Missoula Art Museum - Winter/Spring 2019 Newsletter

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W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2019


Gogas, Judith Basin Encounter: When Charlie and Pablo Knew Donald Would Never Be a Hand (detail), acrylic on board, 2018, 18 x 23 inches.

new exhibitions // 03 continuing exhibitions // 08 art classes // 12 public programs // 14 member events // 15


January 4–30 // Morris and Helen Silver Foundation and Shott Family Galleries First Friday Public Reception with the Artists: January 4, 5–8 pm Hack the MAM!: Auction Game Night: January 17, 6:30 pm 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction: February 2, 5:30–9:30 pm, University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana. MAM’s commitment to free admission, free expression, and free education is center stage at the 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction. The annual benefit art auction makes it possible to share these values and great works of art with our entire community. MAM’s live auction is a spectator sport that has to be experienced to be appreciated. The purchase of live and silent auction artworks at MAM’s benefit art auction supports all of MAM’s core programs and exhibitions. MAM is proud to support more than 200 local, regional, and national artists through exhibitions each year and offer free educational programs to all schools in our region. The success of MAM’s fine art auction for 47 years is thanks to the generosity of local businesses and the donations of some of the most beloved and accomplished artists of our time. U.S. Bank, MAM’s presenting sponsor for 11 years, proudly supports our dedication to artists and our art community. Don’t miss this year’s celebration of contemporary art and an affirmation of the value of free expression and free admission. Purchase your tickets to the 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction before they sell out! Learn more at missoulaartmuseum.org.

Hack the MAM! Auction Game Night January 17, 6:30 pm Warning: participation required! Grab a glass of champagne and discover your favorite auction artworks in the 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction exhibition during this fun art auction game night. Whether you are new to the idea of collecting contemporary art, simply curious about this year’s auction artists, or looking to expand your collection of a beloved artist, please join us for refreshments and some friendly art competition. Free and open to the public. No-host bar. Free drink for members. RSVP required by calling (406)728-0447.


Sara Siestreem, Prince, straight to heaven, acrylic, graphite, color pencil, china marker on paper, 2018, 70 x 45 inches, part of MAM’s 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction exhibition, courtesy of the artist.




January 25–May 25 // Faith Pickton and Josephine Aresty Gallery

Guston’s iconic Cigar (1969), on long-term loan through Art Bridges Foundation, serves as the catalyst for five regionally based, nationally renowned artists—Adrian Arleo (Missoula, Mont.), John Buck (Bozeman, Mont.), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Corrales, N.M.), Richard Notkin (Vaughn, Wash.), and Jay Schmidt (Bozeman, Mont.)—to create artworks in response to the political and racial content found in Cigar and to Guston’s aesthetic practice. These artists evoke, investigate, and expand upon Guston’s artistic legacy, and demonstrate the continuing power of Guston’s work as a touchstone for contemporary and American art.




Philip Guston, Cigar, 1969, oil on canvas, 52 × 60 1/8 inches, Art Bridges. Photography courtesy of Sotheby’s. Artist images by Slikati Photography.

Arleo is a ceramic sculptor whose practice has been dedicated to storytelling through human and animal imagery. She coil-builds her forms and embellishes her surfaces with intricate decoration and texture. She studied art and anthropology at Pitzer College and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. She moved to Montana in 1993. She is the recipient of the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Foundation and Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship.

Buck is a printmaker and sculptor best known for his large-scale kinetic wooden sculptures, bronze sculptures, and woodblock prints that respond to social and political issues. He graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in 1968. In 1971, he began studying at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and then began working as a teaching assistant the University of California-Davis, where he received an MFA in 1972. Buck taught at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, England, and was a sculpture instructor at Humboldt State University for two years. He served as assistant professor of sculpture at Montana State University from 1976 to 1990. He is represented by the Robischon Gallery in Denver.

Notkin is one of the foremost ceramists dedicated to socially engaged art. His work is a vehicle for political commentary, and he is influenced by the trompe l’oeil imagery found in Yixing teapots. He enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute in 1964 and studied ceramics with Kenneth Ferguson. After graduating in 1970, he went to University of California-Davis, where he became Robert Arneson’s teaching assistant, and received his MFA in 1973. He began visiting the Archie Bray Foundation in the early 1980s and lived in Helena from 1994 to 2014. Notkin’s work is included in over 50 museum collections, and he is recipient of numerous awards, including artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is represented by the Sherry Leedy Contemporary in Kansas City, Mo.

