Montgomery Museum of Great Arts presents Artwork Connects

Artwork Connects: Is effective from the Vault Curated by the Group is just that — a collaborative exhibition shaped by area voices, comprised of operates of artwork from the MMFA’s long-lasting assortment not normally on view, selected by representatives from numerous neighborhood organizations and individuals who get in touch with the River Location “home.”

The huge-ranging picks, grouped in varied themes, offer new views on the museum’s assortment and offer innovative contexts and connections among functions of artwork from distinct durations, genres, and products.

Maltby Sykes (American, 1911–1992), Still Life with Avocado, ink and polymer on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of the artist, 1983.3.25; Selected by Tyler Bell, Owner, El Rey Burrito Lounge
Stephen Rolfe Powell (American, 1951–2019), Glaring Spanky Lurch, 2005, free-blown glass, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of the artist, 2013.6; Selected by Barrie Harmon, Founder and CEO, Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc., and Member, MMFA Board of Trustees

Art Connects also engages the group in a new way. Every single work of art is accompanied by a particular assertion, revealing why it was chosen and demonstrating how we all react and reply to art in different means.

Structured by the Montgomery Museum of Fantastic Arts, this progressive project brings with each other the voices of much more than 50 group associates, which includes regional artists, educators, associates from corporate and nonprofit corporations, leaders in the military services and cultural sectors, and authorities officers, which include Mayor Steven L. Reed. The operates of artwork in the exhibition were being picked due to the fact they converse to enduring thoughts and fears this kind of as the environment, social change, spirituality, and custom.

John Kelly Fitzpatrick (American, 1888–1953), Negro Store, 1936, oil on canvas, Loan from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration Treasury Relief Art Project, 1935–1938, L2015.1; Selected by J. C. Love III, Judge, Probate Court of Montgomery County
Hale Woodruff (American, 1900–1980), Coming Home, 1931–1946; printed 1996, from the portfolio, Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period, 1931–1946, linocut on heavy laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Lyn and E. T. Williams, Jr., New York, New York, and Naples, Florida, 2011.8.3, © 2021 The Estate of Hale Woodruff / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY; Selected by Steven L. Reed, Mayor, Montgomery, Alabama

Curator Jennifer Jankauskas points out, “Members of the group embraced this job so enthusiastically. It was excellent to see how a variety of is effective of art impact people today in these private and different strategies and to be equipped to current our selection from a new standpoint.”

Laura Bocquin, Community Arts and Engagement Coordinator agrees, introducing, “Just as each individual personal brings distinctive vitality to our city’s essence, this exhibition beautifully demonstrates the toughness of a diversified unity.”

Yvonne Wells (American, born 1939), Helen Keller, 2006, cotton/polyester blend, cotton, plastic buttons, embroidery thread, and lace, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Association Purchase, 2012.11, © 2021 Yvonne Wells; Selected by Colonel Eries L. G. Mentzer, Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Director Angie Dodson states, “Bringing a lot more of the group into the daily life of the Museum and bringing the Museum a lot more into the life of the neighborhood is priority do the job for us. This exhibition enlarges our constellation of local community-centric projects and plans and is just a single of a huge array of access points that we are producing to broaden and deepen our link with the local community we are called to provide.”