Knotted Wool, Afghanistan (dated 2000)
Acquired in Kabul (Afghanistan), 2006
November 11, 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended combat in World War I. This exhibition commemorates the anniversary of the end of the war with a series of artworks created by celebrated South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn. The works on display are drawn from the collections of the South Dakota Art Museum and the National Museum of American History. Included are works Dunn created during WWI in his official capacity as a war artist as well as war-themed illustrations he created for stories, advertising and propaganda before and after his service.
Curated by the National Basketry Organization in collaboration with the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, ninety-three objects in this exhibition provide an historical overview of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world.
This exhibition of Paul Goble illustrations features stories of triumph and the heroes—both mortal and supernatural—who save the day.
This exhibition of illustrations by Harvey Dunn from the museum’s Dunn permanent collection is timed to coincide with the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings. Copies of the stories that these illustrations were created to accompany will be available in the exhibition space for eager readers to explore.
This exhibit will be featured in our new Art of the Story series:
- June 27: The Art of the Story | Adventure Stories Illustrated by Harvey Dunn
Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection
This exhibition features more than forty contemporary Japanese ceramic artists who draw inspiration from ancient Japanese ceramic traditions and the natural world that has always influenced those forms. Select pieces are paired with Japanese photographer Tajiro Ito’s spectacular photographs of Japan’s natural landscape.
Additional details can be found in the Exhibition Guide and the News Release.
Exhibition reception and presentation: August 30, 5:00 - 7:00 (video presentation at 5:45).
This exhibition, organized by Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, presents a sprawling collection of international artworks in a variety of media that celebrates and re-envisions the lives of iconic superheroes.
Ojibwe artist Rabbett Strickland creates vivid, richly colored allegorical paintings depicting Ojibwe mythology centered on the trickster character, Nanabozho. His paintings share Nanabozho’s traditional wisdom and challenge injustices. His style evokes the aesthetics of Baroque and Romantic traditions, with their swirling, dramatic compositions and robust figures in the vein of Western artists like Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli.
Gisela Colon’s “pods” are large sculptural objects made of blow-molded acrylic plastic and iridescent and fluorescent pigments. Bulging forms reflect light from interior painted surfaces, seeming to glow from within. Shapes, colors and shadows morph before the viewer’s eyes as they move around the work. Colon is considered a successor of the California Light and Space movement and her works retain the movement’s emphasis on Minimalism, perception and the phenomenology of light, but her organic forms are a departure from its symmetrical, geometric tradition.
This exhibition highlights Harvey Dunn’s distinctive use of cotton candy colored pinks and blues in his depictions of skies, especially within in his South Dakota prairie paintings. Dunn's iconic "The Prairie is My Garden" is on display along with other familiar works as well as less often displayed Dunn works.
This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble containing imagery of butterflies and flowers, recurring themes in many of his books that distinguish his unique style from that of other traditionally pictographic American Indian artforms. Books featured include Adopted by the Eagles, Beyond the Ridge, Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Lost Children, The Return of the Buffaloes and Star Boy.
Born in 1937, Richard Van Buren has been exploring the relationship of the organic and man-made in his plastic sculptural objects since the mid-1960s. His cast resin and thermoplastic sculptures are expressive abstractions. Impregnated with a range of materials like fiberglass, shells, glitter and costume jewelry, they pop with intense translucent colors, reflective glints and hidden treasures.
Outsider artist Steve Bormes of Sioux Falls creates illuminated sculptures from objects found as close to home as local antique and thrift stores and as far away as Turkey. This collection of his bizarre, fictional “deep sea fish” that are lit from within will be installed in an intimate, dark, wonder-filled, aquarium-like, immersive environment… Bormes’s “deep-sea imaginarium.”
Artist Reception: December 7, 5-7 p.m. (Artist Discussion at 5:45)
This exhibition celebrates the beauty of nighttime—from the setting to the rising of the sun—through artworks from our permanent collection.
This exhibition features pairings of paintings by Harvey Dunn, one work depicting a night scene and one work depicting a day scene. The paintings within the pairings relate to each other in subject matter and/or compositional strategies, revealing interesting connections and contrasts between the works.
Skye Gilkerson is a native of Brookings, SD, receiving an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Gilkerson creates poignant conceptual projects across a range of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, film and collage. The endless horizon of the South Dakota landscape remains a continual influence on her work. This exhibition will focus on works especially tied to a contemplation of time and timelessness, place and placelessness, and the tension between the human and universal scale.
This is an educational exhibit curated by Dr. Craig Howe of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS). According to Lakota legend, long ago there was a beautiful young woman (Tapun Sa Win, or Red Cheek Woman) who married a star and went to live with him in the sky. Near the due date for the birth of her baby, she inadvertently created a hole in the sky through which she could see her relatives on earth. This made her lonesome so she braided a rope to descend to them.
