From the Field

Art Museum Day 2017

April 11, 2017

For the eighth year, AAMD is uniting its membership to celebrate Art Museum Day! Held in concert with  ICOM’s International Museum Day, this year AAMD’s Art Museum Day will take place on and around Thursday, May 18.

In 2016, approximately 175 member museums offered free admission, special programs and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world.

This year's theme for Art Museum Day is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities. This theme celebrates the vital role art museums play as cultural, educational, and economic anchors, helping make their communities great places to live and work. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we come together in our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies.

In honor of our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies, many AAMD members will offer free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts on or around May 18. AAMD also encourages museum visitors to use social media to share their Art Museum Day experiences with their museum and their social networks.

AAMD Museums: Register for Art Museum Day Here!

Above: Photo of The Wexner Center for the Arts by Katie Spengler

 

AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2017

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2017. Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

*Free Admission including special exhibitions
**Free general admission, not including special exhibitions
†Celebrating Art Museum Day on a date other than May 18

 

Alaska

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage*

Docent tours

Members back of house tours

Children's program "Blink"

 

Arizona

Tucson Desert Museum, Tucson

2-for-1 admission

Come see the special exhibit Dazzled Eye before it closes May 28th. On this day we will also have two new exhibits that will open in early May.

 

California

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco†

Sunday, May 14

Celebrate both Mother’s Day and Art Museum Day by treating a special mom to a day at the museum. All moms can enjoy a 20% discount on tickets, including the must-see exhibition Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.

Plus, all shoppers in the museum store who spend $40 or more will receive a free poster and book.

Sign up as a new member to receive a voucher for $5 off in the store and enjoy docent-led tours throughout the day of Goddess in the galleries.

Photo courtesy of the Asian Art Museum

 

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

Join BAMPFA for Art Museum Day, and keep coming back all year! Join or renew at the BAMPFA admissions desk on May 18 and receive two extra months free and 20% off all membership levels. Join at the Sponsor level or above and receive a limited-edition ceramic plate designed by artist Barry McGee.

 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento*†

Free admission Sunday, May 21

 

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with a trip to the Hammer Museum. Free to the public, the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the contemporary in art, architecture, and design. Visit hammer.ucla.edu for current exhibition and program information and call 310-443-7041 for tours.

  • Our store and cafe will be giving discounts to visitors who mention Art Museum Day.  Visitors to the café will receive 10% off their check and regularly priced merchandise will be discounted 10% in the store.
  • free mindful awareness meditation session from 12:30-1 p.m.

 

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*

 

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach*

Laguna Art Museum provides a diverse range of exhibitions, education programs, lectures, concerts, and films as a cultural center for the entire community.

On Art Museum Day, the museum offers free admission and will present a premiere screening of Art and the Zen of Motorcycle Racing (or Lunch with Billy Al), introduced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt. The film profiles Billy Al Bengston, a leader of the renowned group of Ferus Gallery Artists who blazed a path for generations of California artists to follow. It is the third in Schierholt’s California Masters series, which examines the unique artistic history of California art through the stories of the artists that helped shape that history.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles*

Lecture: Greg Tate
Thursday, May 18, 7pm
MOCA Grand Ave, Ahmanson Auditorium
Greg Tate has been a leading voice on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and politics since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s. Through his signature mix of vernacular poetics and cultural criticism, Tate elucidates how race, gender, and class shape popular culture and why visionary Black aesthetics, philosophies, and politics help define 21st-century America. He is also a musician, leading the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. Tate lectures on the work of Kerry James Marshall.​

MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Elon Schoenholz

 

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego*†

Celebrate Art Museum Day at MCASD! Art museums play a vital role as cultural, educational, and economic anchors, helping make their communities great places to live and work. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we come together in our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies.

MCASD will kick off Art Museum Day celebrations at Downtown at Sundown on Thursday, May 18, with the opening of three new exhibitions: Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here, Go Tell It: Selections from MCASD's Collection, and Prospect 2017. On Friday, May 19, visitors will enjoy free admission from 11 AM to 5 PM and complimentary tours at 12 and 2 PM in celebration of  the importance of museums in our world.

 

Gallery Tours at MCASD Downtown. Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara*

 

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach*†

Friday, May 19: Free Admission

Docent guided tour of 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever

 

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*

 

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*

 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*

 

Colorado

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*

Individual and Family Memberships purchased on Museum Day will be 50% off.

Image courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum. © Michael Moran/OTTO.

