News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | January 2013

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Happy New Year
Last Chance January 5, 2013
Coming January 24, 2013
Special Events
MMAC Student Intern
Artwork of the Month

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


Edouard BissonThis 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  


Edouard ManetThis 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: detail, Abrouwarf, New Year's Eve, no date, wood engraving, MMAC Permanent Collection


Image top: Edouard Bisson (1856-1939), Sitting by the Sea, ca 1882, 

oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection, photograph by Kaz Tsuruta

Image bottom:  Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Profile of Charles Baudelaire, 1862 (published 1869), etching, Collection of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, The Bolker Collection, Gift of Norman and Esther Bolker




Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits

January 24 - April 20, 2013


Nancy EricksonNancy Erickson's Kindred Spirits features her pioneering large scale, free-form textile compositions which combine paint and stitched fabric.  Her artwork speaks to the dignity of wild creatures and this exhibition highlights works that have seldom or never been seen before, inspired by the cave art at Chauvet Pont d'Arc and Lascaux.  It is presented to celebrate Erickson as the 2013 Odyssey of the Stars honoree.  The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, January 31, 5-7pm. 


Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles
from the MMAC Permanent Collection

January 24 - April 20, 2013 


TextilesA selection from the MMAC Textile Collection,which numbers more than 1,800 objects, the exhibition includes fashions from the vintage clothing collection, historic costumes from the UM School of Theatre and Dance, 15th-and 16th-century European tapestries and pieces from the Helen Cappadocia Collection of Southeast Asian Textiles as well as unique accessories. The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, January 31, 5-7pm.


Image top: Nancy Erickson, detail, Fire Season, Western Montana, 2012, satin and cottons, fabric paints, oil sticks, machine stitched, appliqued and quilted, 61 x 71 inches


Image bottom:  detail, Flat lined and boned bodice, skirt with pleated back, ca.1904, Wool, trimmed in satin, donated by Mrs. George Jackson, MMAC Permanent Collection



Thursday, January 31, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Opening reception for Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits and Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the MMAC Permanent Collection

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:00pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

An evening with the Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, including artists Nancy Erickson,

Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Becki Johnson, Beth Lo, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Shari Montana,

Linda Tawney and Janet Whaley


Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7:00pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

An artist's talk with Nancy Erickson

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30pm, Dennison Theatre, Fine Arts Building

Fabric of Life: Odyssey of the Stars with 2013 honoree Nancy Erickson, presented by the UM College of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information: 406-243-2970 or

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

A panel discussion: The History of the MMAC Textile Collection with UM Professor Emeritus Christine Milodragovich, UM School of Theatre & Dance and Laura Alvarez, Associate Professor, UM School of Theatre & Dance

Public Docent Tours for Kindred Spirits:   Wednesdays, 12:10-12:50pm, March 13 and April 10

                                                                 Saturdays, 12:10-12:50pm, February 16 and March 9

Celebrity Artist Tours:  Tuesday, February 12, 5:10-6:00pm with Mary Ann Bonjorni

       for Kindred Spirits

                                    Tuesday, February 26, 5:10-6:00pm with Jennifer Combe

       for Kindred Spirits

      Thursday, March 14, 5:10-6:00pm with Laura Alvarez

       for Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the

       MMAC Permanent Collection



Kathe Kollwitz    

Fall semester 2012, MMAC provided a student internship to UM art student Jennifer duToit. Jennifer stated the following about her experience as an MMAC student intern:


"The student internship in MMAC's Permanent Collection is a wonderful experience for students to become familiar with an outstanding collection of art pieces located on The University of Montana campus."


"MMAC proved to be the perfect fit for a student like myself; I have always been fond of art history, family history, and involvement in various museum studies."


"The act of researching an artist allows an individual insight into a stranger's creavtive process, struggles, family history..."


"I am very pleased to have made the decision to spend the semester as an intern in this museum and hope to use the skills I've obtained while working here in the future."


As MMAC student intern Jennifer spent time researching German printmaker, Kathë Kollwitz.  Thank you Jennifer for your diligent work and contribution to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture!


Image: Kathë Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945) Beratung/Conspiracy from Weberaufstand/The Revolt of the Weavers, 1895, etching, 11 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Lucile Ralston



 New Years Eve         

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: New Year's Eve, no date

Artist: Abrouwarf 

Medium: Wood Engraving

Size:  11 x 8 inches

On Permanent Loan courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, U.S. General Services Administration