Exhibitions are available for booking nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions are toured within the region through our Rural Arts Initiative.
A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods consists of artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection by artists who create images and constructions about wood or include wood as their material. Wood plays an important role in each person’s life by providing warmth, shelter, refuge, or a place to find food, shade, and much more. In fairy tales, legends, and folktales the woods or forests often have a very important purpose. Stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White depict woods as a daunting place to be avoided. On the other hand, Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed find tranquility and life. Much like these stories, the artists in this exhibition have different takes on wood and how it is used. Visitors to the exhibition will see photography, sculpture, wood-fire ceramics, wood block prints, plus work from the Museum’s new African collection. Artworks in the exhibition deal with necessity, aesthetics, and spirituality. At same time the exhibition contains works that are utilitarian and functional, yet artistic in design.
Minot State University, Minot, ND
September 17 - 22, 2014
In conjunction with NotStock
Audi Theater, Cando, ND
November 4 - 14, 2014
County Courthouse, Langdon, ND
November 17 - December 1, 2014
Northwest Health and Wellness Center, Crosby, ND
April 7 - 21, 2015
Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton, ND
May 5 - 27, 2015
The Arts Center, Jamestown, ND
June 11 - July 18, 2015
Harry L. Petrie Public Library, Linton, ND
September 23 - October 5, 2015
Pekin Auditorium, Pekin, ND
October 7 - 21, 2015
Bottineau Technology Center, Bottineau, ND
November 16 - 27, 2015
Guillermo Srodek-Hart, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Armadillo Shells, 2006, Archival Pigment print, 39 x 49 in.
Collection of North Dakota Museum of Art
“The site I photographed used to be the home of a rural drifter. I met him once, before he left. He slept underneath the tree; his diet consisted mainly of ‘peludos’ meat that he hunted with his dog. He explained to me that he would find the burrows and pour water down the hole, and when the wild armadillo came out, his dog would grab it. He would then take the peludo back to the site, cook its meat and eat it. The way he hung the shells on the tree was what struck me the most, since it felt as if it was a very sophisticated arrangement, which caused me a mix of horror and admiration. I saw this as an installation. The drifter was oblivious to the visual power of his constructed environment, the reasons for the disposition of the shells were purely practical: to prevent other predators from approaching his temporary camp.
He left some weeks after our conversation, to the relief of the gaucho’s children that live with their families on the farm. I never saw him again, but his spot remained untouched.
Home is where we live and for most of us the place where we are most comfortable. Beyond Home is everywhere else. This exhibition is drawn from the North Dakota Museum of Art’s permanent collection. It is artwork the Museum holds in trust for the people of North Dakota. There are artists from ten foreign countries as well as three United States citizens who make art about life in other countries. Quite often they use visual language (art) to explore historical events and how they impact human life. Art is one of the humanities, which along with such fields as law, philosophy, history and literature, studies how people process and document the human experience. What does it mean to be human is the overriding issue for many artists in this show.
NotStock, Minot, ND
September 24 - 26
Audi Theatre, Cando, ND
December 1 - 11
Bismarck Art Galleries Association, Bismarck ND
January 5 - February 1, 2016
Aganetha Dyck, The Working Life of Bees: The Sixth Sense, 2008, Beeswax, Honeycomb, Plexiglas Model Farmhouse Built By Greg Vettel, 13 x 14 x 24 inches.
Collection of the North Dakota Museum of Art