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Free First Thursday Night & MAM After Hours February 8

FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 8, 5–9 P.M.

 

Montclair Art Museum Offers Free Admission,
Art Activities, Tours, Live Music, and a Full-Service Bar

 

February Edition Moved to the SECOND Thursday to Include
New Special Exhibition
Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

 

February Program Features NEW MAM After Hours Premium Experience,
Art Meets Jazz with Oliver Lake

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, January 25, 2018—Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has moved its popular Free First Thursday Night event to the second Thursday of the month, February 8, 5–9 p.m. to spotlight the new special exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist. In addition to the regular monthly program, featuring free general admission, live music, art activities, and tours, the Museum will also offer the premium MAM After Hours experience, Art Meets Jazz with Oliver Lake, from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Free First Thursday Night
February 8, 5–9 p.m.

 

FREE

 

Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

  • Enjoy live music in the galleries with Bern & The Brights, Montclair-based electro dream pop duo
  • Honor Black History Month with tours of African American artists now on view in the Museum’s permanent collection
  • Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.
  • New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.
  • New! Capture the fun with an official MAM photo to share on social media.
  • Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night, at the bar in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar.
  • Grab a bite from featured food vendors, including the Empanada Guy food truck.

 

 

MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz

February 8, 7–9 p.m.

 

$20 Members/$25 Nonmembers - Purchase tickets!

 

Take a musical journey with MAM, presented in partnership with MAM’s African American Cultural Committee and co-sponsored by Montclair Chapter of The Drifters, Inc.

 

The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. Lake’s breadth of disciplines can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians,  poets, dancers, and painters he helped establish over 50 years ago. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Flux String Quartet, Bjork, Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Anthony Braxton, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Vijay Iyer, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and a veritable who’s who of the jazz vanguard. On February 8, Oliver Lake will join other internationally-recognized jazz masters Pheeroan AkLaff and Santi Debriano in their debut performance at the Montclair Art Museum. They will traverse an enormous jazz vocabulary on the fly and in unexpected ways that reveal its seemingly limitless possibility. Between sets, the artists will speak about their artistic journeys.

 

 

Free First Thursday Night at MAM June 4

JUNE FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming,
live music, and a full-service bar

 

Last Free First Thursday Night event before summer break!

 

June 4, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 18, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. First Thursday this month takes place on June 4. Free First Thursday Nights are now made possible by TD Bank.

 

The June 4 event is the last Free First Thursday Night before summer break. Try drawing a model with the Yard School of Art’s Draw Along Workshop. Take a tour of MAM’s permanent collection reinstallation of Native American art, highlighting Pueblo Indian pottery and California basketry.  Enjoy live music in the galleries featuring the Silver Fox Songs Quartet, who specialize in a collection of jazz and soul standards from the 1930s through the 1960s, paying tribute to song stylists from Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Discover Cuban art displayed by MAM’s African American Cultural Committee (AACC), which was purchased on their recent group trip to Cuba. Bring your best smile for The Silverstrom Group’s Smile Booth and have some photobooth fun! And don’t forget to bring the kids to the Family Learning Lab, an interactive space exploring exhibitions through self-guided art activities.

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar is 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 at MAM accepts cash or credit card and offers an extensive variety, including a signature cocktail, wines, and choice beer. At Free First Thursday Night, Museum members can pick up a special coupon for $1 off all drinks. The Original Soup Man, The Taco Truck, and Thai Elephant food trucks will also be on site for hungry patrons to grab a meal.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June and will return October 1.

 

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

 

Groups

The Museum encourages groups to attend Free First Thursday Nights! Groups of 10 or more are asked to RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, the group will receive a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage.

 

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

 

 

Free First Thursday Night at MAM May 7

MAY FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming,
live music, and a full-service bar

 

This month’s highlights include a photography pose workshop, basket weaving demonstration, and the last chance to see Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s

 

May 7, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, April 20, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. First Thursday this month takes place on May 7. Free First Thursday Nights are now made possible by TD Bank.

