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BIL (P) - Yellowstone Art Museum- Member Program (Mar 9, 6:30 MT)


Exhibits Include:  The Montana Modernists and Photographer Ken Blackbird

We are excited to announce the March Member program which 
will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum. 
Event is open to guests.

The fee includes admission to the Yellowstone Art Museum and a private docent lead tour of the exhibits.

photographer ken blackbird

Ken Blackbird (Assiniboine, Gros Ventre) grew up on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. After leaving the reservation at age nineteen, he worked a succession of jobs as a welder in Texas and as a forest ranger (and emergency firefighter) in Yellowstone National Park. In 1992 Blackbird graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism and set out on an extensive internship around the country, which most notably included the Chicago Sun Times. Blackbird says he just fell into photography as a necessary part of journalism. However, his personal work comes from a different motivation:

“I’m looking for light. I’m looking for the layers of composition. I’m always looking at eyes, hands, backgrounds. I’m looking for someone doing something different. I’ve never thought of it as fine art. I just love taking photographs.”
—Ken Blackbird


Drawing primarily from the extensive collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum, the exhibition explores the first-generation modernists in Montana through the themes of Place, Artistic Lineage, and Community—all crucial elements in the lives and works of these artists. As the nascent movement grew and took hold across the state, it not only affected artmaking but allowed Montanans access to new ways of viewing themselves, society, and nature, and a way of seeing that had lasting effects on the struggle for a broader, more authentic Montana narrative. 



Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Yellowstone Art Museum- YAM
401 N 27th St
Billings, MT  59101

406 256-6804
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Denise Armstrong
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only