News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | February 2009   
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A Special Event in February

Montana Museum of Art & Culture and Montana PBS will host a special showing of the documentary film, which tells the story of the Nazi WWII threat to wipe out Europe's artistic heritage. Art historians and curators fought back to rescue millions of treasures.
"The Rape of Europa"
Monday, February 9, 2009, 7pm
University Center Theater (3rd Floor of UC)
This event is free and open to the public.
Concessions will be available for sale. 
In This Issue
On View Now
MMAC Headlines
Building Stories
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
Gallery Hours:
ON VIEW through March 7, 2009
Fritz Scholder: Lithographs
Featuring 25 lithographs created by the renowned Tamarind Institute artist, tracing diverse subjects and poignant portrayals of the contemporary American Indian experience.  
Rolling Head - birch bark scroll
Spirit Trails and Sky Beings
Featuring Ojibway stories scribed on birch scrolls as told and made by Ojibway traditionalist and UM graduate Richard LaFromboise (Miskomin).
Images: (Top) Fritz Scholder, Indian with Feather Fan, lithograph, 1975, (Bottom) Richard LaFromboise, Rolling Head, birch bark scroll, 1998

Artworks Scheduled to Return from Conservator
This month, MMAC is pleased to have a number of pieces from its Permanent Collection returning after going through extensive conservation treatments.The pieces have been gone for months and are now restored to their original beauty. Some of these dramatically improved artworks will be part of the next exhibition, Fra Dana:Conservation & Preservation, set for March 17 - May 16.
Tours Popular with Current Exhibitions
MMAC's current exhibitions have brought a significant number of groups in for guided tours. Even before the shows opened, interested groups were calling to schedule their visits. Groups such as the YMCA Afterschool Program, the Flagship Program, UMs' "Intro to Poetry" and printmaking classes - to name a few - have scheduled tours. There's still time to see these two American Indian exhibitions. If you are interested in setting up a tour, call us at 406.243.2019. 
Museum's Longfish Exhibition Continues to Tour
Since its debut at MMAC in 2007, George Longfish: A Retrospective has continued to tour the country. Stops have included the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls; Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana; the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; and South Dakota State University in Brookings. The exhibition is currently on view through April 5 at the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture in Spokane, Washington. 
Montana Museum of Art & Culture is in the process of raising money for a building, which will serve as a new exciting gateway to the UM campus. In each issue we will highlight ways this building and the work of the museum will support our community and create enriching opportunities.
Building with background
Preservation and Conservation
To properly steward an art collection, a museum needs special climate control equipment and proper lighting. While MMAC currently operates with climate control in its galleries and storage, the new building will provide improved temperature and humidity controls for many more artworks and artifacts of the Permanent Collection.      
For more information about the MMAC building project, or to discuss naming opportunities, please call Sara Portzel, Director of Development at 406.241.6894 or contact her by email at