Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category
A new show opening at Plains Art Museum in collaboration with Fraser, Ltd. features two accomplished artists who share vivid styles along with personal histories of autism. VIVID: The Art of Seth Chwast and Dietrich Sieling opens Thursday, Sept. 25, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with light appetizers, desserts, beverages, and cash bar. The show runs through April 5, 2015.
Chwast, 31, from Cleveland, Ohio, and Sieling, 26, from Minneapolis, Minn., are both full-time prolific artists who exhibit their works regularly in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. VIVID focuses primarily on the artists’ paintings, drawings, and sculpture. United in their strong emphasis on the formal qualities of line, color, and pattern, these young artists also share a stunning inventiveness in subject matter. Both artists also have mothers who are strong advocates for their sons, who have each found ways to document their families’ respective stories to share how discovering innate talents has allowed their sons to lead full, creative lives.
Debra Chwast produced a short documentary on her son’s experiences which led to appearances on the Today Show, NPR and PBS, as well as solo exhibits. She has also published a memoir of their journey, “An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son’s Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art.” The Chwasts will hold a book signing at the Fargo Barnes & Noble on Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a presentation on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at the NDSU Renaissance Hall, which is free and open to the public.
Sieling’s mother, Shelli Ainsworth, is a long-time filmmaker who wrote and directed “Stay Then Go,” a feature film released in 2014 inspired by their relationship. Filmed in Minneapolis, the fictional movie portrays a mother learning to adapt to her son’s autism. Ainsworth’s short films have appeared on PBS and at festivals and museums worldwide, and she is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEA, ITVS and the Bush, Jerome and McKnight Foundations. “Stay Then Go” received the Pioneering Women in Screenwriting award at the 2014 Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
Plains Art Museum is organizing the VIVID exhibition together with Fraser, Ltd., North Dakota’s longest-serving nonprofit organization which provides programs, services, and support to children, youth, and adults on their life journeys to independence.
This project is supported in part by FM Area Foundation, TransCanada, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center.
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.
An exhibition of new work by prominent area photographer Wayne Gudmundson opens May 15 at Plains Art Museum with a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Starion Gallery. 47° North: Daybreaks at Bad Medicine Lake showcases majestic sunrises Gudmundson shot between the summer and winter solstices from the vantage point of his cabin porch in northwestern Minnesota. Well-known for his large format black-and-white analog photographs, Gudmundson enters new territory with this series of digital color images. The show runs through September 14 in the Museum’s Starion Gallery.
47° North: Daybreaks at Bad Medicine Lake by Wayne Gudmundson
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres by Mosaic Foods and cash bar
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers, $5 for students
Sabrina Hornung exhibition also opens May 15
Also opening on May 15 is Sabrina Hornung: Trail Dust and Sentiment. Hornung specializes in blending traditional and alternative photography processes with drawing, painting, and collage. Trail Dust is on exhibit in the Museum’s Xcel Energy Gallery through September 7.
By Kris Kerzman, The Arts Partnership
(Blogpost originally appeared in ARTSpulse)
A couple weeks ago, in the lead-up to the Academy Awards, NPR’s Neda Ulaby had this story about the rising popularity of short films and their increased visibility due to distribution channels like iTunes and Amazon. Further, big-time creators like Disney are using short films to explore (and promote) their fictional universes/franchises.
The rise in short film can easily be seen on a smaller scale and closer to home, too, where video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo make creating and sharing short film easy and inexpensive. Recently, the Fargo Film Festival held another highly popular two-minute movie contest, and Plains Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of the One-Minute Film Festival, a popular event that eventually made the leap to the MassMoCA in Boston. In addition, the museum is hosting its own one-minute film contest, “Fargo in 60 Seconds.” Short film, it would appear, is having a moment.
To get some reaction to this growth of short film, we looked to two participants in the “Fargo in 60 Seconds” contest: Fergus Falls-based filmmaker and artist Deb Wallwork and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Rita Baghdadi.
What do you find appealing about the short film format?
Wallwork: Short films are fun. You can convey a lot of information in bite-sized portions. If a picture is worth 1000 words, a short film must be worth 10,000 words. The best short films are like poems, they use metaphor and more impressionistic sketches to operate on several levels. A short film keeps you on your toes because you’ve got to convey a lot in a small space. I’m best known for hour-long programs, and once when I was recommended for an assignment, the argument was made that I didn’t have the right instincts. In fact, if you can know how to make a good longer film, you can figure out how to fit it into whatever time box you have to work with. And the converse is also true. Starting out making a short film will give you a lot of the tools to work in a longer format.
Baghdadi: What I like about the short format is that it doesn’t leave room for unnecessary details. You have to get right to the point. As a storyteller, this is an appealing challenge. Shorts are also a great way to explore an idea or character before committing to an expensive feature. It’s not as daunting to embark on a short project. I make documentaries and it often takes years to finish one feature whereas I’ve shot short docs in just five days. Of course it depends on the subject, but short films can be just as effective as features.
What advantages do online platforms (like YouTube and Vimeo) give you as a short filmmaker?
Baghdadi: Views and likes are currency these days. Online platforms like YouTube and Vimeo level the playing field by giving short filmmakers a chance to get eyeballs on their project. It’s also a great way to make a name for yourself if you’re just starting out.
Wallwork: New media are wonderful for reaching the circles of people that are your friends or the friends of your friends, and sometimes beyond. Not everyone can make a screening, and the online venues bring the screenings to you. On the other hand, it’s like a thrift shop. You’ve really got to hunt to find the gems.
As an audience member, what do you like about short films?
Baghdadi: I like watching short films for the same reason I like making them. If done well, they’re succinct and compelling in the most necessary of ways. It’s amazing how three minutes can feel too long for one story while 45 minutes just isn’t enough for another. I like the uniqueness of each short. They might not follow a three-act structure like a lot of features do so the outcome is often unexpected.
Wallwork: Short films satisfy our modern short attention spans. It’s like the weather here on the Plains, if you don’t like it, just wait ten minutes and it’ll be different. With all the new platforms, phones, computers, social media, short films are hot, because they fit the gaps in our day, the coffee breaks, waiting for a bus, all the in-between moments.
What advice would you give someone who is intrigued with making short films?
Wallwork: I would say to an aspiring filmmaker that it’s best to get your elevator speech in your head, know what your core story is before you shoot. Otherwise you end up wading through tons of footage and hard decisions that don’t contribute to the process. If the subject is really broad, take one angle and explore that. A short film takes almost as much material as a longer film, you just have fiercer about how you cut it. In “Waterlilies,” I wanted to make a film that captured the joy and freedom of swimming in a body of water that is wild, that is real. Unlike a longer film, I didn’t try to explicate what had actually motivated me to make the film, the fact that I see fewer and fewer people going into the water; that we put screens and motorized vehicles and the fear of being exposed in a bathing suit between us and what is a such a tremendous source of wonder and pleasure. The short film doesn’t need to say all that, it just gives you the experience, and lets that speak.
Baghdadi: My advice is to get your hands dirty! Go out and make something. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. In fact, I encourage you to break all the rules! To quote Salvador Dali, “have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
Image: a screen grab from “Waterlilies,” a short film by Deb Wallwork; click the link to view.
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Plains Art Museum and the Fargo Film Festival are co-hosting a reception on March 7 for Jason Simon, the founder of The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, currently on exhibition at the museum. The show features hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny.
New York-based artist Simon curated the exhibition, which appeared at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) prior to opening at the Plains.
Museum Reception/Fargo Film Festival Pre-Party
Friday, March 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
6 p.m. – Brief remarks by Jason Simon
Hors d’oeuvres by Mosaic Foods and cash bar
Complimentary copies of the MASS MoCA show catalog, while supplies last
Free for museum members and Fargo Film Festival pass holders, $10 nonmembers, $5 students
Simon is a media artist and assistant professor of Cinema at City University of New York. He creates films, videos, installations, photographs, and sound sculptures that focus on the intersection of consumption and culture.
The One Minute Film Festival is on display at the museum through May 24. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.
Fargo in 60 Seconds: Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from filmmakers to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased at the museum in a continuously looped screening titled Fargo in 60 Seconds from March 24 to May 24.
The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. Filmmakers ages 19 and above will be eligible for a drawing for two tickets to the museum’s 2014 Spring Gala: Optical Illusions on May 3. For more details and entry guidelines, visit http://plainsart.org/visit/public-programs/fargo60/.
We’re excited to present The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, an exhibition of hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny. Curated by New York-based artist Jason Simon, the film festival comes to Fargo from January 25 to May 24, 2014, as a traveling exhibition created by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). A reception will be held at the Museum featuring a talk by Jason Simon on March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The show also includes artist-designed, full-size movie posters for a selection of the films, many of which are humorous takes on traditional Hollywood movie posters. An hour-long film compilation, Exquisite Corpse 2012, will also be on display. Acting as a modern variation on the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” party game, the film was created by 60 artists who each received the last second of a previous film and built a new minute based on that glimpse. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum.
Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from area filmmakers age 14 and up to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased in a continuously looped screening on the Museum’s Third Floor from March 24 to May 24.
Entries received before February 17 will be considered for inclusion in the Fargo Film Festival’s 2-Minute Movie Contest held in March. The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. For more details and entry guidelines, visit www.plainsart.org.
Free Workshop on January 30: Making Your Own One-Minute Film
Area filmmakers from Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide tips and insights on crafting short films on Thursday, January 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum atrium. The workshop is funded in part by Xcel Energy.
Hello from your new Curator at Plains Art Museum! Earlier this week, a few of the Museum staff and I accepted the invitation of David Swenson, NDSU Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, and Daniel Siverson, NDSU Studio Technician, to watch them unload freshly fired ceramic wares from the Art Department’s massive wood-fire kiln.
As an amateur ceramist, I readily welcomed this opportunity. And what an experience it was! Despite the encroaching wintry weather, it was a perfect sunny day to see David and Daniel carefully remove and inspect all of the objects, with assistance from an undergraduate ceramic student and members of the newly-launched post-baccalaureate ceramics program. It was especially memorable as one of the works unloaded was a large pot by Daniel that will be featured in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota (Feb. 8 – May 11, 2014).
This exhibition is part of the Museum’s new initiative to promote the education of and collecting and exhibiting of ceramics. We are partnering with Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis to showcase the amazing work local artists are making in ceramics, a medium that has a long, rich history in the region. With this exhibition, along with our ceramics facilities in the Center for Creativity and continued collecting of ceramic objects, the Museum is poised to become to a leader in the field.
Thank you to NDSU for including us in your unloading—we look forward to partnering with you and the other local schools on future projects!
Photo: Daniel Siverson, top, carefully removes a large pot he created from NDSU’s wood-fired kiln with help from Michael Weiss, left, and David Swenson, right. The pot will be featured in a contemporary ceramics exhibition at Plains Art Museum, opening Feb. 8, 2014.
To celebrate James Rosenquist’s 80th birthday, Plains Art Museum invites artists to submit images of work to be displayed in an exhibition titled Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist! Works in all media will be considered that are inspired by or in the spirit of this major 20th/21st century artist, whose roots run deep in North Dakota and Minnesota. Submissions will be reviewed by museum staff, and the selected works will be featured in a curated show in the museum’s Atrium from February to May 2014.
Please submit images of work by December 1, 2013. Artists are invited to submit already made works or they may create new pieces. Submissions may be large, but must remain smaller than 6 x 6 feet in size. Email submissions to Becky Dunham, museum curator, at email@example.com and include the following information about the work in the email: title, medium, dimensions, and date of creation.
Plains Art Museum will host two simultaneous opening events on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., to display new artwork by the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) and the Museum’s teaching artists. Both events and the Museum galleries will be free and open to the public that evening.
The FMVA reception is a preview of works across a range of mediums by more than 40 artists participating in the annual FMVA Studio Crawl. The show and reception will be in the Xcel Energy Gallery and stays on exhibit through the Crawl, which is held on Oct. 5 and 6. During the Crawl, visitors to the museum who present a Crawl brochure will have free admission to all galleries.
The “Meet the Artist” open house in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity showcases the talents of several professional teaching artists who lead adult and youth classes. Visitors are invited to explore the various classrooms in the Center for Creativity and connect with instructors during the open house.
For more information, visit fmva.org and plainsart.org.
Photo: Pottery by Ren Fuglestad
Art with a twist: the opening reception for T. L. Solien’s new show features music, food, and refreshments, including a special “Moby-tini” martini created especially for the event, which takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 10 p.m. the Museum becomes the site for 60 narrators participating in a marathon read of Moby-Dick, the initial inspiration for the Toward the Setting Sun exhibition, which runs through January 12, 2014.
Solien began this series in 2003 after reading Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel. He was struck by how the main character, Ahab, is so hell-bent on destroying the great whale Moby-Dick that his fanatical obsession leads him and his whaling crew to ruin. Solien identified with Ahab’s tragic flaws and recognized patterns that are deeply ingrained in American history and culture, and set about exploring the novel’s themes and characters in visual form. This led him to the 1999 novel, Ahab’s Wife, or the Star-Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund. He shifted the focus of his visual art to Ahab’s wife, who became his main character, “an Every Woman,” who travels through history and geography, moving beyond the narrative of the novel. In Solien’s hands, Ahab’s wife reinvents herself in different settings and professions, adapting to her circumstances rather than imposing her will on the world, as Ahab strove to do.
In collaboration with many community partners, Plains Art Museum is hosting several related events that correspond to the T. L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun exhibition. The Museum partnered with the public libraries in Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo to promote the “Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit” project, encouraging people to read Moby-Dick and Ahab’s Wife in anticipation of the exhibition opening. Events in the coming weeks include lectures, workshops, book discussions, performances of the opera Moby-Dick by Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and a visiting author series in partnership with North Dakota State University featuring Sena Jeter Naslund, bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife. In addition, special screenings of movies that inspired the Solien exhibition will be held at area libraries and the Fargo Theatre. All events are free, except where noted. The full schedule of events is available at Plains Public Events and 321fm.org/events/.
T. L. Solien, Waterlilies, 2007 Mixed media on paper 30 5⁄8 x 35 1⁄2 in.