Montclair Art Museum wants to share its artwork with you.
The Montclair Art Museum, located on South Mountain Avenue, is a place for people of all ages. The museum brings together an assortment of different art galleries to show the wide range of art across different centuries. With a combination of modern and contemporary Art, eighteenth and nineteenth Century American Art and Native American art, the museum houses pieces by George McNeil, Jack Whitten, Edward Middleton Manigault and Van Dearing Perrine.
When entering the Montclair Art Museum, adults pay $12, seniors and students (with valid identification) pay $10 and children under twelve and members of the museum are free. There is a parking lot located on the lower level where the museum store resides. The museum is surrounded by restaurants and shopping places on Bloomfield Avenue, its neighboring street. With a wide variety of art, the diversity of the environment brings in people from all walks of life.
The “Patterns, Systems and Structures: Abstraction in American Art” located in the McMullen Family Foundation Gallery shows off the varieties of color that the artists of the late nineteenth century had, such as the piece by John Baldessari entitled “Two Unfinished Letters,” and the piece by George McNeil entitled “Deliverance Disco.” These pieces display color in a way that intensifies the abstract of the images.
The Rand Gallery of Native American Art displays pottery, jewelry and works by different artists, along with traditional clothing of the Native Americans from different cultures in America during the nineteenth century. This display shows headdresses, shoes and pieces from many artists, including Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Dan Namingha.
The remaining galleries offer a look into different artists, time periods and had displays including television monitors to sculptures presenting still images of moments captured in time. There is something for everyone in the Montclair Art Museum. With such a wide range in the art and collections that are in the museum, there is bound to be something that catches anybody’s eyes.
The Montclair Art Museum also has art studio space that can be rented out for parties and other events. In addition, the third floor has a gallery, family learning lab and digital media lab. The lower level also has a children’s arcade gallery and art school arcade gallery where the art made from those who have visited the museum hang on the wall.
The Montclair Art Museum may not be as large as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but the art that is displayed in this museum offers just as much insight into art culture.