Exhibitions & Events

Through its rotating exhibitions program, the MMAC regularly displays works from its Permanent Collection, curates traveling exhibitions, and showcases important regional, national, and international artists. See the Events page for programs associated with these shows. The museum hosts free tours of these exhibitions. Interested in a docent-led tour of our current show? Contact Jill Johns at 243-2019 or email museum@umontana.edu. We're happy to schedule a tour during regular hours for any group of 5 to 10 people.




Alfred Boilot, The Connoisseur,
etching, circa 1880-1900.



Art Under Pressure: Function and Form in Prints from the MMAC Collection

Curated by University of Montana art students studying the history of prints and graphic design, Art Under Pressure examines European and American prints from the MMAC’s Permanent Collection from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Focusing on the myriad historical functions of the printed arts, along with the diverse techniques used to create them, student-curators selected and researched the works on paper and wrote the discursive wall labels. This show begins to bridge the gap between ephemeral visual culture, including newspaper cartoons, playing cards, and fashion plates, and the fine arts prints of old masters and avant-garde artists.
GLI Lounge | 3rd Floor | University Center

Bookish: Selections from the Dan Weinberg Collection

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana will open a new exhibition of art books from the Dan Weinberg Collection, a recent donation to the museum’s Permanent Collection.

“Bookish: Selections from the Dan Weinberg Collection” will run from Sept. 25 through Dec. 12 in the Meloy Gallery of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio Television Center. There is no opening reception due to the coronavirus pandemic, but MMAC will offer virtual tours and programming, including a series of book reveals and interviews with scholars.

The books, donated by Montana State Senator Dan Weinberg in 2018, were published by the New York-based Vincent FitzGerald & Co. Since 1980, that company has been recognized for bringing visual artists and writers together in creative collaboration to produce limited-edition books in the French tradition of the “livre d’artiste.” This exhibition gathers fine examples of artists’ books, prompting viewers to consider ways in which the book can evolve beyond conventional formats into other art forms.

Weinberg’s gift honors the lifelong work of his friend Vincent FitzGerald, an economics graduate of Fordham University and cousin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. They first met while training for the Peace Corps in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1968. In 1970, FitzGerald returned to New York to make handmade art books, which he continued to do until his retirement in 2018.

Weinberg, a clinical psychologist from Whitefish, won election to the Montana State Senate in 2004. In 2008, he founded the Montana Innocence Project, an organization that works to exonerate the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions.

For information on the exhibition’s programming, call Rafael Chacón at 406-243-2019 or email hrafael.chacon@umontana.edu. To schedule a guided tour, call Jill Johns at 406-243-4970 or jill.johns@mso.umt.edu.