 

Denver Art Museum, Denver

AAMD Museum Day – On Thursday May 18, visitors who purchase a General Admission ticket at either Clyfford Still Museum of Denver Art Museum can enjoy free admission next door when presenting their admission ticket or receipt, thanks to the museums’ collaborative presentation of Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. Tickets for youth 18 and under are free at both locations. Visit www.clyffordstillmuseum.org and www.denverartmuseum.org for additional information.

 

Connecticut

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

 

District of Columbia

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum*

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day on Thursday, May 18, with free admission and special activities.

5 PM: Join Curator of Contemporary Art Camille Ann Brewer for a free tour of the exhibition "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," which tells the story of the iconic fashion show and its creator Eunice Johnson through stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement pieces by leading designers.

6 PM: Meet Shayla Simpson, former Ebony Fashion Fair model, commentator, and buyer, and hear about her experiences working and traveling with Eunice Johnson to couture design houses in Europe to purchase fashions for the fair (advance registration is required).

All day: Interact with objects from our education collection, including fibers, natural dye stuffs, and garments from around the world.

Visitors admire the bold fashions on display in the Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair exhibition at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Photo by Abby Greenawalt.

 

Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens

Hillwood will offer $5 off new memberships at the individual and family levels on May 18.

 

National Museum of Women in the Arts*

Exhibitions and Installations:
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum
Polly Apfelbaum employs bright colors and abstract motifs in her prints, using methods that are both ordered and spontaneous.

The Women Arrive: From Masonic Temple to Women’s Museum
In honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary, explore 110 years of photos of the building’s fascinating history.

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir
This installation invites visitors to reflect on writer Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist impact in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture.

Photo of National Museum of Women in the Arts by Dakota Fine

 

The Phillips Collection*

The Phillips Collection celebrates Art Museum Day with free admission on Thursday, May 18, 10 am - 8:30 pm. The first 100 guests receive a free tote bag, as well as anyone who signs up for membership that day. Join us at noon for a spotlight tour focused on one work of art. Exhibitions on view: George Condo, The Way I Think.

The Rothko Room at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Photo: Benjamin Resine

 

Florida

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Half-price admission on May 18

 

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale*

The museum will host an all-day program in which visitors can make a collaborative mural in the outside breezeway area of the museum.

 

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando

Thursday May 18: 50% off regular admission prices

 

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami

Join PAMM on Art Museum Day and receive $10 off your membership and free admission to Miami's cultural institutions through May 31, 2017.

Art-making on the terrace, 6–10pm.
Live Music on the terrace, 6–10pm.
Screening: Liberty in a Soup, 7pm.
Tours at 11am, 12pm, 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

 

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach*

 

The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach*

One day. Free admission. Special perks. Every year, The Wolfsonian joins dozens of AAMD member institutions by waiving admission and inviting everyone to enjoy art and design at no cost. Take advantage of a 10% discount in our chic design store or become a member at 25%-off the Popular and Dual/Family levels—and if you show us a little love on Instagram, we’ll throw in a free coffee and super stylish Wolfsonian mug (yup, it’s worth it!). Plus, we’re joining forces at 6:30pm with five other Miami museums at Vizcaya Village to discuss the challenges of presenting contested histories, so have your voice heard by swinging by to pick the brains of the six accomplished panelists. #Wolfsonian

The Wolfsonian. Photo: World Red Eye

 

Georgia 

The Columbus Museum, Columbus*

The Columbus Museum will be highlighting works of art from its permanent collection that give meaning to people within the community in short video segments that will be shared on Facebook and YouTube.  Those interviewed will  consist of volunteers, teens, members, staff, and community members.  They will share their favorite work of art in the Museum’s collection and why it resonates with them personally.

 

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens*

6-9pm: Third Thursday, a collaboration with six other arts venues in Athens, Georgia, all open from 6 to 9 p.m.

7pm: Twilight Tour of the exhibitions “The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto” and “Michael Ellison” 

 

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta*

Celebrate the stories of civilization on Art Museum Day. Explore the world through exquisite art and artifacts from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Egypt, the Near East, and Greece and Rome as well as works on paper from the renaissance to the present.

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

 

Idaho

Boise Art Museum, Boise†

Sunday, May 21: Boise's International Museum Day celebration

 

Illinois

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston*

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago*

 

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago*†

Making a Place of Purpose, a Collection of Small Actions
Saturday, May 20, 12–6 pm

This daylong event considers how sites of culture can function as spaces of belonging.

