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John Baldessari

John Baldessari, "I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art" (edition 44/150, lithograph, 1971) is on display at the Missoula Art Museum in the exhibition "Interference Effects." The show comprises prints from the influential artist's career, culled from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

A cheat sheet to some of the arts and culture happening around Missoula in the next week.

New openings at MAM

Over at the Missoula Art Museum, two major exhibitions are opening Tuesday.

In the MAM's largest galleries, viewers have a chance to view prints by the ground-breaking contemporary artist John Baldessari.

"Interference Effects" will survey the career of the California-born artist, now in his 80s, who began pushing the boundaries of conceptual art in the 1960s. While there's plenty of theory surrounding his work, his prints are easy to enjoy on a visual level. With a preference for humor and absurdism expressed through found and altered photographs and text, he's an ideal artist for the age of online media.

The prints were selected from the expansive collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Family Foundation. The art philanthropist has one of the largest collections of contemporary art prints in the country and gives museums, particularly in rural areas, access to the work for exhibitions. In 2014, the MAM showed "Under Pressure," an overview of contemporary work in print; and in late 2016-17, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture focused on the use of text and language in prints for "Present Tense."

Here are some events related to the exhibition, which is open through August:

  • "Head On," a lecture by photographer and University of Montana professor Matt Hamon, April 17, 7 p.m.
  • Book club and movie night, April 25, 7 p.m.
  • First Friday reception: June 1, 5-8 p.m., gallery talk at 7.

Corwin "Corky" Clairmont's "Two-Headed Arrow/The Tar Sands Project" will be something of a departure for the artist, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The installation is based upon a 900-mile journey from the MAM to a tar-sands operation in Alberta, Canada. According to the museum website, Clairmont stopped every 25 miles and placed a two-headed arrow on the ground and took a photograph. Once at the tar sands, he shot aerial photographs of the mining. Those photographs form the basis for a more far-ranging installation going into the MAM.

Clairmont will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday, April 6, for the proper opening. He'll give a gallery talk at 7. The next day, he'll give a talk at 11 a.m.

Cumberbatch and the Bard

If any "Sherlock" fans need an introduction to Shakespeare, Tuesday is your night: Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as the title character in "Hamlet" will screen at the Roxy Theater.

The production was directed by Lyndsey Turner at the Barbican in London in 2015 and broadcast around the U.K. through National Theatre Live, a service that simulcasts plays into moviehouses around the world.

The encore screening in Missoula comes courtesy of Andrew Morris and Morris Productions. For years, he's arranged for the broadcasts of the National Theatre Live's productions. You can see them regularly at the Roxy, along with selections of opera.

The show is set for Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. The play runs 225 minutes. For tickets or more information, go to

Live music

Those mourning the late great Tom Petty can catch a tribute to the iconic songwriter at the Wilma on Friday with The Waiting.

The show is $10 in advance at, all ages welcome. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8.

If classic rock isn't your jam, Tahj Kjelland and his band hip-hop-soul-reggae band Sweatshop Sneakers are playing at free show at the Hat on Friday starting at 10.

On Saturday, Tom Catmull and his band, the Last Resort, are bringing his catalog of originals to his old stomping grounds at the Union Club starting at 9:30 p.m. The show's free, 21 and up only.

Also Saturday, Irish musician Liam Ó Maonlaí, formerly of the Hothouse Flowers, will play a mix of traditional and new music at "A Springtime of Irish Music and Song." The concert is at 7:30 at the Music Recital Hall at the University of Montana. Tickets are $15 general, $13 members of Friends of Irish Studies and seniors, $5 students. For more information, go to

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