Glorious Vista: American Art of the West from the MMAC Permanent Collection
January 7 - February 20, 2015
Paxson and Meloy Galleries
From the Gates of the Mountains to Glacier National Park, this exhibition explores the landscapes and people that made up Western Montana. Landscape paintins from Paxson, Fery and others in the Meloy Gallery combine to show the backdrop that enticed many west at the turn of the 20th century. Paintings and sculptures of cowboys and Native Americans from the early 19th and 20th century by Russell, Sharp and Catlin round out this show in the Paxson Gallery to give a face to the individuals who made history in the American West. From documenting Native American tribal identities to rallying support behind conservation and the National Parks movement, see how art in the West evolved to create a regional aesthetic that remains influential today.