April Free First Thursday Night at MAM

April 3, 5–9 p.m.—Features public unveiling of Montclair Film Festival line-up, video artist Monika Bravo, local poet Charlotte Mandel, tours of "Robert Smithson's New Jersey," trunk show with Faith Hochberg, and more
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MONTCLAIR, N.J. - March 24, 2014 - PRLog -- Free First Thursday Nights invite the Montclair Art Museum’s entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. On April 3, MAM will celebrate National Poetry Month, feature artist Monika Bravo and the Montclair Film Festival, and highlight the new exhibition Robert Smithson's New Jersey.

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Charlotte Mandel will read a selection of her poems written in response to works of art followed by an interactive discussion on poetry and art. A Poet Speaks to Art will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Charlotte Mandel, a resident of West Caldwell, has published eight books of poetry, the most recent titled Life Work, from David Robert Books. Her awards include the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Poetry is fast becoming a regular feature at Museum events, including the successful Respond: Poet in Residence Project at MAM’s 100th Birthday Party on January 15 and the upcoming poetry reading at the May Free First Thursday Night in partnership with the first-ever Montclair Poetry Festival.

Two works by the multidisciplinary artist Monika Bravo have been featured on MAM’s outdoor video monitors since Fall 2013 and will be on view through May. Join MAM at 6:45 p.m. for a talk with Bravo, whose works incorporate still and moving images as well as interactivity to explore our emotional and cognitive relationships to the world that surrounds us. Then, at 8 p.m. go behind the scenes of the Montclair Film Festival with artistic director Thom Powers. Get a sneak peek of the upcoming line-up and pick up a MFF brochure.

Guests will also have the opportunity to explore all of the exhibitions on view, including Robert Smithson’s New Jersey. Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky, who co-curated the groundbreaking show on Smithson (1938–1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey, will host two tours at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Free First Thursday Night bar is now 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 beer from New Jersey Beer Co. Delectable food samples will also be on hand.

Live music provided by students in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University accompanies art-viewing activities. In addition, drop-in workshops offered by the Yard School of Art provide opportunities for visual expression.

The Store at MAM will also host a trunk show with Faith Hochberg, who captures the beauty of nature in her colorful jewelry. Each unique piece of Ms. Hochberg’s jewelry is designed and created by her. The pieces are compositions composed of materials as diverse as semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, artisan glass, Czech Crystal, antique jet, vintage jewelry elements, as well as wood and leather. Many of her designs are influenced by her training in the Byzantine method of mosaic, following her studies with Luciana Notturno in Ravenna, Italy.

Every first Thursday of the month, October–June, MAM is open 5–9 p.m. with free admission, dynamic programming, and a bar in partnership with Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge. For more information about upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights (https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-night...).

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.

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.

Social Media
Visitors are encouraged to share their First Thursday Nights experience on social media. Find the Museum on:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/montclairartmuseum
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/MAMmontclair Use the hashtag #MAMfftn to follow the discussion about Free First Thursday Nights.
NEW! Instagram (http://instagram.com/mammontclair) – Share your photos with #MAMfftn
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/montclairartmuseum/ Share your photos with MAM in our Free First Thursday Nights group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/mamfftn/
Foursquare – https://foursquare.com/v/montclair-art-museum/4b1165c8f964a520ab7b23e3

Catherine Mastrangelo
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