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The Museum of the Week
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1930 and is the oldest fine arts museum in the state of Alabama.

Begun by artist John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Harry S. Houghton, and the “Morning View Painters” in an abandoned school building provided by the City of Montgomery at an annual rent of one dollar, the Museum has always had an abiding interest in American art. The original museum building may have been small, but their programming was adventurous.

Early loan exhibitions featured furniture, silver, china, pictures, and historical relics, often on loan from local or regional collectors. Special traveling exhibitions included such important collections as English and American Portraits from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and two presentations of Renaissance paintings from the Kress Collection. Even from the earliest years of existence, it was clear that Montgomery’s new art museum was committed to exhibit artworks of national and international significance, as well as the work of its most talented area artists.

When in Montgomery, Alabama, be sure to visit the museum in person. Admission and Parking are free. Find out more at

Be sure to check out the museum's collection of fine art reproductions at

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Be sure not to miss the traveling exhibition
History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites you to see an exciting exhibition depicting African-American experiences.

The traveling exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking collection, featuring more than 90 works produced from 1963 to 2000. The exhibition explores three major themes that occupied the artist’s graphic works.

It opens to the public from August 3, until October 27, 2019.

“We are thrilled to present these compelling and colorful prints by Lawrence, an important American artist. His imagery of everyday scenes depicts both hardship and hope while commenting on the struggle of daily life,” said MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas. Lawrence started exploring printmaking as an already well-established artist. Printmaking suited his bold, formal, and narrative style exceptionally well. The relationship between his painting and printmaking were intertwined, with the artist revisiting and remaking earlier paintings as prints. Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African-American culture and history. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his practice are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic, and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.
History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence is organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art in collaboration with the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, and is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions.

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Check out our collection of Jacob Lawrence works including his Migration Series of 60 individual panels illustrating key aspects of the Great African-American Migration.

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