Work by Famed Mexican Artist Available for Viewing at UM

February 26, 2015

MISSOULA – A new work by famed Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco will be displayed Feb. 27-June 30 in the President’s Office at the University of Montana.

Titled “Inner Sections Alpha” (2014), the work is on loan through an anonymous private collection. Visitors can experience the painting firsthand in Main Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during University holidays.

UM’s Montana Museum of Art & Culture is dedicated to creating learning opportunities and unique viewing opportunities for UM students and regional audiences. As both a university teaching collection and state museum, MMAC consistently schedules the highest quality traveling exhibitions and visiting artworks by internationally renowned artists.

Orozco was born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, in 1962 and studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Plasticas in Mexico City and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain.

His interest in complex geometry and mapping is evident in his “Inner Sections” series. Here, Orozco creates a matrix of partial circles and negative space in a radiating pattern of gold leaf and colored tempera paint on stretched linen. Orozco explores the kinetic potential of this limited palette.

“Art Observed,” a contemporary fine art website, wrote of Orozco, “His work is constantly exploring possibilities of space and time, flow and movement … Simple actions, minimal manipulations and frequently employed found objects flow in and out of view.”  

One of the most prominent artists working today, he has exhibited at distinguished venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Venice Biennale.

In 2000, a retrospective of Orozco’s work was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveled to Museo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterey, Mexico. 

MMAC’s current exhibition, “Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” is on display through May 23 in the Paxson and Meloy galleries of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The exhibition and a first-ever handbook of the collection celebrate the 120th anniversary of the MMAC Permanent Collection, which boasts nearly 11,000 objects. A full schedule of other programs planned throughout the exhibition can be found online at http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum/exeventsschedule/calendar.aspx.

MMAC’s academic year gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and 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.

Contact: Barbara Koostra, director, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 406-243-2019, barbara.koostra@mso.umt.edu; Brandon Reintjes, MMAC curator of art, brandon.reintjes@mso.umt.edu.