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Continuity of Culture

July 28, 2022 - February 22, 2023

Fred Donath Jr. Memorial Gallery

Plains Art Museum, in partnership with Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, is honored to bring Continuity of Culture. This exhibition will highlight prints from Crow’s Shadow’s permanent collection in conversation with Indigenous objects from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection. Pairing these artworks brings layers of complex narratives across time and space, reinforcing contemporary Indigenous existence. Despite Indigenous People’s historical (dis)placement by modern society, the historic items from the collection were created by contemporary people of their day, and these artworks still serve the same function within Indigenous culture today as it did ten, fifty, to over a century ago. Prints by contemporary artists Marie Watt, Wendy Red Star, Jeffrey Gibson, Raven Chacon and many more reflect the continuity of culture, it’s cultural items and art, but also a need for contemporary artists to express themselves as individuals.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
left to right: Marwin Begaye, Columbia River Custodian, 2018, eight-color lithograph, 28 1⁄4 x 22 1⁄4 in. Edition of 18 • Wuon-Gean Ho, Tacto, 2017, Lithograph, 19 1/4 x 30 in., Edtion of 14 • Wendy Red Star, Her Dreams Are True (Julia Bad Boy), 2020, Lithograph, 20 1/4 x 20 in, Edition of 25

Soapstone Carving
Friday, November 4, 6-8 PM, Saturday, November 5, 9 AM-3 PM,
Sunday November 6, 9 AM-1 PM • $75 / $60 members

Join artist Inkpa Mani in this three-day workshop on the basics of soapstone carving. Register here.

Embellished Birchbark Basketry
Weekend Workshop: Friday, November 11, 6-8 PM, Saturday, November 12,
9 AM-3 PM, Sunday November 13, 9 AM-1 PM • $75 / $60 members

Join artist Penny Kagigebi in this three-day workshop on the basics of Embellished Birchbark Basketry class with quillwork basics. Register here.

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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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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S.P.A.C.E.

Ongoing
S.P.A.C.E.
Kaleidoscope

The S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) project is a public art initiative undertaken collaboratively between Plains Art Museum, and the college art departments at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College.

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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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