April 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Montana writer Annick Smith and arts advocate Susan O’Connor capture the history and essence of Montana’s prairies in prose, poetry and black-and-white photographs. These two women created a beautiful tribute volume that includes twenty writers and three photographers. The Wide Open documents and honors a time and place that will never look or be quite the same. As wide and immutable as the endless prairie seems, it is a fragile and ever-changing world. Accomplished photographers Lois Conner, Geoffrey James and Lee Friedlander share unique visions of the Montana prairie landscape. These artists bring into sharp focus images of the easily overlooked. This poetic collection of photographs shares an intimate and personal interpretation that is both unique in vision and to one place: the prairies of Montana. The exhibition is organized by the Missoula Art Museum.