Three-Story Fabric-Art Installation in Downtown Missoula Gives Preview of UM Exhibit

October 01, 2014

MISSOULA – Nationally celebrated fabric artist Amanda Browder will drape her three-story multicolored soft sculpture “Rapunzel on the southwest corner of the Missoula Mercantile Building as part of First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

The installation is a preview of her University of Montana exhibition at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture titled “Amanda Browder: End of the Infinite It will be on display Thursday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in the Meloy Gallery of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM.

The Missoula-born artist will talk about her work at an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the PAR/TV Center’s Masquer Theatre, followed by food and music from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center lobby. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Rapunzel” was Browder’s first large-scale fabric installation. It originally hung from the bedroom window of her apartment in Chicago while she taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

During the reception and on the last day of the exhibition, Browder’s large-scale sculptures “Future Phenomenon” and “Good Morning!” will hang on the exterior of the PAR/TV Center.

“It will completely transform the building with big beautiful bursts of color,” MMAC Director Barbara Koostra said. “They’re both wonderfully vibrant and huge pieces.”

Browder has exhibited internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery in Tokyo; Lothringer 14 in Munich; White Columns in New York City; and Gallery 400-UIC and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. 

MMAC’s academic year gallery hours (Aug. 25 through May 16, 2015) are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. 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/.

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Contact: Brandon Reintjes, curator of art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 406-243-2019, brandon.reintjes@mso.umt.edu.