Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead

Bob DeWeese - Self PortraitRobert DeWeese: A Look Ahead is a survey of the life work of one of Montana’s pioneering modernist artists. Beginning August 5th the DeWeese retrospective will be on display in Bozeman’s Jessie Wilber Gallery at the Emerson and the Copeland Gallery at Montana State University. The community is invited to an opening reception at the Wilber Gallery on Friday, August 14th, with a gallery talk by Josh DeWeese at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served from 5–8 pm in conjunction with Bozeman’s Art Walk.

Bob DeWeese - TieRobert DeWeese (1920-1990) studied art at Ohio State University and moved to Montana in 1949 with his wife, Gennie Adams DeWeese. As professor of art at Montana State University in Bozeman from 1949 to 1977, DeWeese taught and influenced many of the artists now working in Montana and beyond. DeWeese’s immense creativity, protean productivity, and personal warmth and generosity made him a Montana art legend. His radical experiments influenced two generations of Montana artists and collectors, and his artistic explorations still reverberate today.

A Look Ahead is on loan from the Holter Museum of Art and is traveling throughout the state of Montana under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association–Montana (MAGDA). It is based on the Robert DeWeese retrospective presented at the Holter Museum in 2006 and curated by Bozeman artist Terry Karson.

“We hope this exhibition provides a fresh, in-depth look into Bob DeWeese’s legacy, offers a significant addition to the historical record of this important artist, and stimulates renewed dialogue on the history of modern art in Montana and what it may offer to future generations,” Karson said.

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