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

In This Issue
Through February 8, 2013
Special Events
The Plastic Whale Project
UM Family Weekend 2013
The Art of The State
Ben Steele Artworks
Artwork of the Month

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Through 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 presents 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

© Pracusa@2013044


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





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

Lecture: The Centrality of the Figure in Early Modern Art,by Dr. H. 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. H. 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.


Photo: Dr. H. Rafael Chacón



On October 17, 2013, 1-6pm, one afternoon only, nearly 700 visitors viewed the public art piece on the stage of the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The artwork was a 32-foot-long gray whale made of reclaimed plastic bags and other plastic trash.  It was created by 900 youth and adults in Thurston County, Washington, as part of an education and outreach project about plastic.  National television programming covered the event and will feature the artwork and the MMAC on a future program. 


Photo: The Plastic Whale Project



Family Weekend at the University of Montana is an annual event that brings together students, their families and friends for three days of unique UM experiences.  This year, Family Weekend was October 18-20, 2013. Attendance at MMAC surpassed expectations at the docent tours on Friday and Saturday. MMAC's expert docents guided UM families through the current exhibitions, Figurative Modernist: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernist Prints. Thank you to Andrea Lewis at UM Relations for including MMAC in Family Weekend activities and MMAC docents Kate Jackson, Harriet Eichenholz, Suzette Dussault and Dr. Herbert Swick for providing informative and knowledgeable tours. 



The Art of the State            

MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Permanent Collection Guidebook 


Throughout 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 presents "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years."  

The Permanent Collection 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 


Bataan Death March            

During Living History Days at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, paintings and drawings from Montana artist and WWII Bataan Death March survivor Ben Steele will be on display from November 4-7. These artworks are part of the MMAC Permanent Collection. Living History Days programming includes events and dignitaries that honor all veterans. Happy Birthday on November 17th to the extraordinary Ben Steele!




Image: Ben Steele, The Bataan Death March, oil on panel, n.d., 30 x 40 inches, MMAC Permanent Collection



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: Gael, 2013 

Artist: Dane Hansen

Medium: gelatin silver print 

Size: 19 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches

MMAC Student Art Purchase