Current Exhibitions

Power / Empower

April 24- July 7, 2019


Who owns the power or controls it? Who has the power and can it be shifted, negotiated. Nature pitted against Humans is one of the most important power struggles of our time. Wealth against Poverty is another. People against Government. Religions against Each Other. Belief against Non-belief. Humans verses Religion. Past struggling with the Present as in language being lost to shifting history. Race against Race. Nature against Humans who are also part of nature—all timeless struggles. The North Dakota Museum of Art has acquired important works of art that reveal aspects of power and the conflicts over power. These will be in the exhibition along with contemporary work by four other artists timely today. The exhibition will span four decades, from1985 to the present. Rather than singular pieces the artists are represented by seminal bodies of work.


Leading Sponsor

David Opdyke, Public-Private Partnership, ND.
Acrylic on vintage postcard, 2017.


Paul Bowen
Michael Boyd
Peter Dean
Juan Manuel Echavarría
Rena Effendi
Daniel Heyman
Doug Kinsey
David Krueger
Lamar Peterson
Will Maclean
Michael Manzavrakos
David Opdyke
Georgie Papageorge
John Snyder
Federico Solmi
Richard Tsong-Taatarii





Pure War

May 19th- July 7


Rogers' work explores the American obsession with acceleration, aggression, and adrenal pursuits. Created from a mix of hard and soft materials, the sculptures range from fantastic creatures made of decommissioned firearms to intimate textile maps of abandoned missile silos.

Rogers grew up in Grand Forks where his father, the late John H. Rogers, was the much beloved founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Oakland, CA. 


Artist talk on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7pm




Barton's Place


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. Continue reading...


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