A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet
May 2 - August 3, 2013
A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet commemorates German painter Julius Seyler's (1873-1955) centennial visit to Glacier National Park at the invitation of Great Northern Railway President, Louis W. Hill. Seyler, a celebrated German Expressionist painter, trained at the Munich Academy. He spent two summers in Glacier creating a body of work that endures as a record of Blackfeet culture. Though he never revisited Montana, Seyler continued to make paintings based on his experiences in Glacier. In 2010, UM Professor Emeritus William E. Farr wrote the first-ever monograph on Seyler which chronicled his life and career. Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet, An Impressionist at Glacier National Park is available for sale at MMAC.
Image: Julius Seyler, Searching for the Enemy, oil on board, no date, 27 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches, Courtesy of Sigrid Reisch
Richard S. Buswell: Close To Home
May 2 - August 3, 2013
Richard S. Buswell, M.D., a fourth generation Montanan, has been photographing western settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for over forty-one years. In this new body of work, Buswell moves closer to his subject matter. His close-up photographs are rendered abstractly. He uses silver selenide gelatin prints, among the most stable material for long term photographic preservation, to capture fleeting instances, or as he states, "the inspired moment", that may vanish soon after the shutter clicks. The University of New Mexico Press published Buswell's most recent book which reproduces all 59 images in the exhibition and is available for sale at MMAC.
Nancy Erickson’s artwork speaks to the dignity and integrity of individual wild creatures, whom she views as our equals. A nationally recognized fiber artist, she is the 2013 Odyssey of the Stars featured artist. Erickson was born in the Midwest and raised on a cattle ranch in Livingston, MT. She holds a BA in Zoology and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Iowa and an MA and MFA from The University of Montana. Since the 1960s, she has created remarkable fabric constructions, quilts, paintings and drawings. Her work resides in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in over 500 exhibitions nationally, most recently in a fiber work invitational in Raleigh, NC and the Museum of Art & Design in NY. Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits honors her achievements and features her pioneering large-scale, free-form textile compositions which combine paint and stitched fabric. This exhibition highlights work inspired by the magnificent cave art found at Chauvet Pont d’Arc and Lascaux that is seldom seen or never before exhibited. Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits is presented in conjunction with a series of textile-related exhibitions across the UM campus.
Image: Nancy Erickson, Fire Season, Western Montana, 2012, detail, satin and cottons, fabric paints, oil sticks, machine stitched, appliques and quilted, 66 x 71 inches
Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the MMAC Permanent Collection
January 24- April 20, 2013
A selection from the MMAC Textile Collection, which numbers more than 1,800 objects, the exhibition includes 100 years of fashion spanning 1860 - 1960 from the vintage clothing collection accompained by an array of accessories.
Image: Claude Monet (1840-1926), Prairie de Limetz, ca. 1887-1888, oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches, Courtesy of a Private Collection
Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper
September 6, 2012 - January 5, 2013
This exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection and private loans to highlight seldom seen etchings and lithographs from important Impressionists. Although Impressionism originated in France, this exhibition includes artists from England and Sweden as examples of how Impressionism revolutionized art history. Artists include: Pierre-August Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Honore Daumier, Gustave Leheutre, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, Jean-Francois Millet, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Augustus Edwin John and Anders Zorn.