Photo: James G. Todd, Jr., Berlin Wall with Guard Dog, acrylic on masonite, 1975, 41 x 48”. MAM Collection, purchase funded by LEAW Foundation, 2002.11.01.
Where is home? What is freedom? Who decides? With debates erupting daily in volatile national conversations, MAM invites you to uncover new insights in the work of collection artists. These visionaries—hailing from as close as Missoula and the Flathead Reservation to as far away as Sweden and Kenya— are inventors and storytellers, guardians and explorers. They ask vital questions about ourselves and our world through challenging narratives and subtle abstraction, often referring to borders, migrations, and transgressions. Their voices, preserved over decades through the MAM Collection, form a chorus that ranges from humorous to critical but is always thoughtful. Through these many doors, Hard Edge/Soft Ground explores what it means to be at the border of access and power.