Around the Museum #2

January 1, 1970 - to
Around the Museum #2

We’ve heard both hubbub and quiet around the Museum for the last few days. It makes sense. The upcoming holiday is drawing everyone to other leisure activities and, as both the colleges and schools head into the final stretch, few students have made it over. However, our White Album exhibition has been a good pull for the public, so we’ve seen above-average traffic from that.

Much of our work this past week has focused on squaring away the final details for the residency of the theatre group Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The Museum is presenting this residency along with Trollwood Arts and, soon, all ages will be able to sign up for a couple weeks of workshops with Heart of the Beast – absolutely free. You can see details here and more are soon to come. If you have any questions about registration, please direct them to Trollwood Arts by calling 218-477-6500 or visit trollwood.org. We’re excited to partner with such a great organization for this incredible opportunity. If you have kids looking for a free, artful activity, this one’s for you.

Next week, we’ll open an ArtView exhibition entitled Landmark: Views of the Moorhead Power Plant. After a call for submissions, we received work depicting the now-defunct Moorhead Power Plant from seven local artists. The purpose of the exhibition is to encourage¬† discussion about the fate of this facility and to explore the formal qualities of the building. We’ll leave an opportunity for the community to leave its thoughts on the fate of the building as well.

On behalf of the entire Plains Art Museum staff, board and volunteers, I wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. We’re closed on Monday but open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday, so stop on by.

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Summer is Upon Us

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Summer is Upon Us

Lilac bushes at Plains Art Museum

Lilac bushes at Plains Art Museum

Summer. It’s what we in the Dakotas look forward to after six (seven? eight?) months of wintry cold. To celebrate the summer months, the Museum will offer free admission to the public every Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Plus, current military members and their families receive free admission any day during the same period through the Blue Star Museum Initiative put in place by the National Endowment for the Arts. As always, students and Museum members get into the galleries for free as well.

While the nearby lakes, parks and campgrounds are irresistible, there are a few good reasons to keep the Museum in mind during the summer:

Reason #1: It’s cool inside. As the pleasant spring gives way to a sweltering summer, remember that the Museum provides a way to get out of the house and still be somewhere cool. If the weather makes being outside irresistible, why not encourage a stop at the Museum as part of your family walk or bike ride? Take a breather and take a stroll through the galleries.

Reason #2: Into every life a little rain must fall. When the clouds gather, salvage your day with a trip to the Museum, just like Olivia.

Reason #3: We’re not just indoors. Our Plains Inside Out series of programming will get you up and moving outside. In July, be sure to check out Hip Hop Don’t Stop, a weekend of aerosol mural painting, DJ’s, dancing and emcees. In August, our Bikes, Art, and Community Health Week is a great opportunity to take part in fun and enlightening activities centered around bikes and alternative travel. Then, there’s Star Monster, definitely a must-see.

We hope to see you around this summer. If you need more information in regards to Museum hours or if you want to organize a group tour, click here.

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Summer is Upon Us

January 1, 1970 - to
Summer is Upon Us

Lilac bushes at Plains Art Museum

Lilac bushes at Plains Art Museum

Summer. It’s what we in the Dakotas look forward to after six (seven? eight?) months of wintry cold. To celebrate the summer months, the Museum will offer free admission to the public every Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Plus, current military members and their families receive free admission any day during the same period through the Blue Star Museum Initiative put in place by the National Endowment for the Arts. As always, students and Museum members get into the galleries for free as well.

While the nearby lakes, parks and campgrounds are irresistible, there are a few good reasons to keep the Museum in mind during the summer:

Reason #1: It’s cool inside. As the pleasant spring gives way to a sweltering summer, remember that the Museum provides a way to get out of the house and still be somewhere cool. If the weather makes being outside irresistible, why not encourage a stop at the Museum as part of your family walk or bike ride? Take a breather and take a stroll through the galleries.

Reason #2: Into every life a little rain must fall. When the clouds gather, salvage your day with a trip to the Museum, just like Olivia.

Reason #3: We’re not just indoors. Our Plains Inside Out series of programming will get you up and moving outside. In July, be sure to check out Hip Hop Don’t Stop, a weekend of aerosol mural painting, DJ’s, dancing and emcees. In August, our Bikes, Art, and Community Health Week is a great opportunity to take part in fun and enlightening activities centered around bikes and alternative travel. Then, there’s Star Monster, definitely a must-see.

We hope to see you around this summer. If you need more information in regards to Museum hours or if you want to organize a group tour, click here.

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Around the Museum, #1

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Around the Museum, #1

(Welcome to Around the Museum, a feature of the Plains Art Museum blog recapping the week and psyching you up for the week to come.)

The week that was.
On Tuesday, we officially opened The White Album: The Beatles Meet the Plains, an exhibition that showcases work from our permanent collection organized around the songs from “The White Album” (technically called The Beatles). Featuring a diverse set of artists (Star Wallowing Bull, T. L. Solien, and Luis Jimenez, among many others) chosen in such a way has given this exhibition a “shuffled” feel. This makes sense since the show is sort of a mashup. So far, it’s been warmly received; many visitors tell us that they’ve been excited to have a reason to reacquaint themselves with such a powerful musical statement. A large contingent of kids have been through for tours as well. I understand there was a lot of dancing to “Birthday.”