Schmidt attended the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a BFA in 1974, and then went on to complete an MFA two years later at the University of CaliforniaDavis. In 2007 he retired from a 26-year career as a professor of art at Montana State University. His large-scale paintings and sculptures comment on economic injustice, environmental destruction, and political dysfunction. He is member of several artist collectives, including Paintaillica, The Living Breathing Thing, Free Art School, and the Rat Trap Clay Club.

Guston: A Conversation on Race with Prageeta Sharma, Jamar Galbreath, and Kathryn Shanley: February 19, 7 pm Art Swing @ MAM Friday, March 15, 5–8 pm

Quick-to-See Smith is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Métis and Shoshone descent who is a self-described cultural arts worker. Her work comments on politics, American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues. She is the recipient of the 2018 Montana Governor’s Arts Award. She has an associate degree in art from Olympic College in Bremerton, Wa., and studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed a bachelor’s degree in art education in 1976 from Framingham State College in Massachusetts before moving to Albuquerque, N.M., where she graduated with an MFA in art from the University of New Mexico. She is represented by the Garth Greenan Gallery in New York City.

Voices in Contemporary Art Lecture with UM Professor and Poet Prageeta Sharma: The New York School of Painters and Poets, March 20, 7 pm Voices in Contemporary Art Lecture with Poet and Critic John Yau: On Guston, April 3, 7 pm Poetry Reading with John Yau: April 5, 8:30 pm

MAM is grateful to Art Bridges for making this ground-breaking exhibition and programming possible.



J.M. Cooper, Western Bar, Helena, digital ink image, 1995.


February 12–May 18 // Morris and Helen Silver Foundation and Shott Family Galleries

Member Hops Happy Hour: Craft Beer Tasting and Talk with Jean Belangie-Nye, Wednesday, May 15, 4–6:30 pm Two distinct but interrelated photographic exhibitions, Lee Nye: Eddie’s Club Adjunct Collection and Montana Bars, draw from MAM’s Collection and are augmented with select loans. The recently acquired, nearly complete set of the Eddie’s Club Adjunct Collection was photographed and printed by Lee Nye (1926–1999) for his personal collection. The majority of works were donated by Tracy Blakeslee, with the gaps in the series filled by donations from Nye’s widow, Jean Belangie-Nye. The collection of 32 portraits is the heart of a now-legendary cast of characters—the patrons of Eddie’s Club in Missoula. The bar is known today as Charlie B’s, and more than 300 of Nye’s original portraits still cover the walls. Nye was born in Hysham, Mont., in 1926. He enlisted in the Navy at age 18, and it was during this period that he was introduced to photography. At the end of his service, he lived in California and had formal training at the Brooks Photographic Institute in Santa Barbara. In 1965 he returned to Montana and landed in Missoula. Nye worked as a bartender at Eddie’s Club in the late ’60s to early ’70s while pursuing art and English degrees at the University of Montana. Nye photographed his regular bar patrons in the club’s back alley throughout these years.


Nye was a meticulous photographer and expert technician both behind the camera and in the darkroom. The perfect natural lighting and an air of candid grace captured in the faces of these men brings their stories back to life. Belangie-Nye researched biographical information for a number of the photos. Now recognized as the “Greatest Generation,” many of Lee Nye’s subjects had returned home after military service to find work in local mills, as cowboys, or on the railroad. The bios invite the viewer to relate to these men as individuals; they are uncles, fathers, and grandfathers. From noted poet Richard Hugo to men known simply as Plato or Wishbone Moy, Nye’s portraits of Missoula’s blue-collar working men and local celebrities are part of Missoula’s identity. Implicit to the Eddie’s Club portraits is the barroom where relationships helped form the art. As community gathering sites, Montana’s bars, saloons, and taverns have had an undeniable role in the formation of the civic and political character of a town. To this end, a selection of photographs of taverns and barrooms is on exhibit in the adjacent gallery. Montana Bars includes iconic images of the Club Moderne in Anaconda, Swede’s Place in Drummond, and the New Atlas Bar in Columbus by photographers John Smart, Jill Brody, J.M. Cooper, Michael Gallacher, Kurt Wilson, and collaborative work by Geoff Sutton and Monte Dolack.


