Friday, July 24, 2020 Allison Denny

Join the Arlington Public Library for an online discussion with Amy J. Schultz, the Arlington's Museum of Art's first Artist-in Residence. Amy will discuss her 2019 residency at the Museum, including the story of her groundbreaking multimedia installation, MUMENTOUS: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition. This free presentation will be available through Zoom on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

A local artist, Amy owns unplain jane studio. This Texas-based creative studio built on four practices: commercial collaborations, fine art photography, creative writing, and long-term subject-matter explorations like MUMENTOUS.

On the surface, MUMENTOUS was a unified collection about a high school tradition that’s almost entirely unique to Texas: the practice of exchanging “mums” during homecoming celebrations. What made MUMENTOUS unique was how it unveiled the tradition’s ubiquitous nature through original photographs, narratives, audio, video, digital art, and 3D installations.

In her presentation with the Library on August 8, Amy will relate some of what she learned about the uniquely Texan tradition of larger-than-life homecoming mums.

She'll describe how mums intertwine with other values within Texas culture: football, community and state pride, the power of small business, the strength of Texas women, and the value placed on coming of age celebrations. Don't miss her thoughts on what happened describe when another Texan institution, Whataburger, decided to donate an 18-foot-tall mum to join the fun.

This event will be held virtually using the Zoom video and audio conferencing platform. Amy's talk on MUMENTOUS is free but registration is required. Please sign up ahead of time, as registration is not an automatic process.

Click here to learn more about MUMENTOUS and to sign up to attend.