Plan ahead for this one. You may have heard that a major Matisse exhibit is coming to the MIA, it's bound to draw big crowds, especially during the day and on weekends. Surprisingly one of the best times to see the special ticketed exhibitions is on Free Third Thursday. The crowds are much smaller than during regular museum hours. The best part is that even if you aren't an MIA member, you can become a member for a day at no cost and see the exhibit for free, plus you get all the member benefits for the day, including the discount in the gift shop. Let's Plan to meet inside the Third Avenue Entrance between 5:45 and 6:15. Look for our sign
Free Third Thursday's are held every month at the MIA. Each month has a different theme and activities. The neat thing is that there is something for everyone and the whole museum is open to explore. This is very loosely organized, and I emphasize loosely. What works best for FTT is for us to gather in the lobby, look at the activities being offered, then you can either grab some other members who are interested in the same things and go on your way, or if you decide to go off on your own, no one will be offended. Of course we may even decide to do something as a group. I WILL HANG OUT IN THE 3RD AVENUE LOBBY UNTIL 6:15. I will let the information desk know where we are heading, check with them if you are late.
Third Thursday: Matisse Madness
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Let the artist be your muse!
GET INSPIRED to “draw with scissors” à la Matisse.
MAKE a colorblock-collage masterpiece that’s très Henri.
PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Enjoy casual French lessons in the galleries.
SNAP a selfie with Matisse in the MIA photobooth.
KICK BACK to live music with a jazz influence.
EMBRACE your inner avant-garde Fauve.
FREE; refreshments for sale.
Besides the activities listed above, there are always tours of the special exhibits we can join in on. On several occasions we have had so many people we had our own little group or groups.
Matisse: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art
Spanning six decades of Matisse’s prolific career, with an emphasis on the artist’s earliest works, this special exhibition features 50 works of painting and sculpture, 30 prints, and the artist’s book Jazz.
Most of the artworks are drawn from the legendary Cone Collection, assembled by two Baltimore sisters–Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone–with an unrivaled passion for modernism and Matisse.
Being the party animals that we are, (not) we generally head over to Little Tijuana afterwards where some masterworks have been created by our members with crayons on the paper tablecloths. Join us and make your own. The food is good and very reasonably priced.
On street parking is available if you get there early enough, otherwise there is parking in the ramp or one of the lots for a fee. Be sure to be aware of snow emergency parking regulations.