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In an effort to expand its reach and diffuse compelling art and ideas, the MMAC regularly curates and travels exhibitions across the state and region through the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association (MAGDA). You might have seen these exhibitions most recently on view across the state. Please contact us if you want more information on these shows.
Thomas Gainsborough, “A Market Cart,” c. 1786, oil on canvas.
For the first time ever, an exhibition featuring seven masterpieces from the collection of Sen. William Andrews Clark, one of Butte’s famous Copper Kings, will run from June 10 to Aug. 13 at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.
“William Clark and the Art of the Gilded Age” is sponsored by Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and the University of Montana’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture. The exhibit will include significant paintings from the Baroque to the Industrial Age by European artists, including French painters Jean-Charles Cazin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jules Dupré, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and the Englishman Thomas Gainsborough.
“Given the great wealth amassed by William A. Clark throughout his mining enterprises in Butte, it seems fitting for the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives to host a selection of his art in 2021,” said Ellen Crain, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Archives.
In coordination with the exhibit, a series of lectures, architectural tours and book signings will be held in Butte, informing on the collection, the man and the Clark legacy in Butte and across Montana. A full schedule of events can be found at buttearchives.org.
The exhibit can be viewed during the Archives’ normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 17 W. Quartz St. in Butte
James Todd, Patriot Parade
Woodblock print, 2000-2006
Courtesy of the artist
James Todd: Looney Toones
When James Todd retired from a long teaching career at UM in 2000, his mother presented him a collection of drawings he created from age five to eight during WWII, unseen by the artist for more than 50 years. Looney Toones features these remarkable drawings as well as the artist’s reinterpretations of his childhood art through woodcut prints created a half-century later. In this exhibition the young artist and the mature one come full circle.
On view at:
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT, November 8 2018 - January 6 2019
Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT, January 14 - April 15 2019
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls MT, October 20 2019 - January 20 2020
MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney MT, February 1 - May 1 2020
Ben Steele, The Bataan Death March,
1950, oil on canvas,
Gift of the artist
MMAC Permanent Collection
Ben Steele: Prisoner of War: Ben Steele’s Personal Chronicle from Bataan to Hiroshima
Western Heritage Center, Billings MT, May 16 - October 5 2019
Close To Home: New Photographs by Richard S. Buswell
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 instants, or as he states, “the inspired moment”, that may vanish soon after the shutter clicks.
On view at:
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe LA, November 1 2018 - February 9 2019