From the Collection of Anonymous II

February 27 – May 22, 2022


The North Dakota Museum of Art announces the opening of From the Collection of Anonymous II, ongoing gifts from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Museum directors make lifelong friends. NDMOA’s Director Laurel Reuter has made many close friends in her 50-year career. One of these friends has taken a particular interest in the Museum’s Permanent Collection, believing rich collections deeply enrich communities.

Anonymous Donor realized the importance of access to contemporary artwork in the Dakotas and took it upon himself to donate or purchase as many works as possible for the people of the State. Over the last ten years the Museum has acquired more than 70 artworks via he and his contacts.

Birth of a New Nation was purchased by an anonymous donor in recognition of Laurel Reuter’s 50 year as Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, and dedicated to the many initiatives,publications, programs, and exhibitions she has produced throughout the world.

Rabbett Before Horses Strickland is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He grew up in the San Francisco area surrounded by an artistic family and attempted his first oil painting at the age of 14. From there, Rabbett immersed himself in the works of Botticelli, Rubens, and Michelangelo among others, and found additional inspiration in surrealism and impressionism. Rabbett paints his dreams that depict traditional Anishinaabe stories that are visions of beautifully balanced forms and color relationships. In addition to being an artist, Rabbett is also a musician and mathematician.

Rabbet Before Horses Strickland, Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Bird of a New Nation, 2020.
Oil on canvas, 84 x 144 inches.

Installation View

Alexa Horochowski, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Vortext Drawing II, 2017.
Blue chalk on Tyvek, 118 x 118 inches.