MONTCLAIR—Free First Thursday Nights return to the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) Oct. 3. This monthly event, which invites MAM’s entire community to enjoy a night out at the Museum, launched with great success last year, attracting an average of over 400 attendees every month. Every first Thursday of the month, October–June, MAM will be open 5–9 p.m. with free admission, dynamic programming, and a full-service bar.
Offerings change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see and do at every First Thursday Night. Tours will be conducted every hour on the half hour (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.) on a singular exhibition. The full-service cash bar, offered in partnership with Egan & Sons, will feature special First Thursday Night prices and signature cocktails. There will be regular music performances, including by students in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. In addition, drop-in workshops offered by the Yard School of Art provide opportunities for visual expression.
The October event will focus on the newly installed New Directions/Jean Shin: Host, a major new outdoor sculpture commissioned as the first addition in an outdoor sculpture garden celebrating the Museum’s Centennial. The artist worked directly with the MAM community to create Host, which is fabricated from metal forks, knives, and spoons, many of which were donated by residents of the Montclair area. Shin will address First Thursday Night visitors about her work at 7 p.m. Following the talk, there will be a film screening of Forks Over Knives, a feature film that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
In January, Free First Thursday Night will be a party in honor of the Museum’s 100th Birthday. Held Jan. 15, 2014, it marks the anniversary exactly 100 years to the day after the Museum’s founding. For more information about upcoming Free First Thursday Nights, visit montclairartmuseum.org/free-first-thurs-nights.
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