Obrist collaborated with ICI to create a new version of the exhibition presenting the largest selection of instructional works to date. It is now the longest-running, most far-reaching show ever to take place. Coordinated for the Museum by Leah Fox, director, Vance Wall Art Education Center, and Gail Stavitsky, chief curator, this project coincides with the launch of the newly constructed Vance Wall Art Education Center, completed spring 2016.

 

Each do it! exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to a particular set of instructions. The Montclair Art Museum has selected 27 instructional works from a list of 250, all of which are featured in the book do it the compendium (2013). The list of artists includes Robert Barry, Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sol LeWitt, and Yoko Ono. Members of the community and Montclair area organizations will be engaged in the planning and implementation of many of these projects before the opening of the exhibition. Several projects will be ongoing and will engage visitors to the Museum on a regular basis, especially those of Yuri Aran, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and RAQ Media Collective.

 

 

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series

September 10, 2016–June 18, 2017

 

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series explores the dialogue between Taylor Pickett’s artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse. Featuring 76 collages and 4 handmade books, it spotlights the ongoing creative conversation between the two artists and the profound impact of Matisse on Taylor Pickett’s art. It is on view September 10, 2016–June 18, 2017.

 

A highlight of the exhibition will be the installation of Sixty Six Dresses: An Odyssey, 2014-15. Referring to the artist’s age at the time of its creation, this work will be augmented by two additional collaged dresses to match her current age when the exhibition opens. In many of her dresses, Taylor Pickett juxtaposes images of African sculpture, textiles, and cultural elements, with details from Matisse’s work, typically procured from exhibition catalogue reproductions. This multicultural dialogue is at the heart of her complex, archetypal work, which often features portraits of the artist herself. The artist’s interest in light, color, and multiple perspectives is also pervasive in some of her recent works in which she combines elements of Matisse’s work with tripartite spaces evoking medieval altarpieces, unifying past and present times.

 

This is the second time the artist has been featured in a one-person show at MAM; the first More than One Way Home in 1997 was a 25-year mid-career survey. Furthermore, the artist taught classes in the Museum’s Yard School of Art and served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees, as well as its African American Cultural Committee, which she co-founded. Taylor Pickett will also be represented in two concurrent complementary exhibitions, Matisse and American Art and Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection, opening February 2017. Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series is co-organized by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator, and independent art consultant Kathy Imlay.

 

 

Matisse and American Art

February 5–June 18, 2017

 

From February 5 to June 18, 2017, Montclair Art Museum will present Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present. His art has provided a liberating model for American artists’ varied explorations of vibrant color, strong, fluid lines, and clear compositional structures in their pursuits of self-expression.

 

Featuring 68 paintings, archival objects, sculpture, prints, and works on paper, Matisse and American Art will juxtapose 19 works by Matisse with 49 works by American artists, including Max Weber, Alfred Maurer, Maurice Prendergast, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, John Baldessari, Sophie Matisse, Faith Ringgold, and others. Matisse’s transformative impact on their works is revealed not only by their adaptations of his palette and pictorial structures but also through their choice and appropriation of his subject matter—still lifes, landscapes, figurative works, studio interiors, and portraits. While previous projects have illuminated Matisse’s relationship with postwar artists, this will be the first exhibition to expand Matisse’s impact beyond the typical focus upon the New York School by extending it back to the beginning of the 20th century and forward to the 21st.

 

The exhibition will open with an introductory section evoking a range of responses to the master, from the early 20th century study by his student Morgan Russell to Faith Ringgold’s late 20th century appropriation titled Matisse’s Model, with a fictional character based on the artist, Josephine Baker, and other modern young women of color. The exhibition then proceeds with early 20th century explorations of the nude as seen in the work of Matisse’s students Max Weber and Sarah Stein, as well as William Zorach and Maurice Prendergast. The next section of the show addresses Matisse’s theme of the window as a metaphor for the dialogue between the interior world of the artist and the external world of reality. An archival section featuring Matisse on the cover of Time magazine in 1930, as well as various exhibition catalogues and publications, will serve as an orientation to the history of the dissemination of Matisse’s influence. The final sections of the exhibition explore Matisse’s pervasive postwar impact on artists, especially in terms of the bold, simplified profiles and vibrant colors of his cut-outs. Works by Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Stuart Davis, Judy Pfaff, Romare Bearden, and the illustrator Eric Carle represent the wide-ranging responses to Matisse’s inventive “drawing with scissors.” The exhibition concludes with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselman, Andy Warhol, Janet Taylor Pickett, and John Baldessari, who have appropriated and adapted Matisse’s classic themes of the dance, the studio, the nude, portraiture, and the goldfish bowl as varying approaches to his universal art and fame.

