Upcoming Events

Pollinator Garden Planting Day

May 25, 2017
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Celebrate the advent of summer by helping to plant annuals and edible plants in our Pollinator Garden, a habitat for pollinators that defies the concrete, urban environment surrounding the Museum. Feel free to bring your own gloves and hand tools; plants and refreshments will be provided.

Plains Art Museum S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture Pad

Currents: Conversations on Water

June 15, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Dr. Wren Walker Robbins: Exploring the Intersections of Science, Spirit and Water 

Join Dr. Wren Walker Robbins (Mohawk), a cell biologist, pipe-carrier, and member of the Mountain Spirit Lodge Society, in exploring the intersections of science, spirit, and water. Dr. Robbins will discuss learning and dancing with, as opposed to trying to control, the precious resource of water. Redefining our relationship with water can heal the historical and intellectual traditions that have split the world into living and non-living, and can create policy and scientific knowledge that reconnect us to our histories, our cultures, and our communities.

This event is part of our “Currents” series, exploring the social, ecological, and poetic power of water, inspired by Truman Lowe’s exhibition Cultural Confluence.

Free and open to the public.

Philosophy for All Fargo-Moorhead: East Meets West: Journey-Narratives of 2 Poets

June 15, 2017
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Philosophy for All Fargo-Moorhead is open to everyone interested in philosophy. Its aim is to approach philosophical problems in a non-technical way to enable everyone to participate in discussion and debate. It aims to combine serious philosophical activity with an informal exchange of ideas and views.

Topic: East Meets West: Journey-Narratives of 2 Poets

We will examine the inward and outward journey-experiences of two authors who composed their autobiographical accounts in an interweaving of poetry&prose, a traditional genre of Japanese literature – nikki, or literary journal, with poems and prose-passages echoing each other. The American poet James Lenfestey*, native Minnesotan, imitated this Japanese genre, as he was inspired by the haiku master-poet, Matsuo Basho (d. 1694). Both journeyers created their interweaving of prose and poetry as they traveled with friends, while also incorporating poems by other poets. Basho will guide us as he visits Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and celebrated natural sites in 17th-century Japan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Penguin pbk). James Lenfestey will guide us as he visits places of similar renown in China, with the goal of reaching the cave-residence of the T’ang dynasty poet Han-shan (fl. 750s CE) – Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain (Milkweed Eds., Minneapolis, 2014)

*James Lenfestey will be speaking at MSUM on April 26. When the reminder for April’s Phil. for All meeting goes out mid-April information about time and location will be included.

Presentation by Konrad Czynski, MSUM, followed by discussion.

Free and open to the public.

Hive Raising and Opening Reception

June 23, 2017
2:30 pmto3:30 pm

Join Buzz Lab 4.0 interns for the opening reception of their summer 2017 exhibition and launching of “The Hive,” a mobile educational space. Buzz Lab interns will lead free tours of the Pollinator Garden and Buzz Lab exhibition.

Museum Stakeholder Event

June 29, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Curious about what your art museum will be doing in the coming year? Join us for a presentation and discussion led by Museum Director/CEO Andy Maus. This free event is for members, donors, other supporters, and anyone interested in learning more about the Museum’s future. Refreshments will be served. Stick around for the Summer Exhibition Reception to follow!

Free and open to the public

Summer Exhibition Reception

June 29, 2017
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Live Music – Great Art, Food, Drinks and Company. Celebrating the reinstallation of our permanent collection exhibition Conversation Pieces and other exhibitions on the Museum’s campus.

Members, Partners, Native American Community Free
$10 nonmembers, $5 students

Third Annual Summer Art Sale

July 13, 2017
9:00 amto8:00 pm

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Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity • Free

Stop by Plains Art Museum and support local art and artists at our 3rd Annual Summer Art Sale, taking place during the 42nd Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair.

The Summer Art Sale features unique works of art by regional professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity.

We’re only two blocks off Broadway on First Avenue. Complete your Fargo Street Fair experience with a visit to your art museum!

Third Annual Summer Art Sale / Day 2

July 14, 2017
9:00 amto5:00 pm

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Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity • Free

Stop by Plains Art Museum and support local art and artists at our 3rd Annual Summer Art Sale, taking place during the 42nd Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair.

The Summer Art Sale features unique works of art by regional professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity.

We’re only two blocks off Broadway on First Avenue. Complete your Fargo Street Fair experience with a visit to your art museum!

Conversation with the Curators

July 20, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join Conversation Pieces curators director/CEO Andy Maus and associate curator Tasha Kubesh for a lively discussion on the pairings and dialogue between select works in the exhibition.

Free and open to the public.

Currents: Marcie Rendon: Murder on the Red

August 24, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Reading, discussion and book signing with Marcie Rendon, author of Murder on the Red

Murder on the Red River is a mystery novel by author Marcie R. Rendon (White Earth Anishinabe Nation). The main character is a 19 year old Native girl, Cash, who drives trucks for farmers in the Red River Valley during the day and plays pool at night. Cash’s dreams are key to how the murder mystery unfolds. The book presents racial tensions of the region and invites a comparison to recent events. Books will be available for purchase at the Plains Art Museum Store, and a limited number will be at the downtown Fargo Public Library.