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The Art Of Books, And Prints From The New Deal

Nov 20, 2020
(published by Vincent FitzGerald and Co, 1992, #10/50 copies signed and dated).
Montana Museum of Art and Culture

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture has two very different and thoroughly unique exhibits currently on display. "Bookish" which displays books as physical works of art; and "Works In Progress" highlighting original art funded by the US federal government between 1932 and the beginning of World War II.

Learn more now as Director of The Montana Museum of Art and Culture Rafael Chacone talks with MTPR's Tom Berich.

Monte Dolack's 'Western Deconstructionism' painting
Courtesy Monte Dolack

Monte Dolack is one of the most widely recognized and beloved artists in Montana. The artist marks his 70th birthday in the year 2020. As the inaugural exhibition of the Montana Museum of Arts & Culture sesquicentennial season, "Monte Dolack: The Artist's Nature" brings together many original oil paintings, sketches, lithographs, and posters, reflecting Dolack’s love of the natural world and blending his interests in storytelling and mythology with his profound sense of humor.

Listen now to learn more from Monte Dolack.

"There are no survivors of this war [WWI] at this time, so we need to be reminded of this particular history," says Barbara Koostra, the executive director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture.

"We are honored to honor veterans and the history of our country and world with "Over There: Montanans in the Great War,"  Koostra says.

She joins UM Professor of Art History and Criticism Rafael Chacón for a look at the exhibition focusing on experiences of individuals from Montana during World War I.

First Edition Shakespeare Plays On Tour In Missoula
flickr user Andrea Parrish-Geyer CC BY-ND 2.0

Barbara Koostra, director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, and Julie Biando Edwards, associate professor at the Mansfield Library, talk with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about an important piece of Shakespeare history coming to Missoula.

The actress Loretta Swit — best known for her role as Major “Hotlips” Houlihan in the popular TV show M.A.S.H. — is in Missoula. She’s here for a screening of “Never The Same” — a film about American prisoners of Imperial Japan during World War II. The screening coincides with an exhibit at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture that features pieces by Montana artist Ben Steele.

Missoula Art Museum
Josh Burnham - MTPR

The longtime curator of the Missoula Art Museum, Stephen Glueckert has retired, and Brandon Reintjes has taken over that role. The Montana native has been at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University for the last six years. I talked to him about his new role as we toured the Montana Triennial exhibit currently up at the Missoula Art Museum.


Flickr user, Holly Wilson

Born in Missoula, living in Brooklyn, NY, Amanda Browder's colorful and collaborative fabric art designs come to the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana-Missoula this fall.

Edward O'Brien

No museum in the country has been more instrumental in introducing modern impressionist art to American audiences than the Art Institute of Chicago. The institute's Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art is in Missoula to lecture about a seminal show in 1913 that introduced the greats like Picasso and Matisse to this country.