Montana Museum of Art & Culture to Feature Premier Installation on Parkinson’s

April 18, 2016

Detail from “Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson’s” MISSOULA – The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will host The Silver Foundation’s premier art installation on Parkinson’s disease May 9-31 in the Paxson Gallery at the University of Montana.

The installation, “Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson’s,” brings together inspiring quotes, stories, text, wordplay and photography showcasing many journeys of resilience from the global Parkinson’s community. In combining different mediums, Montana artists Carolyn Montgomery from The Silver Foundation and Hadley Ferguson from the Summit for Parkinson’s created a dynamic and interactive exhibition drawing from deeply personal and inspiring stories.

The exhibit includes a tree with thousands of leaves, each leaf containing a quote or message from around the world of someone living with or touched by Parkinson’s disease. In combination with the mixed-media tree sculpture, the exhibition also features environmental portraits with individual accounts of resilience in the face of Parkinson’s.

This exhibition is part of the national touring event “Forging Resilience” premiering at MMAC. The Parkinson’s installation will be featured at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 20-23, and at other upcoming venues to be announced in Los Angeles and New York.

Established in 1996, the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation is dedicated to supporting art, community enrichment, educational opportunities and aid to the less fortunate within Missoula County.

MMAC will host extended hours for both the Paxson and Meloy Galleries from May 9-31. For a full list of the extended hours, visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum/Shakespeare%20First%20Folio/default.aspx.

The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information, call MMAC Director Barbara Koostra at 406-243-2019 or visit the MMAC website at http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum/.

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Contact: Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art & Culture director, 406-243-2019, barbara.koostra@mso.umt.edu; Jeremy Canwell, interim curator of art, 406-243-2019, jeremy.canwell@mso.umt.edu.