Movement: Graphics and the Olympic Games

Since their creation in 1896, the modern Olympic games have become an important cultural phenomenon in our world. The games are an attempt to revive the ancient values of athleticism, sportsmanship and peaceful competition within a united global community. The graphic arts, primarily in the form of colorful posters, have been a prominent way of broadcasting those values and promoting the individual games hosted by nation states over the last 125 years. 

This exhibition brings together 35 compelling posters on loan from the collection of Paul Thomas representing the exciting history of the Olympic games and th epower of the graphic arts to articulate important social movements. In addition to revealing the evolution of graphic design, these posters also highlight the importance of global events amd the development of mass culture across the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The MMAC wishes to thank Paul Thomas for the loan of these works. We also greatly appreciate the efforts of Curitoral Intern Ashley Rickman and UM Student Gallery Attendants Kain Brauneis, Hannah Davis and Ronin Hoffman for assisting in the installation of the exhibition. Additionally, we thank Humanities Montana, the Montana Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and a private donor whose generous financial contributions have made this exhibition possible.

Announcing the Virtual Docent Tour to "Movement: Graphics and the Olympic Games" at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.

The live exhibition is open in the Paxon Gallery in UM’s PARTV Center on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 12:00 noon. Enjoy!

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there is no public reception scheduled for this exhibition. Visit the MMAC website for virtual docent tours. Socially distanced tours for groups under 10 people can be scheduled by calling 406-243-4970 or e-mailing: The exhibition catalog and other publications are available at MMAC and can be ordered online

Concurrent with this exhibit the MMAC is featuring "Richard S. Buswell: Fifty Years of Photography" from May 28th through Aug. 28 in the Paxson Gallery of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.

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Announcing a new video in the continuing project by our intern Sean Nettleton interviewing our interns, staff and volunteers about their experiences. We hope you take the time to see why the MMAC is such a special place for our students. The the most recent interview is of the brilliant Jerod Peitsmeyer on the topic of his MA thesis at UM. Jerod speaks about our ancient Greek amphora. To find this and other videos in this series please visit our Youtube channel here.

 The MMAC announces a free series called “The Director Speaks: Homage to Africa.” This is a 6-part series by Dr. Rafael Chacón on the splendid arts of Africa in conjunction with the current exhibition. The half-hour presentations can be found at MMAC’s YouTube channel by clicking on:

Take a virtual docent tour of "Richard S. Buswell: 50 Years of Photography"
Take a virtual docent tour of “Homage to Africa” online. For the Tony Hoyt Collection, click on:
 and for the Molly Shepherd exhibition, visit: 
You can still visit the “Works in Progress” exhibition at: 
and the “Bookish” exhibition at: 


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Current Exhibitions:

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

"Richard S. Buswell: Fifty Years of Photography"
May 28th through Aug. 28th  
Paxson Gallery of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center

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