Current Exhibitions

Bradford Hansen-Smith: Circles

Opening Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4 pm


Bradford Hansen-Smith is a working artist. He is also a teacher. Wholemovement™ is the process of learning geometry through folding paper circles. Developed by sculptor Bradford Hansen-Smith, this guide for teachers and home-schooling parents shows geometry can be derived from the circle, offering a fun way to introduce children (or adults) to a better understanding of geometry. Children enjoy folding, taping, and coloring the paper plates, while adults can appreciate the deeper discussion of mathematical principles. Of interest to origami and mathematical paperfolding enthusiasts, the paper circle offers a new world of possibilities to people of all ages.

Drawing and making things is how I have always explored and understood the world around me. I made a living as a sculptor for many years before needing to know more about spatial patterns of movement and how they worked. Buckminster Fuller was my introduction to geometry.

—Bradford Hansen-Smith

Bradford Hansen-Smith, Spiral, 2003.
Folded paper circles, 12 x 8 x 10 inches.


The Museum Collects

Opening Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4 pm


On display are works from artists:

Christopher Benson
Lisa Nankivil
Francisco Alvarado-Juarez
Mary Bonkemeyer
Alexa Horoshowski
Duane Mickelson
Margaret Wall-Romana
John Hitchcock
Rena Effendi
Mollie Douthit
Paul Fundingsland
Mary Lucier
Barton Benes
Rick Bartow

Francisco Alvarado-Juarez, Landscape with Figures, 2016.
Archival paper, inkjet Epson professional printer.
Gift of artist


Christopher Benson, Coming of the Black Snake, 2016.
Oil on linen, 54.125 x 64.25 inches.
Gift from Laurel Reuter

Margaret Wall-Romana, On the Brink, 2015. Oil and acrylic on layered wood with cutwork and Plexiglas, 42 x 40 inches.
Purchased in part from the Helgi Ederstom Endowment


Visions of Home

January 12 - April 1, 2018


Home is where we live and for most of us the place where we are most comfortable. Home is home.

Beyond home is everywhere else. Or is home something we carry in our heads that has less to do with place and more with feelings evoked by thoughts of home? Are we really imagining a house sheltered by a golden roof and hidden within beautiful nature? (Image of Tokio nearby replacing trumpeter swan)

Recently the North Dakota Museum of Art toured the exhibition Beyond Home, which brought together artwork from ten foreign countries together coupled with art by three Americans about life in other countries.

Next the Museum is looking inward in the exhibition Visions of Home, which focuses on North Dakota.These artists use visual language (art) to document or probe our human experiences of living in this place, these Northern Plains, under this North Dakota sky.

This work in Visions of Home is drawn equally from the North Dakota Museum of Art's permanent collection and from artists. Paintings, videos, prints, photographs, sculpture, crafts, and watercolors will flesh out the themes of this place. Historic and contemporary art will include Jim Dow's photographs of North Dakota landmarks, key Grand Forks 1997 flood photographs, paintings by Walter Piehl, David Krueger, and Todd Hebert, Carol Hepper's rawhide tipi sculptures, the finely executed crafts of making horse tack, plus a traditional Horse Stick by Butch Thunder Hawk, and much more.

The show is currently on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art before beginning the statewide tour. Visions of Home will be available to tour beginning April 1, 2018


Beverly Poppe, Untitled (Pow Wow), 2017. Digital photographic dye transfer tintypes, 8 x 10 inches.

Tim Schouten, Tokio: Where Laurel Grew Up (Under the Devil's Heart), 2011. Acrylic and gold leaf on handmade paper, 16 x 20 inches.

Emily Lunde, Untitled (Dancing Figures II), late 20th century. Oil on panel, 20 x 31.5 inches.

Rebecca Norris Webb, Storm Light, 2012. Type C archival digital print, 14.5 x 22 inches.


John Stennes, The Red's New Toys, 1997. Color photograph (dye sublimation transfer process), 11 x 16 inches.


Todd Strand, Og on the Prairie South of Harvey, North Dakota 1989, 2008. Archival pigment inkjet panorama print, 8 x 20 inches.


Barton's Place


Barton Lidice Benes lived in a magical apartment in New York City. It was filled with over $1 million in African, Egyptian, South American, Chinese and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s intended gift to North Dakota (2/6/05).

Barton Benes and his treasure trove spent decades tucked away in a glorious boxcar space in Westbeth, the artist community in New York’s West Village. There, rare works of art joined ranks with the arcane, the wistful, the amusing, the deeply serious, and a “maddening and morbid array of things” (a human toe found on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge, a stuffed mink wearing a mink coat, an eight-foot giraffe head). This temporary installation suggests the drama and mystery embedded in Barton’s private wonderland. Continue reading...


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