February 26–May 11 // Carnegie Gallery

Look/Listen: Modality, March 1, 7 pm Member Dinner with the Artists: Kristi Hager, Dyna Kuehnle, Bobby Tilton, May 1, 5:30 pm Installations, sometimes called “environments,” are a unique part of contemporary art. Since the 1960s, they have gained popularity, though precedents such as Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau (begun 1927, destroyed in 1943), in which the artist transformed eight rooms in his home into an artwork, continue to be a touchstone for many contemporary artists. As a genre, an installation refers to a sitespecific, three-dimensional work that occupies an interior space (as distinct from an outdoor work that is often called public art or land art), and is designed to transform the experience or perception of the space. The MAM Collection includes several installation pieces that rarely have the opportunity to be exhibited because of the size, complexity, or cost that their display entails. Works in Site Complex are landmarks from MAM’s outstanding exhibition history. For instance, Chris Larson’s Pause (The Dukes of Hazzard ’69 Charger and Ted Kaczynski’s Montana Cabin), was last included as part of the exhibition Crash. Pause. Rewind in 2007. Terry Karson’s columns come from his immersive, room-sized 2012 Commons installation. Lisa Reihana’s (Maori descent, Ngaa Puhi, Ngati Hine, Ngai Tu) tower of video monitors, Native Portraits N19897, were originally in the exhibition Te Ao Tawhito / Te Ao Hou (Old Worlds / New Worlds): Contemporary Art From New Zealand in 2000. Dyna Kuehnle’s piece, Against the Current, was created for the 2006 inaugural exhibition celebrating the museum’s expansion and renovation, MAM Unwrapped.

This exhibition also includes three-dimensional objects that rely on presentation or display as an integral part of how they are viewed and interpreted, such as Kristi Hager’s FireWater scrim, with accompanying photographs of other scrim installations, Veil 1 and Veil 4 (Maiden Montana Series). Bobby Tilton’s The Beekeeper/ Administrator and Inheritance are sculptural objects that were originally installation components, yet exist independently. Further, Richard Notkin’s Seven Ears (from Legacy Series), was originally part of a larger installation called Passages, comprising a tile mural depicting the atomic bomb, The Gift (currently in the collection of the Portland Art Museum), and a pile of various-sized ears titled Legacy from 1999. Finally, the exhibition explores objects that document performance or action, such as Linda Ryan’s Site Relic: Missoula Art Museum, created using debris from the site of future expansion as part of the 2005 exhibit at MAM’s Temporary Contemporary space, titled Deconstructing Memories, Hamish Fulton’s 21 Pieces of Wood for a 21 Day Walk in Montana, and the musical composition by Charles Nichols called Beneath the Veneer. As part of this exhibition, the band Modality (Nichols with Jay Bruns, Clark Grant, and Ben Weiss) will premier new songs and compositions based on this MAM collection piece during March First Friday.

Chris Larson, Pause (The Dukes of Hazzard ’69 Charger and Ted Kaczynski’s Montana Cabin), white pine and Douglas fir, 2004. MAM Collection, donated by William and Ruth True, 2007.



January 4–February 23, 2018 // Lela Autio Education Gallery First Friday Artist Reception: January 4, 4–5 pm MAM presents a view of local high school artists each year. In this dynamic exhibition, Big Sky High School art teachers Dustin Hoon, Chris South, and Tyra McDonald offer selected works from a group of motivated and artistically inclined students enrolled in Introduction to Art, Senior Studio, and upper division art classes. Participating artists conceptualized, created, and applied for this unique opportunity to exhibit at MAM. Process and technique dominate the collection, as students are naturally exploring various media and technical methods at an early stage in their artistic career. This cooperative endeavor has yielded a meaningful product for Big Sky students while giving them a small sense of the practical aspects of preparing for an exhibition at MAM. Amelia Kim, In the Media we Trust: Study, acrylic and oil pastel, 11 x 7 1/2 inches.


The exhibition Continuum: Contemporary American Indian Art from the MAM Collection will travel throughout Montana in 2019. The exhibition was developed through a successful internship at MAM with Nikolyn Garner in 2018, an alumna of Salish Kootenai College who was in the process of completing her graduate degree in art history at the University of Montana.

