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MAM is thrilled to host Selected Works from the Susan an d Roy O'Connor Collection. This exhibition highlights a portion of the rich artistic expressions represented in this significant private collecti on. Susan and Roy O’Connor have graciously loaned MAM artworks from their c ollection for this exhibition.

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The exhibition includes work by Amer ican artists Richard Diebenkorn\, Robert Mapplethorpe\, Robert Rauschenberg \, Ed Ruscha\, Philip Taaffe\, Andy Warhol\, and Terry Winters. It also inc ludes sculptures by Louise Bourgeois\, Ken Price\, and Richard Long. The wo rks created in the 1960-90’s fit well within the mission of the museum\, “M AM strives to engage artists and audience in the creative exploration of co ntemporary art relevant to our community\, state and region”. Viewers will discover that these artists are pioneers in the contemporary art scene in A merica and have had a far-reaching influence on contemporary artists throug hout the region.

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The O’Connors have spent a lifetime assembling thi s collection\, but the willingness to share the works with MAM’s audience i s a reflection of the confidence and power of the works. Susan O’Connor exp lains\, “Both Roy and I lived in homes with art as children. Surrounded by impressionist paintings\, African sculptures\, music and rare books\, we na turally were attuned to the art world wherever we lived–Hawaii\; Cairns\, A ustralia\; Houston\, TX\; or Missoula\, MT. We have made great friends with artists we have met along the way. We have become involved with art museum s\, served on boards\, initiated and supported art projects\, bought art in local galleries\, visited collections and art museums and art festivals ar ound the world. We put together a collection of paintings\, drawings\, and sculptures we admired\, and spoke to us and were reflections of the natural world and the life of our time.

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Most of the major pieces in our co llection were bought in the eighties through our friends Fredericka Hunter and Ian Glennie of Texas Gallery when we lived in Houston. I had known Ian and Fredericka when we all worked at Richard Feigen Gallery in NYC in the l ate sixties. They introduced us to Robert Rauschenberg\, Ed Ruscha\, Robert Mapplethorpe\, Chuck Arnoldi\, Warhol and Basquiat. Rauschenberg came to m y 40th birthday party and gave me a drawing of a lobster. Basquiat rented o ur house in Kipahulu. By getting to know these artists\, we collected their newest work which had special meaning to us.”

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MAM would be remiss not to acknowledge the contributions of the O’Connors in making this exhibi tion a reality and helping expand the audience for these important works. T he exhibition includes a video interview with Susan O’Connor. Additional in terpretive materials and Guide by Cell tours have been provided by Ian Glen nie and Fredericka Hunter. Both Glennie and Hunter have first-hand experien ce in representing many of these artists and have helped in facilitating th e growth of the O’Connor Collection.

DTEND:20130210 DTSTAMP:20140714T033055 DTSTART:20120907 GEO:46.8724585;-113.9924354 LOCATION:Missoula Art Museum\,335 N. Pattee St. \nMissoula\, MT 59802 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Selected Works from the Susan and Roy O'Connor Collection\, Louise Bourgeois\, Richard Diebenkorn\, Richard Long\, Robert Mapplethorpe\, Ken P rice\, Robert Rauschenberg\, Ed Ruscha\, Philip Taaffe\, Andy Warhol\, Terr y Winters UID:237273 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR