The North Dakota Museum of Art reopens on Tuesday with the launch of the “Art in Isolation” exhibition

The exhibition consists of assemblages of images presented by artists and others in 35 countries around the world, including Portugal and Russia, as well as local communities, said Matthew Anderson, the museum’s director of education.

Last spring, museum staff members posted an online invitation to people asking them to send pictures of how they expressed their creativity during the quarantine.

“Thousands of images started arriving from all over the world…. The images depict an outlet for creative expression, “Anderson said, adding that the pandemic has caused unexpected changes.” Change also fuels creativity, and that’s what brought the North Dakota Museum of Art to life. “

As part of the launch of the “Art in Isolation” exhibition, the museum asks visitors to donate a non-perishable food to give to those in need and put it in boxes at the entrance. Anyone in need can pick up a food after seeing the exhibition; all remaining items will be donated to local food banks.

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The exhibition will run until 7 October.

Other exhibits include “Consequences,” featuring artwork by Lynne Allen, descendant of Lakota’s Hunkpapa band on Standing Rock. In the late 1990s, after reading the diaries of his great-grandmother, Josephine Wagoner, Allen began making objects that reflect the culture of those writings. These items were made from paper, cut and sewn to shape, and lacquered with recycled shellac or parchment printed with images copied from Wagoner’s diaries.

The museum features more than 20 important prints by Allen, an internationally renowned engraver, Anderson said.

The “Celebration” exhibit features artwork from the museum’s permanent collection, including Julie Buffalohead’s “Stolen Sisters,” a 4 x 18-foot mural acquisition that is the anchor of the show. Illustrates the use of acrylic paint, ink, graphite and collage, applied to Nepalese Lokta paper, which has been used in Nepal since the 12th century to write epic tales, printed mantras for use in prayer wheels, and religious texts sung by Buddhist monks .

The museum, located on the UND campus south of Twamley Hall, has been closed to the public since mid-March when a national public health emergency was declared due to the spread of COVID-19.

When the facility reopens, the new hours will be from noon to 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

The museum will follow CDC guidelines and work with UND officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Anderson said. Visitors should wear face masks and encouraged to practice social distancing.

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