Bakken Boom! exhibition opens January 29

Plains Art Museum presents Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush, a powerful new exhibition opening January 29 with a public reception from 7 – 9 p.m.

Bakken Boom! provides a striking array of artistic interpretations of North Dakota’s current oil rush, which has catapulted the state to second in the nation in oil production. The show gives insight to the new realities in western North Dakota and the profound impact of the energy boom on lives and the land.

Organized by Plains Art Museum, this groundbreaking exhibition curated by Becky Dunham includes 22 individual artists, three artistic collaborations, and selections from the Museum’s collection. Ranging from documentary photos and film, to sculpture, printmaking, paintings, and installations, the show reflects the many ways visual artists are exploring and commenting on the social, political, economic, and environmental dynamics of this hot topic. Covering two galleries, the show is on display through August 15, 2015.

Bakken Boom! Opening Reception
Thursday, January 29, 7 – 9 PM
Light appetizers and cash bar, members free, nonmembers $10, students $5
Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Downtown Fargo,, 701-551-6100

Related Programs

Bakken Boom!  Community Conversations
Free and open to the public; all programs held at Plains Art Museum

Final Friday Art Break: Spotlight on Artists in Bakken Boom!
Fridays: January 30, February 27, May 29 • Noon – 1 PM
Lunchtime gallery discussion series led by artists, curators, and/or educators.

IdeaExchange: Bakken Boom! Lives, Land, & Labor
Thursday, February 12 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Conversations with artists, area scholars, and researchers on Bakken issues. Pre-registration required at under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

IdeaExchange: Human Trafficking on Highway 2
Thursday, March 5 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
At this community conversation program, members of the Road to Williston Collective will share stories of their work on display in Bakken Boom! Their installation deals with human trafficking of Native American women and girls on U.S. Highway 2 from Duluth, Minn., to Williston, N.D. Pre-registration required at under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

Art Scrawl
Saturday, March 21
• 2 – 4 PM
The Red River Valley Writing Project
partners with the Museum for an engaging afternoon looking at works and writing about Bakken Boom!  Pre-registration required at under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

Book Discussion: Fractured Land
Thursday, March 26 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Museum, in partnership with Fargo Public Library, will host a book club discussion of the recently published Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters. The book is available for check out at the library and for sale at the Museum Store.

Museum gallery hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday and Monday closed

Bakken Boom! is supported by lead sponsor Doris Slaaten, with additional contributions from Yvonne Condell, Linda Olson, Walter Piehl, and B.J. Zander.