Now You See Me . . .

Reflections on Portraits and Abstractions from the Collection

May 24, 2018 - March 23, 2019

If one looks closely and listens carefully, works of art can ask important questions that elicit understanding of our world. For example, what societal factors influence how an artist depicts another person? What role does photography play in transforming individuals into icons? Or, what does it mean when people talk about being a “real” man? Sometimes, artworks ask the viewer self-referential questions. For example, can a “painting” be made on a computer? When you remove craftsmanship, in what other ways can we determine if a work of art is “good”? This year’s permanent collection exhibition looks at portraits and abstractions – their “human-ness” or mechanical nature – and more importantly, the spectrum of questions that one can derive from the work. What questions or responses do you have? We invite you to join the conversation through this exhibition curated by Plains Art Museum Director Andrew Maus and Associate Curator Tasha Kubesh, with assistance from the Museum’s Curatorial Team members and installation staff.   

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 diverse national, regional, and local works of art. Since the Museum’s incorporation in 1975, it has focused primarily on collecting American modern and contemporary art in a variety of styles with special emphasis in regional artwork, Native American work, and Modern Masters. This current exhibition also acknowledges donations to the collection from private collectors and businesses that are making Fargo-Moorhead the cultural center of the Upper Midwest.

  • Martin Wanserski, First Born, 1981, Mixed media, 13 x 3 x 7 in. Museum Purchase: 23th Midwestern Invitational Exhibition Purchase
  • Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy II, 1965, Screenprint, Gift Donald D. Powell, © 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Fritz Scholder, Kiva Rest, 1977, Oil on canvas, Museum purchase

Other Exhibitions

Bring Her Home

October 8, 2018 - November 26, 2018
The Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island

In light of both local movements working to create awareness and to stop sexual exploitation of indigenous women and the international #MMIW (“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”) awareness campaign, Bring Her Home: The Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.

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Zoran Mojsilov

November 8, 2018 - May 25, 2019
Time Machine

Originally from Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Zoran Mojsilov is a Minnesota-based sculptor boldly working in stone, steel, and wood. His work has appeared in international museums, galleries, and public venues, including Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Runnymede Sculpture Farm, CA; and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA.

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Home: Then and Now

October 11, 2018 - January 5, 2019
College Print Exchange

Students at participating universities will explore where they once were as compared to where they are now. How does one identify, find, and create a home?

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November 8, 2018 - January 31, 2019
The Mannequin Project of the Plains School of Abstract Painting

Since 2011, a group of emerging and professional artists has met weekly at the Plains Art Museum and our Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity for a painting class led by one of Fargo’s most prominent and ambitious abstract painters, Marjorie Schlossman.

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Creative Educators

October 1, 2018 - December 29, 2018
Recent Work by Plains Art Museum Teaching Artists

Teaching artists are at the heart of Plains Art Museum. These passionate community arts educators lead a variety of programs– from school tours and art experiences to advanced adult classes.

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