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Montclair Art Museum to Offer Discounted Admission for Veterans

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM TO OFFER
DISCOUNTED ADMISSION FOR VETERANS

 

Program Launches on Veterans Day, November 11

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, November 9, 2017—This Veterans Day, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) honors all those who have served in the military with the launch of a discounted admission program for veterans. Veterans will be welcomed with free admission on Saturday, November 11 and receive the discounted rate of $10 admission going forward.

 

The Montclair Art Museum has had a long tradition of honoring individuals in the military. A proud Blue Star Museums participant, MAM has participated in this national collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day since 2010. This year, the Museum went beyond the limits of the national program to expand this offer year-round for active military and their families.

 

Veterans will be required to show ID for the discount program. Accepted forms of ID include a NJ license with veteran designation and veterans association cards.

Montclair Art Museum Announces New Acquisitions

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES A MAJOR NEW ACQUISITION BY ESTEEMED ARTIST KARA WALKER

 

Centennial Fund Acquisitions Also Include Works by Spencer Finch, Hank Willis Thomas, and Nick Cave

 


© Kara Walker

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, June 1, 2016—The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announces the acquisition of a major new work for its collection, Kara Walker’s Virginia’s Lynch Mob, 1998. The purchase was approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday, May 18.

            The sale of the work was brokered by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Ms. Walker’s longtime gallery representative, and was made from MAM’s Centennial Acquisition Fund. The Museum created the $1 million Fund in its Centennial year, 2014, with monies restricted to purchasing works of art and sought artworks that would make a significant impact on audiences, raise the Museum’s profile in the realm of contemporary art, and complement its historical collections, thus setting the Museum on a rising trajectory at the start of a new century.

         MAM Director Lora Urbanelli said: “We are so excited to be adding this major work of art to the collection by one of the most important contemporary artists working today. This mural-sized, complex silhouette makes a powerful statement about America’s racial history, one that sadly continues to resonate today. As a museum with a commitment to educational dialogue through works of art, we could not have chosen a more impactful object. Our plan is create an exhibition around this new acquisition for the fall of 2018.”

            Alexandra Schwartz, curator of contemporary art at MAM, said: “Virginia’s Lynch Mob would be a landmark acquisition for any museum, but is especially so for MAM. Our contemporary art program was founded only five years ago, but we have been steadily acquiring major works by leading contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Spencer Finch, Natalie Frank, Vik Muniz, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and Saya Woolfalk." Works by Cave, Finch, and Hank Willis Thomas were also purchased through MAM’s Centennial Fund. Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, Kara Walker, and Saya Woolfalk are all prominent African American artists whose presence in the collection contributes to MAM’s strengths in this area.

         MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky has steadily built up the Museum’s historical collection over many years, with special emphasis on African American and women artists. Stavitsky said: “I am so pleased that this major work by Kara Walker will join the previous acquisitions of her prints and truly complement their related themes.”

         Kara Walker is renowned for her powerful installations, sculptures, works on paper, and videos, which explore African-American history and the legacy of slavery. Born in 1969 in Stockton, California, she grew up mostly near Atlanta, where her father was an artist and professor. She earned a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1994. In 1997, at age 27, she became one of the youngest-ever recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship (or “Genius Prize”). After teaching at Columbia University for many years, she was recently named Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center; and Tate Liverpool, among many other institutions, and her work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Guggenheim Museum; the Tate; The Centre Pompidou; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Menil Collection; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MAXXI; Baltimore Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. In 2014 she was widely praised for her Creative Time installation, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby..., at the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn.

            The works that launched Walker’s career were her large-scale wall installations, of which Virginia’s Lynch Mob is an important example. These mural-like installations consist of silhouette cut-outs, adhered directly to the wall, and imagine scenes from the history of slavery and its legacy of racial and sexual violence against African-Americans. The black-and-white format refers to the 18th-century English and French silhouette tradition, in which aristocratic young women hand cut silhouette portraits of their friends and family. Walker’s ironic appropriation of this genteel art form—born of the era of colonialism and slavery—belies the violence and sorrow of the scenes she depicts. In this case, we see a lynch mob forming a parade that progresses along the wall. Pursued by a variety of characters—including a man carrying a noose, black children in despair, a white girl playing with a KKK mask, and an eagle dangling its prey—the victim, Virginia, appears to ascend to the heavens.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Montclair Art Museum Partners with Amanti Vino on 10th Anniversary Wine Label Design Contest

AMANTI VINO 10th ANNIVERSARY WINE LABEL CONTEST

 

Update 3/28/15—deadline extended through Thursday, April 9

 

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has partnered with the high-profile independent wine, beer, and spirits shop Amanti Vino for a design competition. Amanti Vino is releasing a private label wine for the first time later this year to mark its 10th anniversary in business. Artists of all ages are invited to design labels for the wine, which will be called "Cuvée Rufus," in honor of the store's mascot, proprietor Sharon Sevrens' gentle yellow Labrador retriever. This contest—and the ensuing release of Amanti Vino's first-ever private label wine—is just the first stage of many fun anniversary celebrations in 2015. 

 

"Rufus is the familiar face that's greeted clients since we opened in October 2005," says Sevrens. "So it's only fitting that his likeness and/or name be used for our first-ever private label wine."

 

The design competition will be judged by a panel of art world professionals at the Montclair Art Museum. A selection of submissions will be exhibited at MAM in the fall, when Cuvée Rufus will be released at an exciting release party.

 

"We are thrilled to partner with the Montclair Art Museum, opening the competition up to students in their renowned Yard School of Art, as well as to the community at large. We cannot wait to see the submissions!" Sevrens adds.

