Past Exhibitions

Untitled artwork by Willem de Kooning

The Poindexter Collection
May 6 - August 16, 2008
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

Presenting a cross section of modern American painting including works by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline and Richard Diebenkorn, on loan to MMAC from the Montana Historical Society.

Image: Willem de Kooning, Untitled, 1947, oil and charcoal on paperboard
Collection of Montana Historical Society

1639 America Septentrionalis by Henricus Hondius

Miracles and Myths: Mapping the World from 1572 to 1921
March 11 - April 29, 2008
Paxson Gallery

Discover how maps made the world "go round." Collector Bill Caras' maps will invite you to marvel at the stunning accuracies, the persistent fantasies and the historical developments detailed in these 40 original maps.

Image: Henricus Hondius (Dutch) 1639 America Septentrionalis, engraving
Collection of Bill Caras

Peasant Family on the Tramp

Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings
From the John Villarino Collection
March 11 - April 29, 2008
Meloy Gallery

Widely recognized as the greatest practitioner of the etching technique of intaglio printmaking, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn created a total of 300 prints that constitute a body of work unparalleled in richness and beauty. This traveling exhibition, organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, offers viewers a rare opportunity to see 35 of these prints, which focus with profound empathy on the poor and underprivileged of his time. Generously sponsored by Grizzly Riders International.

Image: Rembrandt, Peasant family on the tramp, ca. 1652

Ojibwe Modern Day Indian by Star Wallowing Bull

Impacted Nations
A traveling exhibition organized by Honor the Earth
January 15 - February 26, 2008
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

This exhibition is an artistic collaboration examining the conflict between Native peoples' spiritual relationship to the earth and the political forces that undermine that relationship.

Image: Star Wallowing Bull, Ojibwe, Modern Day Indian, drawing, 2004, 22" x 30"

Lead Me Home by Kendra Bayer

Everyday Objects in Art: Works from the Permanent Collection
October 30 - December 22, 2007
Paxson Gallery

This exhibit features works from the Permanent Collection created from common, found objects.

Image: Kendra Bayer, Lead Me Home, mixed media sculpture, 1998, MMAC Permanent Collection

Lepoque La Mode, La Morale, La Passion by Keith Haring

Sacks Appeal: Designs on the Shopping Bag
October 30 - December 22, 2007
Meloy Gallery

This exhibition features some of the finest shopping bag designs of the 20th century. Included are a dazzling display of bags with designs by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Joseph Beuys, Barbara Kruger, and Annie Liebowitz.

Image: Keith Haring, L'epoque La Mode, La Morale, La Passion 1977-1987, Exhibition bag, ca. 1977, plastic

Salvaging Materials Finn Town by Mike Catlin

Mike Catlin, Butte: The 1970s
September 4 - October 20, 2007
Paxson Gallery

This exhibition showcases 52 black and white photographs that document architecture, street life, and businesses of the mining town during the 1970s.

Image: Mike Catlin, Salvaging Materials - Finn Town, silver gelatin print, 1970s

Carousel Hooves by Richard S Buswell

Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana's Frontier Re-visited
September 4 - October 20, 2007
Meloy Gallery

Featuring black and white photographs of hidden Montana ghost towns and isolated sites of early settlement. Through photographs of personal possessions and eroding structures, Buswell tells tales of nature's reclamation of frontier sites.

Image: Richard S. Buswell, Carousel Hooves, silver gelatin print, 2003, ©Richard S. Buswell