MAM was recently selected to take part in the first-ever diversity internship program by the Association of Museum Directors (AAMD). The new program enables MAM to offer a paid, 12-week internship to a Native student in summer 2019. In addition to working with MAM’s Contemporary American Indian Art Collection, the intern will attend the AAMD’s annual conference in New Orleans and a professional development gathering in New York City. The application process opens January 1, 2019 and submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2019, with notifications by April 1, 2019.





Through February 9 // Carnegie Gallery

November 8–January 6 // Yellowstone Art Museum



Through January 12 // Faith Pickton and Josephine Aresty Gallery

January 15–April 15 // Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art 8


Bently Spang, War Shirt #6-Waterways, sculptural video installation, 22 x 9 x 4 feet, 2017, image courtesy of Mary Ellen Strom.


December 21–April 20 // Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery Closing Reception with Bently Spang: April 19, 5–8 pm Indian Country Conversations : Watersheds and Ethnobotany with Bently Spang and Linwood Tallbull, April 20, 1 pm Multidisciplinary artist Bently Spang’s single object installation War Shirt #6-Waterways fills the gallery. This work takes the form of a monumental Plains Indian war shirt using 21 video monitors with six additional digital stills. Created for the Mountain Time Arts Water Works exhibition in 2017, this work has been reimagined and reinstalled at MAM. Spang [Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne)] has used the form of the ancestral war shirt—traditionally believed to empower a warrior to protect his community—as a vehicle to explore contemporary issues. Spang made the first war shirt in the Modern Warrior Series in 1998 by stitching together family photographs into the shape that suggests a museum display of a traditional Native American garment: sleeves spread outright and perpendicular to the body of the shirt. He returned to this theme over the years, creating War Shirt #1 through #5 in a series using photographs and mixed media. The works take back ownership of the photograph that has continuously depicted Native people in an inaccurate, singular light, “I am committed to gathering as many mediums and modes of

expression as are necessary to express my experience as a contemporary Tsitsistas man,” said Spang. “I work to expand the one-dimensional definition of Native people created by Western culture and, instead, reveal my own complex, place-centered cultural experience.” War Shirt #6-Waterways is the first time that Spang has incorporated moving images into the series. Using image, video, and sound from modern communications tools that have too often served to misrepresent and oppress rather than lift up Native communities allows Spang to deconstruct and reconstruct media on a monumental scale. He explained, “My intention is not to recreate an actual war shirt but, as in past work in this series, to use the conceptual framework of this form and expand the scale to signify the importance of our water to my homeland.” Spang was awarded a national artist fellowship from Native Arts and Cultures in 2018 and received the 2017 Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. This project is made possible in part with generous support from the Cultural Vision Fund.


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAM offers free trainings for teachers, teaching artists, and art guides. These hands-on workshops will connect with the core values and mission of MAM and share best practices in the field of art education. This cycle will focus on respectful exploration of our dedicated Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. Email Jenny Bevill at jenny@missoulaartmuseum.org for more information or to RSVP for upcoming trainings.

EDUCATION + OUTREACH This year’s Flagship Core program will culminate at MAM with a special ceremony to celebrate its young artists from Hawthorne, Franklin, and C.S. Porter schools on Wednesday, February 13, from 3:30 to 6 PM. MAM has partnered with Flagship’s after school art program for over 20 years! MAM is proud to celebrate the success of this special 10-week art program and partnership with Flagship Core, the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative, and Missoula County Public Schools. MAM on the MOVE! Look for our pop-up art-making station at events around town. Stop by to explore some materials and pick up a flyer to learn about upcoming exhibitions and educational offerings. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook page, and Instagram for details. Being in Connection Art Series is the first collaborative educational initiative between the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC) and MAM. Beginning in January, MAM will launch a six-week pilot session with teens from MUIHC. Students will work with an American Indian artist to explore art as a pathway to wellness, empowerment, and connection. International CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make A Difference. This is a year-long project hosted by Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) in New York City. Each month, CMA will issue a digital art-making challenge based on themes of civic engagement including environmentalism, identity, equity, leadership, sustainability, kindness, and freedom. MAM will host workshops and share artwork digitally using #CMACIVICKIDS. Selections of artwork will be part of the online exhibition at www.cmany.org/ civickids and in MAM’s identity-themed exhibition in the Lela Autio Education Gallery. Inspired Classrooms and MAM are partnering to connect Flathead Reservation middle and high-school classrooms to Philip Guston’s Cigar painting and the exhibition, In Praise of Folly, comprised of art responses by five regional contemporary artists. Inspired classrooms will launch a live web portal in MAM’s galleries to create an interactive classroom in real-time! MAM is thrilled to introduce this distance learning opportunity to inspire and engage the next generation from the Flathead Reservation.


