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Calendar of Exhibits - Devils Lake/Grand Forks Region

Phone numbers and web sites are provided when possible. Area code is (701) unless otherwise stated. Please call phone numbers listed for tickets and/or more information on each event and/or exhibit.

Cando Exhibits:

For more info email Shelly Lord at sblordtwo@gondtc.com, Cando Arts Council

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Carrington Exhibits:

For more info email Alison Schumann at alison@daktel.com, Putnam House 533 Main Street

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Cavalier Exhibits:

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Devils Lake Exhibits:

For exhibit information visit www.lrhcmuseum.com

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Grand Forks Exhibits:

Thru Jan 14 - The Vase Project: Made in China—Landscape in Blue is a conceptual work consisting of 101 porcelain vases painted by Qing Hua (blue-and-white) artists in Jingdezhen, China. The exhibition results from the unusual collaboration of the curator, Barbara Diduk, with the artists. Working with Zhao Yu (a ceramic-sculpture student at the time, now an assistant professor at the Hunan Normal University, in Changsha, China), Professor Diduk explored Jingdezhen, China’s “porcelain capital,” looking for vase painters who would participate in this project. Although all the vases depict the subject matter—landscape—traditionally found on vases, Diduk played a special role in the creation of the works. She asked the first artist to paint the vase with a landscape incorporating the ubiquitous kiln stacks of the city. The second painter was given a blank green-ware vase and asked to use the first piece for inspiration. Painted and fired one at a time, subsequent painters referred to the immediately previous artist’s work. The result is a “chain letter” of 101 vases in differentiated painting styles, capturing the interpretive liberties taken by individual vase painters in response to the landscape subject. The installation examines contemporary industrial-landscape imagery in the context of the traditional, idealized landscape. The pieces taken together constitute a statement about the relationship between traditional and contemporary artifacts, with each piece deserving recognition in its own right. Displayed serially, in the order completed, the full aesthetic value of “Made in China—Landscape in Blue” emerges with the experience of the works viewed as an ensemble. Part visual narrative, part sociological study, and part archival document, it is a tribute to the largely unacknowledged artists and artisans caught working in a time of profound economic transformation. North Dakota Museum of Art

Feb 15-Apr 12 - African Affair. Rec: Feb 15, 2pm. Free and open to the public. Parking compliments of the North Dakota Museum of Art. For more information visit www.ndmoa.com/exhibitions-upcoming

For North Dakota Museum of Art exhibit information visit http://www.ndmoa.com.

Ongoing
The North Valley Arts Council and the Grand Forks Mayor's Office announce the Mayor's Choice artist program which, every three months, will feature an artist chosen by Mayor Mike Brown to show his or her art in the atrium of City Hall. Grand Forks City Hall, 255 North 4th Street

Exhibit of artwork by more than 50 artists. Works available for purchase. Browning Arts Gallery. Call 746-5090 for information

Exhibit of Artwork by North Dakota artists. Artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pottery, jewelry and wearable art. Dakota Collection Gallery. Call 775-2521 for information

North Dakota Museum of Art, Ongoing - 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. Barton once said, “Living in my apartment is like living in a seventeenth century curio cabinet.” He continued, “My work has been attacked in British tabloids and featured on the cover of ARTnews. I’ve been fascinated by relics ever since I took a monk’s bone from the catacombs in Rome in 1963. Then I went to Africa in 1970 and the real collecting began—under the guidance of dealer and friend Tom McNemar.” Barton lived for sixty-nine years, always an artist, always an artist exploring what it means to be human. That is the overriding theme of his life’s work and the thread running through “Barton’s Place,” the Museum that evolved within that 850-square-foot space where he created the artworks that now grace museums and private collections around the world.  In 1997, the Museum commissioned Beneš to create a “flood museum” comprised of metaphor-laden, flood damaged objects contributed by the people of Grand Forks. The work, twenty-four-feet long and five-feet high, is divided into eighty pigeonholes, each containing a reliquary object such as the “favorite toy of flood kitten Iris who drowned but not before moving several kittens to safety in a vent.” The flood museum, Ebb Tide, will be installed on the outside east wall of the reconstructed apartment. The transfer of “Barton’s Place” from New York City to Grand Forks and the installation in the Museum was underwritten by Karen Stoker of Fargo with additional funding from James Cottrell and Joe Lovett, Barry and Bobbi Coller, David Hasbargen and Wayne Zimmerman, and Jerry Foote, along with many others. Barton’s friends who live in Westbeth helped the Museum Staff with arrangements as they dismantled the apartment and loaded it into two twenty-six foot trucks for the trip to North Dakota. Other financial assistance came from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the City of Grand Forks through a grant administered by the North Valley Arts Council. The apartment contents are on loan from the Trustees of the Barton Beneš Living Trust. Because of limited space, the kitchen, studio, and bath from the 15 x 50 foot apartment are not included. The ceiling in this temporary installation is two-feet lower than Barton’s apartment so we have taken some leeway in order to include as many objects as possible. To learn more visit http://ndmoa.com/pr-gfh-112213

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Langdon Exhibits:

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Mayville Exhibits:

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New Rockford Exhibits:

For more information visit www.dprca.com, or call 947-2174

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Pekin Exhibits:

For more information visit www.pekinnd.com

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