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The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is excited to welcome a new curator starting later this month! 

We celebrate the passion and work of our Native Community and Museum Education Coordinator Aspen Decker in her efforts to preserve her native language*.

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Current Exhibitions: Avis Marvelous & The Speyer Collection of Contemporary Art

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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.  

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

Helena-based collector Tim Speyer is sharing 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 of 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:

Panel Discussion: "Bird Life in Art and Science
October 21st, 6 pm to 8 pm in the Masquer Theater
The panel will explore the ideas, history and scientific implications behind the abundance of bird life represented in both art and science. The moderated panel will include 7 artists, authors and biologists speaking about human/avian interactions in both art and science from the 19th century to the present. The panel includes artists Aspen Decker, Barbara Michelman, and Storrs Bishop, authors Mark Beaudin and Charles Finn, and biologists Zac Cheviron and Angela Hornsby of the Philip M. Wright Museum.

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.

Letters from Visitors:

"Dear Montana Museum of Art & Culture, I want to tell you that I have been in a lot of museums and I have never seen a museum like that. I think that what you are doing is amazing and don't stop!"
Sincerely, Connor, 6th Grader, Lolo School  
"Does an art museum teach us about the exhibits, or does it make us feel like we want to be a part of it? The Montana Museum of Art and Culture doesn't’t just teach you about exhibits like any other museum would, this museum makes you feel like you are a part of it…"
Colton Browder, UM Student