The Other Four

June 13, 2019 - November 30, 2019

William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery

With rare exceptions, art objects are created to be experienced visually. The Other Four is an exhibition experience that negates the visually dominant art experience hierarchy by presenting artwork designed specifically to engage the other four senses. Visitors to The Other Four will be able to touch the other side of the world, listen to conversations in the walls of the museum, feel and react to life-like cellular signals through handheld mechanical devices, and listen to unique sounds emitted by each planet in our solar system. Curated by John Schuerman, The Other Four captures the spirit of regionally-based avant-garde artists who are experimenting and producing nonvisual, sensory art. Artists include David Andree, Pedram Baldari, David Bowen, Kate Casanova, Irve Dell, Wendy Fernstrum, Alison Hiltner, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Aida Shahghasemi, Ken Steinbach, and Liza Sylvestre.

John Schuerman is an independent curator, self-taught artist, and former gallery director of Instinct Art Gallery in Minneapolis. He received his masters of liberal studies at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, and has had a successful career as artist and curator since producing exhibitions on topics such as environmentalism, gender perspectives, identity, medication, money, and overpopulation.

Plains Art Museum thanks our generous members and donors for their support. Additional support provided by The McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, The Arts Partnership, The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funds from the North Dakota Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Breaking Bread
Noon on the last Thursday of the month

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Symphony of the Cosmos
Thursday, September 5, 6 PM

Artists Aida Shahghasemi and Nima Hafezieh’s Symphony of the Cosmos portrays an acoustic expression of the greater sounds existing within our universe. During this live performance, each planet’s sound emission, made through the specific frequency at which it is vibrating, will be accompanied by an improvisational performance on piano and through song. These improvisations will be intricately related, aesthetic interpretations of each planet’s sound. A conversation with the artists will follow the performance. Free & open to the public.

  • Wendy Fernstrum, Common Scents
  • Kate Casanova, Untitled

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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