The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana will present a lecture by David Emmons, UM history professor emeritus, on Copper King Marcus Daly at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center’s Masquer Theatre.
Brandon Reintjes, MMAC curator of art, will offer opening remarks on Frances Carroll Brown, Daly’s granddaughter and subject of the MMAC exhibition, "Frances Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits," on display until Feb. 25 in the PAR/TV Center’s Paxson Gallery.
Emmons has written extensively about the Irish in Montana, including Marcus Daly and the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. He is the author of three books and numerous articles and received the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Burlington Northern Faculty research award during his 37-year tenure at UM.
Brown (1909-2002), despite the prominence of her family name, has never been the subject of art historical inquiry or had biographical information compiled.
"To discover a previously little-known artist of the aesthetic caliber of Frances Carroll Brown with direct ties to Missoula and the Bitterroot is enormously exciting," MMAC Director Barbara Koostra said. “Celebrating and preserving the history of art in Montana through works such as these is central to our mission.”
Brown’s paintings were recently cleaned and conserved, and the drawings were reframed and stabilized using archival materials thanks to a grant from the F. Morris and Helen Silver Foundation.
"Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies" also is on display through Feb. 25 in the PAR/TV Center Meloy Gallery. Dana’s bequest to the museum in 1948 enhances the richness of the MMAC Permanent Collection and chronicles an important chapter in the development of American art.
The exhibition accompanies the first-ever full biography of Dana, co-written by Montana State University-Billings English Professor Sue Hart and UM art history and criticism Associate Professor Valerie Hedquist.
MMAC’s gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information call 406-243-2019 or go online to http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital images of select items included in the exhibitions are available upon request by calling 406-243-2019.