MISSOULA – Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibiting artist Sandra Dal Poggetto will present a discussion of her painting practice and aesthetic development in a candid, informal series called “In the Gallery.”
This event is held in conjunction with a solo exhibition of new and recent large-scale works by the Helena-based artist titled “Sandra Dal Poggetto: Meditations on the Field.” The exhibition continues at the University of Montana through Sept. 25 in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The discussion will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Meloy Gallery. Participation is limited to 28 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In her exhibition, Dal Poggetto exhibits large-scale paintings from her ongoing “American Fork” series in addition to related works selected from the MMAC’s vast Permanent Collection, which reinforce themes found in her paintings. Dal Poggetto’s abstract images incorporate elements of the western landscape – hide, feathers, wood and wire – to invite a more intimate experience of the natural world. Her selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection illustrate different philosophical and aesthetic understandings of the human relationship to the landscape.
“With her inspired point of view, she takes us on a ‘tour’ of the Permanent Collection that includes several objects that have never before been publicly exhibited,” MMAC Director Barbara Koostra said. “As she considers the landscape and our relationship to it, she pulls in sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant threads that weave together myriad points of view into a compelling tapestry.
“Exhibited together, Dal Poggetto’s paintings and provocative selections from the MMAC’s Permanent Collection challenge us to reconsider our relationship to the natural world, one that is sometimes remote and unsustainable,” she said. “Our hope is that this exhibition reminds us we are not separate from nature, rather we are of it like the landscape and other living beings.”
On Thursday, Sept. 25, Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and critic, will travel to Missoula to engage Dal Poggetto in a dynamic roundtable discussion, which will be held at 5 p.m. in the PART/TV Center’s Masquer Theatre, followed by a public reception at 5:45 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center lobby. The event, which will include food and live music, is free and open to the public. Stevens describes Dal Poggetto’s paintings as “truthful reflection[s] of our culture’s complex relation to the landscape of the West.”
MMAC’s academic year gallery hours, which began Aug. 25 and continue through May 16, 2015, are noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.