Jeff Knight’s ‘Wishbones’

January 1, 1970 - to
Jeff Knight’s ‘Wishbones’

Stop in to the Museum in the next day or two to get one of these hand-carved, wooden wishbones created by Jeff Knight. Knight created these for PROJECT Flood Diversion, our series of interactive art works that pose questions, present ideas, and promote stronger community relationships around the topic of Red River flooding.

Knight created 150 wishbones and has been distributing them throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area, giving them to city workers and others who have fought flooding in the area over the past few years. A handful remain at our visitor’s services desk.

From the “Wishbone” custom packaging, also created by Knight:

The carved wishbone provides a challenge to the recipient while retaining its appeal as an emblematic art object. To satisfy the intent of the wishbone tradition (making a wish), one must break it, posing a dilemma that is in opposition of one’s desire to covet and protect a crafted object. Two people must engage in this activity, becoming active participants in the wishbone’s fate. I challenge those that take this wishbone to defy the social expectations and fulfill the wishbone’s destiny.

This year the people living in the Red River Valley are not distracted by the panic of preparing for an eminent flood. The flood will probably return in coming years and other natural misfortunes will occur, but this year the community has been given an opportunity to take a moment and reflect.

As the artist, I ask for your respone to the confrontation the wishbone provides. Think about community, and self, and how we interact in times of need and how we divide on issues of diversion. Maybe your wish isn’t flood related at all. Maybe you extend the wishbone as a gift for someone else to make a wish.

No matter what your wish, let us know the fate of your wishbone by sending a short response by completing and returning the enclosed card.

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Hang on to your hats!

January 1, 1970 - to
Hang on to your hats!

Around the Museum, the Spring Gala is an exciting time. Not only are we about to throw one of the F-M area’s biggest bashes, but we’re also getting ready to see months of planning and hard work come to fruition, with all of it benefiting the Museum in the process.┬áThis year’s theme, “Hang On to Your Hats!”, has provided the biggest charge to this year’s Gala planning. We’ve seen some good Facebook buzz already, with plenty of you preparing your own one-of-a-kind entries into what will most assuredly be a hat display to end all hat displays.

If this is your first time attending, or if you’d like a refresher on what goes on, here’s your field guide to the Spring Gala:

Expect plenty of art. The main event at each Gala, other than the fine folks you will meet and speak to, is our art auction. This year, we’ve outdone ourselves with over 100 works of art up for bid from 93 of our region’s finest and best-known artists, plus plenty of work from emerging talent. It’s a golden opportunity to add to your art collections, support the work of these artists, and support the Museum’s mission to provide critical arts education. Plus, you’ll get to take a look at new fashions from designers MeJeanne Couture.

Take a peek at the Gala art auction here.

Expect plenty of treats. This year’s menu reaches new heights of tastiness, with food by Mosaic Foods, the area’s largest wine tasting from Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, coffee by Dunn Bros. Coffee Co., and desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry.

How about a photo of your special night? Did you work extra hard on that special hat? Is it like pulling teeth to get your significant other dressed up for a night on the town? Commemorate the evening with a special photo in our photo booth set up by our fine sponsors, Milestones Photography. Photos start at $10 for a couple, and you’ll get your choice of a print or a digital file. All proceeds will go to the Museum.

Get your groove on. We’re pleased to welcome the ear-catching tunes of Inside Out Strings as our first-floor entertainment this year. And, we’re already exhausted from dancing the night away with area favorites Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.

Have a great time. We’ve provided the setting, the tunes, the good food, and the wine … but the Gala really comes to life in the conversations you’ll have and the┬ácamaraderie you’ll share with your fellow Gala-goers. Come prepared to have a good time, and you will.

Thanks, and see you (and your hats!) on Gala night!

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