Current Events

Native American Film Series: Once Were Warriors (1994)

December 13, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Native American Film Series: Once Were Warriors (1994)

An unemployed Maori living in the Auckland slums, Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) has a terrible temper that he takes out on family and strangers alike. His wife, Beth (Rena Owen), takes regular beatings after he’s been at the pub, and his kids do what they can to sidestep trouble. Nig (Julian Arahanga), the eldest, is joining a street gang; Boogie (Taungaroa Emile) has been placed in a foster home, and Grace increasingly retreats to the pages of her journal. Rated R.

Free and open to the public.

 

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Noon Holiday Concerts: Fargo-Moorhead Opera

December 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts: Fargo-Moorhead Opera

Enjoy music from some of the area’s best musicians over your lunch hour (noon – 1 pm). Purchase lunch from Urban Foods Catering, take in the galleries for FREE, shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts! Members get 20% off store purchases, November 23 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Art and Poetry Workshop with Dr. Denise Lajimodiere

December 17, 2018 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Art and Poetry Workshop with Dr. Denise Lajimodiere

Inspired by the overhead electric power lines, specifically the parallel circuit lines that look like dresses, help create a sculptural poem with artists Denise Lajimodiere and Laura Youngbird. Poems composed during this workshop will be embossed onto circular tins for a sculptural jingle dress. The dress will be built out of chicken wire and other materials. Please bring forlorn pieces of hardware that may be floating around in your junk drawer to add to the dress.

The collaborative sculpture and poem will be presented in the Spring 2019 exhibition Dress: Work by Contemporary Native American Women Artists.

FREE; registration required click here. No previous artistic skills are necessary.

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Kid Quest: Paint Xploration

January 5, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Paint Xploration

Explore landscape photography in the exhibition On Place: Gudmundson, Klipper, Hokanson. How do landscapes create a sense of place? Create an inventive layered landscape using non-traditional painting tools.

Free. Click here to register.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy and by Kiwanis Club of Fargo with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

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International Potluck

January 10, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Potluck

Everyone is welcome at the International Potluck. Please bring a dish from your culture to share. It does not need to be fancy, just something that you or your family eats and likes. Meet new friends, make new connections, and explore new cultures and ideas each month.

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Native American Film Series: Trudell

January 17, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Native American Film Series: Trudell

Continued from last fall, Plains Art Museum will screen and highlight films directed and created by Native American and First Nations artists/filmmakers, showcasing the diversity and the creative energy of Native filmmakers working within the film industry today. The film will be followed by a reflection of the film led by artist Falcon Gott.

Trudell is a documentary about the life and work of activist John Trudell produced by filmmaker Heather Rae. John was the spokesman for a group that occupied Alcatraz Island in the late 60’s, bringing recognition to the American Indian cause.

Free and open to the public

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist Talk

January 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist Talk

Meet featured artists and learn about the Human Rights Arts Festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is a traveling exhibition that welcomes 2D, 3D and live performance artists to explore human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and additional Protocols and other similar declarations and treaties. This annual juried art festival features 2D, 3D and live performance art works. The exhibition will open on January 7, 2019, at Plains Art Museum in Fargo. On February 1, the exhibition will open in Bismarck at the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative. The exhibition will conclude its travel schedule in Grand Forks in March, opening March 4 at the High Plains Fair Housing Center.

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Conversation with the Artist: Zoran Mojsilov

January 31, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Conversation with the Artist: Zoran Mojsilov

Hear artist Zoran Mojsilov discuss work in the Time Machine exhibition and beyond with Associate Curator Tasha Kubesh. This gallery program will highlight Zoran’s various influences and career-long concern for humankind, nature, love, and war.

Free and open to the public

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Kid Quest: Time Warp

February 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Time Warp

Travel through past, present, and future in the exhibition Zoran Mojsilov: Time Machine. Take a moment in the present to meet the artist and see him at work carving a future sculpture. Finally, create your own time capsule and a mixed media sculpture.

Free. Click here to register.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy and by Kiwanis Club of Fargo with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

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Creative Voices Talk: Cecilia Fire Thunder

February 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Voices Talk: Cecilia Fire Thunder

Please join us for an evening with artist, feminist, and activist Cecelia Fire Thunder. Because of her groundbreaking election as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and work on women’s issues, Fire Thunder has frequently been invited to speak at universities and groups about Lakota women and her experiences.

Cecilia Fire Thunder was elected as the first female president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation to serve the two-year term. She defeated both Russell Means, notable as an activist in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and the incumbent John Yellow Bird Steele.

Free and open to the public

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School Spirit Reception

March 3, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
School Spirit Reception

• Elementary: 1 – 3 PM
• Middle and High School: 3 – 4 PM

Share in the excitement at this artist reception for students, friends, family, and educators. Light refreshments and art-making projects offered, with music performances by Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies at 2 and 3 PM.

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Artist Talk: Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson

March 7, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson

Meet local printmakers Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson. Listen as they discuss their exhibitions, Beautiful Recollections: The Changing Seasons and Northern Lights by Kent Kapplinger and Layer by Layer: Recent Works by Anna Johnson.

Free and open to the public

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2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony

March 9, 2019 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony

  • Exhibition Tours 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Ceremony begins at 6:30 PM

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony recognizes all North Dakota winners of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and celebrates work by visual art and writing award winners on display at the Museum’s Starion Gallery. Join us for live music, hors d’oeuvres, and keynote speakers at this formal recognition of North Dakota award recipients. Hosted by Plains Art Museum, NDSU, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.   

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International Potluck

March 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Potluck

Everyone is welcome at the International Potluck. Please bring a dish from your culture to share. It does not need to be fancy, just something that you or your family eats and likes. Meet new friends, make new connections, and explore new cultures and ideas each month.

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International Potluck

April 11, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Potluck

Everyone is welcome at the International Potluck. Please bring a dish from your culture to share. It does not need to be fancy, just something that you or your family eats and likes. Meet new friends, make new connections, and explore new cultures and ideas each month.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

Bee in Flight

Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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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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