Organized by the Smart Museum’s 2016/17 Interpreters in Residence, The Belonging Collective, and inspired by the permanent collection installation 'Conversations with the Collection: Belonging,' the day will feature a variety of small, intimate actions including interactive meals, artist-orchestrated experiences, micro-tours, performative readings, musical performances, shared reflections, and more.

FREE and open to all.

 

Indiana

Indanapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis*†

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is offering free admission to celebrate National Public Gardens Day & Museum Day on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

Iowa

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*

Celebrate National Art Museum Day with the Des Moines Art Center by learning more about the Art Center’s collection and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park: FREE drop-in tours at 12:30 – 1 pm at the park (meet at Jaume Plensa’s Nomade) and 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Art Center.

 

Figge Art Museum, Davenport

PechaKucha Night - Free admission 5-9pm
Thursday, May 18
5:30 pm Social Hour with $6 sandwich baskets, cash bar
6:30 pm PechaKucha presentations

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps—just about anything, really—in the 20x20 format. The 20x20 format is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in 2003, and has spread to over 900 cities worldwide. Since 2012, the Figge Art Museum has hosted over 30 PechaKucha Nights, featuring nearly 200 creative and passionate Quad Citizens.

Photo courtesy of the Figge Art Museum

 

Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence*

We are celebrating with two events from 5:30 to 6:30pm CST. Our Curator Steve Goddard will give a short talk about our new exhibition "A Wry Eye: Witty, Sardonic, and Ironic Work by Printmakers." Chicago-based artist Alberto Aguilar will give a playful performance followed by a family-friendly activity. Our galleries will remain open until 8pm CST.

 

Louisiana

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans*

 

Maine

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick*†

Friday, May 19: 15% off merchandise in the Museum shop.

 

Portland Museum of Art, Portland*

Write postcards to government representatives about the value of arts and art museums!

 

Manitoba

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

 

Massachusetts

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Free admission from 5-9pm

On May 18 from 5-8pm, visitors may participate in artist Nari Ward’s artwork Naturalization Drawing Table, in conjunction with his exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed. Based on Ward’s personal experience of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, this interactive artwork gives museum visitors a better understanding of that process. Each participant will receive a set of prints from the artist. See icaboston.org for details.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects. Photo by Danita Jo.

 

MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge*

Opening Reception 6-8 PM
Join us at the opening reception to celebrate An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art.  This exhibition is curated by Henriette Huldisch.

An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art brings together a group of twelve international artists to examine the recent multidisciplinary turn towards affect by focusing on art works that explore how bodies are shaped, modified, or affected by the intensity of their interaction.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge*

 

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*

Free admission May 18-21

 

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

2 for 1 admission

20% off new memberships

6pm: Master Series featuring speaker: Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Worcester Art Museum

 

Mexico

Museo Arocena, Torreón*

Free admission May 14-21

Educational activities about migration

Presentation of new book celebrating Museo Arocena's 10th anniversary

 

Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*

Free admission Thursday, May 18

May 20: children's book reading

 

Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

Free admission to students, teachers and +65

Museum speed dating

Music and videomapping

Special tours and workshops

 

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City*

The Museum as a Space of Reflection and Resistance (May 2017)

For the International Museum Day Mexico City’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC-University Museum of Contemporary Art) will critically reflect on the various challenges of inequality and inclusion faced by art museums. The program will comprise a series of discussions, room activations, experimental tours and audio-visual caps organized around the overarching topics of gender equality, theories of disability, social marginality and uneven access to cultural goods. From concrete actions, we aim to question the museum institution from within as to reassess the strategies of inclusion regarding gender, racial, ethnic, economic and educational issues MUAC has already carried out in the last years.

Program
De-normalizing MUAC
Through May

Series of critical pedagogical activations aimed at raising public awareness on the diversity of sexual, gender identities that co-exist in the museum space. We will highlight the difficulties excluded groups may face in cultural contexts.


Periscope
Through May

Viewing of audio-visual capsules featuring the MUAC’s recent curatorial projects dealing with social inclusion and access such as Jauma Ferrete’s “Deaf Tree,”  in which this Catalan artist worked with the deaf community of Mexico City, and Mónica Mayer’s “Aesthetic Pampering,” a relational feminist art event where members of the artistic community discussed their issues while having a pedicure, haircut or style make over.

Empathy on Wheels
May 18
12:00 pm

Our docents will offer a wheelchair tour through our facilities to reflect on the public policies and difficulties that people with disabilities suffer in architectural spaces, especially in regards to inaccessible points at MUAC’s building and UNAM’S Cultural Center.