 

The exhibition is organized by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator, with Dr. John Cauman and Lisa Mintz Messinger. It is complemented by a major scholarly catalogue, Matisse and American Art, and a concurrent exhibition of the Montclair Art Museum’s collection Inspired by Matisse.

 

MAM Lawn Party – September 12

MAM LAWN PARTY

 

Celebrating the opening of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

 

Featuring a Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM

 

September 12, 2015, 12–5 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, August 12, 2015—All are invited to the MAM Lawn Party, Saturday, September 12, 12–5 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)! Free and open to the public, this daylong celebration 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.

 

The MAM Lawn Party will offer a first look of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends, the Museum’s newest special exhibition, on view through January 3. Including over 60 original works by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), most recognized for the iconic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969), the exhibition highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. Additional new exhibitions on view include Illustrations and Literary Themes in American Art and Work and Leisure in American Art.

 

The Parents Who Rock Benefit Concert will last all afternoon and feature over 20 local bands and performers including Warren Zanes! Parents Who Rock is a nonprofit association of musicians and others based in Montclair who volunteer their time and talents onstage and behind the scenes to raise money for not-for-profit organizations throughout the community. The group was founded by Alma Schneider in 2005 and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the MAM Lawn Party. Parents Who Rock has helped to raise more than $200,000 for local nonprofits and educational institutions. Proceeds from the MAM Lawn Party will support MAM’s art education programs designed for special needs audiences.

 

Family programming at the MAM Lawn Party will include art activities such as a collage project inspired by Eric Carle, the launch of a children’s art contest sponsored by TD Bank, an instrument petting zoo in partnership with School of Rock, and the MAM Art Truck. Don’t miss family yoga with Jacquie Ruderman and Eric Carle face painting! The Family Learning Lab and Reading Nook will also be open for interactive gallery experiences.

 

Complete your day by entering to win an exciting raffle basket comprising everything from relaxation packages to children’s goodies and grabbing a delicious bite from one of the participating food vendors like Cakeaholic Obsession, Cheezen Food Truck, Lost Brother’s Pizza Truck, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, The Green Radish, Nick’s Shaved Ice, and Yogic Chai.

 

MAM members are invited to an exhibition preview and brunch reception prior to the MAM Lawn Party. For more information about Museum membership, visit montclairartmuseum.org or call 973-259-5151.

 

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Exhibition Sponsorship

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends was organized in conjunction with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

Generous support at the Montclair Art Museum provided by Rosemary and Al Iversen, Leslie Larson and Don Katz, and Ivonne and Jon Ruggles. Special thanks to the Scholastic Reading Club and Penguin Young Readers.

 

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.

 

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Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

 

September 13, 2015–January 3, 2016

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, July 22, 2015—Beginning September 13, 2015, the Montclair Art Museum will host an exhibition of over 60 original works by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929). Eric Carle: Animals and Friends highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. The exhibition will be on view through January 3, 2016.

 

The featured work includes original collages, studies, and book dummies/mock ups. Especially noteworthy are Carle’s colorful, hand-painted tissue paper collages, which form the basis of his illustrations. In addition to finished collages, there will be preliminary works including pencil studies that underscore Carle’s meticulous care for his subject. All the work in this exhibition addresses the subjects of two recent publications by Carle: his love of color and use of the imagination expressed in The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (2011) and his celebration of friendship and childhood in Friends (2013).