 

Four winners will be chosen, one from each of four categories: ages 5–8, 9–12, 13–18, and 19 & over. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and winners will be announced by April 30, 2015. A percentage of proceeds from sales of Cuvée Rufus will be donated to Intensive Therapeutics Inc. and to help support exhibitions & educational programs at the Montclair Art Museum.

 

The Wine Label Design Contest application form is available at amantivino.com.

 

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.

 

’90s Dance Party – March 7

'90s DANCE PARTY

 

Featuring “Saved by the 90s: A Party with The Bayside Tigers” and DJ Gabriel Levy

 

Raffle for Maroon 5 Tickets

 

March 7, 8 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 12, 2015—Love the 1990s? Break out your ripped jeans and flannel for the Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM) ’90s Dance Party Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.–1 a.m. Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major Museum survey of art from this pivotal decade, this party will take you back in the day.

 

From Nirvana to No Doubt, Backstreet Boys to Blink 182, and Smashing Pumpkins to Spin Doctors, “Saved by the 90s: A Party with The Bayside Tigers,” the Ultimate ’90s Tribute Band, will set the scene with all your favorite ’90s tunes. Then, DJ Gabriel Levy will keep you dancing until it’s time to peace out.

 

Expect to be transported to the 1990s with fly graffiti canvases created by Montclair High School’s True Blue Arts Initiative, glow sticks, slap bracelets, and slammin’ surprises. Enjoy late-night snacks and an open bar with NJ Beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail. This party will be all that and a bag of chips!

 

Get your tickets online at montclairartmuseum.org/90s or contact Lauren Drew at 973-259-5147 or ldrew@montclairartmuseum.org. Tickets are $90 per person and all proceeds support MAM’s exhibitions and educational programs.

 

Round trip bus transportation from NYC is available for an additional $15 and must be purchased with your ticket. MAM also partnered with the on-demand transportation service Uber to provide special offers. New Uber users will receive $30 off one trip to or from the Montclair Art Museum using code MAM90s and current users can use promo code MAM90sParty to receive 10% off one ride the day of the event (up to $10, expires 3/8). For more information about these discounts, visit monclairartmuseum.org/90s.

 

The Montclair Art Museum is also offering a raffle for 4 premium tickets to see Maroon 5 at the Izod Center the day after the ’90s Dance Party, Sunday, March 8. The winner will be announced at the Party. Earn one chance for $20 or six for $100. Raffle tickets can also be purchased on montclairartmuseum.org/90s. Winner does not need to be present to win.

 

 

About the Museum

The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

 

MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Yard School was recently recognized in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards 2012 as the Favorite Place to Take a Kid’s and Adult Art Class.

 

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J. Information and directions are available on the Museum website, montclairartmuseum.org, or by calling 973-746-5555. MAM is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m., and on the first Thursday night of the month (October–June), from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Museum admission is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Free First Thursday Nights and Free First Fridays are free for everyone. The Store at MAM is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on Free First Thursday Nights.

 

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, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.

 

 

About Montclair High School True Blue Arts Initiative

True Blue Arts is a Montclair High School initiative to support performing and visual arts education for all MHS students. In collaboration with MHS SATp (School Action Team for Partnerships,) True Blue Arts aims to develop and support a progressive plan to ensure that Montclair High School:

- Has a broad and clear student-centered arts education philosophy;

- Offers a range of academic and after school opportunities, that use available resources to creatively and flexibly meet the arts education goals for a broad population of MHS students;

- Supports MHS arts educators by identifying opportunities, partnerships and resources;

- Proactively communicates with the community about the complete range of activities and offerings at MHS, with a dedicated focus on outreach and communication with our Montclair middle schools;

- Fosters a culture of collaboration in the arts between and among MHS Visual Arts groups and ensembles with the greater Montclair and Essex County arts communities to benefit our students.

 

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FEBRUARY FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT AT MAM

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 February 5.

 

The February evening’s musical performances will include the School of Rock and the Silver Fox Songs Quartet. Groups from Montclair’s own School of Rock will perform concerts in Leir Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Inspired by MAM’s forthcoming exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, opening February 8, kids (ages 8–17) will perform The Nirvana Tribute Show. Expect the evening to “Smell [and Sound] Like Teen Spirit!” 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.

 

In honor of African American History Month, Museum docents will lead tours highlighting works by African American artists in MAM’s permanent collection, including Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ahava Felicidad, The Holistic Hair Healer™, will also present natural hair care and the art of hair braiding in MAM's studios (6:30–8:30 p.m.).

 

Exhibitions on view include highlights from the Museum’s collection and a new Native American art installation of Pueblo Indian Pottery. Additionally, student exhibitions feature works made in the Yard School of Art and through community partnerships with MAM's Education Department. Students from Millburn High School's AP Studio Art Program will also be recognized for their support of the Museum in a special presentation at 6 p.m. The students raised money for the Museum through a drawing project. Taking inspiration from MAM's historic building, they were commissioned to draw homes for members of the community in exchange for a donation to the Museum.

 

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! 

 

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. Pink Cupcakes of West Orange will offer tasty Valentine’s Day treats and the Thai Elephant 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. Additionally, if you become a member at Free First Thursday Night, your first drink is on the house! Don’t forget to also enter our Free First Thursday Night raffle for tickets to MAM’s ‘90s Dance Party, celebrating Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s on March 7.

 

Free First Thursday Nights run October through June. The next Free First Thursday Night will be March 5 and will highlight MAM’s newly opened exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, with the return of School of Rock, docent tours, and more. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.

 

 

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.

 

 

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