Opening Today!

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture will open two new exhibitions with avian themes. The first, “Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art and Science” opens on Friday, September 24, and runs through January 8, 2022 in the Paxson Gallery of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.

This exhibition about one of the most popular and fertile areas of study in the 19th century, will explore the convergent interests of artists and scientists. It combines prints from the Lee Silliman Collection and specimens from the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum.

“This exhibition presents the ways artists and scientists analyzed, documented, and celebrated avian life in the 19th century and explores the various strategies employed by artists and scholars of the natural sciences to create visual representations for works of art, publications and other printed works. It also recreates museum displays meant to educate and enlighten the public about bird life in the Americas,” said H. Rafael Chacón, the museum director.

Coming Soon!

 

A new exhibition, “The Speyer Collection of Contemporary Art,” opens on October 15 and runs until January 8, 2022 in the MMAC’s Meloy Gallery in the PARTV Center.

Helena-based collector Tim Speyer will share a selection of works of art from his collection focused on human interactions with birds. According to MMAC director Chacón, “Speyer’s collection reveals a penchant for the surreal, enigmatic, and poetic among contemporary artists from around the world. Much of the work is figurative and focused on the complex ways humans share this planet with our fellow creatures.”

Educational programming will include a lecture by collector Lee Silliman on September 28 and a panel discussion with artists Barbara Michelman and Bishop Storrs, authors Marc Beaudin and Charles Finn, and biologists Angela Hornsby and Zac Cheviron on October 21.

Public receptions are scheduled for both opening nights from 5:30-7:30 PM. For information about educational programming or about scheduling tours for groups over 10 people, please contact Kaitlyn Rawhouser at 406-243-4181 or e-mailing kaitlyn.rawhouser@umontana.edu.

 

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Unknown, townsends oystercatcher, print.

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Buswell, Pump Organ Keys, 2009, silver galatin print.

Upcoming Events:

Opening: Avis marvelous 19th ce. Art and Science
September 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm in the Radio PAR/TV Center Lobby and Galleries
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Lecture: Avis marvelous by Lee Silliman
September 28th, 6 pm to 8 pm in the Masquer Theater
Come join the Montana Museum of Art and Culture for a lecture by photographer and collector Lee Silliman in conjunction with the exhibition Avis marvelous. This will dive deep into ornithological prints and their importance in both science and art.

Recent Exhibitions:

Movement: Graphics and the Olympic Games
July 9th through August 28th
Meloy Gallery of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center

May 28th through Aug. 28th  
Paxson Gallery of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center

Social Justice Directive

MMAC Collections Committee, Directive on Social Justice
Adopted 9/11/2020

 

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the state’s largest publicly-owned collection of art, aspires to be an inclusive organization that supports, collects, and represents creative expression that rises from the breadth of the human experience. 

Our efforts are strengthened by welcoming people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, disability, age, national origin, and citizenship.  

The MMAC Collections Committee pledges to prioritize the acquisition of work by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, women, and other historically marginalized artists. 

We further commit to seeking broadly diverse leadership, input, and participation in all aspects of the MMAC Collections Committee's work.

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