 

Carle’s love of nature is legendary. To recognize this passion, the exhibition includes selected work from The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, as well as other publications exploring his interest in animals. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse was inspired by the bright, unconventional animal paintings of German artist Franz Marc (1880–1916). Marc’s Blue Horse I (1911) and other works were admired by the young Carle, who spent his boyhood in Germany when the Nazi regime prohibited the creation or display of modern art. His art teacher secretly showed the teenager examples of the forbidden art. Carle recently observed, “My green lion, polka-dotted donkey and other animals painted in the ‘wrong’ colors were really born that day seventy years ago.”

 

Carle’s newest picture book, Friends, published in November 2013, is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in colorful tissue paper collage illustrations. It recounts the poetic story of an imaginary journey of the child at play. Inspired by Carle’s memories of early friendships, as well as friendships in his adult life, the book is testament to the importance of close relationships and the lasting bonds that remain through every stage in life.

 

Since his best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, was published in 1969, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote. The characteristic themes of friendship and nature are explored in additional works from Carle’s vast repertoire, including Do You Want to Be My Friend? (1971), The Rooster Who Set Out to See the World (1972), Do Bears Have Mothers Too? (1973), Animals Animals (1989), and Where Are You Going? To See My Friend (2001).

 

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends was organized in conjunction with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Interactive Spaces
The exhibition features two interactive, family-friendly spaces included with Museum admission.

 

Family Learning Lab

3rd Floor Elevator Lobby

Drop by the Lab for an interactive exploration of Eric Carle’s artistic process. Draw, collage, and build your own Eric Carle-inspired creation! 

 

Reading Nook

Weston Gallery
Cozy up and further explore the art of Eric Carle with one of his iconic books.

 

 

Public Programs

Public and family programs accompanying the exhibition will provide fun, education, and inspiration for all ages. Visit montclairartmuseum.org for updates and to purchase tickets. Highlights include:

 

MAM Lawn Party

September 12, 12– 5 p.m.

Free with suggested donation

 

Celebrate the exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends with a daylong celebration featuring a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join us from noon to 5 p.m. outside on the lawn for performances by over 20 local bands and performers including Warren Zanes, family-friendly activities, and food vendors serving a variety of delicious fare. MAM members are invited to an exhibition preview before the community event. All proceeds support MAM’s art education programs designed for special needs audiences.

 

29th Annual Julia Norton Babson Memorial Lecture: The Illustrator’s Eye, Real and Imagined

Jerry Pinkney

Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m.

$12 members/$15 nonmembers

 

Jerry Pinkney, award-winning American illustrator, will discuss the decisions leading up to developing a book project, the ways in which he finds his own vision, and how he develops a fuller understanding of his subjects.

 

Eric Carle Family Day

November 15, 1–4 p.m.

Free member family; $10 nonmember family (up to 6 people)

 

Participate in a day of exploration with many dynamic Museum-wide art activities. Enjoy an Eric Carle Reading Marathon, a toy workshop featuring toy collector/author Dorothée Charles, and art projects inspired by the current exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends.

 

Exhibition Sponsorship

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends was organized in conjunction with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

Generous support at the Montclair Art Museum provided by Rosemary and Al Iversen, Leslie Larson and Don Katz, and Ivonne and Jon Ruggles. Special thanks to the Scholastic Reading Club and Penguin Young Readers.
 

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Montclair Art Museum Exhibition Nominated for AICA-USA Arts Award

Montclair Art Museum Exhibition Nominated for AICA-USA Arts Award

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 4, 2015—Earlier this week, the United Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) announced the nominees for its 2014 awards, which honor exhibitions, performances, writers, and blogs. The Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Robert Smithson’s New Jersey, on view February 24–June 22, 2014, was named among the nominees for Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally. This is the first time MAM has been nominated for an AICA award.

 

This groundbreaking show focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey. Featured together in an exhibition for the first time, Smithson’s sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and other conceptual art rooted in his time spent in the Garden State form a coherent body of work and sheds important light on his artistic practice. This is the first exhibition in which all four of the New Jersey Nonsites, indoor earthworks for which various unorthodox materials at that time—limestone, concrete, and rocks—were brought out of their usual environment into a gallery and arranged in bin-like containers, were shown together. The exhibition was organized by Phyllis Tuchman, Guest Curator and Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator.

 

Over 400 AICA member will vote to determine first and second places winners, which will be announced in April.

 

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