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
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)
The Free First Thursday Night bar is now offered in partnership with Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge—
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/
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