Japanese Immersion Weekend: Tea Ceremony

Posted on: October 17th, 2017

Japanese Immersion Weekend: Tea Ceremony

Sponsored by Ikebana Society and Mitsubishi Polysilicon

November 2, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Mobile Museum of Art is excited to present Japanese Immersion Weekend in early November! This four-day event is aimed at exploring aspects of Japanese culture through engagement in various traditional activities and screenings of critically-acclaimed films.

November 2 @ 6 p.m.

We will move through the ancient choreography of a traditional tea ceremony. Japanese tea ceremonies aren’t just about the tea; they focus also on the careful movements and aesthetics that define the ritual as heartfelt and genuine.

Mikiko Tanaka is host of Ryurei style tea ceremony. Studying the tea ceremony and flower arrangement at Ikenobo-gakuen in Kyoto while teaching Japanese and calligraphy at a private high school and junior high school, Mikiko has been practicing both since then. In the U.S., she has taught both at schools and art institutions, and been invited for demonstrations. She is also a potter and makes tea utensils and flower vases by herself for her demonstration and teaching.

We’ll also have Dr. Genzo Tanaka presenting a slideshow for history and philosophy of Japanese tea ceremony. As a polymer chemist as well as computational chemist, Genzo worked at various academic institutions and industries in the U.S. He is a younger brother of Mrs. Sosho Sugimoto, who presented a tea ceremony in 2002.


Hospitality Day

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

Wednesday, October 25 10 am – noon

You are invited to join us for coffee, treats, and free admission to Mobile Museum of Art, in appreciation of our hospitality workforce. Spend the morning checking out our new exhibitions, chatting with our staff and docents, and enjoying your city’s art museum. Mobile would not have an art museum without the support of our friends in the hospitality industry, so stop in and see what you’ve continued to help build.

Glenn Robertson, Public Relations Manager
251.208.5209 or email

Throwing Clay on the Pottery Wheel with Angie King

Posted on: October 12th, 2017
Wednesdays, November 1 – December 13 (No class Nov. 22)
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$160/$125 members
Register by 10/18/2017 for Early Bird Price
Have fun and relieve stress during the holiday season by treating yourself to a pottery class! Learn to throw on the pottery wheel or refine your skills in this six-week wheel throwing course taught by MMofA Curator of Education, Angie King. Students will create usable art from bowls to mugs to flower pots and more. Hand made pottery is the perfect gift for the holidays!

Closed due to Hurricane Nate

Posted on: October 10th, 2017

Stay safe!

Members Only Opening Reception

Posted on: September 27th, 2017

Mobile Museum of Art is opening 3 new exhibitions. Join us for a members only opening reception to enjoy a private preview of the exhibitions:

If you are not a member and would like to attend the opening reception and preview, join now>>

Handmade Clay Gifts with Angie King

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017
with Angie King
Thursdays, November 2 & 9
5:30-8 p.m.
$45/$25 members
Want to make something special before the holidays? Learn to create unique handmade clay gifts including ornaments, jewelry, and functional pieces. The first class we will create and the second class we will glaze and decorate. No experience is necessary and students 13 and up are welcome. Register soon because space is limited!

Free Weekend at MMofA

Posted on: September 20th, 2017

FREE WEEKEND, December 2 & 3
for all Mobile County Residents

Join us at the Mobile Museum of Art in celebrating the opening of our new exhibitions with a free weekend! Saturday will include a free outdoor concert featuring performances by Crowned Jewelz and Jamell RichardsonPower Lines Poets, and fashion designers Brandin Stallworth of Lit Clothing, Antoinette Warbington, and Conz 8000. Food truck Grillbillies will be serving local fare starting at noon.

December 2
12:00 pm: Crowned Jewelz Band
1:30 pm: Fashion Show – original wearable art by Antoinette Warbington, Brandin Stallworth, and Conz8000
2:00 pm: Jamell Richardson
3:30 pm: Power Lines Poets

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for the concert, and visit the exhibitions anytime throughout the day. The Museum will also offer free guided tours of the special exhibitions, Posing Beauty in African American Culture5 Mobile Artists, and A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb. Sign ups for tours will be at the MMofA front desk on a first come, first serve basis.

Sunday, the Museum will also be open with free admission to tour the galleries on your own.

MMofA’s free weekend is made possible in part by Mobile City Council Members Gina Gregory, Levon C. Manzie, Bess Rich, C.J. Small, John C. Williams, and Fredrick D. Richardson, Jr.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is generously supported by the J.L. Bedsole Foundation.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, and was organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and curated by Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department.

A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb is organized by the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.

Support for the Mobile Museum of Art is provided by the City of Mobile, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Educators’ Night Out

Posted on: September 6th, 2017


Join us at the Mobile Museum of Art for a special evening designed for educators. Network with other area educators over wine and snacks, while learning how our Museum School can enrich your curricula. The evening will include a behind the scenes sneak peek of our upcoming exhibitions, a classroom demonstration in clay, and general gallery tours. The event is free.


5 – 5:30 PM
Wine and Welcome

5:30 – 5:45 PM
The Mobile Delta: Glass & Light tour by Rene Culler

5:45 – 6 PM
Behind the Scenes – Sneak peek at the planning and installation of upcoming exhibitions and tour of the MMofA research library

6 – 6:30 PM
Native American Art from the Collection & General Gallery tours

6:30 – 7 PM
Wheel Throwing demonstration by Angie King

7 PM – until (optional)
Join us for the Thursday night program, LIVE @ the Museum: Strange Her

Art Talk: 5 Mobile Artists

Posted on: August 14th, 2017

Our own Stan Hackney will give a tour of 5 Mobile Artists, an exhibition featuring artworks by local artists John Cleverdon, James E. Conlon, Kaye Wall Hoffman, James E. Kennedy and Tut Altman Riddick. This exhibition highlights these five artists as true pioneers for the arts in the new South.


Night of the Dead Artists

Posted on: August 14th, 2017

Want to meet the ghosts of your favorite artists? The museum will be haunted with famous artists for this Day of the Dead-meets-Night at the Museum Halloween extravaganza! We have partnered again with AIDS Alabama South for another day of the Halloween art history event for the whole family. Performers from a number of community theaters will be joining us as deceased artists come to haunt the galleries. Fun also includes a gallery scavenger hunt, live music, Day of the Dead altars made for artists no longer with us, sugar skull making, face painting, and tarot card readings. Come in costume with the whole family and take a spooky trip through time and into art history.