Tagged Alabama

Frank Stella: Play

Frank Stella is an abstract painter and printmaker who loves car racing. His print Talladega Three/II is inspired by the famous race track in Alabama. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ “Race to Abstraction” is a display in the children’s gallery explaining the context of this piece. Along with photographs of the Talladega race track, there is …

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Montgomery Museum of Art: Play

Driving across Alabama this summer, we stopped at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. After walking through the galleries and making the museum guards work a little harder than usual, we decided to give them a break and head for the children’s art studio. What made this children’s gallery stand out is some of the architectural …

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Don’t see all the art. That’s my best advice for adults taking children to see art in a museum. Skip a few, enjoy what you do see, and go back. Museums usually have more art than anyone has the attention span to experience in one trip. That’s how we approached our first visit to Montgomery Museum …

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Travel to Gee’s Bend

I had two things on my mind when we started this road trip a few weeks ago. First, I am raising three white boys in Alabama, and I wonder what they will grow up to think about race and power. Second, I am so loved. My partner-in-crime surprised us by arranging an adventure to see …

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3 Female Artists at the DWAC

Today is the last day for the UAB/UA Faculty Exhibition at the Dinah Washington Art Center in Tuscaloosa. I’m disappointed that I just got to the show this week. Included in the exhibition are three female artists that I want to see more from. Jane Cassidy is working in Tuscaloosa making sound and video installations. …

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Quiz: Is It Light?

Last week, I talked to fifty-eight first graders about light art. I told them that there are two things you can always ask when you encounter an artwork. What was the artist observing (the subject)? And what did the artist use to mark it down (the tool)? I showed them artwork by Noble & Webster, Anthony McCall, …

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Andrew Raffo Dewar

For one week Andrew Raffo Dewar moved his studio into the Ferguson Gallery inside the student center at the University of Alabama (home to 36,000 students). Every day Dewar created a new installation. At the same time, he invited a guest artist to share the space and also make a new artwork. The doors were open, …

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Ruby C. Williams

When my son ran up to the artwork above squealing, Ruby (the artist) said, “What’s wrong with the world now is that kids aren’t happy.”  The painting became the first artwork in my youngest son’s collection. “I am Ruby” is one of the few children’s books that tells the story of a folk artist from the …

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James A. Snipes

I’m slowly building an art collection for each of my sons. I purchased three fish by James A. Buddy Snipes for my oldest son when he turned one. I found Buddy at the Kentuck Festival, an annual festival on folk art that began in the early 1970s. In a short biography written by a Garde Rail Gallery, Buddy explains that as …

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