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November 2010 at MMAC

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OPENING THIS MONTH
 
November 12, 2010 - March 12, 2011

Tempest by Waterhouse


Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection
This exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity for Montana citizens and visitors to experience works by some of the most notable artists from the late 18th to the early 20th Century. Largely centered on portraiture, the exhibition includes works by Alexander Archipenko, Rosa Bonheur, William Bouguereau, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Ren Magritte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, George Romney, Thophile van Rysselberghe and John William Waterhouse.

A full-color exhibition catalog will accompany this exhibition. Copies are available at the galleries for $10.

Giacoma NevayThree Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection
Concurrent with Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection, this exhibition will include never before exhibited prints from MMAC's Permanent Collection by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Charles - Nicolas Cochin, Nicolas De Larmessin, Jean - Michel Moreau and Franois Boucher, as well as more familiar works by Honor Daumier, Jean Louis Forain, Eugne Delacrois, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Kthe Kollwitz, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Joan Mir.

Images: John William Waterhouse (British, 1849 - 1917), Miranda--The Tempest, 1916, oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches, Giacoma Nevay (Italian, 1764 - 1791), Untitled, one of four etchings on a single page, 4 x 2 1/2 inches
HAPPENINGS
 
Join the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for a very special opening reception for Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection, and Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection.

Opening Reception
Friday, November 12, 2010, 4-7pm, PARTV Center Lobby

Pianist, Barbara Blegen will perform. Refreshments will be served.
Open to the public.

BEN STEELE TURNS 93
 
Artist Ben SteeleA statewide celebration will be held on November 17, 2010, Ben Steele's 93rd birthday.

Steele, a Montana native, was a World War II Bataan Death March participant and Japanese prisoner of war. Steele created oil paintings and drawings that chronicle the Japanese bombing of Clark Field in the Phillippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the capture of more than 76,000 Allied POWs in the Phillipines, the infamous Bataan Death March and Steele's experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war in the Phillippines and Japan. Steele's story was featured in Tears in the Darkness, a 2009 New York Times bestseller written by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman.

In September 2010, MMAC announced Steele's gift of 11 original oil paintings and 78 drawings. "Ben is a treasure," said Barbara Koostra, MMAC Director. "We are thrilled that his POW artworks have become part of the MMAC Permanent Collection. His message is one of peace and hope and people will learn a great deal about the lessons of war from his important, powerful art."

The MMAC, The Schoolhouse History and Art Center of Colstrip and Western Heritage Center (WHC) of Billings are honoring Steele with displays of his World War II paintings and drawings.

Steele's life and work will be celebrated at 12:15pm on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Western Heritage Center with a Montana National Guard Honor Guard and the presentation of a flag from the State Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Bohlinger will be on hand. After the brief ceremony, Steele will recount his incredible journey of survival and the museum will host an open house to celebrate Ben's 93rd birthday. Shirley, his wife of 59 years, and many friends will be there to honor him for his service to our country.
  • Program and exhibit at the Western Heritage Center, Billings - Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 12:00 - 2:30pm.
  • Exhibit at The University of Montana, Main Hall Lobby, Missoula.
  • Exhibit by the Schoolhouse History and Art Center, Colstrip. 
MOLLI COURSE FEATURES MASTERWORKS
 
Brandon ReintjesMMAC Curator of Art, Brandon Reintjes will teach a course called, "Questions of Connoisseurship" this winter through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (known as MOLLI). The course will use MMAC's exhibition, Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection, as a basis to consider the question of connoisseurship and examine original works by some of history's most notable artists--including Alexander Archipenko, Rosa Bonheur, William Bouguereau, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Ren Magritte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, George Romney, Thophile van Rysselberghe and John William Waterhouse. Connoisseurship, or the judgement of quality in a work of art, is a concept integral to the term 'masterpiece', at the core of collecting and central to the history of museums.

The six-week course will be held on Fridays, from 1 - 2:30pm beginning January 21, 2011, culminating with a lecture on Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm in the Masquer Theatre, which is open to the public.

For more information about this course, contact the MOLLI program at 406.243.2905 or molli@umontana.edu.

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