Heart/Land and Living as Form open June 12

Plains Art Museum will host an opening reception on June 12 from 6–9 p.m. for Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters and Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). These two major exhibitions kick off a full slate of socially engaged art events offered at the Museum this summer. Reception events include performances by participants in the Museum’s Buzz Lab teen internship program, and a conversation and exhibition catalogue signing with Twin Cities artist Sandra Menefee Taylor.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 12, 6-9 PM
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Members free, $10 nonmembers, $5 students
6 – 6:30 PM ● Reception Welcome
6:30 – 7 PM ● Buzz Lab Performances
7:30 PM ● Artist and Curator Talk, Catalogue Signing

About Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters
Plains Art Museum presents Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters as the third installment of the Mothers of Invention exhibition series. Using common materials—such as flour, dirt, and other organic materials—and common people’s stories, Menefee Taylor shapes extraordinary installation works that explore “vital matters,” drawn from the basic elements of life. A pioneer in socially engaged art, in which artists engage specific communities or audiences in the artistic process, she has gathered stories and memories to transform the words and lives of farmwomen, college students, and others into beautiful and intriguing works of art.

Menefee Taylor’s work is in prominent private and corporate collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others. Heart/Land runs through Sept. 21, and is curated by Laura Wertheim Joseph from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Support for Sandra Menefee Taylor’s exhibition and catalogue is provided by Jody Augstadt, Carmen Borshad, Carmen Bruhn, Joann Colville, Sandi Dahl, Deborah Davy, Sarah Gray, Mary Ivers, Kimberly Mehlhoff, Peggy Mickelson, Naomi Nakamoto, Jennifer Paulsrud, Carol Rogne, Shari Scapple, Carol Schlossman, Marjorie Schlossman, Mary Schlossman, Gin Templeton and Fargo–Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund.

About Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)
Living as Form
is an unprecedented, international project exploring 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement. The originating exhibition appeared in New York in the fall of 2011, and the traveling exhibition is co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) with Nato Thompson as lead curator. In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world, Thompson selected dozens of socially engaged projects as the foundation of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). A segment of those projects will be featured at Plains Art Museum through Sept. 14. Plains Art Museum has added more than a dozen artists and projects to the exhibition to showcase socially engaged art in our region.

Throughout the summer, artists from our region will add their unique voices to the exhibition through a program series offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all free of charge. Learn more about specific events at Living as Form programs. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo, and information on programs, events, and classes are available at www.plainsart.org.

Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI), and assembled in collaboration with Plains Art Museum.  Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is the flexible, expanding iteration of Living as Form, an exhibition curated by Nato Thompson and presented by Creative Time in the fall of 2011 in New York City. Lead project support for the original Living as Form exhibition was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Danish Consulate, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mondriaan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support for Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) was provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and the ICI Board of Trustees.

Support for the Plains Art Museum’s presentation of Living as Form and related programming is supported in part by a Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant and the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the exhibition and programs do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.