Current Events

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. Nat Dickey (trombone), Timothy Nelson (viola), and Carlyn Hendler (flute) will perform the pictographic composition, while FM Ballet principal dancer Camille Federowich will interpret their performances through movement.

Join us for a unique evening exploring the avant-garde in art, music, and movement.
Free and open to the public.

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Kid Quest: Great Art Free for All

March 3, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Great Art Free for All

Think big, be bold, and create amazing art! The Museum is filled from floor to ceiling with lots of art to spark your creative juices. After visiting the galleries, create an artwork of your choice in the studio. Three sessions available at 1 pm, 2pm and 3 pm. 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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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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Spring Gala: Black & White

May 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Spring Gala: Black & White

Illustration by Punchgut

Arrive creatively in your black & white best. From harlequin to zebras, pin stripped suits to that perfect black dress.

• Dance to Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome
• Buy a work of art from the region’s finest artists in our silent auction
• Experience shadow dancing by performers from Red River Dance & Performance Co.
• Enjoy the area’s largest wine tasting by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops
• Make your taste buds happy with hors d’oeuvres, desserts & libations from the area’s premiere caterers: Chef’s Table Catering, Catering by Concordia, Holiday Inn Catering, Mosaic Catering, Nichole’s Fine Pastry, Urban Foods, VIP Catering, Wild Terra Cider & Brewing

> Click here to purchase tickets: $90 

$100 after April 15. $35 is tax non-deductible. Your support helps the Museum provide universal access to diverse cultural, educational and artistic experiences.

Spring Gala: Black & White is presented by Warner and Company Insurance.

 

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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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