MMAC to Host Author’s Lecture on Copper King’s Life

March 01, 2019

Bill Dedman will speak at UM on March 6.MISSOULA – The Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana will host a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who chronicled the life of one of America’s wealthiest families.

Bill Dedman, co-author of “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune,” will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Masquer Theater of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Dedman also will autograph copies of his book, which was co-written with Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

The event is held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “The William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming,” which features artwork from the estate of William A. Clark, a former Montana senator and one the most powerful and influential 19th-century Americans. The MMAC received nine pieces from Clark’s estate, and eight pieces are currently on display. They include three paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, two by Jean-Charles Cazin, one by Jules Dupré, one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, one by Thomas Gainsborough and a sculpture attributed to Donatello. The ninth piece is in Seattle for conservation repairs and will rejoin the museum’s Permanent Collection when the work is complete.

 The works will be on display through June 15. MMAC is home to more than 11,000 works of art. An international collection, it belongs to all Montanans. For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit


Contact: Rafael Chacón, Suzanne and Bruce Crocker director, Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM, 406-241-2252,