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

In This Issue
Through April 19, 2014
Special Events
Major Gift Commitment for MMAC
New MMAC Advisory Council
Any Given Child
Artwork of the Month

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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, Yoshida Hiroshi 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: Hasegawa Sadanobu III, Shibaraku, c. 1952, 21 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches, Courtesy of George and Claire Louden, Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association


Banner Image: detail, Fumio Kitaoka, A Garden with Azaleas, c. 1970, 22 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches, Courtesy of George and Claire Louden, Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association




Sex in the City: Images of Town, Country and Tradition in Edo Japan

Lecture by UM Assistant Professors of Japanese Robert Tuck, PhD and Brian Dowdle, PhD  

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre, UM PARTV Center



Japanese Friendship Dolls

Lecture by Alan Scott Pate  

Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre, UM PARTV Center

Docent Tours available upon request.


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



Next month we are privileged to announce a major gift commitment to MMAC.  Be sure to look for our April newsletter.



Photo: Paxson Gallery, opening reception for The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent



MMAC is proud to announce the continuing evolution of its talented and dedicated Advisory Council.  Greg Timmons was recently named Chair of the Council and Dr. Herbert Swick was selected as Co-Chair.  Their one-year posts will commence on July 1, 2014.   The Advisory Council will be formulating new Committees and initiatives in the coming months.  These are exciting times at MMAC!


Photo left to right: Greg Timmons and Dr. Herbert Swick





The primary goal of the Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. Although the initiative provides a structure for work to be accomplished, the Kennedy Center understands that every community is unique, and tailors the consultation and facilitation to each site. MMAC Director, Barbara Koostra, serves on Missoula's Community Arts Team for this four-year initiative guided by representatives from The Kennedy Center. "It's so rewarding to work with Missoula art representatives, teachers, arts administrators, funders, media folks, and more to evaluate Missoula's K-8 resources and devise more opportunities for young students." The program will help Missoula community members enact a shared vision to provide additional quality arts education programming to all K-8 Missoula County Public School students. 




This Month's Feature: 

Titled: Scene in Staten Island

Artist: Julian Onderdonk painting as
Chas Turner

Medium: Oil on canvas  

Size: 20 x 30 inches

Donated by Naomi Legum, MMAC Permanent Collection  


This work from the MMAC Permanent Collection by Julian Onderdonk is the featured painting in a new exhibition at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas titled Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, The Lost Paintings on view from March 8-September 2, 2014. For many years, this painting, Scene from Staten Island, signed "Chas Turner 1904," was incorrectly attributed to a succession of early American artists, including Charles Yardley Turner (American, 1850-1919) or Charles Henry Turner (1848-1908) or Charles Louis Turner (1867-1919).  Even a little-known British artist Charles Turner (1774-1857) was considered. However, the details surrounding these artists' lives and signatures never rang true. 


Last year, MMAC was contacted by art historian James Graham Baker, who has been researching Texas artist Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) for this exhibition at the Witte Museum, where Onderdonk's painting studio is located. Baker's research revealed that Onderdonk traveled to New York City in 1901 to study with Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Chase. In 1902, he fell into financial difficulty. As a result, he painted under the name "Chas Turner" from 1904-1909 to elude creditors. In 1909, Onderdonk returned to San Antonio where he achieved commercial success with his bluebonnet landscapes. There are only fifty known works that Onderdonk signed as Chas Turner. The works in the exhibition are included in a catalog to be featured at the Texas State Historical Society annual meeting.