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

In This Issue
Current Exhibitions September 6, 2012 - January 5, 2013
MMAC Artwork Around Montana
China Comes To Missoula
Artwork of the Month

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

Thurs. and Fri. 12 - 6pm  

SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 - JANUARY 5, 2013


Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection  


Jules Breton This selection of masterpieces from a Private Collection features scenes of labor and leisure by important 19th and early 20th century artists including: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Jules Breton, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Léon August Lhermitte, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, Eugène Boudin, Edouard Bisson, John William Godward, and Sir Alfred James Munnings. The exhibition brings together Impressionist and Realist masterpieces that document radical changes to 19th century society and culture. The social and economic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed life.  Technology advanced, rural populations declined, urban centers flourished, occupational opportunities expanded and wages increased. Numerous 19th century artists were drawn to subjects that seemed on the verge of disappearing, such as nostalgic scenes of rural life and pastoral settings.  In contrast, many Impressionist artists depicted images of leisure: boating scenes, promenades, picnics and grand-fêtes.



Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper 

September 6 - January 5, 2013 


Setting SunThis exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with private loans to highlight seldom-seen etchings and lithographs from important Impressionists.  Although Impressionism originated in France, this exhibition includes artists from England and Sweden as examples of how Impressionism revolutionized art history.  Artists include: Pierre-August Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Honoré Daumier, Gustave Leheutre, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, Charles François Daubigny, Félix Braquemand, Jean-François Millet, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Augustus Edwin John and Anders Zorn.



Special Events: 

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5 - 7pm, UM PARTV
Center Lobby

OPENING RECEPTION with music by Bonnie Birch, food by Bravo Catering, and flowers by Bitterroot Flower Shop

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

Lecture: Tensions Between City and Country in Art of the Belle Époque, by Dr. Rafael Chacón, UM Professor of Art History
and Criticism

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

Lecture: The 19th Century French Realism of Jean-François Millet, by Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

MOLLI Special Member Event: Scythes and Parasols: Impressions of Work and Play, by Dr. Herbert Swick,
MMAC Advisor and Docent

Monday, December 3, 2012, 8pm, George and Jane Dennison Theatre, President's Lecture Series

Lecture: The School of Nature in French Art: Realism to Impressionism, by Dr. Gloria Groom, the David and Mary Winton Green Curator of 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago and author of "The Age of French Impressionism"


First Thursday Celebrations: 4 - 6pm, PARTV Center Lobby: October 4, November 1, December 6


Public Docent Tours:

Wednesdays, 12:10 - 12:50pm, September 19, November 28, December 19

Thursdays, 5:10 - 5:50pm, September 13, December 13

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, November 24


Celebrity Artist Tours:

Wednesday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, October 10 with Kristi Hager

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, October 20 with George Gogas

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, November 10 with Stephanie Frostad


Curator of Art Tours:

Thursday, 5:10 - 5:50pm, October 25 with Brandon Reintjes 

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, December 29 with Brandon Reintjes

All events are open to the public. All tours are limited to 28 people and begin in the PARTV Center Lobby.


Image banner: Claude Monet (1840-1926), Prairie de Limetz, ca 1887-1888, oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection

Image top: Jules Breton (1827-1906), Les Sarcleuses de Lin/The Flax Pickers, ca 1901, oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection

Image bottom: Charles Francois Daubigny (1817-1878),
Soleil Couchant/The Setting Sun, ca 1859, etching, Collection of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University 




Did You Know?  Besides displaying art all over the UM campus, indoors and outdoors, MMAC has art all over Montana.  Where?

Long-terms loans:

Conrad Mansion - Kalispell

Charles W. Clark Chateau - Butte

Federal Reserve Bank - Helena

Daly Mansion - Hamilton

Montana Island Lodge - Seeley Lake
Museum of the Upper Missouri - Fort Benton




China in Missoula


CHINA IN MISSOULA is an exciting new community-wide collaboration on a single theme, China, takes place during September and October, 2012. The goal is to bring together as many Missoula and University of Montana organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals as possible, each to show, present, or be a venue for something related to China, ancient and modern, its history and culture.

As part of CHINA IN MISSOULA, The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is pleased to participate with an exhibit at the UM Mansfield Library, another art exhibit in the UM President's Office, and
 a lecture with Chinese Artist Nijat Hushur, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7pm, Montana Theatre, PARTV Center.  For more information call 243-2019.




China in Missoula


MMAC will present a lecture with Chinese Artist Nijat Hushur, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7pm, Montana Theatre, PARTV Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 






Jim Todd   

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The Permanent Collection, begun in 1895, 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 collection includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.


Each month the Montana Museum of Art & Culture highlights artworks from the Permanent Collection.


This month's feature:

Titled: Bix Beiderbecke, ca. 1990-1995

Artist: James Todd 

Medium: acrylic on panel, 36 x 24 inches

MMAC Permanent Collection, Gift of James G. Todd, Jr.