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Montclair Art Museum to Join in Celebration of Art Museum Day

May 18 Event Will Feature Free Admission, Evening Tour, and Discount at The Store at MAM

 
PRLog - May 4, 2012 - MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will offer free admission, a tour, and a discount in The Store at MAM as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day, on Friday, May 18, 2012. In 2011, the Montclair Art Museum—along with more than 100 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in International Museum Day.

Art Museum Day also coincides with the Montclair Gallery Walk—A Little Night Art IX. MAM will kick off the Walk by offering a private guided tour of New Media: New Forms, a group exhibition of new media art by New Jersey-based artists. The exhibition is this year’s New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts. Alexandra Schwartz, MAM curator of contemporary art who co-organized the exhibition, will lead the tour. Additionally, one of the artists in the show, Liselot van der Heijden, associate professor of art and art history at The College of New Jersey, will be on hand to discuss her work, a three-channel video about the Occupy Wall Street protests. The tour will be offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m., with the galleries remaining open until 6:45 p.m. Visitors can then join the Montclair Gallery Walk, which runs 7–9 p.m. Advance reservations are required by Monday, May 14 and can be made at The Store at MAM or by calling 973-259-5137. For more information about the exhibition, please visit http://www.montclairartmuseum.org/njfaa/

The Store at MAM is a unique shopping destination that offers merchandise related to the Museum's collections of American and Native American art, as well as art books, cards, unusual gifts, educational art projects, and original handmade art and jewelry by local artists. The Store at MAM will offer a 10% discount (20% for Members) on one item on Art Museum Day. All proceeds from The Store at MAM support the Museum's exhibitions and programs.

In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, MAM will also encourage visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form available at the Museum and via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay in a collective public response.

Lora Urbanelli, MAM’s director, said: “We treasure our relationship with Montclair and the surrounding community, and two of our exhibitions this year have borne this theme, displaying works from private collections in the area, including our current special exhibition Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections. Art Museum Day is an additional way for us to celebrate our community connections, and we’re so happy that it also coincides with the Montclair Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. Events like this—as well as the recent and stunning launch of the Montclair Film Festival—energize the town and demonstrate the importance of art.”

Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD, said: “Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships. AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Montclair Art Museum is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/newsroom/).

Social Media
Visitors are encouraged to share their Art Museum Day experience on social media. Find the Museum on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/montclairartmuseum
Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/v/montclair-art-museum/4b1165c8f964a520ab7b23e3
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/montclairartmuseum/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MAMmontclair

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