FOR EDUCATORS EXPLORE THE SEVEN ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF INDIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL February 11, 1–3 pm, two PIR Credits Offered MAM’s education team is committed to offering ongoing quality enrichment for classroom teachers and teaching artists. This cycle we will focus on teaching and learning in our dedicated Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. Connecting with the Essential Understandings of Indian Education for All (IEFA), we will explore Bently Spang’s Modern Warrior Series: War Shirt #6-Waterways, on view through April 20. We will touch on issues of water use and climate change, as well as language and vocabulary, appreciation versus appropriation, and creating space to amplify Native voices. Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines are welcome.


Tuesdays 3:30–5 pm // January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23

Do you love sharing art with others? Are you interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and joining our stellar group of beloved volunteers? MAM’s education team will provide you with the necessary tools, skills, and practice to generate discussion and deepen the viewing experience for everyone. Four trainings will be offered, and all are appropriate for both new and returning Art Guides. Training includes an orientation to MAM’s inquiry-based interpretive strategy, as well as an interactive look at exhibitions. To lead tours at MAM you must attend at least one training and shadow one tour. Art guides are valued volunteers and receive a free membership for working six or more hours a year. Membership includes a 10 percent discount on classes, workshops, and bookstore purchases, as well as special invitations to members-only events.


ART CLASSES FOR KIDS Special thanks to Mountain 102.5 for supporting kids classes at MAM!


Tuesdays, 3:45–5:15 pm, ages 7–12, $50/45* ASAA Series 1: January 15–February 19 ASAA Series 2: Stoney Sasser March 5–April 16, no class March 26 Create artwork inspired by the exhibitions at MAM. There will be a short tour and a series of projects related to what the students see. Projects will include drawing, painting, printmaking, and 3-D exploration. *Sign up for both series and receive a 10 percent discount.


JOLENA RYAN Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am, ages 3–5, $50/45 January 17–February 21 Drop your pre-school student off for a morning of art exploration with materials! Little ones will be encouraged to explore, engage, and experiment with different materials. There will be plenty of artmaking stations and fun projects to keep little hands and minds busy.



4–6 pm , free, all materials and snacks provided. This is a unique opportunity for teens to learn different techniques and methods from a professional artist and create artwork of their own. Teens work closely with professional artists in a fun and informal environment. Special thanks to the Good Food Store and LEAW Foundation for supporting teens and art at MAM. METAMORPHOSIS Adrian Arleo // January 16 Join In Praise of Folly exhibiting artist Adrian Arleo for a workshop on portraiture and transformation. Working with air-dry clay, create 3-D works informed by your own personal symbols and iconography. Learn how Adrian responds to her inspiration and how she translates those responses into sculptural forms. SKIN STORIES: USING ART TO TAKE ON RACE Aja Mujinga Sherrard // February 20 Race is complicated, and these artists know it! We’ll look at how some artists used art to ask the big questions about what race means and how it affects how people see us, how we see ourselves, and what we do about it. Then, we’ll mix media, going back into photographs of ourselves with paint and ink to tell our own “skin stories.”


March 25–29, ages 7–12 // $90/81* per session *Sign up for full day and receive a 20% discount. Full day campers please bring a bag lunch. GAME TIME! BUILDING FANTASTIC WORLDS THROUGH GAME ART David L. Johnson Morning Session 9:00–12:00 pm Work with a professional illustrator and game designer to dream up your own video game or fantasy world and bring that vision to life through illustration! Each day we will focus on designing and illustrating a different aspect of your world: incredible characters, challenging environments, fierce foes, awesome items, and more. Learn about brainstorming, iterative drawing, and design through the use of pencils, ink, watercolors, and imagination.


