Experience 60 years of prints from the MMFA

May 7, 2012 by  

The exhibit From Gesture to Form: Modern and Contemporary Prints from the Permanent Collection will be showing at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) from June 23rd to September 16th. Admission to the MMFA is free and the museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday.

The exhibit will be highlighting six decades of prints from the museum’s collection. Many movements are covered in the collection including Abstract Impressionism, Pop and Minimalism. The artist’s featured include Grace Hartigan, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist and Ed Ruscha. Many of the artists were known for other genres of art and used their printmaking to experiment with various techniques. All types of prints will be available for viewing at the exhibit such as aquatints, etchings, lithography, screen-prints and woodcuts. Also various printing processes will be showcased and explained. It could be a very educational exhibit for those in Montgomery who work with printing companies or in graphic design companies or to those who hope to have a career in printmaking or illustration.

The museum also has a collection of old master prints by artists such as Rembrandt and Durer. With this collection and their modern and contemporary prints, the museum has one of the best collections of prints of any municipal museum in the United States. Those viewing the Gesture to Form exhibit will probably also be interested in viewing these while they are at the museum; they will probably notice that the newer ones were often influenced by the old masters. The prints are also viewable online for those who are interested.