News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | May 2012

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Wed., Thurs., Sat. 12 - 3pm

Fri. 12 - 6pm




Nadia Hironaka and

Matthew Suib:

Black Hole/Whiteout


Through May 19, 2012




A collaboration by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, Black Hole (2008) is an immersive video installation in a pitch black room, projected onto a screen accompanied by a minimal soundtrack.  Whiteout (2010) is a conceptual counterpoint to Black Hole, designed for a lit room.  The moving image dissolves onto the walls of the gallery, removing conventional cinematic frame boundaries. 



portrait vase


Curiosity: Selections from the Permanent Collection


Through May 19, 2012




 Meant to provoke, amuse and delight, 

 this exhibition will highlight seldom

 seen aspects of the vast treasury of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection, which numbers nearly 11,000 objects.


Image: Royal Vienna-Style Portrait Vase, Supplication, Porcelain, 

late 19th century, Donated by Dr. Caroline McGill, 1952 


COMING MAY 31, 2012


Along Pryor CreekEdith Freeman: Montana Seasons 


Edith Freeman (1913-1992) was a noted artist and rancher who taught in Billings public schools for more that 30 years. Her woodblock prints capture the harsh beauty of central Montana in all its varied seasons. A master of reduction woodcut printing, she studied with noted Billings artist Isabelle Johnson. Freeman based her compositions on studies of the prairie, rimrocks, river valleys, wildflower meadows, backyard garden and household plants. This exhibition is drawn from the Yellowstone Art Museum's significant Freeman holdings and includes the artist's woodcarving and printmaking tools. The exhibition is touring under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana.


Image: Edith Freeman, Along Pryor Creek,1990, Woodcut print, Collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum



Lochrie Chief DeweyCultural Homesteaders: Montana Institute of the

Arts from the MMAC Permanent Collection


The Montana Institute of the Arts (MIA) collection, begun in 1954, includes a diverse array of artistic styles and approaches. Since 1994, this collection has resided with the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection. The founders and members of the MIA were pioneers, supporting one another and creating artistic opportunities during a time when resources were limited. The collection provides an insight into Montana art history over the course of 30 years.


Image: Elizabeth Lochrie,1965, Chief Dewey Beard, Oil Painting, MMAC Permanent Collection






Thank you and congratulations to Michelle Weber, MMAC Administrative Associate.  Michelle has been a wonderful asset to the Museum contributing in innumerable ways to the day to day operation and success of MMAC.  In April, Michelle accepted a position with Choteau Public Schools as K-12 Art teacher.  We will miss her and wish her all the best.  




Nathanial Freeman

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The Permanent Collection, begun in 1895, now includes nearly 11,000 original works.


The core holdings of MMAC's Permanent Collection include works of art that denote the aesthetic development of the Rocky Mountain West, historic European works, Southeast Asian collections, American Impressionist works, contemporary Native American art, important ceramics works and public art sited across the campus. Ranging from historical to contemporary, this treasury includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.


Each month the Montana Museum of Art & Culture looks forward to highlighting artworks from the Permanent Collection.


This month's feature:

Titled: Untitled, 1998-1999

Artist: Nathanial Freeman

Medium: cast iron

MMAC Permanent Collection

Now featured with Curiosity: Selections from the Permanent Collection 






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