News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture |February 2014

In This Issue
Last week to view
MMAC Tours
Opening February 20, 2014
Montana Tourism Advisory Council
Hooked on Art
Become a Member or Renew
Western Montana Travel Expo
Artwork of the Month

Join Our Mailing List!

Quick Links
                Visit our Website 


Meloy & Paxson Galleries 






Tues., Wed., Sat. 12 - 3pm
Thurs. and Fri. 12 - 6pm 



Last day to view the exhibition is 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 examines 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. 


Special thanks to all our supporters, lenders, donors and partners:

Anonymous Lender

Anonymous Donor

MMAC Champion Members:

Anne and Jon Bertsche

Dr. Richard and Sue Buswell

Paul and Dona Hagen 

Edwin and Janet House

Donna L. Koch


Bitterroot Flower Shop

Montana Public Radio

The Missoulian

Lively Times

Missoula Independent


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 photo: MMAC opening reception for Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernist Prints 




MMAC staff, docents and special presenters were delighted to provide tours of Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernists Prints.

Tours included visitors from: Loyola High School, Willard School, Sussex School, Columbia Falls High School and Ronan High School; Great Falls East Middle School; Rattlesnake Elementary; Woodman School; Missoula International School; UM Global Leadership Initiative and School of Art classes; UM Family Weekend groups; Missoula Cultural Council advisors; Leadership Montana members; Montana Tourism Advisory Council and Destination Missoula board members; Public Docent tours and numerous private tours.


 If you have a group interested in touring MMAC exhibitions, call 243.2019




The Japanese Woodblock Prints: An Extension of the Impermanent

Meloy and Paxson Galleries


The exhibition features original woodblock prints from the late 18th to the early 20th century by Japanese masters including Toyokuni, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Koson Ohara, Hiroshi Yoshida and Hiroyuki Tajima, as well as French immigrant Paul Jacoulet. The prints are on loan from the George and Claire Louden Collection. The Loudens were employed by National Geographic and the United States Foreign Service and organized exhibitions for United States Embassies around the world.

This exhibition was organized by the Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho and travels under the auspices of the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. Also featured are Asian works from the MMAC Permanent Collection and two of the Friendship Dolls gifted to the U.S. by Japan in 1927: Miss Tottori, on loan from the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre and Miss Aomori, on loan from Alan Scott Pate. Also featured is the Hokusai Great Wave Project, created by the screenprinting class of UM Professor of Art Elizabeth Dove.      


Image: detail, Koitsu Tsuchiya, Snow at Miyajima, c. 1950, 16 ¼ x 21¼ inches, Courtesy of George and Claire Louden, Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association




On Monday, February 3, 2014 Montana Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) and Destination Missoula board members visited MMAC exhibitions Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernists Prints. Tourism is an essential part of the Missoula economy and museums play a major role in attracting visitors to all communities. MMAC strongly supports the efforts of Destination Missoula and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council to promote Montana's many assets including its cultural and artistic treasures.   


Photo: Montana Tourism Advisory Council visiting MMAC




HOOKed on Art celebrates the 95th anniversary of Walter Hook's birth


Walter Hook originals from the MMAC Permanent Collection will be on display Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10am-4pm, at Bonner School during the annual HOOKed on Art celebration.

Hook graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in math, art, and physics. He served in the Navy during WWII, and then worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he pursued a Master's Degree in Art. He and his wife Margaret raised chickens, inspiring scores of egg paintings. They returned to Missoula when a teaching position opened in University of Montana's Art Department. Hook taught painting, drawing and calligraphy from 1955-1977. 


Image: Walter Hook, The Great Easter Buffalo Visits the Festival, ca. 1986, 21 1/4  x 29 3/4 inches, MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Gilbert Millikan




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 consider joining us with your membership 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
c/o University of Montana Foundation
Post Office Box 7159
Missoula, Montana 59807-7159



MMAC will participate as an exhibitor at the Western Montana Travel Expo on Saturday, February 22 from 10am to 6pm at the Southgate Mall hosted by Destination Missoula. The Expo provides attendees an opportunity to learn about regional and local activities and attractions.   





This Month's Feature: 

Titled: Four Years with a Silver Tongued Devil

Artist: Crista Ames

Medium: porcelain and stoneware 

Size: 38 x 68 x 33 inches


Crista is currently a graduate student in the School of Art pursuing an MFA in ceramics. In addition to this work, the MMAC Permanent Collection holds two other small-scale works by Crista. She creates sculptures out of porcelain and stoneware to tell stories, often about the interaction between humans and animals. Crista says. "Storytelling has shaped humans and society since before recorded history. Passed from one generation to the next, stories have been used to define society's morals and prejudices. My work is the depiction of a single moment in a story."  Four Years with a Silver Tongued Devil takes the form of a fable, using a coyote to deal with the difficult subject of verbal abuse, a violence that leaves no visible marks.