Current Events

Noon Holiday Concerts: Sarah Morrau & Bekka Devries

December 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts: Sarah Morrau & Bekka Devries

Enjoy music from some of the area’s best musicians over your lunch hour (noon – 1 p.m.). Purchase lunch from local caterer Chef’s Table and take in the galleries for FREE. Shop for artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts! Members get 20% off Store Purchases, November 24 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio and hibu.

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Noon Holiday Concerts: Fargo-Moorhead Opera

December 14, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts: Fargo-Moorhead Opera

Enjoy music from some of the area’s best musicians over your lunch hour (noon – 1 p.m.). Purchase lunch from local caterer Chef’s Table and take in the galleries for FREE. Shop for artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts! Members get 20% off Store Purchases, November 24 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio and hibu.

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Kid Quest: Pow, Bang, Boom: Heroes in Art

January 6, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Pow, Bang, Boom: Heroes in Art

Discover heroes inside the museum’s artwork! Find heroic items around the museum and add them to your super hero cape in the studios.

Free, registration required.

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Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy, with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio and Kiwanis Club of Fargo.

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Art of Hope and Healing: Peaceful Painting

January 23, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Art of Hope and Healing: Peaceful Painting

Experience hope and healing through guided healing arts sessions at Plains Art Museum. Open to individuals and families who have been impacted by substance abuse, Art of Hope and Healing workshops provide a safe and uplifting space to share and heal through gentle art activities led by trained therapeutic arts facilitator Nikki Anderson. Participants are invited to create original art in a creative and non-threatening studio environment. Each Art of Hope and Healing session is offered twice. We ask that you register for one of these two sessions to enable others to experience this healing arts workshop.

Free and open to the public. 

Made possible by support from The Bush Foundation.

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Horse Nation Tour

January 25, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Horse Nation Tour

Join Director of Native American Programs Laura Youngbird on a guided tour of The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.
Free and open to the public.

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Winter Exhibition Reception

February 3, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Winter Exhibition Reception

Join us for great art, food, music and conversation. Preview our new Winter exhibition; Mark Applebaum: Picturing Musicthe Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and more.

  • Music by Fargo-Moorhead Symphony String Trio
  • hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar

Members, Partners, Native Artists FREE, $10 nonmembers, $5 students

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Artist Talk: Mark Applebaum

February 3, 2018 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Artist Talk: Mark Applebaum

Meet avant-garde American composer Mark Applebaum, who will discuss, perform, and guide the audience in listening to work in the Picturing Music exhibition. Associate Professor of Composition and Theory in the Department of Music at Stanford University, Applebaum has challenged the conventional boundaries of musical ontology throughout his career as a composer / musician / artist. Featuring performances and dialogue with the Varying Degrees Trio, this talk will illuminate Applebaum’s expansive and boundary-pushing practice.
Free and open to the public.

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Giving Hearts Day: Chili Bowl & Concert

February 8, 2018 - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Giving Hearts Day: Chili Bowl & Concert

Plains Art Museum invites you to pARTicipate in this remarkable act of generosity.

Listen to area musicians while enjoying a bowl of piping hot, homemade chilis prepared by local restaurants, caterers, and Museum staff and members. Receive a FREE custom-made ceramic bowl created by local potters.

On Giving Hearts Day, your donation of $10 or more to Plains Art Museum is magnified by match funding from an anonymous donor who is providing $5,000 when we raise at least that amount or more. To help keep the Museum general admission free for exhibitions, as well as allow us to offer to the community affordable events and classes, we invite you to give back on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 8. We are excited to be part of this amazing statewide event, organized by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation.

To make a secure online contribution on February 8 please go to impactgiveback.org

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Artist Talk: Tim Kowalczyk

February 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Tim Kowalczyk

Join artist in residence Tim Kowalczyk as he explains his unique ceramic process, working on sculptural work as well as his signature “cardboard” mugs.

