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Montclair Art Museum to Host "Au Revoir, Matisse!" Wine Bar

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM TO HOST "AU REVOIR, MATISSE!" WINE BAR

 

Special Event Includes After-Hours Gallery Access to Matisse and American Art

 

Friday, June 16, 7–10 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 25, 2017—The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will conclude its celebration of all things Matisse with its annual Wine Bar, bringing together community, wine and, of course, art to toast the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition Matisse and American Art. “Au Revoir, Matisse” will take place Friday, June 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from Au Revoir, Matisse support enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for children of all ages.

 

Enjoy an evening under the stars! Ticket includes a dynamic wine tasting, with a variety of wines and generous pours available throughout the event. Hors d’oeuvres will complement and satisfy appetites. Let your inner artist out with Matisse-themed art activities for adults. A DJ will keep guests entertained all night.

 

The evening will also provide one of the last opportunities to view the critically acclaimed special exhibition Matisse and American Art before it closes on June 18. Attendees will have special after-hours access to all galleries and exhibitions including the critically acclaimed shows Matisse and American Art; Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection; and Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series.

 

New this year, guests can choose to enhance their tasting with three specialty cocktails to try. Separate charge applies for cocktail tasting. The event will go on rain or shine—but the party will move indoors if needed.

 

Tickets for "Au Revoir, Matisse!" can be purchased at montclairartmuseum.org/winebar and are $100 in advance/$125 at the door. Guests must be 21 to attend.

 

Related Exhibitions

Matisse and American Art examines the French master's influence on American art from 1907 to the present, presenting 65 paintings, archival objects, sculpture, prints and works on paper by Henri Matisse and the American artists he inspired, including Max Weber, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, and others. Matisse and American Art runs through June 18, 2017.
 
Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection is drawn entirely from the Montclair Art Museum's permanent collection and comprises 53 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 42 American artists including Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, Donald Judd, and others. The show runs through Summer 2018.
 
Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series explores the dialogue between Taylor Pickett's artwork and that of renowned French artist Henri Matisse. It features 76 collages as well as four hand-made books, and it runs through July 2, 2017.

 

General Event Information

More information about "Au Revoir, Matisse!" and other special events is available on MAM's website at montclairartmuseum.org. Tickets are available online as well as by contacting Emily Nso Washington at 973-259-5158 or ewashington@montclairartmuseum.org .

 
"Au Revoir, Matisse!" will also be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #mamwinebar.

 

Wine Bar Committee

Jo Mathisen, Chair; Adunni & Herman Anderson, Meredith Bergmann, Sharla Blanz, Joahne Carter, Liza Cohn, Leslie Ford, Alixon & Brendan Gill, Fannie Gray, Christine James, Allison Kimmich, Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus & Osman Kurtulus, Joanne Langbein, Jennifer Ley, Kristin & Keith MacKay, Tanya L. Poteat, Lisa Prince, Sharon Sevrens, Jonathan Simon, Tessie Thomas.

 
 
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June Free First Thursday Night Features Matisse, Curator Talk, Dance, Book Signing, and More

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM OFFERS EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS,
LIVE MUSIC, AND FULL SERVICE BAR
DURING FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

June Programming Features Final Matisse, Curator Talk,
Dance, Book Signing, and More

 

TD Bank Sponsors Program for Third Consecutive Year;
First 50 Guests Receive Free Admission
to Matisse and American Art, Courtesy of TD Bank

 

June 1, 5­–9 p.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 16, 2017—Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, June 1, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

 

The June event will be the final Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed special exhibition Matisse and American Art before it closes June 18. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition; members and children under 12 see it free! The first 50 people at the June Free First Thursday Night will receive complimentary special exhibition admission courtesy of TD Bank. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space.

 

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including a curator talk with MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky at 6 p.m. Roaming docents will be available to provide more information on the art on view, and a guided tour of the related exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series will take place at 6:30 p.m.

 

Free First Thursday Night also celebrates all the arts, from literature to dance. In June, the Museum welcomes Claire Rosen, award-winning artist named among Forbes “30 Brightest under 30” for a book signing of her first book Imaginarium. At 7 and 8 p.m., “Minister of Movement” Ledell Watts will lead dance ensembles in Leir Hall. Guests can also meet and greet with members of the Museum’s African American Cultural Committee.

 

Weather permitting, live music and cash bar will move outside on the lawn. The featured musical group is the flute ensemble from Montclair Community Band. The Art Bar at MAM, a cornerstone of Free First Thursday Night, is presented in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. Museum members receive a discount at the bar. Then, grab a bite from June’s featured food vendors, including French Quarter, Ann’s Catering, and Frost 321!

 

Discover your creativity at Free First Thursday Night! MAM’s Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop offers a free session with a clothed model and guided art instruction with Julian Tejera. Kids’ Creativity Center is a drop-off workshop for children (ages 5+). Students will learn to use fine art materials in an age-appropriate project led by experienced art educators, while parents enjoy all the fun of Free First Thursday Night. Class fee of $25 per child includes themed project, small-group art instruction, and all materials. One-hour time slots can be reserved in advance at montclairartmuseum.org; advance tickets also receive a $5 discount on additional children.

 

Free First Thursday Nights take place the first Thursday of the month (October–June) from 5 to 9 p.m. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights. Free First Thursday Nights return October 5.

