Tippet Rise Art Center

Images: Courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center

June 26 2016

When speaking of modern art, Montana is so rarely mentioned that it may as well be absent from the conversation. With a population on par with the rush hour L Train, it’s not astonishing that the reputation of the state is generally limited to cowboys and vast skies. This costal ignorance, fueled by the notion of ‘fly-over states’ is due for reconsideration with the opening of the Tippet Rise Art Center this month.

Located in the small, unincorporated community of Fishtail, Montana, Tippet Rise is an expansive 11.5 thousand acre art center dedicated to celebrating and preserving “the union of music, art, architecture, and landscape.”

Spearheaded by lifelong philanthropists Cathy and Peter Halstead, the working ranch at the edge of Yellowstone is home to two performance venues; several large-scale sculptural structures; underground geothermal and hydrology systems and a solar canopy.

“Here on the last American frontier, in this setting of unmatched beauty, we want to restore a connection that has almost been forgotten in today’s cities, but that for centuries was the source of power and profundity in music, art and architecture—the link between elemental harmonies in nature and the hidden patterns in great art,” the Halsteads. “We hope to make Tippet Rise Art Center a place where music and art ring true—for the performers and artists themselves, for our wonderful local community here in southern Montana and for visitors from around the globe. With the collaboration of our great project team and the participation of some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians, sculptors and architects, we look forward to welcoming the public and inaugurating our first performance season in summer 2016.”

Dedicated to exploring the dialog between nature and art, Tippet Rise will feature large-scale works from a coterie of contemporary sculptors. Created by artists interpreting the land in their own ways, the works at Tippet Rise are inherently sight specific. Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams weaves local willow branches through a replica of a frontier school house in a wistful imagining of the American West, while Ensamble Studio’s large-scale cast sculptures invoke the monumental size of the western landscape.

Beginning Friday, June 17, the center will commence its inaugural concert season, featuring performances from pianists Stephen Hough, Nikolai Demidenko, Konstantin Lifschitz, and Yevgeny Sudbin; a Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Laureates; George Li and Lucas Debargue in His US Debut. Artistic performances will include John Luther Adams’s Monumental Inuksuit; the World Premiere of a Tippet Rise-Commissioned Vocal Work by Prominent Spanish Composer Antón García-Abril; Immersive Concert Experiences Offered in the Acoustically Optimal “Olivier Barn,” Open-Sided “Tiara” Acoustical Shell, Sculptural “Domo,” and Sites of Tippet Rise’s Outdoor Sculpture Installations.

See the Tippet Rise Art Center online to plan your visit.