From Fort to Port & Beyond, an exhibition exploring Mobile’s architecture opening October 11 at MMofA

Posted on: October 4th, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. – On October 11, Mobile Museum of Art will welcome From Fort to Port & Beyond: An Architectural History of Mobile, an exhibition examining our area’s rich history through its iconic buildings and celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial.

This exhibition, organized by the Mobile Museum of Art with guest curator and architectural historian, Cartledge Blackwell III, explores the architectural history of our extraordinary community—one of the twenty oldest continuously inhabited cities in the United States. Presented through a selective timeline of photographs, models, architectural plans, maps, elevations, building materials, videotaped interviews and tours, and publications—the exhibition documents the changing social and cultural story of its places and people over a period of centuries, spanning Mobile’s unique and long history.

The exhibition’s development is guided by architectural historian, Cartledge Blackwell III, with several consulting historians and curators, including Joycelyn Finley, Paige Largue, Tom McGehee, Stephen McNair, Philip Carr and John Sledge. Additional support is provided by Mobile area architects Douglas Kearley and Nick Holmes III.

A private opening reception for Museum members, donors, and exhibiting artists will be held on Thursday, October 10, from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibitions will open to the public on October 11 and remain on view through April 19, 2020.

Mobile Museum of Art’s exhibitions are supported by the City of Mobile, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Mobile County Commission, with additional support from private donors. For the full list of donors and information on each exhibition, visit