HAPPY HEART STUDIO: MINDFULNESS AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS Jenny Bevill Afternoon Session 1:00–3:30 pm Art can help us find joy and express ourselves freely. It can also regulate our body and mind. We will use breath drawing to become more courageous, printmaking to see our art grow and change, collaborative projects to help us be kinder, and dance painting to get our whole bodies involved with movement. Mindfulness practices will help us build an inclusive community and create amazing art at the same time!

EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH SPOKEN WORD POETRY Nicole Dunn // March 20 Have you ever wondered about the difference between poetry and spoken word? Come find out with spoken word artist Nicole Dunn, winner of the Montana Book Festival poetry slam in 2017. Using writing and visual prompts, Nicole will demystify the creative form of self-expression called Spoken Word, while focusing on the subject matter closest at hand: our own identity. WORDS ARE POWER! Gillian Kessler // April 17 Work with Gillian Kessler, local poet and teacher, to explore connections between poetry and art. We will explore self-esteem, the power of voice, and how creativity can help you come into your power! You will write an epic poem inspired by art on view at MAM and leave this workshop fueled with creative inspiration and confidence!


Second Saturdays, 11:00–12:30 Am, free! January 12, February 9, March 9, and April 13 The Cranium Origami Group hosts a free, intergenerational folding session aimed at introducing people to origami and helping advanced folders prosper. Come on your own or with your family.


11AM–12:30 pm, free The whole family is invited to make art together in these artist-led, free workshops. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a spot. Children under seven should be accompanied by an adult. All materials provided—just bring an open and creative mind. Special thanks to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for supporting family programs at MAM.

METAMORPHOSIS: CREATIVE GROWTH Courtney Blazon // January 19 Artist and illustrator Courtney Blazon explores what happens in the space between reality and fantasy. Using pen and marker, explore the theme of change and express your own growing pains through illustrations. In our chaotic world, we are always making choices between real life and dreamscapes. Join Courtney on this creative journey! PAPER CHAIN OF KINDNESS Stoney Sasser // February 16 Participate in the international CIVICKIDS initiative! Rooted in the belief that art builds empathy, understanding, and respect for others, CIVICKIDS aims to foster civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. We will visualize our connection to others by creating a paper chain of kindness together. Each link in the chain illustrates a moment of kindness you have experienced or imagined. MAM will share artwork digitally using #CMACIVICKIDS. WE ARE WHAT WE LIKE! Jennifer Ogden // March 16 Our identities can be influenced by having an open mind and being receptive to the beauty around us. Create a collage out of imagery that attracts and energizes you. This workshop is part of the CIVICKIDS initiative to foster civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. MAM will share artwork digitally using #CMACIVICKIDS. WAR SHIRT Bently Spang // April 20 Join exhibiting artist Bently Spang [Tsitsistas /Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne)], winner of the 2018 NACF National Artist Fellowship in Artistic Innovation, who will read from his children’s book The War Shirt and will guide a tour of his exhibit War Shirt #6-Waterways. After the reading and the tour everyone will gather in the classroom to explore drawing with different materials including charcoal and oil pastel.


RAPTORS AND ART FOR ADULTS Bev Beck Glueckert and Kate Davis // March 2 10:00 am–1:00 pm, $35/31 This beloved class for children will be offered this winter—for adults! Create amazing drawings and monoprints using live raptors as models! Kate will have a falcon, hawk, and an owl on hand from her Raptors of the Rockies project. Materials and instruction will be provided using MAM’s printing press to create monoprints based on your observations.


Monthly, January 9, February 21, March 21, April 18, 12–1 pm, free MAM invites businesses to sign up for Lunch Club’s 30-minute mini-tours and 30-minute lunch conversations. MAM staff guide you and your colleagues on a lively tour of the museum and spark lunch conversation with a prompt related to the art on view.


Bev Beck Glueckert // April 27 11:00 am–1:00 pm, $20/18 Participants who are already familiar with print processes are welcome to come and use MAM’s printing press. This is a non-instructed workshop with Bev there to guide you in your independent work. Materials provided.



Alternate Saturdays beginning January 12, 2:00–4:00 pm, Ages 18+, noninstructed, $10/$8 model fee In collaboration with Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), Draw from a live model twice monthly at MAM on the second and fourth Saturdays: January 12, 26, February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 13 and 27. ZACC will host on first and third Saturdays!