Free and open to the public

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Buzz Lab 5.0 Launch Party

February 22, 2018 - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Buzz Lab 5.0 Launch Party

Wondering what the “buzz” about Buzz Lab is all about? Join us for the 2018 Buzz Lab Launch Party. At this meeting, we will launch the Buzz Lab 5.0 internship application and will discuss the history and goals of Buzz Lab, the Museum’s paid summer internship program for youth ages 11 – 18. Create a community art project, taste honey, and get started on your Buzz Lab 5.0 application. Open to interested youth, families, and community members.

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The Metaphysics of Notation

March 1, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The Metaphysics of Notation

Hear members of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony perform Mark Applebaum’s highly inventive and cryptic composition “The Metaphysics of Notation” inside the exhibition Mark Applebaum: Picturing Music. “The Metaphysics of Notation” is a pictographic score consisting of 70 linear feet of highly detailed, hand-drawn glyphs, two hanging mobiles of score fragments, and absolutely no written or verbal instructions. Join us for unique, improvisational interpretations of this avant-garde composition. Free and open to the public.

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Horse Regalia with James Star Comes Out

March 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Horse Regalia with James Star Comes Out

Event is located: NDSU Equine Center, 5140 19th Ave. N, Fargo

Horse regalia was commonly utilized by Lakota / Dakota / Nakota people for a giveaway in honor or in remembrance of a relative, identification of a warrior society, in ceremonies such as a horse dance, or simply to parade in celebration. James Star Comes Out will present an in-depth view of the history and the association between the people and the horse, who was highly honored and cherished among the tribes within the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.
Free and open to the public.

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John Cage Musicircus

April 6, 2018 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
John Cage Musicircus

Part concert and part happening, a “musicircus” invites any number of performers to perform any number of pieces (musical or otherwise) simultaneously in the same place. The immersive “musicircus” pays homage to American composer and avant-garde icon John Cage, whose philosophies and compositions caused audiences around the world to reconsider “What, exactly, is music?.

“Cage Against the Machine” will feature simultaneous performances throughout the Museum by the MSUM Percussion and Chamber Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Kenyon Williams and Dr. Monte Grisé. Join us for this 1960s-style “happening” to observe art, music, and the chance interactions between them. $8 adults / $6 children. Free for MSUM Students/Faculty/Staff Museum members

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Art + Autism Workshop: Picturing Music

April 7, 2018 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Art + Autism Workshop: Picturing Music

Explore music and art in the exhibition Mark Applebaum: Picturing Music with hands-on art and sound stations. After a snack break, participants create an artful instrument. A social story will be sent prior to the workshop. Parents/caregivers may request an orientation prior to the event – contact Katherine Rieck at krieck@plainsart.org to schedule.

Free

All sessions are developed and instructed by Plains Art Museum Education Staff and Special Education professionals for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Art & Autism is sponsored in part by Red River Area Learning Center, Moorhead, Minnesota, through support from The Barry Foundation; and Kiwanis Club of Fargo.

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Film Screening: We are a Horse Nation

April 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Film Screening: We are a Horse Nation

We are a Horse Nation (2014) documents the relationships existing and being built among the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ  (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) peoples and the Sunka Wakan Oyate (Horse Nation). Stories, history, traditional songs and culture tell the story of how people across the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ lands are bringing the Horse back in to the center of their way of life. Focusing on the healing provided by the Sunka Wakan Oyate, this film provides a positive picture of life among the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota, and pays respect to and honors the Horse Nation. Join us for a screening of the documentary, followed by a discussion with filmmaker and artist Keith BraveHeart.
Free and open to the public.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

S.P.A.C.E.

S.P.A.C.E.
An Emergent Belonging

An Emergent Belonging was created by Concordia College students Ashley Raduns, Katelyn Mitchell, Helena Langr, Elizabeth Vought, Ruth Peterson, and Chelsea Steffes. The work inspired by the form and function of a bird’s nest, was created under the leadership of professor Dwight Mickelson.

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The North Dakota Mural

The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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