News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | July 2010 
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Summer Exhibition
Upcoming Events
Behind the Scenes
Membership Program
Recent Lecture
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ON VIEW Through August 7, 2010

John Fery

MMAC celebrates Glacier National Park's strong aesthetic legacy as seen through traditions of the Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet), and the artist patronage of the Great Northern Railway. The exhibition features a rare war record that originally adorned Many Glacier Hotel; tipi designs by Jessie Wilber; works by Elizabeth Lochrie and Branson Stevenson; photographs by Tomer J. Hileman, Edward S. Curtis, Roland Reed, Arthur Dailey, Fred Kiser; and paintings by John Fery, Julius Seyler, O.C. Seltzer, Carl Link and Winold Reiss.
Images: John Fery, Gunsight Pass, oil on canvas, 1913
Rafael Chacon, UM Professor of Art History and Criticism
Wednesday, July 21, 7pm, Montana Theatre Stage
Dr. Rafael Chacn lecture, Artists of Glacier Park
Dr. Chacn is a professor of art history and criticism at The University of Montana.
BEHIND THE SCENES with MMAC Curator of Art, Brandon Reintjes
Glacier exhibition installation photos
The Glacier National Park Centennial Exhibition has already been an outstanding success. One MMAC member commented that the exhibit and the recent public lecture by Dr. Farr were "a perfect complement."

MMAC is one of only two museums nationwide to borrow important works from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, successor to the Great Northern Railway, and their vast collection of art associated with Glacier National Park. One loan, the Blackfeet War Record, originally decorated Many Glacier Lodge. This exhibit marks the first time it has returned to Montana since the 1950s. 

The exhibition is also an opportunity to see the Blackfeet Indian Tipi Designs portfolio in its entirety. Conceived in 1944 by Olga Ross Hannon and Jessie Wilber, it was completed in 1976 and published by the Museum of the Rockies. The portfolio features 26 full color silkscreen prints accompanied by typeset legends.

Finally, the exhibition includes Gunsight Pass by John Fery from the MMAC Permanent Collection. A billboard size painting from 1913, it narrowly fits through standard size doors. This work has hung in the UM President's 
Conference Room in Main Hall prior to its inclusion in this exhibition.  

Images by Tom Bauer of the Missoulian
Curtis Sandberg at receptionPlease join us! Become an MMAC member for the 2010/2011 year. Membership levels are tiered and start at just $25, or $10 for students. We are excited to offer an array of benefits that will enhance your museum experience over the coming year.

List of Benefits

Membership forms are available at the galleries in the PARTV Center, or you can print it directly from this file and send it back to us.

Membership Form
Your membership support will help MMAC continue to bring wonderful exhibitions to the galleries, preserve and conserve the Permanent Collection and support ongoing educational programs.
For questions about membership, please contact:
Barbara Koostra, MMAC Director
Image: Dr. Curtis Sandberg addresses guests at a special reception during the Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World exhibition.
RECENT LECTURE by Dr. William Farr
Dr. William Farr lectures on Julius SeylerOn June 24, Dr. William Farr spoke to a crowded audience on the stage of the PARTV Center's Montana Theatre. The audience gathered to listen to Farr's inspiring talk about artist Julius Seyler, the subject of his recent publication by the University of Oklahoma Press, Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet. Farr, a veteran speaker and professor of history at The University of Montana for the last 40 years, was nothing less than riveting. 

Dr. Farr's lecture followed the text of the monograph, peppered with anecdotes that correspond with Seyler's life and art. Seyler's legacy is preserved largely through the scholarship and efforts of Dr. Farr and scattered paintings in public and private collections across the United States and Germany. One of the first European artists in Glacier National Park in the summers of 1913 and 1914, Seyler never returned to Glacier. 

This lecture was recorded. It will be available for viewing on our website later this month.

Image: Photo by Lucy Capehart of Dr. William Farr presenting a photo of artist Julius Seyler