Neutral Gender Lavatories
May 27th
All day
For one day MUAC seeks to de-normalize restrooms by turning them into spaces of inclusion accessible to all genders and non-hegemonic identities. This will be a pilot event for an integral revision of our restroom policies.

Looking at MUAC. Experimental Tours
May 27th
11:00 am-12:00 pm
4:00-5:00 pm 

In our predominantly audiovisual culture, these experimental mediated tours for the general public and people with partial or total blindness aim to foster empathy and sensorial awareness through art. Tours will be conducted in collaboration with specialists in disabilities.

Panel “Equality and Inclusion in Mexican Museums”
May 27th
12:00 - 1:30 pm and 1:30 - 3:00pm

A diverse group of eight specialists from government agencies, universities, museums and non-profits will discuss art museum’s agency in creating resistance strategies of gender, racial, ethnic, economic, and educational inclusion.


The Mexican Art Ballet Academy of Disability
May 28
12:00 pm

This will be the first public recital of the Mexican Art Ballet Academy of Disability in a Mexican museum.

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo

 

Michigan

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*

Discounted memberships

 

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*

20% discount for members & 10% discount for non-members in the Museum Shop & Palette Cafe

 

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids

1pm: drop-in tour of permanent collection, free with admission

6pm-9pm: free admission

 

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor*

 

Minnesota

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis**

Free admission to our special exhibition "Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters" for My Mia members. (It is free to join My Mia!)

Third Thursday: Hello Summer from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music from Ayvah, local food trucks, a cash bar, a photo booth, and other art-themed, hands-on activities

 

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Free admission from 5 to 9 pm

Opening: Kaharina Fritsch: Multiples 

 

 

Mississippi

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson*

Dinner and a Movie: A Food Truck Festival (Vol. 4)

Thursday, May 18, 2017
5 – 10 PM
The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Part of the Museum's monthly Third Thursday programming.

It’s our fourth annual garden party bringing together the best of Mississippi’s growing food truck culture. This year, it’s bigger than ever! Chow down on a diverse selection of fare from the state’s mobile culinarians and enjoy our own Chef Nick Wallace’s monthly ‘sipp Sourced pop up menu! Live music on the C Spire Stage. At dusk, settle in on the BankPlus Green for a special Screen on the Green movie.

We've run through all the current Toy Story titles, so we'll be choosing a new PIXAR movie and we want your vote! Go ahead and RSVP to get notified when we announce the movie ballot!

Presented in partnership with AAF Jackson and Crossroads Film Society. Cost: Free to the public, cash bar and food available for purchase.

 

Missouri

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis*

10% discount in museum shop

 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City*

Photography Portfolio:
Area photographers will display their work for a fun and informal showcase of local talent. This free, pop-in event is a great way to get to know artists living and working in our own community.

 

Nebraska

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha**

10:30 am: Art Encounters offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month. This tour invites the visitor to make personal connections to works of art.

6:30 pm: docent-guided tour of permanent American collection highlights

 

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*

 

New Jersey

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*

10% discount in the Museum Store

Activities throughout the galleries; giveaways; refreshments.

 

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick*

 

New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe†

Friday, May 19: Free postcards with paid admission

 

New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Thursday, May 18: Half-price memberships available

 

American Folk Art Museum, New York*

Join us to celebrate Art Museum Day with a special guided tour of Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974). Please meet in the museum atrium. As part of Art Museum Day, the Museum Shop will extend $10.00 off any purchase over $75.00.

 

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx*

COMMUNITEA SENIOR THURSDAYS WITH MICHELE BRODY
Thursday, May 4th, 1:00 to 3:00pm
During our Third Thursday international vocal artist Olivier Marcaud and Bronx-based sound artist Aaron Lazansky-Olivas will bring participants together to create a collaborative vocal interpretation of the poems produced during our group writing program. This event is accompanied by a Tea inspired by the African American Heritage of The Bronx.

10% discount in the museum shop

 

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

Celebrate International Museum Day and the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day at The Corning Museum of Glass. As always, admission to the Museum is free for kids 17 and under.

Enjoy art-focused tours and refreshments in celebration of Art Museum Day.

The Corning Museum of Glass. Photo Credit: Iwan Baan

 

The Frick Collection, New York

Art Museum Day: "Drop-in Sketching" Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location Meets in the Garden Court.
Free with museum admission; no reservations are necessary.

