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

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Through April 19, 2014
Special Events
Special Gift Announcement
Lecture by Donald P. Ryan
Artwork of the Month

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The Japanese Woodblock Print: 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: Koson Ohara, Willow Bridge, c. 1927, 21 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, Hokusai, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, c. 1910, 15 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches, Courtesy of George and Claire Louden, Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association




The Montana Museum of Art & Culture was pleased to host two outstanding lectures in conjunction with The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent. 


Thursday, March 18th, 2014 lecture by UM Assistant Professors of Japanese Robert Tuck, PhD and Brian Dowdle PhD titled: Sex in the City: Images of Town, Country and Tradition in Edo Japan



Thursday, March 27th, 2014, lecture by Alan Scott Pate. Japanese Friendship Doll scholar, doll dealer and MMAC Advisory Council member, titled: Japanese Friendship Dolls





Thank you Rob, Brian and Alan for your highly dynamic and informative lectures!
photos: top left to right, Robert Tuck and Brian Dowdle, bottom: Alan Scott Pate  


Next month we are privileged to announce an exciting special gift to MMAC from some of our most wonderful and dedicated supporters. Read about this exciting development in next month's issue (May).



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



Kon-Tiki and the Adventurous  
 life of Thor Heyerdahl


 Lecture by Donald P. Ryan, Thursday, April 10, 7pm Gallagher Business Building, Room 106 


 Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D. is an archaeologist and Faculty  Fellow, Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran  University, Tacoma, Washington. Professor Ryan's lecture will provide an overview of the life of Norwegian archaeologist and writer Thor Heyerdahl.  Dr. Ryan worked directly with Heyerdahl and has fascinating information to share about the famous ethnographer and adventurer. The lecture is sponsored by the UM Department of Anthropology and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. 




This Month's Feature: 

Titled: Fête de la Villette

Artist: Eugène Atget 

Medium: Silver gelatin print from a wet-collodion glass negative

Size: 8 x 9 1/4 inches

Donated by the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation, MMAC Permanent Collection  



In 1898, Atget began to document Old Paris. This project became his life's work and coincided with a campaign to protect and document architecture threatened by the modernization of Paris. Atget built up a large archive of images and supplied a growing market of publishers, scholars and libraries. After 1910, Atget's output declined. 

In 1920, an impoverished Atget offered his original glass plate negatives to the French government, which purchased more than 2,600 plates. The sale helped infuse Atget's late work with new energy. American photographer Man Ray met Atget and appreciated the dreamlike quality of his work. Ray included four of Atget's images in the journal, La Révolution Surréaliste, helping to introduce Atget to a younger avant-garde. The American photographer Berenice Abbott also visited Atget, buying photographs and persuading him to sit for a portrait. In 1956, Abbott reprinted many of Atget's negatives or re-photographed his prints to make them more widely available.