Montclair Art Museum Moves Free First Thursday Night and MAM After Hours to February 8

Oliver Lake (Courtesy of Montclair Art Museum)

From Montclair Art Museum:

Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has moved its popular Free First Thursday Night event to the second Thursday of the month, February 8, 5–9 p.m. to spotlight the new special exhibition “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist.” In addition to the regular monthly program, featuring free general admission, live music, art activities, and tours, the Museum will also offer the premium MAM After Hours experience, Art Meets Jazz with Oliver Lake, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Free First Thursday Night presents a variety of art forms and invites visitors to get creative themselves! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

· Enjoy live music in the galleries with Bern & The Brights, Montclair-based electro dream pop duo

· Honor Black History Month with tours of African American artists now on view in the Museum’s permanent collection

· Join the Yard School of Art for a Draw Along Workshop offering a free drawing session with a clothed model and guided art instruction for all ages.

· New! Teen Space welcomes teens with a free open studio, 7–9 p.m.

· New! Capture the fun with an official MAM photo to share on social media.

· Try new signature cocktails, wine selections, and NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night, at the bar in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Museum members receive a discount on drinks at the bar.

· Grab a bite from featured food vendors, including the Empanada Guy food truck.

MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz, February 8, 7–9 p.m.
$20 Members/$25 Nonmembers

Take a musical journey with MAM, presented in partnership with MAM’s African American Cultural Committee and co-sponsored by Montclair Chapter of The Drifters, Inc.

The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. Lake’s breadth of disciplines can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians, poets, dancers, and painters he helped establish over 50 years ago. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Flux String Quartet, Bjork, Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Anthony Braxton, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Vijay Iyer, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and a veritable who’s who of the jazz vanguard. On February 8, Oliver Lake will join other internationally-recognized jazz masters Pheeroan AkLaff and Santi Debriano in their debut performance at the Montclair Art Museum. They will traverse an enormous jazz vocabulary on the fly and in unexpected ways that reveal its seemingly limitless possibility. Between sets, the artists will speak about their artistic journeys.

Free First Thursday Nights will be back to their regular schedule March 1!