The Montana Museum of Art & Culture on The University of Montana campus will house two new exhibitions focused on textiles from Thursday, Jan. 24, to Saturday, April 20: “Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits” and “Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the Permanent Collection.”
The exhibitions will be displayed in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the PAR/TV Center lobby. The reception is open to the public.
Erickson’s artwork speaks to the dignity and integrity of wild creatures, whom she views as equal to humans. The exhibition features her pioneering large-scale, free-form textile compositions, which combine paint and stitched fabric. It highlights works that have been seldom or never seen, inspired by the cave art found at Chauvet Pont d’Arc and Lascaux in France. Erickson’s work resides in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in more than 500 exhibitions nationally.
“Follow That Thread” highlights period fashion trends every decade over the course of 100 years, from 1860 to 1960. The MMAC Textile Collection includes more than 1,800 objects such as vintage clothes, historic costumes and unique accessories.
Events related to the exhibitions include:
- Wednesday, Feb. 6: An evening with the Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, including Erickson and artists Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Becki Johnson, Beth Lo, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Shari Montana, Linda Tawney and Janet Whaley, 7 p.m., PAR/TV Center Montana Theatre.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12: “Kindred Spirits” Celebrity Artist Tour, UM School of Art Professor Mary Ann Bonjorni, 5:10-6 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy Gallery, early arrival is recommended as space is limited.
- Saturday, Feb. 16: Docent Tour, 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy and Paxson galleries.
- Wednesday, Feb. 20: Erickson will discuss her influences, inspiration and techniques during an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center Montana Theatre.
- Tuesday, Feb. 26: “Kindred Spirits” Celebrity Artist Tour, UM School of Art Assistant Professor Jennifer Combe, 5:10-6 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy Gallery, early arrival is recommended as space is limited.
- Saturday, March 9: Docent Tour, 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy and Paxson galleries.
- Wednesday, March 13: Docent Tour, 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy and Paxson galleries.
- Thursday, March 14: “Follow That Thread” Celebrity Artist Tour, UM School of Theater & Dance Associate Professor Laura Alvarez, 5:10-6 p.m., PAR/TV Center Paxson Gallery, early arrival is recommended as space is limited.
- Saturday, March 16: “Fabric of Life: Odyssey of the Stars,” a scholarship fundraiser featuring Erickson, 7:30 p.m., George and Jane Dennison Theatre.
- Wednesday, March 27: “The History of the MMAC Textile Collection” panel discussion, featuring Alvarez and UM Professor Emeritus Christine Milodragovich, 7 p.m., PAR/TV Center Masquer Theatre.
- Wednesday, April 10: Docent Tour, 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center Meloy and Paxson galleries.
“Kindred Spirits” is presented in conjunction with textile-related exhibitions across the UM campus, including works by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner at the Gallery of Visual Arts in the Social Science Building.
The MMAC’s spring hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital images of select items included in the exhibition are available upon request by calling 406-243-2019.