MISSOULA – Nationally recognized contemporary artist Vanessa German, currently on exhibit at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, will be featured on “The Meredith Vieira Show” at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26.
As described on the show’s website, “its ‘Pick Me Up Truck’ Week: Meredith’s truck hits the road to surprise a deserving woman who is painting a prettier picture for the kids in her community in Pittsburgh by helping them heal through art.”
German was artist-in-residence at UM and the MMAC earlier this month. Her exhibition features mixed media sculptures that reference folk art and the transatlantic slave trade, or as she states, “the western coast of Africa, the east coast of the Carolinas, the east end of Pittsburgh.”
German’s Homewood neighborhood in Pittsburgh has been called “One of America’s Most Violent Neighborhoods.” Her work is a response to gun violence and prostitution that stands in opposition to the community-building and healing words of Martin Luther King Jr. German hosts an Art House in her community, creating a safe and creative outlet and haven for her neighborhood’s children.
German’s exhibition “Bitter Root” continues through Saturday, Jan. 10, in MMAC’s Paxson Gallery, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM. This exhibition title has been shortened from German’s title “Bitter Root, Lost Loot, Sore Tooth, Oh Shoot, Whole Truth, Traveling Reckoning Show.” Her collection reflects the feeling of journey this body of work contains. She has a long affiliation with author James Lee Burke’s novel “Bitterroot.”
German’s visit was sponsored in part by UM’s DiverseU, a series of activities that prompt dialogue in order to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding and create community through the practice of civil discourse. During her visit she spoke with students and the public and performed in downtown Missoula during First Friday.
MMAC’s academic year gallery hours are noon-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.