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October 2018 Press Releases

Plains Art Museum to Host Potluck and For Freedoms Town Hall Program

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – International Potlucks are free events where participants are asked to bring a dish that is meaningful to them to share. These potlucks – which take place at Plains Art Museum as well as area churches and parks – often feature foods from around the world and usually incorporate a free program.

On Saturday, November 3rd from 11am-1:30pm, the International Potluck will host a special potluck followed by a creative town hall discussion relating to the four freedoms, as articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Part of a national, artist-led “For Freedoms” initiative, town halls and other programs are happening across the United States to provide safe platforms for conversations that encourage a more active, collaborative, and empathetic community. The town hall will be moderated by Alex Cyusa with featured speakers and community leaders.

After the potluck and town hall, participants can create a lawn sign to define freedom in their own way. These lawn signs can be taken home or may be included in a collaborative installation outside the Museum on 7th St. N. in Fargo.

International Potluck is supported by The Bush Foundation.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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Plains Art Museum to Celebrate Several New Exhibitions with Reception

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – On Thursday, November 8th from 7-9pm, Plains Art Museum will host its Fall Exhibition Reception. These events are parties to connect with other people and to celebrate new exhibitions. There is no dress code for the Fall Exhibition Reception at the Museum and everyone is invited. The event is a free benefit for Museum members, exhibiting artists, and all Native American artists; $5 for students; and $10 for the general public. Delicious and free hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Milk Made, Orkestar Bez Ime will bring some truly unique music, and a quality cash bar will be available.

Several exhibiting artists will be in attendance at the reception. New exhibitions at the Museum include Zoran Mojsilov: Time Machine, On Place: Three Views of the Land, Cone Pack Invitational: A Place at the Table, Printober: College Print Exchange, Morph: The Mannequin Project, and Creative Educators: Recent Work by Plains Art Museum Teaching Artists. These new exhibitions reflect a wide range of artistic innovations and traditions – providing something for nearly everyone.   

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.   

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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Plains Art Museum Hosts Free Gallery Talk with Prominent Landscape Photographers

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – On Thursday, September 13th, Plains Art Museum opened a new photography exhibition titled, On Place: Three Views of the Land. The exhibition includes three of the region’s most experienced and influential landscape photographers with a combined 140 years of experience: Stuart Klipper (MN), Drake Hokanson (WI), and Wayne Gudmundson (MN). The exhibition includes 45 works of the region’s rivers, back roads, small towns, and landscape.

As part of this exhibition, the Museum is hosting a free gallery talk with the artists, facilitated by Museum Director, Andrew Maus, on November 8th at 6pm. The talk will provide insights into each of the artist’s work, including their collaborative photo shoots of the Red, Mississippi, and Minnesota River environments.

After the talk, participants are invited to attend the Fall Exhibition Reception at 7pm, which is free for museum members, exhibiting artists and all Native American artists, $5 for students, and $10 for nonmembers.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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Plains Art Museum Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with an Exhibition and Programs

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the important historical and contemporary contributions of Native peoples. To celebrate this month, Plains Art Museum is offering an ambitious roster of programming for everyone including an exhibition, film series, and two workshops.

Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island is an exhibition on display through November 26th at the Fargo Public Library (Downtown). Curated by Angela Two Stars and brought to Fargo by Plains Art Museum and the Library, the exhibition brings together 18 visual artists to create awareness of the exploitation and violence against indigenous women and to reclaim their identities. Of special note: This exhibition addresses themes of kidnapping, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and murder. As such it has the potential to trigger trauma in audiences.

As a part of this celebration, the Museum will also be recognizing the achievements of Native filmmakers with a Native American Film Series. The Film Series, curated by local filmmaker Falcon Gott, will include free films at the Museum and the Fargo Public Library (Downtown) as follows:

  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013, Rated R): Tuesday, October 30th, 6pm, Plains Art Museum
  • Wind River (2017, Rated R): Sunday, November 4th, 6:30pm, Fargo Public Library (Downtown)
  • Reel Injun (2009, Not Rated): Wednesday, November 7th, 6:30pm, Fargo Public Library (Downtown)
  • Once Were Warriors (1994, Rated R): Thursday, December 13th, 6pm, Plains Art Museum

On Thursday, November 8th, the Museum will offer an Art and Poetry Workshop with Dr. Denise Lajimodiere. This is a unique opportunity to create a collaborative dress-form sculpture and a collective poem that will be included in a main gallery exhibition at the Museum in 2019. Beginning the next day, on Friday November 9th, the Museum will present Altered Books for Veterans, a workshop with artist and Veteran, Joe Williams. No previous artistic experiences are necessary for these workshops and registration information can be found at www.plainsart.org

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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Plains Art Museum Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Two Festivals

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the important historical and contemporary contributions of Native peoples. To celebrate this month, there will be two festivals presented in partnership between Plains Art Museum, Fargo Public Library, Native American Commission, Cultural Diversity Resources, and Daughters of the Earth.

From Saturday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 7th, there will be The Native American Festival at the Fargo Public Library (Downtown). The Festival will feature drumming and storytelling at 10am on Saturday, and food tasting at 1pm that day. On Sunday, November 4th, there will be a film screening of Wind River (Rated R) at 2pm and a Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women panel discussion at 4pm. On Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30pm, the Festival will close with a film screening of Reel Injun (Rated R) and a discussion with local filmmaker Falcon Gott. While some activities may not be appropriate for children, all events and programs are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, November 17th, from 11am – 4pm, Plains Art Museum will host the popular Native American Arts and Crafts Festival. This festival will showcase a curated collection of Native American artists from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin who will be presenting their work for sale. Food will also be available. This is a great opportunity to find unique, creative gifts in time for Christmas, or find your new favorite artist for yourself.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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Plains Art Museum to Open Major Exhibition of Sculptor Zoran Mojsilov

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For Immediate Release (October 2018)

Fargo, N.D. – On Thursday, November 8th, Plains Art Museum will open a major new exhibition with work by Serbian-American artist Zoran Mojsilov. The exhibition, titled Time Machine, will be on display through May 25th, 2019.

Mojsilov’s life is as interesting as his work. In 1983 Mojsilov left Communist-controlled Yugoslavia by train at night, bringing only his sculptures with him. These were works that won him a prestigious art competition, but his award was, he felt, maliciously rescinded because of the sculpture’s subject matter. Mojsilov continues to build on this powerful body of work to this day, with the artistic freedom afforded to him in the U.S.

Mojsilov creates towering, abstract sculptures of carved abstract symbols inspired by his early life in present-day Serbia. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Mojsilov’s Time Machine series, which is a body of work that resembles surreal machines of cogs and gears, but are also functional tables – the artist’s metaphor for welcoming and conversation. Overall, the works in the exhibition represent the difficult process of reshaping one’s identity through relocation, and also include themes of warfare and reconciliation. Mojsilov has exhibited his works internationally in galleries and he has permanent works in several public spaces like Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), Runnymede Sculpture Farm (CA), and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (MA).

Time Machine is made possible thanks to support from The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, McKnight Foundation, and the FM Area Foundation.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Contact: Andrew J. Maus, Director & CEO, 701.551.6123, amaus@plainsart.org

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