News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | April 2010 
In This Issue
On View Now
Satellite Exhibitions
New at the Galleries
April Events
Egyptologist Lecture
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday
11am - 3pm;
Friday - Saturday
4 - 8:30pm
Expanded Gallery Hours:
Friday - Saturday
April 23 - 24, 2010
1 - 8:30pm
During the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
FREE PARKING is available near the NE corner of the PARTV Center
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ON VIEW through April 24
Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors
 Embrace the World 
 Sarah Vaughn in concert
This photographic exhibition chronicles the international tours of legendary jazz musicians who served as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department from the 1950s through the 1970s. Organized by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., over 80 images portray music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and Sarah Vaughn.

Exhibition Sponsors: Joseph S. Sample in memory of Miriam Sample, Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation and KTMF abc23/Max Media of Montana

Exhibition Partners: Montana World Affairs Council, Montana Public Radio, Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, UM Mansfield Library and First Interstate Bank
Images: (Top) Clark Terry and his Jolly Giants perform at the Pakistan American Cultural Center. Karachi, Pakistan, 1978. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville. (Below) Sarah Vaughn at the Newport-Belgrade Jazz Festival. Belgrade, Yogoslavia, 1973. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
James Todd portraitJoseph S. Sample Collection - PARTV Center Lobby

James Todd Jazz Portraits- Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library

Henry Meloy Jazz Portraits- First Interstate Bank (Downtown)
Image: James Todd, Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931), acrylic on panel, ca. 1990-1995.
New Guide by Cell Audio System

Next time you visit the Meloy and Paxson Galleries, be sure to check out the new audio system, Guide by Cell, which provides additional educational information about exhibitions. To access the guide, dial 406.225.7068 on your phone and enter the corresponding number next to an artwork. For the current exhibition, you can hear music by various Jam Session artists while you tour the galleries.  

Jam Session ImageJam Session Exhibition Catalog with FREE Music CD, $15

Copies of the exhibition catalog, Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World, are now available for just $15 at our offices in Main Hall or at the galleries. Each catalog comes with a complimentary music CD containing 16 tracks from famous jazz greats.
Curtis Sandberg
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 7pm, Masquer Theatre
Lecture by Dr. Curtis Sandberg

Exhibition curator for Jam Session, and Vice President for the Arts at Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sandberg will discuss the inception of the exhibition at Meridian, the history behind the State Department tours, examples of the jazz ambassadors' travels and experiences abroad, the ongoing relevance of cultural diplomacy and updates about the current world tours.  

Thursday, April 29, 7pm, Masquer Theatre
"Recent Archaeological Adventures in Egypt's

 Valley of the Kings"

A lecture by Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D.,

 Division of Humanities of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington


Egypt's Valley of the Kings is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. As the royal cemetery of Egypt's prosperous New Kingdom, (c.1500-1000 B.C.) the Valley was the burial place of many of Egypt's greatest pharaohs.  Beginning in 1989, the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project has been investigating several of the more obscure tombs in the Valley. Dr. Ryan, Director of this intriguing project, will summarize the fascinating, and occasionally controversial results of this investigation. 

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