Conversation Pieces

Selections from the Permanent Collection in Dialogue

June 29, 2017 - March 24, 2018

Jane L. Stern Gallery

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 diverse national, regional and local works of art. Art communicates ideas and feelings between artists and viewers, but art pieces are also often in dialogue with other works of art. These conversations develop from the intentions of the artist and the context from which artworks are made. What do artworks communicate? To explore this, we present to you “Conversation Pieces: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Join the conversations around artistic ideas, cultural identity, expression, aesthetics, and more, as you engage with regional and national treasures from the permanent collection.

  • Joesph Albers, JHM–1, 1973, serigraph, Permanent Collection
  • Jaune Quick–to–See Smith, Ghost Dance Dress, 2001, lithograph, Permanent Collection

Other Exhibitions

Mark Applebaum

February 1, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Picturing Music

“The Mad Scientist of Music,” a modern-day John Cage, and provocative integrator of art forms, Mark Applebaum masterfully crafts intricate visual artworks of signs and symbols that can also be interpreted and played by musicians.

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The Horse Nation

January 25, 2018 - May 14, 2018
of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ explores how horses have shaped the history, spirituality, and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ or Seven Council Fires.

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How Great I Am

January 9, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Tim Kowalczyk

How Great I Am will feature a series of recent trompe l’oeil  (deceive the eye) ceramic works by artist in residence Tim Kowalczyk.

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Charles Beck: 1923-2017

December 1, 2017 - February 6, 2018

In 2017, the Northern Plains lost one of its most beloved artists – Charles Beck – at the age of 94, leaving an unrivaled artistic legacy. Beck attended Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) where he furthered his artistry under the influential painter Cy Running. His art studies were interrupted by World War II, where he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps to train as a pilot.

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Plains School of Abstract Painting Annual Exhibition

October 26, 2017 - January 20, 2018
Plains School of Abstract Painting

Since 2011, a group of emerging and professional artists has met weekly at the Plains Art Museum and our Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity for a painting class led by one of Fargo’s most prominent and ambitious abstract painters, Marjorie Schlossman.

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