(Paul McCartney? Ringo Starr? If you’re out there somewhere, we’d be honored to have either or both of you in to give a gallery talk.)

The work on the roof windows over the atrium was finished last week and the scaffolding was taken down earlier this week. For both visitors and staff, it was daunting to have three stories of scaffolding right inside the front door, so we’re glad it’s down. Also reassuring is the fact that the Rosenquist mural will be protected from harmful light and UV rays when it gets installed this fall.

On Wednesday, Jeff Mooridian and friends led a laid-back evening of jazz for our Rush Hour Music Series. Jeff led a skilled band but kept the proceedings loose, creating a jovial atmosphere. He called up his sister to sing a couple tunes and, folks, she was dynamite (I have video from the evening that I will put up next week). I’d like to thank Connie and Kristy from our sponsors, Minnesota Public Radio, for bringing the scrumptious cake for their member appreciation function that coincided with the concert. I had the carrot cake. Two pieces.

We had a huge response to Theme Photo Thursday on our Facebook page this past week. If you’re not familiar with Theme Photo Thursday, it’s simply an open call for fan photos to be posted to our wall along a broad, simple theme. This week, the theme was “Music.” We had quite the array of work, from photos of Kiss to photos of old instruments. Please do check it out.

The week yet to be
We’re entering a brief period without any public programming, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking in things to do. We just put the wraps on our next newsletter due out in the beginning of June, so now we’re in the process of getting the website up to speed. We’re also still planning a few functions, including a tribute to Modern Man coming up in July. Mostly, however, we’re basking in the beautiful early summer and working our hardest to bring people and art together.

Any thoughts to share about the week that was or the week yet to be? Please leave a comment, and thanks for reading.

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Around the Museum, #1

January 1, 1970 - to
Around the Museum, #1

(Welcome to Around the Museum, a feature of the Plains Art Museum blog recapping the week and psyching you up for the week to come.)

The week that was.
On Tuesday, we officially opened The White Album: The Beatles Meet the Plains, an exhibition that showcases work from our permanent collection organized around the songs from “The White Album” (technically called The Beatles). Featuring a diverse set of artists (Star Wallowing Bull, T. L. Solien, and Luis Jimenez, among many others) chosen in such a way has given this exhibition a “shuffled” feel. This makes sense since the show is sort of a mashup. So far, it’s been warmly received; many visitors tell us that they’ve been excited to have a reason to reacquaint themselves with such a powerful musical statement. A large contingent of kids have been through for tours as well. I understand there was a lot of dancing to “Birthday.”

(Paul McCartney? Ringo Starr? If you’re out there somewhere, we’d be honored to have either or both of you in to give a gallery talk.)

The work on the roof windows over the atrium was finished last week and the scaffolding was taken down earlier this week. For both visitors and staff, it was daunting to have three stories of scaffolding right inside the front door, so we’re glad it’s down. Also reassuring is the fact that the Rosenquist mural will be protected from harmful light and UV rays when it gets installed this fall.

On Wednesday, Jeff Mooridian and friends led a laid-back evening of jazz for our Rush Hour Music Series. Jeff led a skilled band but kept the proceedings loose, creating a jovial atmosphere. He called up his sister to sing a couple tunes and, folks, she was dynamite (I have video from the evening that I will put up next week). I’d like to thank Connie and Kristy from our sponsors, Minnesota Public Radio, for bringing the scrumptious cake for their member appreciation function that coincided with the concert. I had the carrot cake. Two pieces.

We had a huge response to Theme Photo Thursday on our Facebook page this past week. If you’re not familiar with Theme Photo Thursday, it’s simply an open call for fan photos to be posted to our wall along a broad, simple theme. This week, the theme was “Music.” We had quite the array of work, from photos of Kiss to photos of old instruments. Please do check it out.

The week yet to be
We’re entering a brief period without any public programming, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking in things to do. We just put the wraps on our next newsletter due out in the beginning of June, so now we’re in the process of getting the website up to speed. We’re also still planning a few functions, including a tribute to Modern Man coming up in July. Mostly, however, we’re basking in the beautiful early summer and working our hardest to bring people and art together.

Any thoughts to share about the week that was or the week yet to be? Please leave a comment, and thanks for reading.

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Spring Gala Recap

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Spring Gala Recap

Spring Gala

As the theme for the evening suggested, our 14th Annual Spring Gala on May 1 was definitely “Ordinary to Extraordinary.”

Gala attendees were treated to an array of delights; a spectacular silent auction of art, hearty eats by Mosaic Foods (including candied bacon!), a gigantic wine tasting by Happy Harry’s, tunes by Julie Buck and Company, dance music courtesy Betty Does, spirits from the Sidestreet, coffees by Moxie Java, a knockout fashion show from MeJeanne Couture and … omigosh … incredible desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry. Ordinarily, these are experiences that, by themselves, would be notable. Put together in one place, it was extraordinary. We thank our vendors, sponsors, staff and donating artists for helping us make that happen.