This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble from books that contain star stories from Plains Indian tribes. Books featured will include Beyond the Ridge, Crow Chief, Her Seven Brothers, Star Boy, and The Lost Children.
imPULSE is a two person exhibition featuring South Dakota State University School of Design faculty member, Peter Reichardt, and recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Andres Torres. Reichardt and Torres are young South Dakota artists creating fresh and exciting new Formalist imagery. Their works are rooted in an exploration of drawing and painting media, processes and histories, highlighting the dynamic compositional interplay of lines, colors, shapes, spaces, surfaces, and inherited meanings.
Reception: November 16, 2017
This exhibition features artworks from the permanent collection of SDAM that contain horse imagery. It will provide multi-cultural perspectives, including works by Harvey Dunn, Albin Henning, Charles Hargens, Charles Greener, Oscar Howe, Arthur Amiotte, Robert Penn and Herman Red Elk, amongst others.
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In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI on April 6, 2017, this exhibition features Harvey Dunn’s war imagery from the Permanent Collection of SDAM. It includes Attack, Battleground, The Return, Gunfire, Streetfighting, Crossing a Pontoon Bridge, (untitled) Red Cross, (untitled) WWI Soldier, Oliver Staggered Over and Entered Major Worsley's Quarters and the two new acquisitions of a WWI battlefield woodcut and the illustration, Alongside G.I. Joe All the Way.
This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble containing images of horses. Books featured will include Lone Bull’s Horse Raid, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, Death of the Iron Horse, The Great Race, Iktomi and the Buffalo Skull, Love Flute, Remaking the Earth, and Dream Wolf.
This exhibition is organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School (Pine Ridge, SD), in partnership with artist Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota). Original artworks from people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) that are related to and inspired by the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation) were collected through a community informed process, open call and/or invitation.
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This exhibition continues the theme of “women at work” from previous exhibitions. It features 18 women artists who are currently working and living in South Dakota and was curated through an invitational process: Loy Allen, Diana Behl, Angela Behrends, Jenny Braig, Ceca Cooper, Denise DuBroy, Amy Fill, Jeannie French, Mary Groth, Amber Hansen, Liz Heeren, Connie Herring, Amy Jarding, Erica Merchant, Reina Okawa, Camille Riner, Patti Roberts-Pizzuto, and Anna Youngers.
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This exhibition focuses on pure or “non-objective” abstractions within the permanent collection of the South Dakota Art Museum. Completely devoid of naturalistic depictions, these artworks take up as their subject matter the composition and creation of the artworks themselves. The works presented range in date from the early 1950s to today and have been collected by the museum since its founding in 1970. They represent only a fraction of the rich and diverse mixture of pure abstractions that the museum owns and cares for.
Death of the Iron Horse: Illustrations by Paul Goble
March 1 - July 10, 2016
Crying for a Vision (Hanbleceya): A Fluid Odyssey in Glass
Works by Angela Babby
September 29, 2015 - February 27, 2016
Harvey Dunn's Feminine Images
September 29, 2015 - February 27, 2016
Landscapes: From the Illustrations of Paul Goble
September 4, 2015 - March 1, 2016
September 22, 2015 - February 13, 2016
Unframing Lands View
August 11, 2015 - January 30, 2016
Illustrations by Paul Goble: Images of Love
October 14, 2014 - March 16, 2015
Carol Brown Goldberg
January 27 - April 19, 2015
Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn & His Students
NO HOLDS BARRED: Experiments of William Weege
Harvey Dunn's Women in Red
January 27 - April 19, 2015
Above and Below: Reflections in the Illustrations of Paul Goble
March 20 - August 30, 2015
Heart to Heart (Artist Couples)
January 13 - April 26, 2015
Cast & Crew: The Sculptures and Film of Jerry Barrish
October 21, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Harvey Dunn: The Complete Collection
August 16, 2014 - January 11, 2015
South Dakota Governor's 6th Biennial Art Exhibition
September 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Lakota Arts + Identities
September 2, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Shannon Sargent: Objects Found for the Purpose of Understanding
May 20 - October 12, 2014
Illustrations by Paul Goble: Under the Blanket of Night
April 22 - October 5, 2014
Without a Net
Robert C. Jackson
Exhibit sponsor: Dr. David & Patricia Meyer
Gerald Cournoyer: Walking with a Dream (Yuha Hanble Omani)
People and Places: Paintings and Sculptures from the Collections
March 25 - August 24, 2014
Howard Pyle and Harvey Dunn: Teacher and Student
Exhibit sponsor: Bowes Construction
April 8 - August 3, 2014
Glow Pop Art
Bob H. Miller
Exhibit Sponsor: Harms Oil
Horses, with permission of the Oscar Howe Family
May 21, 2013 - June 1, 2014
January 14 - May 11, 2014