 

The May 7 event is the last Free First Thursday Night chance to see Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context, on view through May 17. Docent tours of the exhibition will be held at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.  and live music in the galleries will feature the Joel Roi Trio. Free First Thursday Night will also mark the premiere of Basket Mania: Collecting Native American Basketry in the Late Victorian Era, the second phase of what will be a major reinstallation of the existing Rand Gallery of Native American Art. Yard School of Art instructor Lesley Shiftic will be live demonstrating basket weaving in the new display.

 

Visitors have many opportunities to get creative at Free First Thursday Night! In May, Montclair’s own Phil Cantor Photography will lead a workshop in how to pose for photographs to bring out your best. Phil Cantor will use your own smartphone to capture your likeness for easy social media sharing (be sure to use the hashtag #MAMfftn!) Create your own art at Free First Thursday Night in the Yard School of Art drop-in Draw Along Workshop. A Free First Thursday Night favorite, this workshop includes instruction with a professional teaching artist and a free session with a model. It’s offered for all ages and abilities—come try your hand at drawing the figure! MAM Family Learning Lab will also be open during Free First Thursday Night. Explore the theme of identity with 1990s themed dress up and self-portraits.

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar is 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 at MAM accepts cash or credit card and offers an extensive variety, including a signature cocktail, wines, and choice beer. At Free First Thursday Night, Museum members can pick up a special coupon for $1 off all drinks.

 

Juice Basin, the Museum’s new neighbor at 631 Bloomfield Avenue, will offer free samples of delicious artisan organic cold-press juices and more. The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo BBQ food trucks will also be on site for hungry patrons to grab a meal.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. The last Free First Thursday Night before summer break will be held June 4. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

 

Groups

The Museum encourages groups to attend Free First Thursday Nights! Groups of 10 or more are asked to RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, the group will receive a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage.

 

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

 

 

Free First Thursday Night April 2

APRIL FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming,
live music, and a full-service bar

 

This month’s highlights include a preview of the 2015 Montclair Film Festival, a Cuban artist’s talk, and a concurrent reception for The Montclair 10 art exhibition

 

April 2, 5­–9 p.m.

 

Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The programming includes a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. First Thursday this month takes place on April 2. Free First Thursday Nights are now made possible by TD bank.

 

Docent tours of Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context, will be held at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a unique tour titled Philosophy and Art in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair State University will be offered. Additional exhibitions on view include highlights from the Museum’s collection and a new Native American art installation of Pueblo Indian Pottery.

 

At 7 p.m., hear directly from Cuban artist Ibrahim Miranda on his work. Miranda’s primary concern is the nature of life in Cuba. He paints on pieced-together Cuban maps, which he then transforms into narratives. Then, at 8 p.m. go behind the scenes of the Montclair Film Festival with executive director Tom Hall. Get a sneak peek of the upcoming line-up and pick up a MFF brochure.

 

Live music in the galleries will feature the Jefferson Jazz Ensemble, led by TH Kieren. They will play songs from the '40s through the '60s via their American Song Book "standards" including songs from award-winning stage and screen music—from composers such as Berlin, Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, and several more. Memorable tunes will include "Over the Rainbow," "Pennies from Heaven," "Tenderly," and "Begin the Beguine."

 

Create your own art at Free First Thursday Night in the Yard School of Art drop-in Draw Along Workshop. A Free First Thursday Night favorite, this workshop includes instruction with a professional teaching artist and a free session with a model. It’s offered for all ages and abilities—come try your hand at drawing the figure! MAM Family Learning Lab will also be open during Free First Thursday Night. Explore the theme of identity with 1990s themed dress up and self-portraits!

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar is 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 at MAM accepts cash or credit card and offers an extensive variety, including a signature cocktail, wines, and choice beer. At Free First Thursday Night, Museum members can pick up a special coupon for $1 off all drinks.