Questions drawing@frick.org

In celebration of Art Museum Day, visitors of all skill levels are invited to sketch in the Garden Court. Materials will be provided. Free with museum admission. Artists of all ages over ten are welcome.
For those who wish to bring their own art materials, please review the guidelines for sketching in the galleries prior to your visit. Due to limited capacity, groups of ten or more cannot be accommodated. Instead, groups of ten or more are encouraged to arrange a group visit; please visit our group visit information pages or call 212.547.0704.

 

Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York*†

Saturday, May 20: Free admission and 10% discount on Grey publications

 

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca*

10-11am: "Let's Look, Baby! This Land Is Your Land" tour for caregivers and infants to age 4

5-7pm: Young Professionals Networking @ the Johnson

 

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers*

The Hudson River Museum is excited to take part in Art Museum Day, and celebrate the importance of museums in our lives. We will offer free admission on May 18. See our permanent collection and Riverama galleries from 12 to 5 pm, and take a guided tour of Glenview, our historic home, at 1 or 3 pm. hrm.org

 

Morgan Library and Museum, New York*

This year on AAMD Art Museum Day, the Morgan’s blockbuster exhibition, "I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson" will be on view. As described in the New York Times, “It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of American culture that truly can claim greatness…” "I’m Nobody!" is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date, and explores a side the great poet’s life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.  Visitors to the museum will have free access to the exhibition, to the Morgan’s historic spaces, and to a selection of guided tours.

The Morgan Library and Museum. Photography by Michel Denancé.

 

Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica*

 

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission 10am - 9pm

- 10% Off Membership (for Memberships $250 and under.)

- 20% off in The Store at MAD (for purchases above $25)

Docent Tours
There are docent tours at 11:30 am, 3 pm and 6:30 pm. Docent tours are free with admission and meet in the lobby.

Artist Studios
Visit Lauren Skelly Bailey in the Artist Studios at MAD.
10 am – 9pm
Lauren Skelly Bailey explores surface, form, and the layering of histories with her ceramics. She is drawn to controlling the unexpected, and her intentional decision making allows her to develop new facets of her process of creating clay conglomerations.

Talks
Artist Studios Talk and Closing Reception
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Discover the art and design made at MAD with the residents of the Artist Studios Program. Join outgoing artists as they discuss their work in a Pecha Kucha style presentation in the Theater at MAD.

EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW: http://madmuseum.org/exhibitions

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
Through August 20, 2017

Judith Leiber:  Crafting a New York Story
Through August 6, 2017

fashion after Fashion
Through August 6, 2017

You Can’t Bury Me, I’m Already Underground
RESPONSE: Melanie Bernier
Through April 30, 2017

Museum of Arts and Design

 

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY*

10% discount in museum store

 

The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City*

 

North Dakota

Plains Art Museum, Fargo*

 

Ohio

Akron Art Museum, Akron*

11:15am: Art Tales: Sharing and Cooperation

Discounts on memberships available

 

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*†

Friday, May 19: Special Educational programs including a talk by artist Ron Barron

 

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*

Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free general admission and free parking! Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

10% discount for non-members in the Cincinnati Art Museum's Gift Shop and Terrace Cafe. 10% for all memberships.

Evenings for Educators: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light from 4-7 p.m. ($10 members; $20 general admission; $5 students. Reservation required) and InConversation: The Art of Collecting at 7 p.m. (Free for Art Museum members, $10 for general admission, $5 for students/seniors).

 

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Sunday, May 21: Check out our JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity to build a birdhouse, design a sticker tree or create a storytelling adventure game. There is also  a twist-tie challenge, a collaborative drawing challenge and an exhibition called MOTION that highlights works of art from the Museum’s collection that depict movement.  In the galleries, visitors can solve puzzles, play games, and join conversation boards. You can also stop by our admissions desk and pick up a scavenger hunt and other self-guided tours.

 

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton*

The Dayton Art Institute will waive its suggested admission and offer free general admission to the permanent collection on Thursday, May 18, as part of the celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day.

Dayton Art Institute

 

Taft Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Saturday, May 20

Discover our world-renowned art collection in a beautiful historic house. See major works by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Ingres, and Sargent.

Color+Rhythm: New Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox is on view.

Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer with Tunes at the Taft at 2 p.m.

Kick back under the tent with The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Cincinnati’s favorite bluegrass band for an afternoon of toe-tapping fun. Sweet treats will be provided by Graeter’s. 

Free. No reservations required.