CLASS PAYMENT POLICY Some classes require pre-registration. Your registration is confirmed with full payment or a non-refundable $20 deposit. The registration fee minus the deposit is refundable only if cancellation is made seven days prior to the first class meeting. To register for classes please call 406.728.0447 or visit missoulaartmuseum.org. Prices listed are MAM member/ nonmember.



A Program for those with Dementia and their Caregivers BEV GLUECKERT Mondays, 10:30 am–12:30 pm Jan 7, March 4, April 1 This program at MAM provides a comforting art-viewing and art-making experience for those in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers. Based on a similar program at the Museum of Modern Art, Art in the Moment creates a dementia-friendly learning community and provides an opportunity for caregivers and those with dementia to be together in a creative and relaxed environment. Participants will view and discuss artwork on display in the galleries in small groups and create work of their own in the education classroom.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS First Fridays Experience MAM’s engaging exhibitions for free on the First Friday of each month from 5 to 8 pm on January 4, March 1, April 5, and May 3. Enjoy a no-host bar, great music, and unique art-viewing experiences thanks to the support of the and KBGA. January 4 // MAM’s 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction Reception for Auction Artists, gallery talk at 7 pm LOOK/LISTEN SERIES: CONCERTS, POETRY, PERFORMANCE March 1: Modality, First Friday performance, 7 pm, free In conjunction with the exhibition Site Complex, Modality premiers new songs and compositions in advance of their performance at the 2019 MoogFest (an annual intersection of art, music, and technology) in Durham, N.C. Initially formed as a duo in 2009, Modality includes four members (Jay Bruns, Clark Grant, Charles Nichols, and Ben Weiss) living in three cities across the country, using telematics technology to perform live. April 5: Poetry Reading by John Yau, 8:30 pm, $5 adults/ students and members free Following First Friday at MAM, join poet, art critic, and curator John Yau for a reading. Born in 1950 to Chinese emigrants, Yau attended Bard College and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1978. His first book of poetry, Crossing Canal Street, was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language, Yau offers complicated, and sometimes competing versions of the legacy of his dual heritages as Chinese/American, poet, and artist. Yau has received many honors and awards for his work, including a New York Foundation for


the Arts Award, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French governement. Since 2004 he has been the arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City. His most recent publication is Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). May 3: Live Music by Kia Coon and the Maggies Fiddle Trio MAM welcomes UM graduates, students, and families with live music by Maggie Gammons, Kia Coon, and Maggie Magee, the 2014 Montana State Old Time Junior Champion Fiddler. The trio met as part of the Dillon Junior Fiddlers and began playing together when they moved to Missoula to attend UM.


February 19, 7 pm, free Join us for a panel discussion on race in connection to Philip Guston’s painting Cigar (1969). Panelists include UM professor and poet Prageeta Sharma; Jamar Galbreath, Training and Programs Coordinator at EmpowerMT; and cochair of the Native Studies Department at UM, Kathryn Shanley.


March 15, 5–8 pm Enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, live music, gallery tours, and oneon-one conversation with exhibiting artists from the exhibition In Praise of Folly: Adrian Arleo, John Buck, Richard Notkin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Jay Schmidt. Free for members! $10 adults/$5 students. Tickets are nontransferable. Call (406)728-0447 to RSVP or purchase additional tickets.

Indian Country Conversations This new series of afternoon discussions complements exhibitions by contemporary American Indian artists featured at MAM throughout the year, and is aimed at providing a platform for research, innovation, and traditional knowledge by American Indian artists, scholars, researchers, and cultural advocates. Individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities are welcomed and encouraged, with the goal of developing a learning environment that promotes cross-cultural exchange in relationship to relevant exhibition topics. Free and open to the public. This series is timed to follow MAM’s Saturday Family Workshops, so come to make art, bring a sack lunch, and stay for the talk!


Saturday, April 20, 1 pm Timed to coincide with Earth Day weekend, the first talk in this conversation series is with artist Bently Spang and ethnobotanist Linwood Tallbull. Tallbull (Northern Cheyenne) is an instructor of ethnobotany, Indian healing, and tribal history at the Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer. Spang and Tallbull discuss issues surrounding Spang’s immersive video installation War Shirt Series #6Waterways: watershed health, habitat for native species, contemporary art, and the importance of environmental restoration. Free and open to the public. This event is made possible in part by support from Cultural Vision Fund.