 

Cha Ma Gu Dao, a Montclair tea shop, will offer delicious samples and raffle an exciting gift basket. The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo BBQ food trucks will also be on site for hungry patrons to grab a meal. NJPAC will also be on site to discuss their upcoming programming.

 

The Berkshire Hathaway Home Services gallery, located across the street from the Museum at 695 Bloomfield Ave, will host a concurrent reception for the exhibition of The Montclair 10, a selection of works by artists from the Montclair Art Museum staff organized by Martha Kelshaw, MAM Manager of Public Programs. The exhibition includes over a dozen works in a range of media by ten artists: Benedetta Balsimelli, Dan Fenelon, Nanci Ionvino, Martha Kelshaw, Peg Kenselaar, Susan Marx, Elizabeth Seaton, Earl Speid, Lisa G. Westheimer, and Aggie Wszolkowska.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. The next Free First Thursday Night will be May 7, which will be the last Free First Thursday Night chance to see Come as You Are. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

Sponsorship

 

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

 

Groups

The Museum encourages groups to attend Free First Thursday Nights! Groups of 10 or more are asked to RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, the group will receive a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage.

 

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

 

 

 

 

Free First Thursday Night at MAM March 5

MARCH FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

 

Extended gallery hours offer free admission, unique programming, live music, and a full-service bar

 

This month’s highlights include ’90s themed performances by School of Rock and the first Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 25, 2015—Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM’s) entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. The program launched with great success in 2012 and has attracted an average of 600 attendees a night with a dynamic mix of free admission, a full-service bar, live music, and a variety of activities. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. First Thursday this month takes place on March 5. Free First Thursday Nights are now made possible by TD Bank.

 

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context, is on view at MAM through May 17. The March 5 event is the first Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see this groundbreaking exhibition. Docent tours of the exhibition will be held at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Additional exhibitions on view include highlights from the Museum’s collection and a new Native American art installation of Pueblo Indian Pottery. The 2015 Scholastic Gold Key Award exhibition is also on view in MAM’s Yard School of Art and Children’s Arcades.

 

The March evening’s musical performances will include the School of Rock and the Silver Fox Songs Quartet. Montclair’s School of Rock House Band will perform concerts in Leir Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Inspired by Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, kids (ages 8–17) will perform all your favorite tunes of the decade. The Silver Fox Songs Quartet includes David McDowell (sax), Michael Bardash (keys), Gene Torres (bass), and Chuck Batton (drums) and will feature a collection of jazz and/or soul standards from the 1930s through the 1960s, paying tribute to song stylists from Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. They will play throughout the evening in MAM’s galleries.

 

Create your own art at Free First Thursday Night in the Yard School of Art drop-in Draw Along Workshop. A Free First Thursday Night favorite, this workshop includes instruction with a professional teaching artist and a free session with a model. It’s offered for all ages and abilities—come try your hand at drawing the figure! MAM Family Learning Lab will also be open during Free First Thursday Night. Explore the theme of identity with 1990s themed dress up and self-portraits!

 

The Free First Thursday Night bar is 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 at MAM accepts cash or credit card and offers an extensive variety, including a signature cocktail, wines, and choice beer. Cha Ma Gu Dao, a Montclair tea shop, will offer delicious samples and raffle an exciting gift basket. The Empanada Guy food truck will be on site for hungry patrons to grab a meal.

 

Members get more at the Montclair Art Museum! At Free First Thursday Night, members can pick up a special coupon for $1 off all drinks.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. The next Free First Thursday Night will be April 2 and will include a preview of the 2015 Montclair Film Festival. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

 

Sponsorship

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by

 

 

 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

 

 

Groups

The Museum encourages groups to attend Free First Thursday Nights! Groups of 10 or more are asked to RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, the group will receive a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage.

 

 

Businesses

Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.