Stories Behind the Objects | Helen McAuslan’s Kent State Paintings

Length: 5 minutes. Take a close-up look at a Museum of the Rockies artifact in 5 minutes or less! Brought to you by Lisa Verwys, Collections Manager and Registrar for Cultural History, this series explores the stories behind objects from the museum’s history collections.

Explore pieces of the museum’s small fine art collection, nearly half of which is comprised of the work of Montana artist Helen McAuslan. This modernist used art to create a visual reaction to and memorialization of the protests surrounding the Vietnam War, including the shootings at Kent State. While individual artists have unique stories and motivations behind the work they produce, as a collective, artists have always been integral to protest, resistance, and cultural change.