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

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On View Now
Special Events
An Artist's Talk with Nancy Erickson
Masterpiece Visits UM
Student Artwork Purchase
Artwork of the Month

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Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits

January 24 - April 20, 2013


Nancy Erickson - TogetherNancy 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. 



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

January 24 - April 20, 2013 


Opera CapeA selection from the MMAC Textile Collection, which numbers more than 1,800 objects, the exhibition includes 100 years of fashion spanning 1860-1960 from the vintage clothing collection accompanied by an array of accessories. 


Image banner: High-topped White Brocade and Calf Pointed Boot with Lace Closure and Machined Eyelets, ca.1905, MMAC Permanent Collection


Image top: Nancy Erickson, Together, 2010, satin, fabric paints, machine stitched, appliqued and quilted, 6 x 5 feet


Image bottom: Black Velvet Dohlman Opera Cape with Peacock and Braid Trim, detail, ca.1870s, MMAC Permanent Collection



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. The event raises funds for arts student scholarships. For more information: 406-243-4970 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

                                                                 Saturday, 12:10-12:50pm, March 9

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

     (Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the

     MMAC Permanent Collection)



Nancy Erickson talk        

On Wednesday, February 20, MMAC hosted an artist's talk with Nancy Erickson.

Nancy gave an insightful talk about her influences, inspiration, techniques and processes when creating her textile compositions. Since the 1960s she has created remarkable fabric constructions, quilts, paintings and drawings.  A nationally recognized fiber artist, Erickson is the featured artist for Fabric of Life: Odyssey of the Stars, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm in the Dennison Theatre.  This event raises scholarship funds for UM students from the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music, and Theatre & Dance.  For more information contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 406-243-4970 or visit 




DiebenkornRichard Diebenkorn's masterpiece Horizon-Ocean View is on public display at The University of Montana Office of the President reception area in University hall through May 24, 2013.  The painting is on loan to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture through a private collection. 


Diebenkorn created representational paintings for roughly a decade (1955-1966). The works from this period are characterized by relatively flat areas of color, unusual perspectives and the division of space by strong lines.  In these paintings, Diebenkorn evokes the hazy coastal light of Southern California.  Diebenkorn's landscapes of this era became important precursors to the abstract paintings and drawing know as the Ocean Park series, the work for which he is best known. 


The Office of the President is open to the public from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, except during University holidays.


Image: Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993), Horizon-Ocean View, 1959, oil on canvas, Courtesy Private Collection



Brett Hargesheimer          

During the UM School of Art's recent MFA exhibition, MMAC had the wonderful opportunity to select student created artworks for the MMAC Permanent Collection.

Purchased was a nine panel painting by:

Brett Hargesheimer

Title: Composition II

Medium: acrylic spray paint on wood, polyurethane-based topcoat

Size: 156 x 84 inches




 Utagawa K.               

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.


Titled: Yugao in the Summer Villa by Moonlight, Edo Period, 1852

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada, known as Toyokuni III 

Medium: Woodblock print

Size:  13 x 28 inches

MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Mrs. George Jackson