Brad Kahlhamer

A Nation of One

October 3, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Fred Donath Jr. Memorial Gallery

Brad Kahlhamer’s (b. 1956 Tucson, AZ) art lives at the crossroads of real and imaginary worlds. Born to Native parents and adopted by a German-American family, he was raised in Arizona and Wisconsin and spent his early adulthood as a musician living on the road before settling in New York City. Shaped by this nomadic history, Kahlhamer’s work explores the particularities of the American landscape: the desert ecology of the Southwest, the parks and waterways of the upper Midwest, and the gritty streets of the urban Northeast—often fusing references to multiple regions within a single work of art. Similarly, Kahlhamer draws from a broad array of artistic sources, from Native American aesthetics and Abstract Expressionism, to graffiti and popular culture. Even his references to Native culture cut across tribal traditions, as Kahlhamer views himself and his art as “tribally ambiguous.” Kahlhamer’s art explores notions of cultural hybridity and the experience of navigating multiple communities, as well as the representation and appropriation of Native culture.

Kahlhamer lives and works in New York City and Mesa, Arizona. His work has been included in national and international group exhibitions, at institutions including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Aspen Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). His work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions at the Joslyn Museum, Omaha; Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Andréhn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.

Brad Kahlhamer: A Nation of One is organized by Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Creative Voices Talk: Brad Kahlhamer
Thursday, November 14, 6 PM • Free

Join us for a conversation with multimedia artist Brad Kahlhamer. Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture and painting to performance and music to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. The artist will discuss this “third place” and the complex, multilayered motifs and themes in his work.

Brad Kahlhamer & Friends Concert
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 PM • Free
Zandbroz Variety
420 Broadway N. Fargo, North Dakota

Following the Creative Voices Talk, join us at Zandbroz Soda Fountain Bar for live music and readings with Brad Kahlhamer, Aaron Spangler, and friends.

  • Brad Kahlhamer, Next Level 20, 2014, Wood, wire, rope, bells, acrylic and spray paint, 12 x 16 x 2 1⁄2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
  • Brad Kalhamer, Yondering, 2011 Painted collage on paper, 43 x 44 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
  • Brad Kalhamer, Please Pay Me So I Can Pay Them, 2013, Mixed media on bed sheet, 104 x 82 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Ongoing Exhibitions

City Geode

Ongoing
City Geode
S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.

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Bee in Flight

Ongoing
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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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
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

Ongoing
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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