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

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Through January 5, 2013
November & December Happenings
City Club Missoula
MMAC Docent Coordinator Volunteer
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Artwork of the Month

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


Sir Alfred James Munnings AscotThis selection of masterpieces from a Private Collection features scenes of work 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. 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 


James Abbott McNeil WhistlerThis 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.


Image banner: Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), Crossing the Ford, ca 1911, oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection


Image top: Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), Ascot, ca 1933, 

oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection

Image bottom:  James Abbott McNeil Whistler (1834-1903), Fumette, ca 1858, etching with drypoint, Collection of Jon and Anne Bertsche



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, Montana 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: November 1, December 6


Public Docent Tours:

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

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

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


Celebrity Artist Tour: 

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


Curator of Art Tours:  

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

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



City Club Missoula


On Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, City Club Missoula hosted "Hidden Treasure in the Treasure State," a presentation  about the MMAC Permanent Collection by Director Barbara Koostra. The presentation summarized the museum's recent developments by highlighting the diversity and depth of the collection. The collection began in 1895 and includes nearly 11,000 items. It is composed of a wide variety of objects, from European and American artwork and ceramics to period art, clothing and furniture in historic buildings.







MMAC profusely thanks Dani Sacks, Docent Coordinator Volunter for her generous gift of time and energy in scheduling MMAC exhibition tours.  She, a self described "organizing background person", skillfully juggles numerous tour requests from a wide variety of schools, walking groups, book groups, language groups and more. Thank you so much, Dani! We truly appreciate your efforts and support. 




Now is the time to become a member at MMAC.  If you are already a member, thank you!  If it's time to renew, please do so now and if you haven't been a member yet, now is the time!  Another exciting year of excellent, inspiring and educational exhibitions will be yours.

Please join us 




KD Swan-Carlton Lake        

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. 


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: Carlton Lake, ca 1930

Artist: K.D. Swan 

Medium: photograph

MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Clifford Walker and Frances Faick-Walker