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

In This Issue
Through February 8, 2013
Special Events
The Art of The State
Year End Gift
Ben Steele Artworks
MMAC Student Art Contest
President's Lecture Series
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. 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 further 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




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.  TOUR IS FULL. 


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.  NOTE: ONE VACANCY REMAINS.


Public Docent Tours:

Friday, December 6, 5:10-5:50pm

Thursday, December 12, 12:10-12:50pm

Tuesday, December 31, 12;10-12:50pm


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            

A Wonderful Holiday Gift Idea!  


MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Permanent Collection Guidebook 


Throughout its history there never has been a handbook highlighting MMAC 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



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



Don't forget the Montana Museum of Art & Culture as you consider your year-end gifts.  MMAC receives no operating support through state funds, so we rely on your help and support each year.  


Click here to Donate to MMAC to ensure our continued success in presenting the best exhibitions and programs we can for you!  Thank you.




During Living History Days November 4-7, 2013, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, presented paintings and drawings from Montana artist and WWII Bataan Death March survivor Ben Steele. These artworks are part of the MMAC Permanent Collection. Over 4,000 visitors attended the program, including MASH television star Loretta Swit ("Hot Lips Houlihan") seen here with Ben Steele. 




Photo: Ben Steele and Loretta Swit



DROP OFF DEADLINE for the MMAC Student Art Contest is 5PM, Friday, December 6, 2013 during MMAC open office hours (M-F, 8am-5pm, closed 12-1) in Main Hall, Room 006, or Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm at spectrUM Discovery Area, 218 E. Front Street, Missoula, MT. 


Click here for more information Student Art Contest




President's Lecture Series in collaboration with Montana Museum of Art & Culture


On November 18, 2013 Stephanie D'Alessandro delivered a lecture titled "Picasso, Matisse and the 1913 Armory Show in Chicago."The lecture was presented in conjunction with the Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibition, "Figurative Modernist: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection," which is on display in Meloy Gallery through Feb. 8, 2014.





Photo: Stephanie D'Alessandro, the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at The Art Institute of Chicago



This Month's Feature: 

Titled: Flower, 1966

Artist: Hiroshi Murata

Medium: three color etching 

Size: 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches




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.