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.
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