First Friday in Missoula: Beadwork, clay and a curator’s drawings

Contemporary Indigenous beadwork

Molly Murphy Adams, “Corn Husk Bag, 71.44,” (2019, beadwork on archival photo).

Courtesy of MAM

Missoula Art Museum

Molly Murphy Adams, a University of Montana alum who grew up in the state, is returning for a solo exhibition and some events at the MAM. Her show, “The Space Between,” includes hand-beaded Indigenous designs on an unexpected backdrop — photographs of the landscape.

Those are in the Frost Gallery. Down in the lobby, the MAM is exhibiting beadwork mixed-media prints made with UM’s Matrix Press and a beaded sewing box that, along with traditional designs, includes beaded QR codes.

Adams’ work was recently featured in the FX series’ “Reservation Dogs” and in “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Molly Murphy Adams, “Water Cycle, Arid” and “Water Cycle, Lush,” (2019, beadwork on archival photos). On view as part of her solo exhibition, “The Space Between,” at the Missoula Art Museum.

Courtesy of the artist/MAM

Details: Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m., she’ll give a

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