 

 

Montclair Businesses & Organizations Present Matisse Week May 13–20

MONTCLAIR BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS PRESENT
MATISSE WEEK, MAY 13–20, 2017
INSPIRED BY GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION
AT THE MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM

 

Weeklong Festival Opens with Celebrate Matisse Fundraisers in Support of the Museum and Closes with the Chalk Walk Block Party in Montclair Center

 

Matisse and American Art Exhibition On View Through June 18, 2017

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 1, 2017—It seems everyone is inspired by Matisse, and the town of Montclair is no exception. The Montclair Art Museum is currently presenting Matisse and American Art, a groundbreaking exhibition that presents works by the French master Henri Matisse alongside the American artists he inspired, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, and others. Montclair is the sole venue for this ambitious show, and businesses and organizations across the town are rallying around it with a weeklong, town-wide celebration Matisse Week May 13–20, 2017.

 

“We are thrilled to present this vibrant and exclusive show and grateful to all the businesses, organizations, Montclairions, and friends in our incredible community who will be capturing this Matisse moment with fun and festivities,” said Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum. "The Montclair Art Museum has been a vital part of Montclair for more than a century, and we are excited to be part of an event that highlights the town's collaborative, innovative, and artistic nature."

 

Look for Matisse-inspired artwork by Glenfield Middle School students, shopping events, Matisse-inspired items and specials, Montclair Blooms storefront designs, raffle baskets, and more as Matisse takes over the town. The week opens with the Celebrate Matisse gala, after party, and luncheon at the Montclair Art Museum and closes with the Chalk Walk Block Party in Montclair Center. Participating businesses and organizations include Montclair Center BID, Upper Montclair Business Association, Watchung Plaza, Walnut Street, and South End.

 

For complete details, visit montclairartmuseum.org/matisseweek. Connect with MAM on social media @MAMmontclair, #MAMmatisse, #MatisseWeek.

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • Saturday, May 13
    • Museum galleries are open, 12–4 p.m. Please note MAM will close early to prepare for the evening’s festivities.*
    • Celebrate Matisse Midnight in Paris Gala & After Party at the Montclair Art Museum, starting at 6 p.m.** Enter the glamor of 1920s Paris with cocktails and a private viewing of the exhibition, dinner, entertainment, and an exciting live and silent auction. Then the after-dark soirée continues with sweets and savories, a cigar bar by Fumé, dancing into the night with DJ Gabriel Levy, and the interactive Social Touch photobooth.
  • Sunday, May 14
    • Museum galleries are open, 12–5 p.m.*
  • Tuesday, May 16
    • Celebrate Matisse Puttin’ On the Ritz Luncheon at the Montclair Art Museum, starting at 10:30 a.m.** The Luncheon includes the Matisse-inspired Designer’s Challenge and an in-depth presentation on the exhibition by MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky.
  • Wednesday, May 17
    • For Montclair Blooms this year, the Garden Club of Montclair challenged participants to use Matisse colors in their storefront designs. Look for inventive windows throughout Montclair! Judging starts at 11 a.m.
    • Museum galleries are open, 12–5 p.m.*
  • Thursday, May 18
    • The Montclair Art Museum participates in Art Museum Day, a national initiative presented by the Association of Art Museum Directors. With the theme Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities, the Museum will use social media to celebrate the community and business partners that ensure that Montclair Means Art!
    • Museum galleries are open, 12–5 p.m.*
    • Ladies’ Night in Upper Montclair, 6–9 p.m. Sip, shop, sample, and enjoy raffles, giveaways, trunk shows, and more!
  • Friday, May 19
    • Museum galleries are open, 12–5 p.m.*
    • Art Walk in Montclair Center, 6–9 p.m.
  • May 20
    • Museum galleries are open 12–5 p.m.*
    • Chalk Walk Block Party, presented by Montclair Center BID, on Church Street, 2–8 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to get inspired by Matisse and create chalk paintings on the street, which will be closed to traffic. Don’t miss the MAM Art Truck, 2–4 p.m.! The closing celebration also includes live music and raffle baskets.

*Please note that a special exhibition fee applies for Matisse and American Art. Members and children under 12 see it free!

**Ticketed event. Funds raised benefit MAM’s acclaimed exhibitions and award-winning education programs. To purchase tickets, visit montclairartmuseum.org/celebratematisse.

 

For complete details, visit montclairartmuseum.org/matisseweek.

 

Connect with MAM on social media @MAMmontclair, #MAMmatisse, #MatisseWeek.

 

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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 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.

 

Montclair Art Museum Awarded NEA Grant for "Matisse and American Art"

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM AWARDED NEA GRANT FOR

MATISSE AND AMERICAN ART

 

National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $27.6 Million Across Nation

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, December 8, 2015—In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $40,000 to Montclair Art Museum (MAM) to present Matisse and American Art, a major exhibition that examines this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present, scheduled for spring 2017. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

 

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Montclair Art Museum offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

 

“The Montclair Art Museum is so pleased at the support of Matisse and American Art from the National Endowment of the Arts,” said Lora Urbanelli, MAM director. “That American painters of the 1960s through the present could continue to draw sustenance from Matisse is a testimony to his resilience as an artist and we look forward to presenting not only his work, but art by significant American artists who were inspired by him.”

 

The French painter, printmaker, and sculptor Henri Matisse (1869-1954) has been universally acclaimed for decades as a highly influential, cultural icon of the 20th century. Featuring 75 paintings, archival objects, sculpture, prints, and works on paper, Matisse and American Art will juxtapose works by Matisse’s with works by American artists from 1907 to the present, 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 stylistic hallmarks but also through their choice and appropriation of his subject matter—still lifes, landscapes, figurative works, studio interiors, and portraits. The exhibition will be exclusively featured at MAM from February 4­ through June 18, 2017. It is curated by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator, and will be accompanied by a major scholarly publication on this topic.

 

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.

 

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