The Montclair Art Museum

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

Even though Montclair, New Jersey has fewer than 40,000 residents, it boasts of many parks, a diverse population, and a strong interest in the arts. 

The town even has a fine art museum, situated on a beautiful street with quite a few splendid mansions. 



The museum has a special collection of the works of George Inness (1825-1894), a well-known painter from the Hudson River School of art. He resided in Montclair in his later years and painted many landscapes of Montclair. 

The Montclair Art Museum celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2014. Even if you don’t go inside, you can see some interesting art outside the museum. 

The next three photos are of a sculpture by a Montclair-based artist, Tom Nussbaum. It is called Listen, was made in 2008, and it is constructed of polyurethane over fiberglass. 

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Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008

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Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008

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Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008
The next project is made out of wood, Plexiglas, metal screening, acrylic paint, roofing paper, tar, wall paper and an 11-watt bulb. It is by Donna Dennis and is called Blue Cabin from Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 1976-2007 (2007).

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Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin, 2007

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Donna Dennis, Blue Cabin, 2007
The next sculpture is called The Sun Vow by Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947). It was made of bronze in 1899 and cast in 1902. 

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Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Sun Vow

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Hermon Atkins MacNeil, The Sun Vow
The last sculpture shown here is Earth Mother by Allan Houser (1914-1994). It was made of bronze in 1981 and cast in 1986.

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Allan Houser, Earth Mother

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Allan Houser, Earth Mother

From 5-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month and from 1-5 p.m. of the first Friday of the month, the museum offers free admission. These free admission days run from October through June.


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The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

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The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

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You can read more about The Montclair Art Museum here.

Have a wonderful week!
 

40 comments:

  1. Montclair sounds like a wonderful community. I enjoyed the art pieces on outside display.

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  2. I loved these photos my favourite has to be the Listen ones what a fab place :-)

    Have a tanfastic week :-)

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    1. The Listen sculpture is certainly different.

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  3. Great shots! I really like that listening sculpture!

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  4. The listening sculpture is certainly attention grabbing. Montclair looks like a great place to spend an afternoon.

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    1. Montclair is a very interesting town with many places to see.

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  5. the Earth Mother sculpture makes me want to reach out and touch it. The curves remind me of Henry Moore's work.

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    1. I like the Earth Mother is an emotional piece of work.

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  6. I love this place, I like all the sculptures and the cabin.

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    1. The Museum is a wonderful place, inside and out.

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  7. Lovely place and beautiful sculptures ~ all very creative and great shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  8. That's a really creepy head but nice photography!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-walk-on-beach.html

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    1. The head is a little strange but interesting! Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Nice pics, my favourite is the Earth Mother and not sure about the head... :)

    www.travelera.es

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  10. Montclair is a place I must visit in the near future. I like all , especially the cabin
    betsy

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  11. Lovely art installations! My fave is the Earth Mother.

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  12. The statue 'listen' is very unusual. But, it speaks volumes.

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  13. Sounds like a lovely place to live. Wishing you a happy Wordless Wednesday :)

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  14. Very nice statues, museums and photos of the same!
    Never been to NJ, but I hope to, someday.
    Have a Beautiful Day!!
    Peace :)

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  15. That ear is too weird and fun.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is a quite odd, but it is a real conversation starter. :)

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  16. Just came back to say thank you for your comments. They ended up in my spam filter, but I've rescued them and that's why you didn't see them on the blog immediately. Thank you.

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  17. Was at Thursday Favorites Link party and saw this. I had to stop by, not only since I am a Jersey girl, but also I went to Montclair and I know my great uncle had art work displayed at the Montclair Museum. Really neat to see this page!

    Deb
    http://seekinglavenderlane.com

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    1. That's impressive they had some art displayed at the Museum. :)

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  18. The one called LISTEN is so interesting...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  19. I was to Montclair once many, many years ago. Montclair State Teacher's College was there, but I think I might have heard that they changed the name? I found the Listen statue very interesting. At first I thought the little guy was whispering into his ear, but then I realized the little guy was listening. Kind of strange, but funny at the same time.

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    1. It is kind of a funny sculpture.

      Montclair State's name was first changed to Montclair State College, and around 1994 it achieved university status and became Montclair State University. :)

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