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La Línea

22 Years of Grupo Soap del Corazón

February 24, 2022 - August 13, 2022

William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery

With a roster of over 65 established visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, activists and visionaries, Grupo Soap del Corazón, led by Dougie Padilla and Xavier Tavera, is one of the longest-running Latinx artist collectives in the country. As a dynamic collective, they have infused culture, passion, and spirit to the northern plains of the US’s art scene for more than 20 years. With work that sometimes confronts sociopolitical issues, or celebrates the joy of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), or provides much needed human connection, Grupo Soap del Corazόn has generated both publicity and critical acclaim by electrifying the Latinx artistic voice.

La Línea: 22 Years of Grupo Soap del Corazón will be on display from February 24th – August 13th, 2022 to commemorate the diversity of expressions and longevity of the group that has already brought forth several exhibitions such as El Otro Americano, The Art of Democracy, Gráfica Politica, Ni Una Mas (spotlight on the 370 plus disappeared and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico), and more. Exhibited works in the La Línea (The Line) includes new work by Ricardo Bennett-Guzmán, Jim Denomie, Luis Fitch, Eric Garcia, Ruthann Godollei, Martin Esteban Gonzalez, Dougie Padilla, Susana Andrea Villalobos Sakr, María Cristina Tavera, and Xavier Tavera. Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota is the first event scheduled for La Línea: 22 Years of Grupo Soap del Corazón, followed by exhibitions at NE Sculpture Factory, Minneapolis, MN, USA; and an exhibition extension in Oaxaca, Mexico.

left to right: Luis Fitch, Dress in Peace, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 in. • Dougie Padilla, Self-portrait @ 69.65: My Blood, 2018, Mixed media on plywood, 72 x 72 in. • Eric Garcia, War Nest, 2016, Wooden sculpture, 4 x 12 ft.

Ongoing Exhibitions

No Time For Despair

Ongoing
No Time For Despair

To say that right now is the ideal time to make art that speaks directly to the people about social justice is an understatement. Because the very nature of art is to undertake or assume the role of a healer by shading light on the human condition.

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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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