April 19, 5–8 pm, free Join us for a lively reception in honor of Spang’s War Shirt Series #6- Waterways exhibition. Converse with provocateur, educator, and performance artist Bently Spang.

MAM TO EXPAND COLLECTORS PROGRAM MAM will soon offer tiered membership levels to its Contemporary Collectors Circle to encourage collectors of all ages. The group meets three times a year in spring, autumn, and winter. The donations from this special membership group are dedicated to making an ambitious acquisition to the MAM Collection. The annual acquisition meeting offers an engaging interaction with MAM’s Senior Curator and the featured artist. Other programs include artist talks and exciting adventures into an artist’s studio or a collector’s home. To join the CCC or learn more, contact Madeleine Ford, Development Officer, madeleine@missoulaartmuseum.org.

MAM’S MISSION MAM serves the public by engaging audiences and artists in the exploration of contemporary art relevant to the community, state, and region.

HOURS: Closed Sundays & Mondays Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm



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May 15, 4–6:30 pm, $15 members Join us for happy hour at MAM. This is the unofficial closing reception for the exhibitions Montana Bars and Eddie’s Club Adjunct Collection. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a selection of craft beers expertly selected by Worden’s Market expert brewmeister Mark Thomsen. Jean Belangie-Nye will lead an informal talk about Lee Nye’s Eddie’s Club photography collection and recent gifts to MAM’s Collection.


May 1, 5:30 pm, $50 per member MAM Members in the Patron Circle or higher are invited to have dinner at the museum with exhibition artists from Site Complex. Kristi Hager, Dyna Kuehnle, and Bobby Tilton will discuss their work while members enjoy a masterfully prepared meal and paired wines. Space is limited. Reserve your seat in advance!

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Brian Sippy (President), Paul Filicetti (Vice President), Sara Smith (Treasurer), Kate Sutherland (Secretary), Betsy Wachernagel Bach, Stephanie Christensen, Lara Dorman, Debra Earling, Matt Gibson, Josh Gimpelson, Becca Nasgovitz, Cathay Smith, Taylor Valliant.

MAM STAFF: Laura J. Millin (Executive Director), John Calsbeek (Associate Curator), Tracy Cosgrove (Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement), Madeleine Ford, (Development Officer), Bethany O’Connell (Communications and Events Coordinator), Jennifer Reifsneider (Registrar), Brandon Reintjes (Senior Curator), Jenny Bevill (Educator Coordinator), Kay GrissomKiely (Education Curator), Cassidy Tucker (Membership and Finance Assistant), John Knight, Joe Kellog, and Cheyenne Rivers (Visitor Engagement/Security Officers). MAM IS FUNDED IN PART by Missoula County and the City of Missoula. Additional support is generously provided by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Montana Arts Council, Montana Cultural Trust, 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, Art Associates of Missoula, the Missoula business community, MAM patrons and members. MAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Missoula Art Museum is wheelchairaccessible from the building’s main entrance at Pattee Street. MAM staff is available to meet special needs.

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Voices in Contemporary Art

L E C T U R E S E R I E S & B O O K C LU B

JOHN YAU: ON GUSTON Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm, free In partnership with UM’s Creative Writing Program, MAM presents poet, art critic, and curator John Yau. Yau will talk about the artist Philip Guston in this not-to-be-missed lecture. Yau is the author of numerous works of art criticism and artists’ books, including A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2008), The United States of Jasper Johns (1996), and he recently contributed to the monograph John Buck published by Marquand Books. Yau has been the arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail since 2004. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University. He has written on artists such as, Andy Warhol, Joe Coleman, James Castle, and Kay WalkingStick. This event is made possible in part by support from Art Bridges Foundation.

PRAGEETA SHARMA: THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF PAINTERS AND POETS Wednesday, March 20, 7 pm, free Sharma provides an overview of the New York School of Painters and Poets as context for Philip Guston’s painting Cigar (1969). Sharma is a professor of English at the University of Montana, and founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art. She was recipient of a 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is the author of the forthcoming Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019), and poetry collections Undergloom (2013); Infamous Landscapes (2007); The Opening Question (2004), winner of the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize; and Bliss to Fill (2000). This event is made possible in part by support from Art Bridges Foundation.