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.
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.
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.
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:
This exhibition of Paul Goble illustrations features stories of triumph and the heroes—both mortal and supernatural—who save the day.
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 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.
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.
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.