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

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Opening October 3, 2013
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The Art of The State
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October 3, 2013 - February 8, 2014


Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection 


This exhibition focuses on the power of the figure. Committed to offering the highest quality art by world-renowned artists, MMAC will present Modernist paintings and sculptures by major 19th and early 20th century artists. Included are works by Jean Arp, María Blanchard, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Sonia Delaunay, Leon De Smet, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, André Masson,Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault. This exhibition will examine Modernism as it links visual art with music, dance, opera and literature, through movements including Surrealism, Art Deco, Fauvism, Constructivism, Cubism and Expressionism.


Modernist Prints


Designed to complement Figurative Modernists, this exhibition illustrates the interdisciplinary approach of Modernism, focusing on the intersection of the visual and literary arts. This exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with select loans to highlight rare etchings and lithographs by Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault and Jean Signovert among others. Many of the selections are by artists who worked with famous publishers and authors, such as Ambrose Vollard, Fernand Moulot and Henry Kahnweiler, to create original artworks for literary publications. 


Image: Sonia Delaunay, Portrait de M. Dufresne/Portrait of Mr. Dufresne, 1907, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 18 inches, Courtesy of a Private Collection


Banner Image: Maria Blanchard, Le Joueur De Luth/The Lute Player, detail, 

ca. 1917-1918, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches, Courtesy of a 

Private Collection




Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5 - 7pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Opening reception with music by John Floridis

Monday, November 4, 2013, 7pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

Lecture: The Centrality of the Figure in Early Modern Art, by Dr. Rafael Chacón, UM Professor of Art History and Criticism

Monday, November 18, 2013, 8pm, University Center Ballroom, President's Lecture Series

Lecture: Picasso, Matisse and the 1913 Armory Show in Chicago, by Stephanie D'Alessandro, the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at The Art Institute of Chicago


Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:10pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Tour with Dr. Rafael Chacón, UM Professor of Art History and Criticism, of the exhibition Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection, Participation is limited to 28 people. RSVP at 243.2019


Saturday, December 21, 2013, 12:10pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Tour with Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, of the exhibitions Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernist Prints, Participation is limited to 28 people. RSVP at 243.2019


All events are open to the public. All tours begin in the PARTV Center Lobby.

Docent tours are available. For more information call 243.2019.



The Art of the State            

MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Permanent Collection Guidebook 


In the history of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, there never has been a handbook highlighting the museum's Permanent Collection of nearly 11,000 objects. In celebration of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the museum, MMAC published "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years."  

The MMAC will celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2015. Events include a major exhibition January through May, featuring all 120 pieces included in the handbook and additional special programs. 


Softcover handbooks are available for $35 and hardcovers are $55. For more information or to order the handbook, call 406-243-2019 or email Shipping and handling apply. For more information about the museum, visit

book coverThe Art of the State; 120 Artworks for 120 Years, University of Montana Press, 2013 


Sandra Day O'Connor            

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor visited MMAC's galleries on September 14, 2013 during her visit to UM to receive an honorary doctorate of laws. She is seen here with featured artist Henry Freedman in the Paxson Gallery. Freedman gave Justice O'Connor a private tour of his works of art in the exhibition Imagining New Worlds. "It was an honor and a privilege to host Justice O'Connor in our galleries," stated Barb Koostra, MMAC Director. 


Photo: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'connor and artist Henry Freedman



Membership to Montana Museum of Art & Culture


By joining MMAC as a member, you demonstrate your passion for art in Montana. We could not do what we do without the support of the community and friends like you. Please join us with your membership today and discover the many benefits of being part of MMAC. Your donation will help us continue to bring incredible art to Montana as well as display and preserve YOUR own Permanent Collection.


To join now, print this form and send it, with your donation made payable to MMAC to:

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
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Missoula, Montana 59807-7159






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: L'été/Summer, 1938

Artist: Joan Miro

Medium: Lithographic plate with pochoir printed by Daniel Jacomet from Verve: An Artistic and Literary Revue  

Size: 14 x 10 1/4 inches

Gift of Nancy Erickson, MMAC Permanent Collection