Spring Gala

The Museum, like its inhabitants for the night, was extraordinary as well. Many thanks to all of those who helped with planning and decoration, particularly to our volunteer committees. On her own she’s a gorgeous building, but with a little love, extra care, and sexy lighting she really comes alive.

DK, Ann Arbor, and Prairie

Attendance? Well, how can we consider those who came to the Gala as nothing more than extraordinary? You really made it happen. Through ticket purchases and the silent auction, our Gala raised almost $35,000 for Museum educational programs. Thanks to you, we will be able to provide services like our Kid Quest events and tours for visiting student groups. We can’t stress enough how important this is to the Museum and to our community as a whole. In order to function properly as a full-service arts institution, we need the efforts of extraordinary people like those who came to the Gala. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Were you at the Gala? Share your experience in the comments.

(If you’d like to see more photos of the evening, you can visit the Milestones Photography blog here. You can also browse and purchase prints from the evening here.)

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Spring Gala Recap

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Spring Gala Recap

Spring Gala

As the theme for the evening suggested, our 14th Annual Spring Gala on May 1 was definitely “Ordinary to Extraordinary.”

Gala attendees were treated to an array of delights; a spectacular silent auction of art, hearty eats by Mosaic Foods (including candied bacon!), a gigantic wine tasting by Happy Harry’s, tunes by Julie Buck and Company, dance music courtesy Betty Does, spirits from the Sidestreet, coffees by Moxie Java, a knockout fashion show from MeJeanne Couture and … omigosh … incredible desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry. Ordinarily, these are experiences that, by themselves, would be notable. Put together in one place, it was extraordinary. We thank our vendors, sponsors, staff and donating artists for helping us make that happen.

Spring Gala

The Museum, like its inhabitants for the night, was extraordinary as well. Many thanks to all of those who helped with planning and decoration, particularly to our volunteer committees. On her own she’s a gorgeous building, but with a little love, extra care, and sexy lighting she really comes alive.

DK, Ann Arbor, and Prairie

Attendance? Well, how can we consider those who came to the Gala as nothing more than extraordinary? You really made it happen. Through ticket purchases and the silent auction, our Gala raised almost $35,000 for Museum educational programs. Thanks to you, we will be able to provide services like our Kid Quest events and tours for visiting student groups. We can’t stress enough how important this is to the Museum and to our community as a whole. In order to function properly as a full-service arts institution, we need the efforts of extraordinary people like those who came to the Gala. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Were you at the Gala? Share your experience in the comments.

(If you’d like to see more photos of the evening, you can visit the Milestones Photography blog here. You can also browse and purchase prints from the evening here.)

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Show Your Museum Love on International Museum Day

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Show Your Museum Love on International Museum Day

Plains Art Museum

In addition to being the opening day of our exhibition The White Album: The Beatles Meet the Plains, Tuesday, May 18, is International Museum Day. To celebrate, we’re offering free admission to the galleries all day and extending our gallery hours to 8 p.m.

Along with this year’s Museum Day theme of “Museums and Social Harmony,” we’re also asking our supporters to get involved by helping us emphasize the value of museums to our community. Here are a few ways you can help:

* Stop by and record a statement of support. We’ll have a video camera set up between 4 – 7 p.m. to record answers to this question: “How does your museum benefit your community?” Recorded answers will be posted online.

* Bring someone to Plains Art Museum who has never been here before. So often, we hear the phrase “I keep meaning to get over there!” This is a great chance to get someone to do just that.

* Encourage your coworkers to take a field trip to the Museum to build camaraderie and inspire creativity. (You can eat lunch here, too.)

* Contact local, state and national public officials and let them know that museums and the arts foster creativity, enhance our community’s quality of life, promote dialogue on social issues, and contribute to our economy.

For details or more information, please contact Kris Kerzman at kkerzman@plainsart.org.

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Andrew David Stark Given Award Through UND Grad School

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Andrew David Stark Given Award Through UND Grad School

Last weekend, Andrew David Stark received a Distinguished Dissertation, Thesis and Creative Exhibition award from the University of North Dakota Graduate School. Stark received the award for his MFA work at UND. He graduated last year. For more about the award and the UND Graduate School, visit their blog here.

Stark is currently showing Microcosm/Macrocosm: Recent Work by Andrew David Stark in the Landfield Atrium, although the show is currently down as the atrium roof is being repaired. We expect the work to be completed and the show to be rehung next week.

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Andrew David Stark Given Award Through UND Grad School

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Andrew David Stark Given Award Through UND Grad School

Last weekend, Andrew David Stark received a Distinguished Dissertation, Thesis and Creative Exhibition award from the University of North Dakota Graduate School. Stark received the award for his MFA work at UND. He graduated last year. For more about the award and the UND Graduate School, visit their blog here.

Stark is currently showing Microcosm/Macrocosm: Recent Work by Andrew David Stark in the Landfield Atrium, although the show is currently down as the atrium roof is being repaired. We expect the work to be completed and the show to be rehung next week.

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