Photo courtesy of the Taft Museum of Art

 

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*

 

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus*†

Free admission Sunday, May 21

Photo of The Wexner Center for the Arts by Katie Spengler

 

Oklahoma

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*

 

Oregon

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene*

 

Portland Art Museum, Portland*†

Free admission Saturday, May 20

 

Pennsylvania

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh†

Factory Swing Shift
Friday, May 19, 2017
5–9:30pm
The Factory
The Factory stays up late!  Visit our hands-on underground studio to make art after dark during Factory Swing Shift. Visitors can drop in to experiment with a range of materials and techniques in a relaxed creative environment with skilled artist educators, special guests, and music.  This program is presented as part of Art Museum Day 2017.
FREE with museum admission (half-price 5-10pm)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford*†

Sunday May 7

PNC Arts Alive First Sunday for Families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our theme is Mix and Mash(up). Transform ordinary and unusual art supplies into new creations in a special art activity.  Enjoy a performance by the Funicular Circus. They will perform a “Little Circus” at noon, an interactive production that includes juggling, trapeze and tight wire.  At 1:30 p.m., the performers will walk across the Brandywine River on a tight wire.

 

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh*

special activities for kids and families in the afternoon

 

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia*

Free, open-to-the-public conversation with curator Charlotte Ickes

Curator-led tours of the current exhibitions

 

Penn Museum, Philadelphia*

On Thursday, May 18, the Penn Museum offers a day of free Museum general admission as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day.

This offer does not apply to pre-registered tours or group visits. Group visits should be booked in advance to confirm availability. Groups are considered parties of 10 people or more. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/visit/group-visit.

In the Penn Museum's second-floor Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, visitors can take in the 15-ton Sphinx and its surrounding pillars and gateways, which date back to the 19th Dynasty (ca. 2393-2285 BCE) in Memphis, Egypt. The Sphinx of Ramesses II was excavated from the sacred enclosure of the temple of the god Ptah. The pillars and gateways were part of the palace of Merenptah.

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia*

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*

 

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg*

The Westmoreland Jazz Society Concert featuring Thomas Wendt & The Main Stem Quintet. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, online, or by calling 1.888.71TICKETS. $15 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students (age 21 and under).

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

 

Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce†

May 21: Free admission for Ponce residents

Workshop for children, documentaries, a lecture, and folkloric music.

 

Rhode Island

RISD Museum, Providence*

 

Tennessee

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*

2 memberships for the price of one at $60 level and up

 

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville*

FREE EVENTS:
* Art Workshop: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
* Educator SPARK Evening: 5:30–8:00 p.m.
* Workshop: Drop-In Drawing and a Drink 5:00–8:00 p.m. 

* Jazz guitarist Geary Moore  6:00–8:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the Frist Center for Visual Arts

 

Texas

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

 

The Contemporary Austin, Austin*

With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series: "Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity"
8:30pm, May 18, Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center
Suggested donation: $5-10

 

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth**

Half-priced admission to A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

 

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Displaying a work by Kiki Smith for the month of May

 

Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas*

6:30pm: special exhibition tour

 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*

2 pm docent-led tour
Special Exhibition - FOCUS Katherine Bernhardt

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston**

Free general admission

Free tour programs at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Free fashion show happening in collaboration with Houston Community College's Fashion Design Program at 7 p.m.

 

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*

In celebration of Art Museum Day, please enjoy free admission to the Nasher Sculpture Center on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

 

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio*†

Friday, May 19: free general admission

Family Flick: Best of the Fest 1 and 2
(121 minutes, suggested for ages 3 to 8 but fun for all) Show starts at sundown | Free

 

Virginia

Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg: The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg*

10:30 a.m. A Dog's Life - Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art. (45 minutes)
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Decorative Arts Highlights (30 min.)
Noon and 2 p.m. Introduction to Folk Art (30 min)
2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Focus on Furniture (45 min)
2:30 p.m. Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed - Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour.  (45 min)
2:30-4 p.m. Music in the Museums - period music as you tour the galleries
3 p.m. That's How Old - How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in our collections. (30 min)
4:30 p.m. The Mischievous Fey - It's springtime and the world awakens after a long winter's sleep. It's time for the spring lambs, the flowers to bloom and the mischievous Fey to once again roam the Highlands. Enjoy tales of the Spring Festivals and the Fey as told by Master Storyteller Donna Wolf. (1 hour)

 

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg*

 

Washington

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*

 

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

$5 off admission

 

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma*

Third Thursday activities, open until 8 PM